101 SF/F/H Kindle eBook Deals Under $4

Here’s our monthly roundup of some inexpensive science fiction, fantasy and horror Kindle eBooks for you to check out on your favorite reading device (pc, smartphones and kindles). All of these titles are priced under $4 at the time of writing this posting. Some of them are free! Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks.

[UPDATE: Make that 102! Added Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan.)
[UPDATE #2: Make that 105! Tim Ward has informed us of 3 more titles that you may want to check out.)
[UPDATE #3: 106! Added Fade to Black)

  1. Ellie Quin Book 3: Beneath the Neon Sky (The Ellie Quin Series) by Alex Scarrow (Grrr Books)
  2. Doctor Who: Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (BBC Digital)
  3. Die for Me (Revenants) by Amy Plum (HarperCollins)

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Today, 5 of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards superhero adventure anthologies are available for only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle platforms (PCs, Macs, kindle devices and smartphonse). And they’re DRM-free!

Book titles and descriptions follow…
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In the long and storied history of the SF Signal Podcast, never had the powers-that-be deigned it safe to allow John H. Stevens, Fred Kiesche, and Jeff Patterson to appear on the same panel discussion. “It would be like crossing the streams,” they said. “Violent weather would sweep the land, and cicadas emerge from the depths!”

Ah, well…

In this inaugural episode of The Three Hoarsemen we discuss Iain M. Banks, how our book format preferences dictate our reading (and buying) habits, and recommend some books and stories we’ve recently enjoyed.
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REVIEW: Kobo Aura HD eBook Reader

PROS: Excellent display; rich feature set; great battery life.
CONS: Awkward form factor; steep price tag.

Over the course of the past few years, I’ve warmed up quite a bit to eBook reading. Part of this was because it seems that eBooks have finally, after years of missteps, finally found a foothold as a viable product. Another reason is because eBook readers have come a long way and, well, I’m a bit of a gadget hound. So when kobo offered to send along the new Kobo Auara HD eBook Reader for review purposes, I jumped at the chance.
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Some interesting comments throughout this speech…particularly about ebooks, ebook reading, and the future of books.

(Thanks, too, to Falls Into Writing, who provides a Full Transcription.)

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At what temperature do eBooks burn? The pyro-curious can now find out when William Morrow begins releasing Ray Bradbury’s back catalog in eBook format this month.

Check out the press release for the details…
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64 SF/F/H Kindle eBook Deals Under $5

Here’s another roundup of some inexpensive science fiction, fantasy and horror Kindle eBooks for you to check out on your favorite reading device (pc, smartphones and kindles). All of these titles are priced under $5 at the time of writing this posting. Many of them are free! Prices are noted below, but prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks.

  1. Outcast: Star Wars (Fate of the Jedi) by Aaron Allston (LucasBooks) [$2.99]
  2. Star Soldiers by Andre Norton (Baen Books) [Free]
  3. The Lost World (Headline Review Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle [$3.42]

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We loves us some good eBook deals! Thanks again to Dan Geiser for the heads-up on this handful of eBook deals by top-name authors that you can grab right now for less than 5 bucks — many of them free!

[Note: All of these titles are priced under $5 at the time of writing this post, but prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks -- I spent enough time putting this together :)]

  1. Octoberland (The Dominions of Irth) by A. A. Attanasio (A. A. Attanasio)
  2. The End of the Matter (Pip and Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
  3. Midworld by Alan Dean Foster (Open Road)

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We loves us some good eBook deals! Here’s a handful of eBook by top-name authors that you can grab right now for less than 3 bucks — some of them free!

[Note: All of these titles are priced under $3 at the time of writing this post, but prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks -- I spent enough time putting this together :)]

  1. Radix (The Radix Tetrad) by A. A. Attanasio (A. A. Attanasio)
  2. The End of the Matter (Pip and Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
  3. Out of the Silent Planet: (Space Trilogy, Book One) by C. S. Lewis (HarperOne)

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Hot on the heels of the news about Gene Wolfe Gene Wolfe being named the newest Damon Knight Grand Master, comes word from Tor.com that 19 of Wolfe’s out-of-print back titles are now available once more as eBooks. And they’re DRM-free!

check out the complete list of titles and descriptions below…

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…And Another Thing: Let’s Talk About eBooks

I work for an eBook publishing company based in the Philippines, so last week’s announcements regarding eBooks piqued my curiosity.

