Snapshot: April 1 2010

Snapshot: April 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 Titles

 

Kindle store titles
April 1 2010: 476,653
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:  

March:  840
February: 1,146
January: 430 (may be impacted by Macmillan removal)
December: 525
November: 556
October: 837 

Magazines:
 
April 1 2010: 53
March 1 2010: 50
February 1 2010: 46
January 1 2010: 43
December 1 2009: 40
November 1 2009: 38
Newspapers:

April 1 2010: 118
March 1 2010: 107
February 1 2010: 93
January 1 2010: 89
December 1 2009: 76
November 1 2009: 58 

Blogs: 

April 1 2010: 8,944
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 

March: 83.9% (413,302 of 346,665)
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 March: 96.0% (23,703 of 24,699)
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) 

April 1: 51.1% (243,718 of 476,653)
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 

April 1: 21.6% (102,948 of 476,653)
March 1: 20.5% (92,180 of 450,625)
February 1: 20.4% (84,721 of 415,100)  

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

April 1 2010: 5,973
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)  

April 1 2010: 20,619
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)   

April 1 2010: 560 (59 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
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* 

April 1 2010: 3,383
March 1 2010: 2,841
February 1 2010: 2,548
January 1 2010: 2,363
December 1 2009: 3,483 

Agency Day Analysis 

Today, April 1 2010, is “Agency Day”.  This is the day that the “agency plan” goes into effect for some publishers in the US.  The expectation is that this will change some of the pricing. 

To test this, I took some figures on March 31 and then again on April 1. 

  3/31/2010
Total 479989
Prime 416381
Under $10 349768
  84%
Price Point Count Percentage
 $      0.99       43,941 9.15%
 $      1.99        7,701 1.60%
 $      2.99       14,554 3.03%
 $      3.99       17,477 3.64%
 $      4.99        9,782 2.04%
 $      5.99        2,691 0.56%
 $      6.99        1,821 0.38%
 $      7.99       12,104 2.52%
 $      8.99        1,313 0.27%
 $      9.99       53,109 11.06%
 $    10.99           192 0.04%
 $    11.99           196 0.04%
 $    12.99           308 0.06%
 $    13.99             93 0.02%
 $    14.99           827 0.17%
 $    15.99           114 0.02%
 $    16.99             67 0.01%
 $    17.99             43 0.01%
 $    18.99             21 0.00%
 $    19.99           201 0.04%
 $    20.99             11 0.00%
 $    21.99             10 0.00%
 $    22.99             21 0.00%
 $    23.99               5 0.00%
 $    24.99             50 0.01%
  4/1/2010
Total 476653
Prime 413032
Under $10 346665
  84%
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99  43,993 9.17% 0.01%
 $        1.99    7,704 1.61% 0.00%
 $        2.99  14,560 3.03% 0.00%
 $        3.99  17,390 3.62% -0.02%
 $        4.99    9,758 2.03% -0.01%
 $        5.99    2,691 0.56% 0.00%
 $        6.99    1,800 0.38% 0.00%
 $        7.99  10,927 2.28% -0.25%
 $        8.99    1,312 0.27% 0.00%
 $        9.99  51,857 10.80% -0.26%
 $      10.99       191 0.04% 0.00%
 $      11.99       196 0.04% 0.00%
 $      12.99       308 0.06% 0.00%
 $      13.99         93 0.02% 0.00%
 $      14.99       806 0.17% 0.00%
 $      15.99       114 0.02% 0.00%
 $      16.99         67 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         43 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         21 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99       201 0.04% 0.00%
 $      20.99         11 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         11 0.00% 0.00%
 $      22.99         21 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99          5 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         50 0.01% 0.00%

Summary   

Fascinating!  

It’s Agency Day, and the sky hasn’t fallen (or the prices massively risen).  I do still think that East wind is coming (to quote Sherlock Holmes).  I have a couple of ideas on that: the prices might change when the iBooks store comes online (presumably this weekend); it make take a few days for us to see the price changes regardless; they may not actually raise the prices right away, since they know people will be watching it closely. 

As we near 500,000 books in the Kindle store, the rate has been gone up considerably from 500 new titles a day (in the US store).  

Textbooks got a considerable bump: is that because textbook companies expect students to get books from the Kindle store and read them on iPads?  Not when they limit the books to Kindle devices only, of course (as I noticed for some textbooks not too long ago). 

Spanish books have also had a jump, although it’s still a small percentage of the store. 

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
  • The price point analysis is for books at that specific price: it does not represent a range of prices
  • I compared the percentage of price points in the Agency Day Analysis when I showed the difference…not the number of books
  • 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: April 1 2010”

  1. lp Says:

    I assume that you noticed that the edited Amazon “publisher” announcement now appears to indicate that the “agency” change will not occur until April 3 for all publishers. I’ll be interested in seeing the results then.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks lp!

      Yes, I’ll run stats again on the third, most likely.

      The changes are in effect at B&N, though, presumably…you can get an idea of it there (although the contracts with Apple and Amazon mean that each store is affected by the other store…so it may actually take until the iBooks store is online as well. That’s also this weekend, but it may not mean that it happens at 12:01 AM).

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