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DA Weekly Deals: 29+ Books Under $2.99 (and Black Friday updates)

There are not a ton of new deals under $2.99 but there are quite a few new books to the list that are at $4.99.  Both Avon and Pocket are experimenting with pricing with several at 4.99, 5.99, and so on. I listed only the $4.99 books.  Before we get to the lists, though, we have a couple of announcements: having a 99-Cent Black Friday Sale — Every book on the site will cost 99 cents* from midnight to midnight (EST) on Friday, Nov. 25.   Along with backlist titles, they offer a sprinkling of original fiction and non-fiction. Any reader anywhere in the world who can use PayPal can buy the books as ePub or PDF.

(*Purchasers are charged full price at the time of purchase, then refunded all but 99 cents — this is to minimize fees charged to our authors. The refunds happen as quickly as I can get the report, but certainly no later than Dec. 3.)


The Harlequin Historical Authors Holiday Giveaway is back!
Twenty-one Harlequin Historical authors have teamed up to bring you daily prizes during this holiday season.
Readers can follow the online Advent calendar ( between November 29 and December 22 and enter into daily prize giveaways hosted by a different historical author. Best of all, one lucky entrant from the month will qualify to win the Grand Prize –a Kindle Fire, so the more days you visit a new historical author, the greater your chances to win!
Participating authors include: Michelle Willingham, Elizabeth Rolls, Charlene Sands, Diane Gaston, Annie Burrows, Elaine Golden, Barbara Monajem, Michelle Styles, Deborah Hale, Marguerite Kaye, Lynna Banning, Carol Townend, Blythe Gifford, Julia Justiss, Terri Brisbin, Ann Lethbridge, Bronwyn Scott, Sarah Mallory, Kate Bridges, Amanda McCabe and Jeannie Lin.
Residents of the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, any European country where a Kindle may be shipped are eligible to participate in the Harlequin Historical giveaway.   If the Kindle Fire is not available in the winning entrant’s country of origin, a Kindle of comparable value will be offered with a gift certificate to make up the remainder of the prize value of $199.00.

Black Friday Ads:

A couple of places like Radio Shack and Staples are selling the devices at retail but offering a $10-$20 gift certificate to the stores along with the purchase of the device.  Target is offering a $30 Target Gift Card with purchase of a Nook or Nook Color (not Tablet) until Thursday.  I did not see any online deals:

  • Pandigital 6″ Novel (reads ePubs) $49 – Radioshack
  • Nook Touch WiFi $79 – BN in stores
  • Nook Touch WiFi $79 (regular price $99) – Best Buy (10 per store minimum)
  • Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi $454.99 (regular price $499) – Best Buy
  • Kindle Keyboard w SO & 3G $85 (regular price $139)  – Target
  • Kindle Keyboard w SO & WiFi $89 plus a $25 GC to Meijer – Meijer
  • Blackberry Playbook $199 (regular price $299) – Office Depot, Staples, and Best Buy

Wal-mart and Target also have iTunes gift card sales.  Wal-mart is buy a $100 GC for $80 and Target’s is buy $25 GC for $20.

Update:  I received a press release from Kobo indicating that there would be Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals for the Kobo reader from Best Buy, Target, Kmart, and Sears. I haven’t seen these advertised yet.  Kobo did indicate that it would be selling the Kobo Wireless for $59.99 direct from Kobo.

The “new” tag means deals different than were included in the previous post.

Digital Backlist:


Bantam | Ballantine | Dell 




  • To Scotland with Love by Karen Hawkins * $2.99 * Amazon | nook | Sony | Kobo
  • Simmer All Night by Geralyn Dawson * $2.99 * Amazon | nook | Sony | Kobo
  • Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole * $1.99 * Amazon | nook | Sony | Kobo (this is a novella in the Bad Boys Collection which is still price at $9.99 so a fairly good deal if you are a Cole fan)



  • NEW Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas * $2.99 * Amazon | nook | Sony | Kobo


  • Nine-Tenths of the Law by L.A. Witt * $0.00 * Amazon | nook

Books I bought that were not romance:

Additionally, there are several Sue Grafton books that are discounted this month, likely in preparation for the release of V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) along with some other MacMillan books:

Some random books priced higher than $2.99 but still decent deals.


  • Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • Waking Up With the Duke by Lorraine Heath * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • The Seduction of Scandal by Cathy Maxwell * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • What a Duke Wants by Lavinia Kent * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • One Night in London by Caroline Linden * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • The Norse King’s Daughter by Sandra Hill * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • Every Scandalous Secret by Gayle Callen * $4.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo

Pocket Books:

We search prices by the following imprints: Avon, EOS, Forever, HarperCollins, HQN, Kensington, MIRA, Pocket, Pocket Star, Orbit, Samhain, Sourcebooks, and Macmillan. Note that Kensington Zebra Debuts are often under $3.00.  These searches are performed at Amazon and the prices are not always reflected at other stores.  These prices reflect US deals and may not be present at non US retailers.

I’m trying to add in digital backlist titles under $2.99.  If you are an author re-releasing your digital backlist or having a “sale” and the book is priced 2.99 or under, send the titles to jane at to be included in the bi monthly posting.

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. Mikaela
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:49:42

    Not sure if it is a special price or not, but Samhain just released a Spindle Cove novella by Tessa Dare for 0.99.
    Edit: The novella is called Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

  2. Brian
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:05:22

    More Tablet deals for Friday…

    Acer Iconia 10.1″/16GB/Honeycomb tablet $299 @ Staples

    Acer Iconia 7″/8GB/Honeycomb tablet $189 @ BestBuy
    (less than the Fire and Nook Tab and a very nice tab running Honeycomb with full Android Market)

    Asus Transformer 10.1″/16GB/Honeycomb $249 @ BestBuy
    Transformer dock for $99

    Lenovo IdeaPad K1 10.1″/32GB/Honeycomb $299 @ BestBuy

    If you have a MicroCenter nearby they’re having $50 all versions of the iPad2.

  3. Jane
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:06:32

    @Brian: I’m intrigued by the 10″ Lenovo and the 7″ ACER. Is that the one you have (the ACER)?

  4. Brian
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:15:48

    @Jane: No, I have a 10″er, the Asus Transformer which I like quite a bit.

    The 7″ Acer looks very nice at that price although I’ve read that battery life isn’t great. It was the first 7″ tablet to come out with Honeycomb and hardware similar to the 10.1″ tabs IIRC.

    I wouldn’t be surprized to see more deals on these tablets from earlier in the year as new tabs with newer faster processors (probably running Ice Cream Sandwich) start coming out soon.

  5. Lisa J
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 12:00:10

    I wish Kobo/Diesel/BoB, etc had the books priced the same as Amazon. Unfortunately, they are usually still at $7.99 when I check. I love my Sony, but would really like to take advantage on some of the deals. I’ll keep checking, sometimes they show up much later.

  6. Angela
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 12:35:56

    @Brian: Can I ask about your Transformer? I want to be able to write long-hand letters on it, but convert it to typed text. Do you know if that’s something that can be done/done well on your tablet?

    I’ve read that OneNote has the ability to convert handrwriting to text fairly well, but it only works with Windows OS.

    Thanks for the list again Jane! I think I’ll reward this price thinking by getting some books at $4.99.

  7. jmc
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 12:37:37

    Those Deborah Smith backlist books were originally Loveswepts, I think…I can remember reading at least one of them as a tattered mmp borrowed from the library. Smith’s more recent books haven’t thrilled me as much as her “When Venus Fell”, etc., but I’m interested in checking out her old categories.

    Lowell’s Pearl Cove was part of a trilogy based on brothers, I wonder if the other books have already been released. Off to check.

    Thanks for posting all this info!

