For those of us celebrating Thanksgiving this week, there is only one thing more satisfying than stuffing your face with food all day on Thursday — and that's shopping til you drop the glorious day after, better known as Black Friday. Whether you shop in stores or online, buy from businesses big or small, there are deals to be savored. Today, for book lovers everywhere, we've rounded up Black Friday deals (some exclusive to the season and some always-this-cheap deals for gifting or for yourself) for print books, e-books and reading devices, for the reader looking to keep their wallets full and their TBR pile towering this holiday.
By all means, if you're buying print books this holiday season, your local independent bookseller can most likely hook you up with whatever you need. Many authors are also offering signed copies of recent releases available through their local indie bookstore, and it's worth browsing author websites and Twitter accounts to see whose doing what. Here are a few we found:
* You may need to call and inquire about signed copies, they aren't clearly marked on the seller's site
That being said, Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 30th. American Express is offering a deal for cardholders, and many small businesses are advertising special on social media using the hashtags #shopsmall and #SmallBizSat. You can find even more info on how indie bookstores are taking part in Small Business Saturday here.
Boxed sets are always a great go-to for bibliophiles, and below are some notable stand-outs for less than $50 on Amazon.
- The John Green limited edition signed boxed set for $44.98 (hardcover, $37.99 for paperback), great for the superfan or for anyone who loves an emotional story.
-Right now B&N is running a buy two get the third free promotion for all Marvel and DC print comics. Not too shabby if you've got lots of comics to buy.
-The'yre is also offering buy two, get the third free on ALL trade paperbacks.
-B&N has a list of gift books for less than $20, perfect for quick buys or for comparing with other retailers, if you're so inclined.
-The Celebrity Chefs bookbook, featuring recipes from your favorite Food Network stars, is currently a steal at $9.95 for the hardcover edition.
-Amazon currently has their entire collection of Green Lantern comics available digitally for $1.99 each.
-And of course, ebook bundles galore!
-Kit Rocha's Beyond series is also available as a Kindle bundle for $7.99.
-The first 5 books in Karen Marie Moning's Fever series are bundled for $23.24.
-3 of Linda Lael Miller's KcKettricks novels are bundled for $9.99.
-Farrah Rochon's Holmes Brothers series, originally published by Dorchester, is also bundled for $9.99.
-Entangled has a bundle of 4 contemporary holiday short stories by various authors packaged together for $2.99.The publisher also has this bundle of 3 Entangled Indulgence billionaire romances for $6.01.
B&N has a page especially for their bundle deals for Nook here. Some highlights:
-A Lisa Kleypas Friday Harbor 4 book bundle for $24.77
Kobo currently has select ebooks on sale for $0.99 until November 28. They're also offering the promo code 75off for 75% off all purchases. We're not sure how long this promo code lasts, so use it while it's still good! You can find more Kobo ebook deals on Black Friday here.
All Romance Ebooks (ARe)don't seem to have anything specific for Black Friday listed currently, but their deals page is always full of cheap e-reads.
EREADERS AND GADGETS
Be sure to check Amazon's Black Friday deals page all week long for announcements on electronics deals. If you have your eye on a Kindle Fore 8.9" tablet, Amazon is offering certified refurbished versions of their 132 and 64GB versions for cheaper than brand new Kindle Fires. ($299 for 32BG va $399 and $349 for the 64GB vs $499)
Radioshack currently has sales on Kindles (some are in-store deals only), many of which end November 30.
Keep an eye on the B&N Nook website for Black Friday Nook deals.
Best Buy has the Nook Simple Touch w/ glow light available for $49.99 (almost $50 less than the B&N site).
IPAD & MORE
Target has tons of pre-Black Friday deals on tablets, including iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets, here.
Apple has announced they will be offering Black Friday deals in stores and online, but they're keeping the details under wraps until then. Their deals will be available from midnight to midnight to give consumers a full 24 hours.
Best Buy was offering $75 gift cards with online iPad purchases last week, but the deal has expired. They may bring back a similar deal for Black Friday, so keep an eye out on their site. On Black Friday in stores they will be selling 16GB iPad 2s for $299.
So get your wallets and shopping carts ready, because these are deals you won't want to miss! Be sure to let us know in the comments which books you scoop up and may the odds be ever in your favor this Black Friday. Happy holidays!