From Chris McMullen (reblogged from

It’s like a Black Friday sale – for books!

The first step toward finding amazing book deals is to browse the Read Tuesday catalog (see below).

Don’t worry: You won’t make purchases at Read Tuesday. You buy books at major retailers, like Amazon and Smashwords, as usual. Read Tuesday is just here to help readers (and gift givers) find good books at great prices, and to help authors and publishers find readers.

When browsing one of the Read Tuesday catalog pages, try pressing Ctrl + F. This works on Mozilla FireFox, for example, by opening a Find box in the bottom left corner of the screen, but when I try it on Internet Explorer, the Find box appears at the top, so it may vary.

Try typing a keyword, like mystery or fantasy (or paranormal romance) into the Find box and it will find every instance of that word on that catalog page. You can also advance from one result to another. If you know an author who is participating in Read Tuesday, try typing the author’s name in the box (or just the last name). Or if you know of a specific book on sale on Read Tuesday, type the title of the book (or just a couple of words in order) in the Find box.

For Kindle books, copy the ASIN number of the book into the search field at Amazon to quickly pull up its product page at Amazon. Other catalog pages, like Smashwords and CreateSpace, include direct links that you can simply click.

Note that the Read Tuesday catalogs are being expanded as the final submissions have been added to the catalogs.

We may also improve the catalogs somewhat to help organize them better (and we may add a few subcatalogs, e.g. to help quickly find children’s or teen books) so if you’re looking for those, come to the main site for links to the sub-catalogs.

There are 5 different catalogs, depending on your needs:


We have both print books and e-books participating. (Did you know that e-books can be gifted? Learn how here.)

Choose one of the following pages, depending on your interests:

(1) Kindle Deals

These Kindle e-books are on sale. Find several low-priced deals (even freebies):

(2) Buy the Print Book, Get the Kindle Edition Free (Great Gift Option)

These books take advantage of Amazon’s MatchBook tool, setting the MatchBook offer to free. First purchase the print edition at Amazon, then get the Kindle edition for free. Read the instructions at the top of this catalog (click the following link) to learn more (it includes pictures to help make sure that the MatchBook price will be free).

(3) Smashwords Coupon Codes

Prefer to buy e-books at Smashwords? Check out these discount codes (up to 100% off).

(4) Print Book Discount Codes (Paperbacks Make for Great Gifts)

These discount codes are valid at CreateSpace (an Amazon company, though the codes don’t work at Amazon, only at CreateSpace). Find discounts up to 40% off. The per-book shipping charges are more economical if you purchase multiple books (be sure to apply each discount code and check that the savings are applied to all of the books).

(5) Free Print Books

This includes two kinds of free print books. Some are Goodreads Giveaway contests that you can enter. Others are free review copies that authors have available (contact the author at the link provided to learn more).

Meet Some of the Authors


Follow the Read Tuesday blog, or follow us at Twitter or Facebook to keep up with future Read Tuesday opportunities. We’ll highlight monthly deals throughout the year, and have another big (bigger!) Read Tuesday event in 2015.


Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Chris McMullen, founder of Read Tuesday

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5 thoughts on “It’s #READTUESDAY!

  • 9 December, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Lets hope for a successful day. Anything that encourages anyone to read is good.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • 10 December, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, David – and for the tweets and retweets, too 🙂

  • 9 December, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Free downloads are happening, at least!

    • 10 December, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Yes – we also sold three print copies of the Anthology!

  • 10 December, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    **More from Read Tuesday…**
    If you missed it, there may still be hope:

    First, if you’re reading this post on the night of December 9, there might still be a few hours left.

    Second, many of the participating books are on sale for one or more days beyond Read Tuesday, so some books might still be on sale. (This is a wise practice for authors to pick up a few latecomers to the party.)

    Third, if you’re really late, there is always 2015. Maybe you’re not a week late. Maybe you’re 51 weeks early. Buy yourself a 2015 calendar and circle Tuesday, December 8, 2015 so you don’t miss it next year.

    Fourth, we may have some other book sales going on during 2015. For example, we’re considering quarterly events. Follow the Read Tuesday blog or follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out.

    [Jemima says – my books are at these prices/coupons till next Tuesday 16th. I don’t guarantee when they will disappear, though]

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