Something’s up…some Random House books not in Kindle store
Well, I was working on my monthly Snapshot this morning, and something is definitely up!
It might be something good…this could be the transition to non-Agency Model pricing for Penguin and Random House.
However, Penguin has been a tough negotiator with Amazon before…it’s hard to say exactly what is happening.
I went to gather the prices of the New York Times hardcover fiction equivalents as Kindle books, which I typically do on the first of the month.
#3, Rose Harbor, was not available in Kindle format.
Now, that used to happen sometimes…bestsellers would not be in Kindle format, but it was always pretty unusual…and i haven’t seen it for a while, I think.
The hardback is published by Ballantine, which is part of Random House.
Continuing down the list, I hit Inferno, by Dan Brown being unavailable. That’s been a top Kindle seller. Published by Doubleday,..part of Random House.
I went to eReaderIQ.com, and checked Doubleday as a publisher…there are Doubleday books currently in the Kindle store.
Maybe it is just the bestsellers…as Amazon lowers the prices?
Maybe. I suspect we’ll know pretty quickly. I don’t think this happened with the other publishers on the transition, though.
Random House is bound by the conditions to which Penguin agreed in a settlement with the US Department of Justice in a legal action against a price fixing conspiracy involving the Agency Model…that was basically one of the conditions of their recent merger.
I’ll let you know when I know more and can update you.
Bonus deal: another thing I noticed while doing the research for the Snapshot: The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, is only $6.50. That’s a lot lower than it was…this could make a good gift for the holidays (or for yourself). You can delay the delivery date on gifts. This could be the result of a price war (Amazon generally does matching), and other books could be involved. This book is published by Mulholland, which is ultimately part of Hachette. The price could change at any time: check that Buy button before clicking or tapping it.
Update: there is an indicator that the number of missing books may be around 9,000. Here is what I wrote in the summary in my Snapshot;
“ The number of books added per day looks much lower, which is not good, but that could be due to books being temporarily pulled. If so, we could guess that the number of pulled books may be around 9,000. That would be very, very approximate. I’d base that on 1,000 as a typical number of books added per day, and this month came out closer to 700. 300 (the difference) multiplied by 30 (I know there are thirty days in August, but just doing this roughly) would be about 9,000. “
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.