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Kindle Prices Are Low (weirdly low in my opinion but take...

I can’t remember why I was on the Kindle site this weekend, but I was and I noticed that there were a number of Harlequin Presents books for under $1.00.   Then I noticed that there were just a number of Harlequin titles under $2.00.   After some extensive searching, it appears that there are a number of unannounced sales at the Kindle site.   Here is the best way to discover them.   (I will note that books that I bought on the cheap are no longer for sale but others are. Is it part of Amazon’s Black Friday specials?)   For non Kindle and non iPhone/iTouch users, Kindle has a PC program which isn’t super functional but allows you to read, resize, and bookmark your books.

Go to and choose Books under the main menu on the left side.


Then click “Advanced Search”


Fill out three fields:

  • Publisher: This is either the Harlequin imprint such as Harlequin Presents or Harlequin Superromance or Harlequin Historical or whatever publisher imprint you would like to search.   I noticed that Zebra had quite a few good books for around $2.50 like Kris Kennedy’s The Conqueror and Carrie Lofty’s What a Scoundrel Wants.
  • Format:   Kindle
  • Relevance: Price: Low to High

Press “Search” and get results:



Rinse and repeat for however many imprints you want to search.    I bought a fair number this weekend. I refuse to confess how many. Of the ones I have bought, I have read the following:

  • Amy Garvey’s Pictures of Us which I recommend at the low price of $.61. I will warn you it is written in the first person.
  • Roz Denny Fox More Than a Memory, the plot kept me reading in spite of the constant info dumping at every opportunity.
  • Linda Warren’s Caitlyn’s Prize was onsale when I bought it but now is $3.96.   It actually reminded me of Linda Howard a bit but lacked the sexual tension of a Howard.   Could have been great. Am going to try her again.
  • Trisha Wylie’s Her Bedroom Surrender which I bought last night for $1.82 is quite fun but no longer on sale. Boo.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Caligi
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 13:56:16

    Is there any way to read these without a Kindle?

  2. Jane
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 14:00:11

    @Caligi Yes, sorry! I updated the post with the link to the Kindle PC program.

  3. Caligi
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 14:07:48

    Oh boy. I was half hoping you’d say no.

  4. Bonnie
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 14:08:40

    Wow, thanks for the tip!

  5. Jane
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 14:08:46

    @Caligi Um, Oops?

  6. Caligi
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 14:13:32

    It’s my own fault I lack self-control in the face of cheap books.

    At least these won’t be a 5ft tall stack like the 80s/90s Harlequin Presents I found at Goodwill (for a quarter each!) are.

  7. Sandy James
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 15:07:07

    @ Caligi

    It's my own fault I lack self-control in the face of cheap books.

    Well said.

    My own books are in trade paperback, which are typically more expensive than mass market paperbacks. My Kindle versions, however, are the same price as all the other Kindle books, so at least I can compete. Unless you count the free Harlequin reads… Sorry. I just can’t match that (lack of) price. ;-)

  8. JulieB
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 15:40:33

    I’m told the Kindle PC program is really cool on a touchscreen system. My husband got a mutlitouch/laptop PC last week (a work-related thing) and I’m hoping it’ll come home for the holidays so I can try the Kindle.

  9. Linda Rader
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 16:15:33

    Wow, thanks for the detail. I have been reading ebooks on my computer, downloaded in pdf from Harlequin’s site. This makes buying a kindle worth it.

  10. Danielle D
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 16:33:31


  11. Kate
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 17:37:44

    I was so depressed about the lack of December releases… I just bought 5 books and counting!

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  14. lemur76
    Nov 30, 2009 @ 22:21:17

    Recently download the kindle app onto my iphone (free, btw!) and have used it far too often since. The sales often seem to be new authors, but I have found some old favorites (Georgette Heyer) at discounted prices as well. I love this feature of the Kindle.

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