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message 1: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
I compare Bryan's spreadsheet to find only H an N winners/nominees. There are a lot more books than just these because I have found a bunch of book deal newsletters and websites, including Amazon Deal of the Day, BookBub, Early Bird Books, Kindle Buffet and Goodreads, under the "Browse-Deals" tab. Also, there is an SF site called Portalist that has articles and also cheap books.

The problem is, besides a daily selection, all of these sites can send instant deals at any time of the day or night, (hence yesterday's late offer). Also, sometimes, they send different things to different people--my husband, who also gets many of these daily emails, is offered DIFFERENT BOOKS!

Some days there is not much SF/F and other days, scads. I am collecting much of Andre Norton and Fritz Leiber. Also, there are mysteries and romances and cookbooks etc.

Kindle Buffet offers a newsletter, but it doesn't say anything, just gives a link to the website. Early Bird, you have to look at the daily newsletter and the website, or you might miss something because they never seem to be the same.

Also, some sites offer book deals for Nook. I am not sure if hardbound applies. I have not found Audible deals, but I am not looking. I read faster than I can listen

Don't spend too much money!!

Art, if you want this in a separate thread so people can see it, go for it.


message 2: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Maybe you could copy/paste this into a separate topic in sales section with some links for people to check out. Maybe with your help we will even aign up to those sites you mentioned. Also since you seem to be extremely proactive with these sale links, would it be easier for you to post it all in the same thread, something like "Amazon Deals" or something along those lines. This way you can just do a post after post, without going through all the trouble of creating new topics every time.

See what works for you better, but I am sure nobody will mind seeing all the links in one thread.


message 3: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
If you don't want individual threads, I will quit doing it that way. I just think it's easier for people to find the short-lived sales in a new thread, and then they can get deleted when the sale is over.

Can I delete my own threads? If it is bothersome to you to have to do it, I can see why you would prefer another way.


message 4: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
I will go ahead and make a separate post to find the places for book sales in my previous post, but I am not sure that I can put links because it will think it's me! All are easily findable by a web search.

I will also let you know whether I get an email or just go to the site daily.

There were some great books today, but none were Hugo or Nebula books. I only post here if they are.


message 5: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Yup, a separate post would be great, we will make it a "sticky" so that it will show first in its section, so that we can always check out a single thread for all the wonderful offers you warn us about. I already got 4 titles using the info you shared!


message 6: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
there's bunches and bunches of great books that are available. Also, I just found a George RR Martin and Stephen King UTube video with them talking because of one of the newsletters.

I will try to do it today, but it might be tomorrow.

Just watch out, though, you will go over budget buying books.


message 7: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
No deals on Hugo or Nebula books today, but there were some great series in a newsletter from the Portalist. That's where I got the UTube video from, a Portalist link.


message 8: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
The other day I watched an old tape recording of Zelazny reading to an audience, he had them laughing like mad. Was one of his short stories about a worc processor with AI.
The man is a genius.


message 9: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Sale on this one over. Sorry to lose this thread though. Can you rename the thread and leave it here? Or must you delete?

Leave it until I write new post re sites/newsletters. I think I can do it this afternoon. Gotta go now.


message 10: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (last edited Mar 24, 2018 09:06AM) (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Keep in mind, I have a Kindle, so that is what I am looking for. Some newsletters are Kindle only; some link to other formats. Also, watch out for books that seem cheap, because often you can get them through Kindle Unlimited. Some of these books are great (I bought a few) but if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you obviously don’t need to buy them.

Places/ways to get book deals:

1 Amazon: Amazon has Kindle email lists. There is one for deals. Also, check out the others. https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/ema...

2 GoodReads deals: It’s under the “Browse" tab at the head of every page. The second choice down is “Deals.” There are a few “today only” deals, although if you use the menu on the right hand side to look at them, beware. I had one occurrence last week where not all of the "today only" deals came up. Because each book listing says how many days or hours until the deal is gone, I do a page search for “hours” to make sure I don’t miss anything. Most deals are up for quite a while, so you can ponder . . .

3 Kindle Buffet: http://www.weberbooks.com/kindle/ As the name implies, Kindle only, unlike others listed below. This has cheaper books, many for free, many for 99¢. Watch out, many are Kindle Unlimited, so you don’t have to buy if you subscribe. Don’t subscribe, just go to the website every day because the “newsletter” is just a reminder with a link. I never got any flash deal emails from them while I was getting it (a couple of weeks).

