Resources for e-book price breaks

E-books can be awfully expensive, amiright?

So what’s a book-buying-obsessed reader to do? Well, for one thing, sign up for email alerts! There are loads of sites that feature e-book markdowns. Here are a bunch I rely on for stocking my Kindle on the cheap.

Kindle Daily Deal: Amazon’s daily featured price breaks. Sign up on your Amazon account’s subscription page.


Bookperk: From HarperCollins, a daily dose of reduced price e-books and special deals. Sign up for daily emails at


Riffle: Also sends daily deals via email. Sign up at


Early Bird Books: From Open Road Media, daily emails on price breaks, usually on books that have been out a few years. Info here:


The Portalist: A sci-fi focused site also from Open Road Media, which has email alerts of sci-fi/fantasy price breaks as well. Info here:


Kindle Price Break forum via Amazon: In Amazon Customer Discussions, a forum dedicated to price breaks. You can subscribe to the discussion to get an alert every time someone posts, and you can share your finds as well. Be warned — this group only allows posts with price breaks, and if you go off-topic in your posts, you will be shamed for it! There are some regular contributors who come up with an amazing assortment of books being marked down. Check it out and subscribe here.


eReaderIQ: This is a one-stop shop for price breaks, where you can search for deals and subscribe to email alerts. The site is here. The coolest thing about EreaderIQ is that you can set up your price break wishlist, where you can add the books you want to follow and specify when you want to be notified about a price break (for example, if the price drops by a certain increment or if it falls below a certain amount.)


Goodreads deals: You can sign up (here) to receive daily emails about deals tailored to you — so if a book on your to-read list has a price drop, you’ll see it here — as well as other deals related to your book recommendations. You can also explore deals on the Goodreads site by clicking Browse, then Deals. More info here.


Also worth noting is Amazon’s Kindle Matchbook program, which lets you buy Kindle versions of physical books you’ve already purchased from Amazon, for $2.99 or less. Not every single book is available, but for people like me who like to be able to access ALL their books, all the time, it’s a pretty cool option to check out. Start here, and then click Find Your Kindle Matchbook Titles to see your eligible books.



My local library branch. I love it so.

Of course, the cheapest way to read e-books is by borrowing them from your friendly local library! I adore my library, and I’m always checking out their newest e-book offerings. The only downside is the 3-week limit on borrowing with no renewal option, so if I get distracted mid-read and run out of time, I’m also out of luck. My library has Overdrive and Hoopla available, as well as some other e-reader options, and I love being able to put in my requests and download to my devices whenever my hold requests come in.

What other resources do you use for tracking e-book price breaks? Please share in the comments, and I’ll update this list with any new finds! (Plus, you’ll have my eternal gratitude… priceless!)

8 thoughts on “Resources for e-book price breaks

  1. Some great ideas here, Lisa! I only knew about a few of them. Of course, I’m a big fan of eBooks from the library since I work in one, but I downloaded library eBooks even before that. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to check out a few of them and sign up!

  2. Love this post. I have a huge wishlist of eBooks on my Amazon account, and unless I’m really desperate for them, I keep an eye on them and wait until they drop to just a few pounds. Then if I have any no-rush credits, I use those towards them too!

    • I’m always so tempted when new books come out — but it does seem like sooner or later, everything tends to drop! I’m trying to have a little restraint when it comes to spending money on e-books. 🙂

  3. I’ve noticed the price creeping up on ebooks lately but mostly on new releases – I’m trying to hold off rushing into buying new releases (because I never read them straight away anyway) and then checking back a few months later – they are nearly always considerably cheaper!

    • Those new book prices have definitely been creeping up! New books seems to start at $13 – $15 these days, and even though they usually drop a bit when the book gets a paperback release, they still end up on the high end. And like you, I end up buying things and then not reading them right away anyway, so I’m trying to train myself to wait patiently for price drops!

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