Ebook Bargain Basement

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Ebook Bargain Basement

Editado: Out 27, 7:58 pm

This is the place for your best bargain ebook reads. Some of the most popular sources are Kindle Unlimited, BookBub, KoboPlus, Gutenberg, Faded Page and the Internet Archive, but there must be others. Please suggest!

Please recommend the diamonds you've found, with a brief description, their genres and their sources.

The spaces below are for collating everyone's suggestions.

Kindle Unlimited
Faded Page
Internet Archive
Sribd and Everand

Editado: Nov 23, 3:21 pm


Kindle Unlimited

Vintage Crime

Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence Vintage US mystery, first published 1944.
They Rang up the Police by Joanna Cannan Vintage British Mystery
The Party at No. 5 by Shelley Smith - Crime, H.R.F. Keating's 100 Best Crime Novels
Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkely British Library Crime Classic

Contemporary Crime

The Northminster Mysteries by Harriet Smart British Historical Mysteries
Outback by Patricia Wolf - Australia
Reunion and Revenge by Karen Musser Nortman (light cozy mystery featuring two senior citizen sisters, first in series)
Still Waters by Vivica Sten Swedish (first book in the Sandham Murder series)
The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre French (won many prizes including CWA Dagger)

Editado: Nov 7, 2:00 pm


Kindle Unlimited

Miss Fleming Falls in Love by Emma Melbourne Steamless, humorous, historical romance.
Sweet Shop of Second Chances by Hannah Lynn (sweet romantic comedy set in Cotswolds, first in a series)
A Highly Respectable Marriage by Sheila Walsh RNA (British Romance Novelists Assocation) winner, steamless historical

Cosy domestic romances from the forties, fifties and sixties by D. E. Stevenson and Elizabeth Cadell

Free on Kindle

The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews Steamless historical

Editado: Out 31, 4:28 pm


Kindle Unlimited

Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell British WWII memoir.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

Editado: Nov 23, 3:19 pm

Literary Fiction

Kindle Unlimited

Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read British, sixties, Hawthornden Prize
British Library Women Writers

Kindle Freebies and Cheapies

The Human Comedy by Honore de Balzac

Editado: Out 28, 4:03 pm

Historical Fiction

Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon - Historical Fiction - WW II
Ghost Warrior by Lucia St. Clair Robson - Historical Fiction - Apaches

Editado: Nov 14, 2:36 pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Kindle Unlimited

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce - Suspense, Supernatural
Aurora: CV-01 by Ryk Brown - Episode 1 in The Frontiers Saga
Reunion and Revenge by Nancy Warren Cosy mystery, first in series The Vampire Knitting Club
The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren Cosy mystery, first in series of same name
Strange Journey by Maud Cairnes (British Women Writers of the 1930s)

Editado: Out 31, 3:57 pm


Kindle Unlimited

A Blessed Amish Christmas by Mary Lantz Romance

Editado: Nov 13, 3:18 pm

Everand Scribd

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, the first in the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels
The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Editado: Nov 14, 2:36 pm

Kobo Plus

Margery Sharp Humour
Leo Bruce Crime
Michael Gilbert Crime
Laura Kinsale Historical Romance

Editado: Nov 21, 2:21 pm

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Open for business.

Books come and go from Kindle Unlimited, so please check that the books you recommend are still available. There's no way of knowing whether the books available in one country are available in another, so please let me know, if so, and I'll add the country.

Out 27, 7:50 pm

Can we add Everand to the sources? Scribd is splitting into two: Everand for published works and Scribd for member-uploaded works. I assume the recent craziness with books appearing and disappearing has something to do with that.

Out 27, 7:54 pm

>13 Robertgreaves: Done. And there are more free sites like ManyBooks, as well.

Editado: Out 28, 12:56 pm

The following are books that I read from Kindle Unlimited that I particularly enjoyed. I am in Canada and these books are still on offer:

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce - Suspense, Supernatural
The Party at No. 5 by Shelley Smith - Crime
Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon - Historical Fiction - WW II
Outback by Patricia Wolf - Crime
Ghost Warrior by Lucia St. Clair Robson - Historical Fiction - Apaches

Editado: Out 28, 12:02 pm

These are my recent reads from Kindle Unlimited.

Cat's Paws and Curses by Nancy Warren
Gingerdead House by Nancy Warren
Stockings and Spells by Nancy Warren

These are cozy mysteries with a slight paranormal twist, but not too much!

Bells and Blazes by Karen Musser Nortman (light cozy mystery featuring two senior citizen sisters, set at Christmas)
Sweet Shop of Second Chances by Hannah Lynn (sweet romantic comedy set in Cotswolds, first in a series)

Out 28, 4:20 pm

>15 DeltaQueen50:, >16 LadyoftheLodge: Thank you! I've added them to the list.

