Series mystery books on sale today: Ed McBain, more

ed_mcbAmazon is running special pricing on mysteries in series today.

First, all five books in A Hangman’s Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch are 1.99 each. The series includes:

In Ed Mc Bain’s 87th Precinct Mysteries, there are a number of titles for as little as 99 cents and $1.99. The list includes titles like Poison and Blood Relatives. 🙂

In the Amsterdam Cops or Grijpstra-de Gier Mysteries series by Janwillem Van De Wetering, all 14 titles in the series are less than $4.99 each:

Also, The Silent Cry: A William Monk Novel (#8) by Anne Perry  for $1.99.

And finally, there is a collection of the final four Philip Marlowe short stories, Trouble Is My Business (Philip Marlowe series) by Raymond Chandler. (Be sure to read the reviews: The original version contained 12 stories; this seems to be an version that is edited down to four.)

The Hangman’s Daughter series and many of the Ed McBain books are also available to read for free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices on items found as flash sales can change at any time. It is not unusual to see sale prices available for only a few hours. Please check prices before you buy. 🙂 You may be able to find some titles at other retailers for sale prices.

Saturday Daily Deals: $2.99 or less children’s series ebooks

warriorsToday is the final day for savings on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Alexa-enabled devices like the Fire TV and the Amazon Tap. Also a sale on AV receivers and children’s ebook series.

Deals of the Day for Saturday, June 18, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes savings on the Warrior series, “The Isle of the Lost,” “The Chocolate Touch,” and more children’s ebook series.

In Today’s Deals, there are savings on select Yamaha Bluetooth Receivers.

It’s the last day for the  Kindle, Fires and Alexa devices Father’s Day day sale! Today, June 18 is the final day of the sale and prices go back up tomorrow.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Blood Eye: A Novel (Raven: Book 1) by Giles Kristian for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is Wildfire In His Arms by Johanna Lindsey for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Vampire’s Shade Discounted Box Set by Vivienne Neas for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The  Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay for $1.99.

Google is having a Paranormal Romance Sale.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

A Return to Agency Pricing…

money fightSimon and Schuster has reached an agreement with Amazon to return to agency pricing, according to a report from Digital Book World. The deal is to go into effect January 1, 2015  and is said to  apply to both print and e-books. According to the rumored term s, “Amazon’s prerogative to discount the publisher’s ebooks is sharply limited.”  There is no word if this will have any effect on the negotiations between Amazon and Hachette.


Personally, I think this is very disappointing news. As someone who buys a lot of e-books, I still think that most of the Big Publishing House e-books are priced too high, especially many backlist books. I boycott any e-books priced over $9.99 and have had to leave several series unfinished because of pricing issues.  I also reject e-books that are priced as high as their paper versions. IMHO, this is not a move that is good for consumers.

I do predict that this will be good for the subscription services, however, especially if publishers try to return to the $12.99 to $14.99 price points. That monthly fee for Scribd or Oyster or Kindle Unlimited probably just got more attractive.

It is also probably good news for indie authors, at least in the short term. I am not convinced that books are necessarily interchangeable. I think I am somewhat of an anomaly because I am willing to abandon a series based on price or principle.

How do you feel about the news?