Ebook Bargains


#361

I just ended up in a rabbit hole of buying books on Amazon. Bought a fighter pilot memoir for 99 cents and saw a number of other interesting books for the same price in the “recommended” area below. And by paging through those on a few of the books I bought, I ended up with a dozen-plus WW2 pilot memoirs for 0.99-$1.20 each. I’m not sure if that’s just the going price nowadays, or if Amazon has a sale going on the category, but given how many similar books I’ve bought on paper for $5-25, it’s an amazing deal!

The list (None of these cost me over $1.20)… I linked a few of them, clicking those should take you to the others (and some other 99-cent books I already had) in the “Customers who bought this item…” section.

Spitfire! Memoirs of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot
One Man Air Force (by Don Gentile)
Secret Weapons of World War II
The Saga of Pappy Gunn
U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific (Obligatory sub book : )
Carrier Pilot: One of the greatest pilot’s memoirs of WWII - a true aviation classic.
They Gave me a Seafire
Dunkirk
The Last Enemy
Burn After Reading: The Espionage History of World War II
Young Man You’ll Never Die: A World War II Fighter Pilot In North Africa, Burma & Malaya
Serenade to the Big Bird

EDIT: Bonus, I also bought this one that cost a staggering $1.99. The Battle of Midway: Searching for the Truth


Recent air combat sim recommendations?
#362

The last is interesting, even just from reading the reviews. After you read it, do let us know if you think the author sheds any new light. I thought it was established conventional wisdom that the dive bombers won the Battle of Midway, but also that the Devastators’ sacrifice (bringing Japanese CAP down to torpedo bomber level) was a big contributor, regardless of whether their torpedoes were hot garbage or not.


#363

$1 to $3 is not an atypical price for self-published stuff. Dunno if those are but I would not be surprised.


#364

Thank you for the pointers! I grabbed a few of them (I may have never read a book about WW2 besides the forgotten soldier; I am ashamed).


#365

Thanks Denny, definitely gonna grab some of these!

K, I ended up getting these (each $0.99!), can’t wait to read them:


#366

Oh cool, submarine books! I love those.


#367

Me too. Have you read this one? It’s a favorite of mine.


#368

No I haven’t. Sounds cool though.


#369

Willam Gibson’s Mona Lisa Overdrive is $2. I haven’t read it. So I don’t know if that’s worth reading or not.


#370

I seem to remember thinking it was ok, but no Neuromancer. I’d probably say two bucks, give it a shot, but that’s just me.


#371

I actually thought it was superior to Neuromancer,and one of his best. Haven’t read it in decades however.


#372

No, if you look, almost all of these are also available in print editions, and many date from back around WW2. More likely a sale, or the material is of less interest to a modern readership and they’re dropping digital prices accordingly. The authors made back their advances 70 years ago. :)

I’ll occasionally pick up a self-published book if it has a lot of positive reviews from people who aren’t obviously friends of the author, and the subject matter is enticing. But generally I prefer something professionally edited.


#373

Traditional publishers will often put ebooks on sale for cheap prices, and there’s at least one new publisher that specializes in working with authors who have rights revert back. I believe they are called Open Road. They work with the authors to put out ebook versions. They are often on sale for cheap too. Here’s an article about them:


#374

A heads up for those who are interested in the works of Robert McCammon. Several of his works are available for $2 or less on Amazon. Of particular note are what are arguably his 2 best novels. Both Swan Song and Boys Life are $1.99


#375

Thanks for the heads up. Those books look like they’re right up my alley. Purchased both of them.


#376

This is as good a bargain as you can possibly find. HP Lovecraft: The Complete Collection for Kindle… for free!


#377

Such a sad ending for someone whose work is considered legendary.


#378

Amazing deal. Thank you.


#379

FYI, Lovecraft’s stuff is in the public domain now, so if you do pay for it, it should be to reward someone for doing a good formatting job on a Kindle book, or to pay for the paper printing. :)


#380

If you like a good fantasy/thieves guild kind of story the excellent Lies of Locke Lamora is only $2 right now. https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Locke-Lamora-Gentleman-Bastards-ebook/dp/B000JMKNJ2?_bbid=7860449&tag=bookbubemail16-20

Its the first book in the Gentleman Bastards series.