4 Early Bird Books: https://earlybirdbooks.com/ has a more “literary" quality of book, like national book award winners and established genre authors. Most are $2.99. I get the newsletter, but I also go to the site daily because the offers are different. They also send flash sale emails. This is the address of the page I go to most every day. I have trouble finding it, so I bookmarked it. https://earlybirdbooks.com/best-ebook...

5 BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/welcome Get the newsletter. I don’t check the website every day because it just gives you the same info as the newsletter. When you sign up, Bookbub asks you to tell them what you like, so I suggest checking everything if you want to see everything. My husband gets offered different books than I do. I asked for limited things, but sometimes I want something offered to my husband, who likes biographies and cookbooks.

Sites that are fun and sometimes have books:

1/ The Portalist: https://theportalist.com/ (might be connected to Early Bird, that’s how I found it, and ebooks often advertise both). Interesting site for F/SF readers even if it didn’t offer books. Free/cheap books sometimes, and they have lots of interesting articles. Subscribe to their newsletter because sometimes they send special editions with deals. Also, the newsletter has sometimes led to cheap book discovery through links to other articles and then links to other articles—you know the drill.

2 https://www.tor.com/ Tor is a publisher of F/SF. They have newsletters and they give away free books, sometimes. Interesting site. Watch out for spoilers.

3 Author’s sites: If you have authors you are interested in, go to their website. They often have newsletters and sometimes freebies. I got a free book of stories one place and a free novella somewhere else. I have not investigated this option very much because I already have way too many books to read.

Finally, check out https://www.fantasticfiction.com/ No free books, but it’s a place to look if you need things like series order (if you don’t want to buy the third book in a series just because it’s cheap today) or if you want to know what other books an author has published. I use this site constantly. I found one Kindle Unlimited author there recently whose page wasn’t up to date, but usually they are pretty complete.

--
If you end a story well, and with respect, it should land in a way that feels right with all the characters and also rewards the reader for their investment.
-Naomi Novik, H/N awardwinning and nominated writer (from a Tor.com article).


message 11: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Kate, all these links are simply amazing. I end up checking the half of them daily! Man, there's only that many books a man can read, a bloody shame is what it is!!


message 12: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (last edited Mar 27, 2018 05:36PM) (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Yep, I have way too many to read in my lifetime!

Sometimes I wish I could have them downloaded into my brain like flying a helicopter in the Matrix.


message 13: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
In case anybody missed the ads, Audible is doing a 3-month promotion for the price of one. That's gotta be a good deal I suppose!


message 14: by Jarvis (new)

Jarvis | 1 comments I was able to get "The Gods Themselves" from Audible promotion. Can't wait to listen to it.


message 15: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Jarvis wrote: "I was able to get "The Gods Themselves" from Audible promotion. Can't wait to listen to it."

Hey Jarvis, pleasure meeting you. Fingers crossed for a good narrator then! Looking at a couple of audio books myself but it sure ain't easy what to get first!


message 16: by Bryan, Village Idiot (last edited Apr 23, 2018 08:57AM) (new)

Bryan | 481 comments Mod
Jarvis wrote: "I was able to get "The Gods Themselves" from Audible promotion. Can't wait to listen to it."

YES! Another one comes to the dark side! Hey Jarvis, Scott Brick is the narrator for that book. He's pretty good. I heard his work with Jurassic Park and the Dune series.

Also, for everyone, Audible is doing 2 books for 1 credit and they have a ton of classic sci-fi. I don't think I have enough credits to get everything I want...

UPDATE
I want everyone to know, I save up my credits for sales like these!
I was able to get 8 books with this sale and 7 of them are on our list.
Lucifer's Hammer
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
A Fall of Moondust
The Dispossessed
Little Fuzzy
The Caves of Steel
The Gods Themselves

and the non-list-er, but one I've wanted for a while now: Les Miserables (translated, of course, to English).


message 17: by Oleksandr, a.k.a. Z (new)

Oleksandr Zholud | 3469 comments Mod
I found a great way to get info when your fav books are on sale! Try this: https://www.ereaderiq.com/


message 18: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
thanks!


message 19: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
Have you guys thought of doing book exchange? Some of the books on the list can be hard to find, so an exchange might be a good way to share. All we'd have to do is post up what we have and trade 1-for-1. Throw it into a bubble mailer, each person paying postage for theirs, so no money changes hands.


message 20: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
I have few "hard" books anymore because they were all at my mom's and she had a mold invasion. The few I do have are ones that I just can't bear to part with, mostly. They were already with me at the time of the mold invasion. I have also given a couple hundred books to the library for their book sales since I almost never read real books anymore, only e-books.

