From inside and outside the Kindle Store (book offers, that is)

The Kindle, and the convenience of the Kindle Store, have made it easy to forget other stores exist.

Well, here are some offers to tap into other stores, alongside some offers from the Kindle Store –

  1. How to Drink by Victoria Moore. Price: $0. Genre: Health, Spirits, Drinks & Beverages. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. Thanks to Happy Reader Joyce for mentioning this.
  2. Kobo is celebrating its 1 year anniversary by offering a 50% off coupon that can be used on one book out of a long list. Books include Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik, Kraken by China Meiville, and lots of other books including all the Stieg Larsson ones. You’ll have to read it on your PC, Android Phone, or iPhone – However, at 50% off, it’s not too bad a compromise. Please Note: The 50% off coupon only works once, and for one book.
  3. University of Chicago Press has a free book, which is conveniently also free in the Kindle Store – A Question of Upbringing: Book One of A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. Rated 4 stars on 10 reviews. Genre: Literary Fiction. This has been mentioned before.

Also, if you’re interested in The Boxcar Children series, the first book in the children’s mysteries series has been discounted to $1.99 in the Kindle Store. It has jumped from #6,278 to #171.

Finally, at you can read a book online for no charge – The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan. Click on the ‘Browse Inside’ button, and then on the tab at the far left, to see the book.

The irony – A post meant to highlight offers outside the Kindle Store, ends up with more links to Amazon than everywhere else combined.

Kindle Store’s domination in book offers

This post was meant to be only offers outside the Kindle Store.

What happened?

Well, it ran into a few problems –

  1. Kindle Store had a new free book, and that had to be mentioned.
  2. It’s much more convenient for Kindle owners to get ‘A Question of Upbringing’ from the Kindle Store, than to go through the Adobe DRM circus show, and read it on an iPhone or Android phone.
  3. Harper Collins’ ‘read it free online’ offers are almost a joke. Why not offer the book for Kindle and Nook?

It’s just a lot easier to get the book on your Kindle or Nook.

Kindle Store has more offers than any other store. It has more book deals than any other store. For most offers outside the Kindle Store, the offer is also available in the Kindle Store.

Consider what Kobo is offering –

50% off on 1 book. 25% off coupon in the future – when you buy $15 worth of books. 45% off coupon in the future – when you buy $35 worth of books.

After doing all of this, it manages to get a bit of attention. Except for the little problem that its books can’t be read on the Kindle (they can be read on Nook and Nook Color). It’s an uphill battle for Kindle Store competitors.

5 thoughts on “From inside and outside the Kindle Store (book offers, that is)”

  1. I always get the U of Chicago Press free books although honestly, I never read them. Maybe I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to read them on my Kindle.

    If the book is to be read online, I won’t even bother. Why should I? I have over 900 books on my Kindle and get several free books a week.

  2. I will stick with Kindle and Amazon. They do offer a lot of free books or bargains. I try to stay away from the agency model mandated books. I have found plenty of Indie authoers that publish good books at reasonable prices.

  3. Books bought at Kobo can also be read on a Kobo ereader. Your post implies it can only be accessible to readers through PC and phones Those new to the “Kobo” might not know there is a Kobo ereader.

    I have a Kobo reader. I have been waiting for two years for the right price for the Kindle (and the fact I don’t live in the States also made me wait). A friend finally purchased the wifi Kindle for me a few weeks ago in the US and will bring it to me after Christmas. In the past couple of years, I have been accumulating quite a library of free Kindle books (with the help of your blog). It will be great fun to open up my Kindle and finally get to read some of those books I’ve downloaded months or years ago.

    So, with a Kobo and a Kindle, I have the best of both worlds and at those low prices, I don’t see why anyone couldn’t do the same. The Kobo takes my epub files and I can borrow from the library. Kindle does…well you know what Kindle does. The only thing lacking is viewing color magazines and children’s picture books. I have kids so I am interested in the Nook for ONLY that reason.

    Since the Nook has an LCD screen and my main reason for purchasing it is for my kids…, I may just go for the iPad in a few generations. I can be very patient. My kids can use the ipad for their games too. Even if the Nook prices fall, I may still want to pay a higher price to get the other features of iPad but I am a patient consumer and can wait until the bugs are worked out and the prices come down for the iPad.

    Merry Christmas and happy reading in 2011!

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