Saturday's Best Deals: Books That Inspired Movies, Raspberry Pi, and More

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Books that are way better than the movies, a Raspberry Pi starter kit, and a warm bed for your cat lead off Saturday’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click hereto learn more.

Today only, Amazon’s selling over a dozen Kindle books for $2-$3 that were later adapted to Oscar-winning and nominated films, including a few from this year’s contest. If you order quickly and read all day, you can be that “the book was so much better than the movie” guy at your Oscar party tomorrow. [Up to 80% off Kindle books that inspired Oscar-winning and nominated films]

The humble Raspberry Pi has been inspiring clever hacks for years, and whether you’re new to the Pi or just want to upgrade your original model, we’ve found a great deal on the newish (and much-improved) Raspberry Pi 2.

This $34 kit only comes with the computer and a basic case—no extras—so look in the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” section on the Amazon page to find out what else you need to get up and running. [Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (1GB) With Case, $34]

If you need some inspiration, Lifehacker has written approximately 17 billion articles on the Pi, including a instructions to turn it into a retro gaming console, and a ton of other fun project ideas to get you started.

We know you guys like Velcro cable ties, but if you’re interested in a different option for keeping your wires organized, these neoprene zip-up sleeves seem like a great deal. [5-Pack Sumsonic 20" Neoprene Cable Management Sleeves, $12 with code JDPCK6N8]

$370 is a lot to spend on an espresso machine, but this KRUPS Espresseria typically sells between $600 and $800, and holy crap isn’t it pretty? [KRUPS Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder, $370]

Blendtec is the brand that brought you those viral “Will It Blend” videos, and yeah, their blenders are really good. You can grab a refurbished model today for $190, which is over 50% less than buying it new from Amazon. [Refurb Blendtec Total Blender, WildSide Jar, $190]

It’s easy enough to set your luggage on a bathroom scale before you leave for a trip, but what about for your return journey? This tiny hanging luggage scale is small enough to take with you, so you can be sure that your souvenirs and shopping bags won’t cost you a fortune in overweight bag fees. [Multifunction Electronic Luggage Postal Scale, $6 with code 7YE47XYL]

Nothing will ever make your cat love you, but if you buy her this heated cat bed, she might at least tolerate you. It only uses 4 watts of power, which means you can leave it on all day while you’re at work, and only pay a few extra pennies per month in electricity. [K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed, $22]

Whenever you move to a new house or apartment, the first thing you should do is rip the showerhead off the wall and replace it with something decent. If you haven’t gotten around to that yet, this 8" rainfall showerhead from A-Flow has fantastic reviews, great looks, and a $17 price tag today. That’s a great investment for something you’ll use every single day. [A-Flow Luxury Rain 8" Square Stainless Steel Shower Head, $17]

Need some new fitness gear? Nike’s taking an extra 20% off everything in their clearance section, for a limited time. Just sure to use the sidebar tools to narrow down your options; there are over 4,000 items available as of now. [Extra 20% off Nike Clearance with code BETTERFORIT]

While we generally recommend buying fresh beans, if you just want coffee without the fuss, Amazon’s taking and extra 25% off a nice variety of Lavazza whole bean coffee today. The coupon is in addition to any listed discounts, so you won’t see the final price until checkout. [Extra 25% off Lavazza Coffee Beans]

Don’t own a grinder? You can’t go wrong with the Baratza Encore.

While they might not conform to the classic look of our favorite chef’s knives, this Cuisinart Advantage knife set is anything but dull (get it?). You can own the whole collection today for just $15, an all-time low price

Don’t let the colors fool you, these knives are stainless steel, and extremely sharp. The set has a 4.7 star Amazon review average on over 1,900 reviews, and while the colors might not seem like your thing, they do help you keep track and avoid cross-contaminating food while you use them. [Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set, $15]

ExOfficio’s Give-N-Go boxer briefs were a finalist in our recent best men’s underwear Co-Op, and $15 is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on them. That’s still pricey for a single pair of underwear, but reviewers say it’s worth it. Note: I’m currently seeing $15-$16 prices on white and black, but click around as prices and availability change frequently. [ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief, $15-$16]

For a limited time on Groupon, new members (i.e. just make a new account) can get a year of Xbox Live today for just $35 with promo code GROUPON10. That’s one of the best prices we’ve ever seen. [12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership, $35 with code GROUPON10. New members only.]

I remember when $120 might get you a 128GB SSD, if you were lucky. Now, that’s good for half a terabyte. So go buy this thing and get off my lawn. [SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 7mm Height SSD, $119]

Motion-sensing night lights are great for stumbling to the bathroom at night, sure, but they also work wonders in dark closets and cabinets. Today on Amazon, you can grab three of them for just $17. [OxyLED N08 Motion Sensing Night Light, 3 pack, $17 with code ETLKGUZ6]

Best Buy is currently taking $300 off both the high-end and low-end 12" MacBook today, and if you have access to a .edu email address, you can save an additional $50 as well. That’s the best deal we’ve seen on the world’s most drool-worthy laptop. [$300 off Apple MacBook. Extra $50 discount for students.]

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