Editado: Out 29, 8:33 am

I'm enjoying the Vivica Sten series Sandhamn which Kindle Unlimited is offering.

ETA: also currently reading Aurora: CV-01 by Ryk Brown which is also Kindle Unlimited.

Out 30, 4:00 pm

Thanks! I've listed the first book of each series: Still Waters (Crime) and Aurora: CV-01 (SFF).

Editado: Out 31, 1:00 pm

I just read A Blessed Amish Christmas by Mary Lantz, free from KU. (The story focuses on the plight of poverty and homelessness that is right amongst us, sometimes unnoticed.)

Out 31, 4:10 pm

>16 LadyoftheLodge: Went back and added the first book in each series instead. They're in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Reunion and Revenge by Nancy Warren Cosy mystery, first in series The Vampire Knitting Club
The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren Cosy mystery, first in series of same name

Editado: Out 31, 4:38 pm

Strange Journey by Maud Cairnes (British Woman Writers of the Thirties) Gentle, good-natured SFF

Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkely British Library Crime Classic
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards Non-fiction
A Highly Respectable Marriage by Sheila Walsh Romance, RNA winner, Steamless

The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews is a free Kindle book. Steamless romance.

Out 31, 11:44 pm

I have a wishlist on my Amazon account for KU so I can just add them when I see them. It is very big! It would take me years to read all the books I want to on KU! But still I do not seem to get to them as quickly as I would like!

Nov 1, 11:54 am

>23 JayneCM: I have a wishlist like that too! When I return a KU book, I look at my wishlist to see what to read next. I have 2 months left on my free trial of KU, but I will probably continue it when my freeby is up.

Nov 1, 11:46 pm

>24 LadyoftheLodge: I am keeping mine, if only for cosy mysteries. They are expensive to buy here and libraries in Australia don't tend to stock them (probably because there are just so many in each series - they'd never keep up!) There are lots of books on KU that I cannot get anywhere else, so it is worth the money for me.

Nov 2, 4:23 pm

>25 JayneCM: I agree with your thoughts. There are books that would cost me more than the monthly fee if I bought them all. Sometimes I do not care about owning a book, but I want to read it, and the library here does not have the books either, especially those that are small publishers or self-pub. It took me awhile to see how KU works, and I got some help from others here in LT. The idea that a subscriber pays a fee to access the titles, sort of like a lending library or private club library, made sense to me.

Nov 4, 4:20 pm

I've just bought The Magician by Colm Toibin. The Kindle ebook is $A.99 today in Australia.

Nov 7, 1:51 pm

For fans of cosy, vintage, domestic romances, there are quite a few books by Elizabeth Cadell and D. E. Stevenson on Kindle Unlimited. Gentle humour, happy endings, low angst. But very, very conservative. I'd like to see a female character go to university!

Editado: Nov 8, 1:14 am

>28 pamelad: I do love D.E. Stevenson. Off to have a look now!
I love the Dean Street Press editions of lots of these older books.

Nov 9, 3:39 pm

Recommending a steamless Regency Romance on Kindle Unlimited: Romance Me, Viscount by Kate Archer. Light and cheerful.

Nov 9, 4:50 pm

>30 pamelad: Ooh, intriguing!

Nov 10, 2:07 pm

I think this is going to be a dangerous thread for me! Cheap books are my opioid!

Nov 10, 6:04 pm

Currently reading and enjoying The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood found on Everand (what used to be Scribd)

Nov 11, 8:50 am

>30 pamelad: I don't have kindle unlimited, but it's only 0,99€, so I bought this. This thread is very dangerous!

Editado: Nov 13, 2:29 am

Starting Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, the first in the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels. The whole series of 21 books is on Everand and over the years I've consistently heard a lot of good things about it.

Nov 13, 2:56 am

>35 Robertgreaves: On Everand?

Nov 13, 2:57 am

>34 MissBrangwen: I hope you like it. It's quite silly, which is OK by me.

Nov 13, 3:22 am

>36 pamelad: Yes, what used to be Scribd.

Nov 13, 2:29 pm

>36 pamelad: Good choice, Robert. I really enjoyed Master and Commander but found Post Captain less entertaining. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.

Nov 13, 3:21 pm

Started an Everand list in >8 pamelad: and a KoboPlus list in >9 pamelad:.

Kobo Plus has lots of vintage crime, and a good selection of books by Margery Sharp, who is one of my favourites.

Editado: Nov 13, 10:31 pm


On Kindle Unlimited in Australia (hopefully elsewhere as well) - a whole list from the British Library Women Writers, including Elizabeth von Arnim, Rose Macaulay, Mollie Panter-Downes, E.M. Delafield and more.
I need to read Tea Is So Intoxicating for sure! Just for the title.

