Question of the Week: Are 99 cent books a deal?

Posted October 2, 2017 by Shari in Question of the Week / 17 Comments

Are 99 cent books a deal?

Shari’s Thoughts:

Nope, in fact I think they have become annoying. For example, I got an email this morning with 27 books all just 99 cents a piece. Now this is supposed to make me run out to get a book cheap. It evokes the deal in all of us to get a lot for a little bit of cash. Stop! So I am supposed to run off and buy all of these 27 books for just the low price….and in the end I am out $26.73 plus tax to get these deals. Probably from authors I have never known. Authors who may be great, or not as good as they want. But it’s a deal right? But all I saw it do was empty my bank account some money and books grow in my TBR pile that is already huge. Then several months later I realize I haven’t read one of these books. Who’s the winner in this deal….it’s not me.

What do you think? Are you a fan of 99 cent books?


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • Karen

    I used to be a sucker for the .99 deals but tbh – most of them were awful or I never get to them because it was an impulse buy, not anything I really wanted to read.

    It is a deal but only if it was a book you already wanted and it’s on sale otherwise I skip it now.

    And definitely not a deal if you’re so caught up that you buy all 27 lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Most are horrible! I totally agree, but somewhere someone is falling for it, because authors can’t seem to stop running the deals. They much be making money despite it being on sale. Just done buying them without some thought.

  • I love a good sale. With eBooks or Books I have always waited for a deal before buying. It is the ones I really want or ones that I’ve already read and want to own for myself that I go for the deal. Other then that I really don’t go for the $.99c deals or the emails that come saying look these 48 books are on sale for $.99c each… Unless it’s one I want and/or have read and want to own then I don’t get it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I will buy a $.99c book if it is from an author I love or something I know will be good. I have given up the blind buy them all because they are cheap idea. Thanks for visiting!

      • Yep me too. I don’t do the blind buy anymore either. Great post

  • I used to be a big sucker for the freebies and $0.99 deals. I ended up with my reader full of stuff I’ll never read as my tastes have changed a lot over the last couple of years. Now, I only buy stuff I’m really interested in and/or by my favorite authors.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I too was a sucker early on when I got my Kindle. I only buy books on sale now that I know the author or really want to read them.

  • Not very often. In fact I think I’ve only bought 4-6 of the .99 books. And I only do it if I have an Amazon gift card that I’ve won and the author is one that I already like. I don’t buy many ebooks as it is.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Totally agree. When I first got my Kindle, I would fall into these deals thinking I really was getting a deal. As I figured out I wasn’t really reading them and the ones I was reading were pretty bad, I stopped wasting my money. Now if I know the author, I will give it a try, but as a general rule, I am giving up 99 cent books.

  • It really depends on the book. Sometimes I can actually find a deal for $.99 cents when the book is normally 7 or 8 dollars. But those are rare, so I grab those up especially if its a book I really want to read. However those deals where you have to buy a group of books I don’t trust because normally those are from authors I have never read or heard of before.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Good books marked down are rare, but I do find them from time to time. Most of the $.99 cent books I find though are authors who bang out 25 books a year that aren’t really that great to begin with trying to make me think i am getting a good deal. I also don’t like the 25 books fro $.99. Just isn’t my cup of tea. Thanks for stopping by!

  • RO

    I’m always up for a deal Shari, but I have to stay true to my budget and not go hog wild. (lol) So when there’s a book I’ve been wanting to grab, this definitely sounds like it work out. Hugs…

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am always up for a good deal, but sometimes you just don’t get one. If it is a book I have been dying to read, yep, I will go get it, but most of the deals I see aren’t worth even $.99.

  • agreed, they have gotten a bit annoying. They just pile up and pile up, so you right…who really winning?

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I totally agree! It feels like authors are flooding us with $.99 cent deals thinking they are doing us a favor while getting us to buy books. Most of them end up being sub-par while filling up my Kindle. I have started ignoring them, but the emails are getting annoying.

  • I’ve never been offered .99 blind deals-that I can remember anyway. I do remember when I was new to Kindle that I took them up on three .99 cent books that have since become three of my favorite paranormal series of all time. Dannika Darks Mageri series, Amber Lynn Natusch’s Caged series and J. T. Gessinger’s Night Prowler series. I think sometimes new authors put their books up cheap and then some catch on with readers. But you are right. The majority aren’t worth it, but I am glad I found these three series. They are all amazing.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      When I first got my Kindle, I was on bedrest with my son. I gobbled up every deal I could find. Now I have such a huge pile of books, these are just clogging it up. Also I see a trend of authors who are just ok to bad doing this to sell their books. Not saying all of them are, but a lot of the stuff I see on sale lately just isn’t good material.