Snapshot: March 1 2010

I generally run this information through Jungle-Search (it’s just easier than Amazon), and there are some vagaries in the searches (both there and on Amazon).  I do try and run it the same way every time, so unless Amazon changes something, it should give you a pretty good idea.
I haven’t been doing the blog long enough to do a year to year comparison this time…maybe in 2011.  :) 

Titles in the Kindle Store    

Kindle store title count...see below

Kindle Store Titles

Kindle store titles
March 1 2010: 450,625
February 1 2010: 415,100
January 1 2010: 401773
December 1 2009: 385,484
November 1 2009: 368,813
October 1 2009:  342,865
September 21 2009: 355,805
July 28 2009: 332,813
May 16 2009: 284,491

Approximate average of titles added per day: 

February: 1,146
January: 430 (may be impacted by Macmillan removal)
December: 525
November: 556
October: 837 

Magazines: 
 
March 1 2010: 50
February 1 2010: 46
January 1 2010: 43
December 1 2009: 40
November 1 2009: 38
Newspapers:

March 1 2010: 107
February 1 2010: 93
January 1 2010: 89
December 1 2009: 76
November 1 2009: 58

Blogs:

March 1 2010: 8,754
February 1 2010: 8,651
January 1 2010: 7992
December 1 2009: 7589
November 1 2009: 7365

Percentage of books priced from one penny to $50 that are under ten dollars 

February: 84.2% (328,597 of 390,178)
January: 83.4% (295,634 of 354,499)
December: 83.1% (283,497 of 341,112)
November: 82.8% (268,366 of 324,230)
October:  82.2% (252,511 of 307,241) 
September: 82.0% (239,666 of 292318) 
August: 83.2% (245,524 of 295,210)

Percentage of books with a publication date of the previous month priced from one penny to $50 that are under ten dollars 

Books for February: 96.5% (26,850 of 27,815)
Books for January: 93.3% (11,857 of 12,704)
Books for December: 90.6% (8,948 of 9,879)
Books for November: 94.1% (11,520 of 12,239)
Books for October: 91.2% (6,789 of 7,445)
Books for September: 91.0% (5,104 of 5,608)
Books for August: 96.4% (20,239 of 21,079) 

Books in the Seventy Percent Royalty Range ($2.99 – $9.99)

March 1: 52.5% (236,418 of 450,625)
February 1:  50.8% (210,978 of 415,100)

Books from one penny to $2.98

March 1: 20.5% (92,180 of 450,625)
February 1: 20.4% (84,721 of 415,100) 

Textbooks in the Kindle Store  

March 1 2010: 5,728
February 1 2010: 5,673
January 1 2010: 5,549
December 1 2009: 4,892
November 1 2009: 4,768
October 1 2009: 4,633
September 24 2009: 4,678  
August 11 2009: 4,381    

Free books (including public domain)    

March 1 2010: 20,143
February 1 2010: 19788
January 1 2010: 19,802
December 1 2009: 19,895
November 1 2009: 18,547 
October 1 2009: 7,428 
February 28 2009: 7,401   

Free books (without public domain)    

March 1 2010: 67
February 1 2010: 52
January 1 2010: 53
December 1 2009: 84
November 1 2009: 64 
October 1 2009: 67   

Spanish edition books*  

March 1 2010: 2,841
February 1 2010: 2,548
January 1 2010: 2,363
December 1 2009: 3,483  

Summary    

What a great month!  I was thinking we were going to see some less-reader friendly stats, since the agency agreement is going into effect with Macmillan this month (which will allow Macmillan, a publisher, to set the prices readers pay).  That hasn’t happened yet, though…maybe we’ll see it reflected next month.  The percentage of books in my prime range that are under $9.99 went UP again.  Free books went way up, both with and without public domain, breaking 20,000.   The number of overall titles was also way up, with more than double the usual rate being added per day.  The return of the Macmillan books may have contributed…but that’s still a big jump.  Books in what will be the 70% royalty range for independent publishers who use the Digital Text Platform did rise about two percent.  Newspapers, magazines, blogs, textbooks…all up.  :)  Be interesting to see what happens next month, but for now…woo-hoo!  ;) 

Notes    

  • Data was typically drawn using Jungle-Search.com.  There are a number of possible sources of errors (JS, Amazon, me), but these are probably pretty good
  • The free books referenced here are from the Kindle store: there are many other sources for free books
  • My search for textbooks definitely has false positives (books that aren’t really textbooks).  I search for -domain (to eliminate public domain titles, which would be older books, generall) textbook.  That would find a book about textbooks, for example
  • I searched for “Spanish edition” to find Spanish language books.  That has some false positives as well
  • I look at price percentages of books in the range of one penny to fifty dollars, to eliminate freebies and limit textbooks
  • This information is based on what a United States customer sees

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

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2 Responses to “Snapshot: March 1 2010”

  1. Sharon Lingenfelter Says:

    I’ve got a Kindle 2 (not international ) and Mar. 2 is the last blog I received. I don’t know if I tell you about it or Kindle Customer service.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Sharon, telling me (or them) is fine…we get along. :)

      You are experiencing what I call a “blogjam”. I’ve been noticing a lot more of these since the 2.3 update (not that it’s clear that is the cause). The blog has been going out regularly, but you haven’t been getting it.

      Here are the steps to fix it:

      1. Start the browser on the Kindle (Home-Menu-Experimental-Basic Web is fine)
      2. Menu-Settings…clear your cookies and your cache
      3. Home-Menu-Settings-Menu-Restart

      That should do it.

      You then may want to try Menu-Sync & Check for Items. It may take until the next blog update goes out, so give it a day.

      This all assumes you have Whispernet (the Kindle’s wireless internet connection) on at some point each day…that’s how it gets updated.

      Thanks for being worried about it! It’s been happening with lots of different blogs through the Kindle store, not just mine.

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