Editado: Nov 13, 10:52 pm

And I just had a fun thought for 2024!
I bet there would be a KU book for every single challenge so I am going to find one! Even if I do not end up reading the KU book for a challenge, I still think I will look for one. It will be a challenge of KU as many people I know say they do not use it as it only has limited genres available. I have found plenty on there, all across genres and age suitability, etc, so I will be interested to see if I can find a book for everything.
It will also encourage me to use my KU more. I pay for it but must admit sometimes a few months go by when I read nothing on there. Must make the most of it!

Nov 14, 10:50 am

>41 JayneCM: Yes, it is available in US on KU too. I've just started using KU and while they don't always have what I want, in the space of a couple of months I've read 5 and downloaded 2 so it's been useful. It had my bookclub book this month.

Nov 14, 2:25 pm

>41 JayneCM: I just added it to my KU list!

Nov 14, 2:31 pm

>41 JayneCM: I liked Strange Journey by Maud Cairnes and will check out some of the others. Awaiting your recommendations.

>42 JayneCM: Two to start: Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read won the Hawthornden Prize; A Highly respectable Marriage by Sheila Walsh won an RNA Award and fits the History CAT.

Nov 14, 7:02 pm

>45 pamelad: Strange Journey looks great! I loved Freaky Friday as a kid and it is giving me those vibes.

Added the other two to my list as well.

Nov 19, 11:15 am

>1 pamelad: You might add Audible Plus which is providing members with free audiobooks, much like KU.

Nov 19, 3:20 pm

>47 majkia: I've put it in >10 pamelad:. Any recommendations?

Nov 19, 11:24 pm


This set of five books (The Gift-Wrapped Romances) just came on KU. Billed as sweet clean romantic comedy.

Nov 20, 12:57 am

>49 JayneCM: Often the sweet and clean description means it’s Christian fiction.

Nov 20, 2:53 am

Currently reading Execution by S.J. Parris. All of this series casting Giordano Bruno as a spy/detective working for Sir Francis Walsingham in Elizabethan England are available on Everand except for the latest one.

Editado: Nov 20, 3:06 pm

>42 JayneCM: Here's a Kindle Unlimited book for multiple challenges: Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell, which is the first published book in a series that Birgit is reading here. It would count for the HistoryCAT, the Historical Fiction Challenge and the PrizeCAT (it's on the Guardian 1000 list).

And the Warriors and Mercenaries square of the BingoDOG!

Nov 20, 4:19 pm

I just finished a Kindle Unlimited book that I recommend: An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith. Short, with a surprise ending.

Nov 20, 8:41 pm

>50 pamelad: Just checked on the series. I don’t think it’s Christian fiction this time. Seems more like romantic comedy.

Nov 20, 10:51 pm

>52 pamelad: Perfect! I have been meaning to read Bernard Cornwell for ages.

Nov 21, 9:23 am

>48 pamelad: I've just put Moriarty The Devil's Game and Moriarty The Silent Order in my TBR from Audible Plus.

Editado: Nov 21, 3:15 pm

>54 LadyoftheLodge: Good to know. Thank you.

>56 majkia: They're podcasts?

Editado: Nov 21, 11:54 pm

Queuing up some books for next year and found a great bargain on Kindle for The Human Comedy by Balzac. All 13, 625 pages for just $.99!

Nov 23, 3:17 pm

Just read The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre, which won the International CWA Dagger as well as other prizes. It's available in Kindle Unlimited. It's short!

Nov 23, 10:24 pm

>59 pamelad: Found somewhere to fit this in this year's challenges - it looks great!

Editado: Nov 25, 11:50 pm

Just found Edgar Allan Cozy on Kindle Unlimited - perfect for January MysteryKIT. Short stories in the cozy mystery style based on Poe's stories. Looks like fun!

And I definitely have The '86 Fix down for April SFFKIT - time travel. As a teen of the 80s (I was 16 in '86, just like the main character), this is a must read for me!

Nov 29, 3:40 pm

Are we including audiobooks here? The entire Audible (US) site is on sale right now, some titles up to 85% off.
I might have gotten a little carried away last night and picked up several books from series I haven't been able to find at any of my libraries, most of them were under $3.

Nov 29, 3:43 pm

>62 staci426: Absolutely! Congratulations on your Audible bargains.

Nov 29, 11:08 pm

>62 staci426: I purchased all 11 books for my thingaversary from Audible and paid anywhere from 99 cents to $5.99, but most of them less than $4.

Nov 30, 2:14 am

The Internet Archive doesn't have all of Michael Innes's works but at a glance it does seem to have about 20

Nov 30, 8:22 am

>63 pamelad: Thanks!

>64 Tess_W: Nice! You just reminded me that November was my 18th Thingaversary, I ended up with 19, so one for good luck :)

Dez 1, 3:20 pm

The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews is $1.49 today on Amazon Australia.