That having been said, if somebody needs a book that I have, sure!


message 21: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
I generally don't keep books unless I really like them, I just sell them back to the used book store. But now I have a bunch of older paperbacks that aren't worth much to the store. I hate to waste them.


message 22: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
The annual San Antonio Half Price Books warehouse clearance sale is this weekend. They fill a space the size of a Wal-Mart with tables and tables of clearance books, only generally sorted, from all the stores in city and, I presume, their warehouse. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $0.50. I take the day off to go to this thing. Wifey and I spent 4 hours there yesterday and bought 73 books for $130 (tax incl), then returned this morning to find another 30 for $40. So roughly $1.67 per book. 57 were mine, quite a few in the list of Hugo & Nebula nominees and others by classic sf authors. So much fun, and some major scores: The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson; The Book of Skulls by Silverberg; Little, Big by John Crowley and so on. Considering that I will read about 100 books this year, this will keep me occupied for awhile.


message 23: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
So, Allan, do they have this warehouse clearance sale at all locations? Or just San Antonio?

Because there's one not far from me. Maybe I will go look tomorrow! (Sunday)


message 24: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
I know they do, but I would guess that the timing is different by city. They advertise at least a month ahead of time. I would check their web site or just ask at the store.

As I re-sorted my books to put them away, my wife (who spent 6 hours with me searching) yelled at me to stop buying books. Lol


message 25: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
STOP buying books


message 26: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Boy, do I miss shopping for actual physical books...


message 27: by Oleksandr, a.k.a. Z (new)

Oleksandr Zholud | 3469 comments Mod
Art wrote: "Boy, do I miss shopping for actual physical books..."

I have shelves full of them and I'm happy that e-books are available :)


message 28: by Ed (new)

Ed Erwin | 647 comments Art wrote: "Boy, do I miss shopping for actual physical books..."

I love it when I finish a book and can get rid of it! I'm totally over the idea of owning books forever.


message 29: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (last edited Oct 22, 2018 08:43PM) (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Ed wrote:
I love it when I finish a book and can get rid of it! I'm totally over the idea of owning books forever."


I am too, I haven't bought a physical book in years, not counting presents for my friends. Though I do sometimes miss the thrill of the hunt or a lucky discovery of a book on sale when you least expect it. In Japan they used to sell those books that were on display for some time and got slightly worn, there would be a huge discount and I would buy those by the crate.


message 30: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
I sometimes will get something with pictures. I just got a book about Fawlty Towers for my husband. Stuff like that. Otherwise, Kindle books.

I still have a few books for if the power goes out. :-)


message 31: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
Three sites where you can find or check out books for free:

https://epdf.tips
There are lots of books you can download here in ePub, LIT, text or PDF formats. I'm not sure of the legality of this but the material does tend to be older. It looks like it was meant as a place for writers to post their works for readers, but maybe it turned into something else? Amazon has an app that will convert PDF files to Kindle files and send them to your device at the touch of a button.

The Internet Archive
https://openlibrary.org
Basically an online library where you can borrow books for a couple weeks at a time. They have about 20,000 fantasy and science fiction books you can search through.

Another Internet Archive site is
https://archive.org
Similar to Open Library and maybe related to it? Search the collections and borrow, read online or download encrypted files for electronic devices.

Some great ways to save $ and locate some of those listed books that are hard to find.


message 32: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
Ok, I figured out that the last two are the same source, just two ways of getting there and different sites, although they are linked. I did some scanning though, and there are a ton of listed books in there!


message 33: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Allan wrote: "Ok, I figured out that the last two are the same source, just two ways of getting there and different sites, although they are linked. I did some scanning though, and there are a ton of listed book..."

Thanks a lot for the links, Allan. I remember coming across EPDF when I was looking for a retro novel some time ago.

Great stuff.


message 34: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Registered on OpenLibrary.org, thank you Allan. I saw Inverted World there, so I will probably read that some time next week.


message 35: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
You're welcome! I was astonished at what I was able to find there. I was checking for some of the really obscure stuff in our list, like Sylva by Vercors - I never even heard of that before. It was there.


message 36: by Benny (new)

Benny Coquet | 4 comments I found a lot of classic and short sci-fi-stories for free on http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page


message 37: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (last edited Apr 27, 2019 06:14AM) (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Thanks for the link, Benny.

