Amazon has been offering big e-book discounts since at least Black Friday, but today's Cyber Monday deals are better and bigger than ever. Amazon now has hundreds of e-books on sale. I've updated my list of notable titles below, but you can cut to the chase by going straight to Amazon's Kindle Daily Deals section:
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I'm continuing to highlight some of my personal favorites here (if you'll indulge me), and thread in some additional highlights from the folks at Open Road Media, who were kind enough to share their discount list with us ahead of time, too. Full disclosure: My reading tends to skew towards crime thrillers, sci-fi and historical fiction.
Updated with current sale titles Monday, Nov. 26 at 2:50 p.m. PT.
Read and recommended (by me)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ($3): The basis for the dystopic Hulu series is a must-read.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson ($3): The moon explodes on page 1… and then the clock begins ticking on humanity's time on earth. Like many Stephenson books, this one is rich with scientific detail and has a problematic third act, but there's still a lot to enjoy and ponder over here.
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith ($3): This first book in Highsmith's Ripley series is a terrifying look into the mind of a sociopath.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown ($3): Yes, this techno-thriller from the author of The Da Vinci Code is pretty ridiculous. But with his standard 5-page cliffhanger chapters and zippy plotting, it makes for an entertaining enough read.
Artemis by Andy Weir ($3): It lacks the urgency of The Martian, but Weir's sophomore effort about political rivalries and criminal happenings on a future moon colony has its moments. (Read it, and then listen to author Andy Weir discuss it on CNET's Book Club podcast.)
Other titles and authors of note
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ($2): The book that spawned the popular Starz show.
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu ($3): I haven't read this Chinese sci-fi book, which is the first of a trilogy. But I know a lot of people swear by it, including CNET's David Katzmaier, who calls it "fascinating stuff."
- Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer ($4): My colleague Scott Stein says: "Jeff Vandermeer's magically illustrated guide to writing features cameos from fantastic authors, bizarre worlds to contemplate, and excellent advice. It's best as a physical book, but at this price for the newly revised version in digital form, it's a perfect gift for any aspiring writer." (Best read on a device with a color screen.)
- Ed McBain books starting at $1: If you're in to police procedurals, anything by Ed McBain will be the reading equivalent of cotton candy.
- Jack Higgins books starting at $2: At least 5 backlist thrillers from the author of The Eagle Has Landed are on sale for just $2 apiece. I've read many of these old-school potboilers from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and they're generally fun, taut reads (if you're into that sort of thing).
- Graham Greene books starting at $2: Many of this British author's classic mid-century works are on sale for two bucks today, including Our Man in Havana.
You'll also find titles by the likes of David Halberstam, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lawrence Sanders, Nelson DeMille, Alice Walker, Arthur C. Clarke, John Jakes, Octavia Butler and Henning Mankell. Some of them are their best known works and series, others are lesser known titles. But if you like the author, it's worth taking a chance at these prices.
Note that some or all of these deals may well expire at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight (Monday, Nov. 26). The Open Road link below also includes links to the Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Google e-book stores, too.
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