Extreme Kindle books!

This is just for fun.   I wanted to look for some atypical Kindle books.  :)

Some of this research was conducted using Jungle-Search.com…I just find it easier to manipulate than working directly in the Kindle store. 

Most expensive Kindle book:

Selected Nuclear Materials and Engineering Systems (Part 4) 

Price (at time of writing): $6270.42!  Don’t worry, though, you are saving $1768.58.  And that’s just the savings from the Digital List Price…Amazon price for the paper version is about $1500 more!  You really can save money with Kindle editions!  This is one of five Kindle books that are over $5000…gee, how much is that per pixel?  Interestingly, it’s ranked 51,689 in the Kindle store…out of over 375,000!

Most popular e-book of 2010 (so far)

We don’t tend to see a lot of pre-orders on Kindle books, but there are 450 books in the store scheduled for publication after 2009.  The most popular one right now is Fantasy in Death, by popular author J.D. Robb.  It’s due on February 23, 2010.  Note that this book has a pre-order price of $11.64, and has a very good chance to drop to $9.99 after release.  Least popular e-book of 2010 so far?  Stress, Mobbing und Burn-out am Arbeitsplatz (German Edition).

Longest pre-order wait

When Your Baby Cries: 10 Rules for Soothing Fretful Babies, due April 25, 2010.  Um…dude…I think you might want to figure something out before that if your baby is crying now.   I’m just sayin’…  ;)

Most popular book in Swahili in the Kindle store

Kiti cha bosi (Hadithi za Uswahilini) (Swahili Edition) 

People ask about languages other than English in the Kindle store…there are five in Swahili.  I’d tell you what this one is about, but the description is also in Swahili, and I only know a few words.

Most popular book with avocado in the title

The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two 

Actually, I was just looking for a funny word to use in this one, but this looks like an interesting book of pop etymology!

Most popular textbook over $100

Economics (by Sean M. Flynn) 

I was really just looking for the most popular textbook, but not everything that says it is a textbook actually is. 

Best-selling non-free Kindle store book

I, Alex Cross 

These are updated hourly, but as I write this, the top eleven “selling” books in the Kindle store are all free.  The first one for which people pay something is $9.99.

Least popular Shakespeare

Love’s Labour’s Lost, Neeland edition 

This is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, and I’ve rather enjoyed it.  There are about thirty versions of this in the Kindle store.  The most popular version in ranked 15,122…this version is ranked 232,168.  It would be interesting to figure out what they are doing “wrong”.  The “worst-selling” version is cheaper than the most popular ($1.99 versus $2.35…there are also a lot of free versions).  That’ll show the people who think all e-books should be cheaper!  ;)  The more popular one does advertise an ATOC (Active Table of Contents)…

Least popular Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary ($3.65) 

On the other hand, there is this one.  This is one of a couple of Agatha Christie books in the public domain, so you can get this one for free.  However, as we saw on the Shakespeare, that’s not the sole decider.  I enjoyed this book…pretty light, with a pair of young heroes.  By the way, I think this is the book that might have coined the phrase, “Elementary, my dear Watson” for Sherlock Holmes.  Holmes didn’t say it in the works by Arthur Conan Doyle, and I always thought it was coined for the Basil Rathbone movies.  Apparently, it may have been used in the 1929 Clive Brook movie, The Return of Sherlock Holmes (written by Basil Dean).  While Holmes certainly said things similar to this, it’s one character sort of making fun of another character in The Secret Adversary (1922) that seems to have coined it.

Books with over 100 versions in the Kindle store

I found a couple…hard to say how many there are altogether.

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • A Christmas Carol

Least popular book for a penny

Circuit Rider August 

There are 28 books in the Kindle store for a penny…independent publishers who go through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform aren’t allowed to go this low.  Amazon does this, I think. 

This book is ranked 42,603 in the Kindle store.  There are about 20,000 free books…

Most popular MobileReference collection

Charles Dickens 

This one isn’t a big surprise, right?  There were a lot of contenders, though…I did the search for MobileReference as publisher and “collection” in the title.   There were 25 results, including Verne, Dumas, Chekhov..

Least popular MobileReference collection

 Kyne.  Never heard of Peter B. Kyne?  Actually, his works have apparently been made into over 100 movies, including The Three Godfathers with John Wayne.  However, this collection doesn’t include that classic.  No, this is for those people for whom one “Cappy Ricks” novel just wasn’t enough.  ;)

Most recent CSI novel

The Killing Jar 

Missin’ Grissom?  This authorized novel by Donn Cortez can satisfy that Grissom itchin’. 

Geekiest use of a household appliance

Hacking Roomba: Extreme Tech by Tod E. Kurt

You’ve always wanted to use your Roomba as a mouse, right?  Or make it sing?  Yeah, I’m pretty geeky, but me neither.  ;)

Least expensive book on how to be a blacksmith

Modern Blacksmithing by J. G. Holstrum

Somehow, it just seemed like two things that would go together…blacksmithing and reading a Kindle.  Picture a blacksmith.  Now, picture someone reading a Kindle: the people look the same, right?  :)  Yours for a buck!  And if you aren’t sure if it’s worth that, there’s a video review…because nothing says “blacksmith” like digital video.  ;)

Most expensive atlas

The Territories of the People’s Republic of China

You know, I’m just wondering how well this $208 book is going to look on a six-inch screen.  :)  I tried getting the sample so I could try it on the Kindle for PC and my K2, but the sample wasn’t long enough to get me a map.

Most dangerous use of grayscale

INTERPRETING AMMUNITION MARKINGS AND COLOR CODES, MM2597, Military Manuals, Survival Ebooks 

Um, maybe it’s just me, but I’m not sure I want people learning to identify the color coding on ammunition using a device that can’t display color…

Well, that’s a few of the extreme Kindle books I’ve found.  I expect I’ll do another edition at some point…if you have any suggestions, let me know! 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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2 Responses to “Extreme Kindle books!”

  1. Mike Arnzen Says:

    I enjoyed the heck out of this creative list! Love your sense of humor here, and your practicality in the other entries. Thank you for this blog.

  2. Deb Schmalz Says:

    Love your “I Love My Kindle” blog-& I do! Link to extreme Kindle books is fun & wonderful.

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