February 2012 Kindle books sale
There isn’t a single thread in the first 100 in the
complaining about the high prices of e-books.
As regular readers of my monthly Snapshots of the Kindle store know, the percentage of books priced between one penny and $9.99 in what I call the Prime Range (one penny to fifty dollars) hasn’t been going up. The average New York Times fiction hardback bestseller equivalents has been around $13 for a while.
That hadn’t stopped people from complaining, though.
I understand the complaining. There are people who are particularly incensed if they can buy the new paperbook from Amazon at a lower price than the Kindle edition. Clearly, they thought that e-books would be less expensive than p-books, so they are disappointed about that.
However, I have felt that the number of complaints about books being priced over $9.99 has been going down.
Why is that?
I think it may be because there are more alternatives to get lower-priced books.
- You can get books from the public library…even though some publishers don’t participate (or don’t participate fully), you can ge well-known books that way
- You can borrow Kindle books from people not on your account (although, again, major publishers limit that)
- Eligible Prime members can borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) at no additional cost (again, those may not be from some big publishers, but others do participate…so you can find popular books)
- Amazon published books may be cheaper
- Amazon is encouraging independent publishers to make books free under the KDP select program on some days
Another thing? Amazon does sales.
One thing these all have in common: they aren’t from the Big Six traditional publishers.
That doesn’t mean those tradpubs are feeling the pain…the market is still growing so rapidly that they are making lots of sales.
What it does suggest to me, though, is that people are considering alternatives…that may be very important, and Amazon getting big names into their own publishing helps push that.
Let’s get back to those Amazon sales.
They can’t put Agency Model books on sale very easily (the publisher has to do that), but they do discount other books.
Currently, they pick 100 books a month to price at $3.99 at less.
That’s in addition to their Kindle Daily Deal.
I thought I’d pick out some books from February’s set that caught my eye. Note that these prices are for the USA…it may not apply where you are. Always check the price before you click the “Buy” button.
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
by Kurt Vonnegut
$2.99 at time of writing (digital list price: $7.99)
Introducing the character Kilgore Trout. Random House fought RosettaBooks over their ability to license e-books when RH had the paperbook rights…and lost. Without that, you might not be seeing this e-book in this sale.
by Mary Norton
The first of the popular children’s book series
Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War
by Newt Gingrich, william Forstchen
The Door into Summer
by Robert Heinlein
Classic science fiction by an acknowledged master
by Jessie Carney Smith
Good one for Black History Month, of course…
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains
by Jon Krakauer
Krakauer is the author of Into Thin Air
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded
edited by Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer
Curious about steampunk? This anthology mixes non=fiction and fiction, and contributors include Tanith Lee and William Gibson. Even if you don’t buy it, a sample might be interesting
Conspiracies and Secret Societies
by Brad Steiger, Sherry Steiger
Steiger writes knowledgeably and entertainingly about “fringe” topics…oh, and prolifically. Brad has written over 150 books, and I have many of them in paper
The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: History
by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, Piers Marchant, Melissa Wagner
From the authors of the Worst Case Scenario books
Those are a few that I noticed, but there are a hundred of them. If there are others you would recommend, feel free to comment on this post. Oh, and of course, none of these block text-to-speech access.
Update: Here’s a link to all 100…thanks to my reader Árni Viðar Björgvinsson for pointing out that I had forgotten to include that link…simply an oversight on my part. I appreciate it when readers point those sorts of things out so I can correct them.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.