We are getting quite the collection of sites, so here is another list I just cribbed from a GR friend who posted this in another group. Here's what she said (although her TOR link didn't work so I am sending you to the top page):



There are a number of great websites that off free SFF short stories. Many of the Hugo & Nebila nominated stories are available:

Tor.com publishes new stories each month and has a large selection available for free:
https://www.tor.com

Clarkesworld Magazine:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com

Uncanny Magazine:
https://uncannymagazine.com

Apex Magazine:
https://www.apex-magazine.com

Fireside Magazine:
https://firesidefiction.com

Lightspeed Magazine:
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com

Strange Horizons:
http://strangehorizons.com

Subterranean Press Magazine:
https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine


message 38: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
This is just a sample of what is available on youtube:

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=P...

Don't forget to support the writers and purchase legal copies of audiobooks on Audible.com and other sources.


message 39: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Wow! Way cool list, Art.


message 40: by Bryan, Village Idiot (new)

Bryan | 481 comments Mod
For the audiobook-ers, Audible has a $5.00 a book sale and there are a lot of good ones in there.


message 41: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
Half Price Books here in San Antonio (Texas) is having their annual clearance sale starting Friday, October 18. Most hardbacks are $2, paperbacks $0.50-$1.00. As you can imagine, one of my favorite days of the year! Anyone else in Texas, they may be having sales in other cities, especially Dallas, where the flagship store is.


message 42: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
I saw that next Friday's (Oct 18) Half Price Books sale is taking place in two locations: San Antonio and Dallas. Dallas is where their flagship store & HQ is, so I'd expect that to be huge. My wife jokingly said that we should go to that one instead of SA like we usually do. At any rate, if you're in Texas, it's a great way to get books at a very cheap cost, averaging out at $1.00-$1.50 each. Last year I found many H&N-listed books, so I doubt I'll buy as many this year. But it's not all just bestseller clearance junk, you can find some gems, like old paperback editions of some of the older listed books.


message 43: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Thanks for the info, Allan. I am going to call the one here in Indianapolis and see if they are having one, also. I mostly read kindle books, but some big picture or reference books are better "real."


message 44: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
First day of the HPB sale. My haul was not as rich as last year, as expected, 24 books, though my wife got two full boxes and my daughter a handful. It seemed like what was on the tables was more popular fiction, that the sci-fi had not been put out yet. Still, I found the last 3 of the Rama series, some Greg Bear, Cherry, Sawyer, Asimov's autobiography. The best finds were a Spillane shortie, Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson, about the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, where my daughter goes to nursing school, and, best of all, a bobblehead of Khan from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan! Going back tomorrow for another look.


message 45: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (last edited Oct 18, 2019 05:45PM) (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
These all sound like great books, and I really think the bobblehead would be great. Have fun! Maybe the SF will be out tomorrow


message 46: by Art, Stay home, stay safe. (new)

Art | 2551 comments Mod
Not sure if it's news for many, but here's a website that can be invaluable when searching for a specific book online:

https://www.isbns.net/settings/

I've posted the link where you can change the settings according to where you live and other features. Not sure how well it works outside the US though.


message 47: by Kateblue, 2nd star to the right and straight on til morning (last edited Jan 03, 2021 09:09PM) (new)

Kateblue | 3667 comments Mod
Thanks Art! It was news to me


message 48: by Harmony (new)

Harmony Rose | 87 comments I haven't seen this mentioned (maybe not looking in the right place?) but there is also Baen books at baen.com

I came across them looking for free short fiction, and made the happy discovery of Lee&Miller Liaden universe (which I really did enjoy!)

They have monthly bundle of their own authors, plus some free stuff. Whilst there are only a small handful of what I would call "quality" authors in their catalogue, there is still quite a bit of fun stuff.


message 49: by Allan (new)

Allan Phillips | 1921 comments Mod
Went to a different Half Price Books store than usual today for their year-end 20% off sale. Some good finds, things I hadn't previously found sources for:

Earth by David Brin - H/N nominee
Grass by Sheri S. Tepper - H/N nominee
Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams by C.L. Moore - an excellent collection of Moore's pulp fantasy stories from the 30's & 40's; she was one of the first female SF/F authors to gain recognition & later wrote several novels jointly with her husband Henry Kuttner
Star Bridge by SF Grand Masters Jack Williamson & James E Gunn


message 50: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 164 comments Fun Allan! I also just learned that Barns and Nobel is having a huge 50% sale. I think some of it is online but apparently the best deals are in store.


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