14 Bestselling Ebooks for $3.99 or Less: One Week Only!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… it all came and went, and somehow in my tryptophan coma, I never got around to kicking off my holiday shopping. But there’s still hope for procrastinators like me.

For one week only (ends 12/4/2012) Chronicle is offering incredible savings on 14 of our favorite ebooks. We made our list, we checked it twice, and selected something for everyone—both naughty and nice. Not only can you treat yourself to any of the titles below. But most retailers make it easy to give an ebook as a gift so you can shop for friends and family too. And the best part is, we’ve cooled off prices for these 14 ebooks across a variety of sites. Shop with any of the ebook retailers listed below, save a bundle, and join the give books movement this holiday season!

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14 Bestselling Ebooks for $3.99 or Less
Hurry! This sale ends 12/4


Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays
Retail Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $1.99

Turkey on fire? No plans for New Year’s Eve? Obnoxious relatives headed your way? The authors of the best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook are here to help you survive the dangers of the holiday season.

Enlightened Cyclist
Retail Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $1.99

In this follow-up to the best-selling Bike Snob, BikeSnobNYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people?

Rent vs. Own
Retail Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $2.99

Should I buy now or keep renting? Enter Rent vs. Own, the first real estate advice book not to assume buying is always best. Expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges explains how the housing market works and breaks down all the pros and cons of buying and renting.

Picture Perfect Knits
Retail Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $2.99

One of the most overlooked knitting techniques, intarsia allows knitters to add graphics—think argyle diamonds or mod motifs—to their knits. There’s no tricky double stranding, and knitters can incorporate intarsia into almost any project. This book includes 12 handy projects for any knitter.


Murder Alfresco
Retail Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $1.99

Returning from a party late one night, chef Sunny McCoskey is the first to discover the body of a murdered woman left outside a local winery. Thrust into the center of a crime that has rattled the tranquil Napa Valley, Sunny pursues her own investigation, a journey that takes her from Northern California’s wine country to San Francisco Bay.


It’s a Tiger!
Retail Price: $10.99
Sale Price: $1.99

Kids and parents alike will rejoice in this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillier and sillier. Perfect for acting out while reading, It’s a Tiger! offers just the right amount of excitement without being too scary, and a sweet ending with a bit of a twist.

For Just One Day
Retail Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $1.99

What child hasn’t pretended to be a monkey, a bear, or a bumblebee? After imagining the fun of being a variety of animals from around the world, a sweet ending reminds little ones that the very best thing they can be is exactly who they are.

Orphan of Awkward Falls
Retail Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $1.99

When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can’t help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house’s strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble.


American Cocktail
Retail Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $2.99

From the editors of Imbibe Magazine comes this unique book filled with 50 favorite recipes from some of the best bartenders coast to coast offering modern twists on classic drinks, plus all-new creations, complete with a look into each recipe’s inception and unique ingredients.

Glorious Pasta of Italy
Retail Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $3.99

Celebrating pasta in all its glorious forms, author Domenica Marchetti draws from her Italian heritage to share 100 classic and modern recipes. Step-by-step instructions for making fresh pasta offer plenty of variations and a handy guide for stocking the pantry with pasta essentials encourages the home cook to look beyond simple spaghetti.

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays
Retail Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $3.99

The holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge in baked goods. Unfortunately for the gluten-sensitive, seasonal pleasures have been off-limits. Not anymore! Jeanne Sauvage has perfected 60 gluten-free recipes with all the flavors of their wheat-filled counterparts.

Michael Chiarello’s Bottega
Retail Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $3.99

Michael Chiarello’s fans have watched him on Top Chef Masters, the Food Network, and PBS. Chiarello now returns to the kitchen with a cookbook inspired by the soulful Southern Italian-style menu at his Napa Valley restaurant, Bottega. It’s rich with more than 120 photographs that convey the Bottega experience and 100 amazing recipes.

Saveur The New Comfort Food
Retail Price: $27.99
Sale Price: $3.99

From the pages of Saveur magazine comes a celebration of the enormous range of regional American and international dishes that have shaped the classic comfort foods of today. 100 mouthwatering recipes and more than 200 stunning photographs offer an unforgettable journey behind the scenes of our favorite heartwarming dishes.

Art of the Slow Cooker
Retail Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $3.99

For the Art of the Slow Cooker, best-selling author Andrew Schloss developed 80 recipes for soups, stews, succulent braises, vegetarian dishes—even desserts—that bring slow-cooked meals to new heights. Each chapter offers recipes for both simple everyday meals and spectacular dishes perfect for entertaining.

Ali Presley
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Alison Presley

I’m in charge of online strategy at the fabulous Chronicle Books. When not reading, marketing, writing, or thinking about books, I enjoy outdoor adventures. I eat more chocolate than is strictly advised.
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  • Susan Stokes November 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Have "Chloe Instead" Puzzles and Goodies I won from you..for My Niece.. Very Grateful..Now I Looked to Pin The Book But it wasn't on your Page…And Can I buy The Book directly from you..maybe its on sale..But have bought a few Books of your's for my 17 Month old Grandson..Hes a Bookworm already.. : ) Thanks Much Susan Stokes VT. Your ebook sale is Great ;; Will Share of course..


  • Illieb November 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Why can't I click the images to purchase?! Take me to the product page at least!! Great sale – love idea of books for the holidays.


  • Ali November 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Susan and Illieb! Sorry that you can't click on the covers to purchase or go directly to our site to purchase.

    We wanted to give our fans the opportunity to save–no matter which ebook retailer they wanted to purchase with. We lowered prices on five major retailers, which means that linking through isn't possible.

    Just let me know if you're having trouble finding any particular ebook. I'm happy to help!

    Ali Presley
    Online Marketing Manager


  • slampkin718 November 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Chronicle Books for the discounted eBooks! I'll def. encourage others to #givebooks this year!


  • Samantha Howard November 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Hello! I am dying to get some of these books from Google play, but they are showing up as full price. Help!


  • Ali November 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Samantha,

    We saw your Tweet. So sorry about that and thanks for bearing with us.

    Can you email me at

    I'll explain what happened and make sure you get your ebook. We don't want you to be without those slow cooker recipes when the weather is getting so nice and cold!


    Ali Presley
    Online Marketing Manager


  • Paige Morgan December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I'm in the same boat — I really want to buy Jeanne Sauvage's Art of Gluten-Free Baking, but it seems to be full-price at all the websites I use. Can you help me as well?


  • Ali December 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Paige,

    Sorry! The promo was one week only and has expired. But don't worry! We intend on having regular book sales in the new year.

    Online Marketing Manager


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