  8. Brian
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 13:29:42

    @Angela: Angela, there are a couple of handwriting recognition apps for Android, but I have no idea if they’re any good for writing full letters, or just a keyboard replacement meant to do a few words at a time. One is WritePad, the other is PenReader, each is about $10. Like I said I don’t really know anything about them, but the app names might give you a place to start.

    On a side note the Transformer with it’s dock (or any tab that has bluetooth with a bluetooth keyboard) works pretty great for typing long stuff out, although I know that’s not what you were looking for.

  9. Angela
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 13:53:54

    @Brian: That does help some, thanks! I think I’ll be checking them out at Best Buy when I’m there this weekend to see if one stands out to me…

  10. Lori
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 15:01:51

    Just a mention: I got an email that Lyrical Press is offering all their books at half price on Black Friday on their site.

  11. Emily
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 15:40:32

    Thanks for the list! I use it to try new authors that I’ve heard about but am not willing to pay full price for an experiment. It’s a great resource.

  12. Taryn Kincaid
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 15:41:02

    Not sure if you’re including novellas, but Carina Press is having a November Novella sale with selected novellas at $1.99 thru December 1st.

  13. Statch
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 16:51:58

    Thank you! I’ve had Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal on my wishlist for quite a while.

  14. Brian
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 17:34:11

    Carina Press is re-publishing Susan Edwards’ White Series in ebook and they’re offering the first book, ‘White Dawn’, @ $1.99 ($4.99 list) right now.

    I don’t know much of anything about this series, but I’ve read it was popular when originally published.

  15. Janet W
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 17:41:35

    I don’t see how $4.99 is a great price for an older book. Yes, I see the benefits: $$ to the author and instant availability. That being said, the top price for most older books on Amazon is $4.00 which includes shipping. Sometimes the cost is less plus AMZ now allows some bundling which eliminates the shipping cost. $4.99 is too rich for my blood for an older title in e. I think somewhere between $2.99/$3.50 is a tempting range.

  16. Keishon
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 18:02:37

    I think I will quit looking for romance backlists since you’re doing a good job of finding them for me (or us). Janelle Taylor is a blast from the past and I am still waiting for Judith McNaught and Kathleen Eagle.

  17. missy31
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 19:04:19

    I saw on my FB that target will be having an Ipad 2 with 3G with a $75 target gift card during their 2 day sale which I am assuming starts on black friday

  18. Brian
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 23:48:57

    I don’t know how long this deal will last before it sells out, but DailySteals (kind of like Woot) has 16GB WiFi iPad 1 refurbs for $279.99 for it’s Friday deal. Just thought I’d mention it in case it was of interest to someone…!Gen&gclid=CITWnaSL0awCFdIAQAodtmYK7A

  19. SonomaLass
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 00:17:17

    Great price on Duran and Thomas! Alas, Amazon is showing $7.99 for Lofty’s Flawless, so I guess the deal didn’t last long.

  20. Brian
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 00:25:22

    @SonomaLass: I appears that all the Pocket/Simon & Schuster $4.99 books have gone back up to $7.99

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  22. MaryK
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 00:03:22

    I’ve looked at the Kindle listing for Deborah Smith’s Hot Touch several times and each time I’ve been turned off by it. It just looks like a used book listing to me. In fact, before I heard that her backlist was being digitized, I thought there must be an error in the listing and never bought it because I wasn’t sure what I’d get.

    The cover looks like an old paperback, the “look inside” icon clashes in my brain with the “kindle edition” icon, and the “print list price” with strikethrough confuses me. (Okay, I see now that other kindle books also have the “look inside” feature so I guess it’s not weird I’d just never noticed it before.) I was, seriously, waiting for the ebook cover to show up and replace the old paperback cover being used as a placeholder so I could be sure the listing was legitimate. Picture my sheepishness when I realized that is the ebook cover.

  23. hope
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 20:34:55

    Bummer. Both 4.99 books I clicked on is now 7.99.

  24. Jane
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 21:20:06

    @hope Sometimes those sales are quick. Sorry. I am posting the deals on a daily basis now (about 5 times a week).

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