If you have a Kindle, one of the things you probably love about it, perhaps even the main thing, is the free and inexpensive content.
But eventually you discovered that in order to find that content, you had to sift through countless romance novels and other drivel you couldn’t care less about. But nevertheless, digital book prices are on the rise; what’s a reader to do?
Wouldn’t it be great to have someone else sift through all of that and just give you the good stuff? To make sure you don’t miss out when a book you want goes on sale? To tell you when that reference volume is finally released in Kindle format?
This is exactly what eReaderIQ does. If you read books on Kindle or a Kindle app, I think you’ll like knowing about this. (And I’ve done lots of linking below to help you get to exactly the page you’re interested in.)
What does eReaderIQ Do?
eReaderIQ tracks 3 major Kindle Book Happenings:
- When new titles get released for the Kindle
- When things go on sale for the Kindle
- When things become FREE on the Kindle
For each of those three happenings, you can either browse related titles on the site or sign-up for email notifications. (You don’t even have to create an account!)
Browsing options vary depending on which of the three happenings you’re perusing. But each has robust filtering and sorting options, letting you look for just what you want. (How much do you want to pay? How big must the savings be? Want to see only things that have a high rating and lots of reviews? You got it.)
Email Notifications are my favorite thing about eReaderIQ. And there are tons of options for them as well.
- For free Kindle titles, they offer a daily digest email letting you know everything that is new in this category. And you can choose to get notified of only genres that interest you, which dramatically pares down the email. Some days the list can still be long, but a quick scan will make sure never miss a free offering.
- For price drops, the email notifications work a little differently. In this case, you sign up to get notified when a specific title drops by an amount (dollars/cents or percentage) you specify. I got a notification this week that Veronica Roth’s Divergent had dropped to $7.29. Score! Even better, eReader IQ now has button for your toolbar that will automatically take you to the notification sign-up page from any book page on Amazon. That way, when you’re searching around and find a title you’d like, but don’t want to pay that price, you can just click the button on your toolbar to get notifications set up. Holla!(In the case of the toolbar button, it automatically signs you up to receive a notification if the price ever drops, even by a penny. If you cut & paste the ASIN in yourself, you have more options.)
- For new-to-Kindle titles, you can sign up to get notified when a title you’re waiting for arrives on Kindle. Simple enough, right?
Another Nifty Tool
eReaderIQ has another tool worth mentioning: the price-history viewer. The “1-click Viewer” is a button you drag to your toolbar, that, when clicked from any Amazon book page, takes you to a page on eReaderIQ that delineates the price history for that title. This page lets you know if the price has ever been lower (or higher) than it is right now, making it easy to see if you’re paying top dollar or “best-price” (as they vendors say out here). They also make a buy/wait suggestion, though I’m not sure how they come to it.
I’ve been using eReaderIQ for over a year now, and while the site-design is on the bare side, the value of the service and the fact that they don’t send unsolicited emails the rest of the time have made me love love love them. If you read anything in Kindle format, bookmark this post or their site for easy reference next time you’re looking at new books.
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