Everyone is probably concerned about the iPad Mini, but I first want to talk about iBooks 3. Or rather, the ecosystem that surrounds it. Many Americans take for granted that they can purchase eBooks from most major online retailers; people outside of the US and the UK, however, don’t have that luxury; Kobo’s the most reasonable alternative (and supports PayPal), while Amazon charges $2.00 extra in a lot of countries. Purchasing eBooks in iTunes can be a farce depending on which country you’re in. In the Philippines for example, only Public Domain books are available. If you want to buy eBooks in iTunes, you need to be in one of the 50 countries (previously 32) being supported by Apple. The announcement that eBooks can now be purchased in Latin America expands the readership outside of the typical US/UK sphere (assuming, of course, the publisher allows their eBooks to be sold in those territories).

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You may remember from earlier this year that the first two volumes of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology series edited by Gardner Dozois have been released as eBooks. Now, word comes that St. Martin’s is releasing the entire anthology series as eBooks in October 2012. This includes the The Best Of The Best:20 Years Of The Best super-anthology.

Bonus: They are also releasing electronic version of Gardner’s other anthologies Modern Classics Of Fantasy, The Good Old Stuff, and The Good New Stuff.

From a St. Martin’s press release:
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Wired tells us that Jonathan Wood’s two Hero novels are available for the low, low price of FREE for the next week.

Even better: the eBook is available in multiple formats. So, pick your favorite format, grab your eBook reader and get to work!

Synopses after the jump…
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In episode 125 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: eBook Pricing!
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Today’s Gold Box Daily Deal on Amazon is a group of eBooks from Rosetta Books for just 99 cents each: 20 Books Made into Films. Included in that batch are these 7 SF/F titles:

NOTE: This deal is for today only. Grab ‘em while you can. The books can be used not only on Kindle devices, but also any computer and smartphone that has the free Kindle app on it.


As part of Google’s recent announcement about Google Play (the umbrella term for their book, music, movie and app offerings), they are offering 100 eBook titles for $3.99 or less. Not to be outdone, Amazon price-matched them and is offering the same (or in one case, lower) price on Kindle versions of the same books.

Why not take this opportunity to cash in on some great eBook savings while you can? The following fiction titles may be of interest to sf/f/h genre fans…
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The Interwebs are ablaze with a disagreement between book publisher Macmillan and bookseller Amazon about the price of eBooks.

In short: Macmillan (who doesn’t want to undermine their print book business) allegedly wants Amazon to raise their Macmillan eBook prices from $10 to $15. In retaliation, Amazon (who wishes to promote their Kindle reading device, even if it means selling eBooks at a loss) stopped selling Macmillan titles altogether (except through 3rd parties).

[1/30/10 UPDATE: Amazon Concedes to Macmillan on E-Book pricing]

[2/4/10 UPDATE: Or did they?]

[2/4/10 UPDATE: New Message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent]

Interesting links abound:

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MIND MELD: The Pros and Cons of eBooks

We asked this week’s panelists:

Q: Do you read eBooks? If not, why not? If so, what are the pros and cons of eBook reading? What device(s) do you use?

Read on to see their responses…

Rachel Swirsky
Rachel Swirsky‘s short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Subterranean Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, and a number of other magazines and anthologies. She also edits the audio fantasy magazine, PodCastle.

I don’t read e-books. As a writer, I do a lot of reading on screen. I compose my own stories; I workshop my colleagues’ stories; I research online; I conduct my correspondence online; I hold virtual office hours online; I waste time reading online blogs. Being an editor for a magazine that accepts e-submissions makes the situation worse. Consequently, one of the things I’m looking for in a novel, anthology, or collection that I’m reading for pleasure is its non-electronic, paper form. I want to be able to sit down with a traditional book.

If I were neither a writer nor an editor, I think I’d be an ideal candidate for e-book reading. I like gadgets and I like reading. If onscreen fiction reading weren’t such an integral part of my work, I’d be better able to appreciate it for recreation.

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Barnes & Noble unveiled their new eBook reader called “Nook“.

Some of the features and specs of the $259 device include:

  • The ability to download eBooks, magazines and newspapers over AT&T’s 3G network or via any B&N store’s free Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Read any eBook for free in a Barnes & Noble store
  • An E Ink reading screen
  • Navigation via a color touchscreen (separate from the book display from what I can see in the video, which also shows some slow page-turning and screen flashes)
  • Sync your eBooks to your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Mac or PC
  • Lend eBooks to friends for up to 14 days.
  • Based on the Android Operating System
  • 2GB Internal memory/storage (up to 1,500 eBooks) with additional storage via its SD Expansion slot (for books and pictures)
  • Try before you buy with free book samples

See also: How it compares with Amazon’s Kindle 2. From a B&N perspective, of course!

SF Tidbits for 10/4/09

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