Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: September 2014

September 5, 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: August 2014

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 101 for this month at the time of writing (significantly fewer than last month, when there were 126).

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

It’s also interesting…about 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,377,957 of 2,809,946). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another new thing is that many of these books may be part of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

The Best American Short Stories 2013 (at AmazonSmile)
edited by Elizabeth Strout, Heidi Pitlor
3.9 out of 5 stars, 38 reviews
$2.99 KU

I’m putting this one on my KU Wish List, which I use to make it easy to borrow more books more quickly. I do like short stories: they can be great for a short trip to the store using text-to-speech.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (at AmazonSmile*)
by Dee Brown
4.7 stars, 443 reviews
$2.44 KU

Another one for my KU list! This one is a true non-fiction classic…check out the number of reviews and the high rating! Not an easy read, but history isn’t always easy.

The Wars of the Roses (at AmazonSmile*)
by Alison Weir
4.3 stars, 152 reviews
$1.99

Another well-reviewed history…but of a different place.

The Carpet People (at AmazonSmile*)
by Terry Pratchett
4.0 stars, 61 reviews
$1.99 KU

A children’s book from the beloved author of the Discworld series.

John Lennon: The Life (at AmazonSmile*)
by Philip Norman
4.0 stars, 181 reviews
$1.99

This is one to consider as a gift…remember that you can delay a gift until the appropriate date. Might be a nice small gift at the holidays, for example.

A Widow’s Story: A Memoir (at AmazonSmile*)
by Joyce Carol Oates
4.0 stars, 197 reviews
$1.99

It can be difficult sometimes when an author writes something very different from what you are used to reading by them…but this personal memoir may be worth it if you can put that aside.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (at AmazonSmile*)
by William Styron
4.1 stars, 90 reviews
$2.51 KU

You want the backlist? How about a 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning novel?

Again, that’s just a few that stood out to me…there are books (not the best-known ones) by Michael Crichton and Ed McBain, John Rain books by Barry Eisler, books in the Not Quite series by Catherine Bybee, and more.

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books for September (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg (historical fiction…might go with that one)
  • Tunnel Vision by Aric Davis (mystery)
  • Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond (young adult fantasy)…hmmm, I do like young adult fantasy. These will probably all be in KU after they are released, so it’s a question of which one I think someone else on my account might want to read at some point: that’s the one I should buy
  • Playing it Safe by Barbie Bohrman (romance)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Amazon introduces KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

September 4, 2014

Amazon introduces KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

I remember when people would argue that children’s (pre-teen) books were always going to be better on paper than in e-book form.

Certainly, tactile input processing is different in children than in adults.

When you look at the Kindle store book bestsellers (as I often do), you don’t see that many books for kids at the top (although it does happen).

Well, looks like Amazon would like to change that.

In this

press release

Amazon announces a new book publishing venture…KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) for Kids:

https://kdp.amazon.com/kids

There have pretty much always been independently published kids books in the Kindle store (since it’s been open), but this is something different.

It gives you the tools to make digital pop ups…and apparently, quite easily, based on the blurbs they have.

Of course, the market for fancy illustrated books is really for the

Kindle Fire (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

rather than the non-Fire Kindles…when you are talking illustrations (and animations) there is no comparison.

However, this publishing will also let people put age and grade levels on their books, which will help even if it is more text-based.

I’m a bit curious about that: can anybody just pick whatever they want?

Age and grade levels can be very tricky.

When our now adult kid was, oh, six or so, they were reading at a much higher level. The school librarian gave our kid a Goosebumps book…nightmare city! The reading level was more appropriate, but the material wasn’t. That’s what I mean by it being tricky.

There are 163,828 children’s books in the USA Kindle store right now…I suspect we may see that grow pretty rapidly.

I have no question that this is a plus for the authors. I think it will also be a plus for the readers…and since this is part of KDP, it ought to bump up the options for kids using

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which is Amazon’s $9.99 “all you can read” subser (subscription service).

If Amazon isn’t figuring out a simple way to gift memberships in KU for the holidays, they will really be missing a chance.

This may also sell more Kindle Fires, and possibly the

Amazon Fire Phone (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

and even the

Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

There is a Kindle app for the former and not for the latter…but you could mirror a Kindle Fire to a Fire TV, and they may work out an app for books.

Would you read a book on a TV?

I could certainly see reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or a Dr. Seuss book to a room full of kids!

I don’t think the people at Amazon are anti-p-book (paperbook), but it’s better for their business model to promote e-books. P-book distribution is still largely under the control of tradpubs (traditional publishers) and brick and mortar stores, although e-tailing is probably moving up (and will move up more in a hurry if Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million collapse).

If your kid is reading color, slightly animated e-books on a Kindle Fire through Kindle Unlimited, it really commits you much more deeply to Amazon.

Then, maybe you become a Prime member (free month with that Kindle Fire…free year with that Fire phone). Once you’ve done that, you start buying the higher margin physical items from Amazon (or third parties fulfilled through Amazon) and the big A can start making a profit…without raising e-book prices all that much.

They haven’t been raising the e-book prices generally…except for the New York Times bestseller hardback equivalents, which have shot up an extraordinary amount this year, based on my Snapshots.

Let me ask this, though: do you still have p-books you got as a child? I do. I think a lot of people do…cherished (often “well-used”) parts of youth. That won’t quite be the same with digital kids’ books. ;)

What do you think? Have you always had an idea for a kids’ book…and now you think you might be able to do it? Is there anything that worries you about this? For example, could people with fringe or anti-social ideas use this to reach children? Publishers get to choose their own categories…would someone publish the Kama Sutra (maybe with teddy bears) through KDP Kids? If you could easily gift KU to a kid this holiday season, do you think you would do that? Do books like this pose any threat to the continuance of the non-Fire Kindles? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 

Over 1000 e-books up to 85% off: Gold Box student sale

September 2, 2014

Over 1000 e-books up to 85% off: Gold Box student sale

I’ve written about

10 ways Amazon saves us money on e-books

but  one of their best things is when they do their “student sales”. They apparently define student quite  loosely (I would hope we are all students of something), and that results in savings for everyone.

If you want to see the entire list (1,051 titles at time of writing), it’s here:

Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 85% off on eBooks for Students (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

However, I thought I’d take a quick (well…focused…it will take me a few minutes) look at the titles and highlight some for you that caught my eye.

Remember, this sale is just for today! As always, check the Buy button before you get a book. If the price seems good to you, go for it. The discounts may not apply in your country, and it’s possible a book will move out of the promotion before you see it…but purchasing should be based on what you think is a good value, not a comparison to what someone else got. At least, that’s the way I look at it. ;)

In order to get through these, I won’t be checking to  see if the publisher is blocking text-to-speech access** (I don’t buy books which do myself). For that reason, and for speed, I won’t be linking to  the individual titles.

One other thing: if I notice one is available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I’ll designate it with KU.

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves and Patrick Lencioni
  • A Secret Woman by Rose Solari KU
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington Cemetery by Robert M. Poole
  • There are a lot of O’Reilly programming books! Note that you may first see the rental price, then  the purchase price
  • A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich and Clifford Harper
  • Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That  Works by Ash Maurya
  • Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar
  • What the Best College Teachers do by Ken Bain
  • Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and  Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo
  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World by Graham Allison and Henry A. Kissinger
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth 1 by Peter Ackroyd
  • Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel  Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving  Your Sleep Problems by Robert Rosenberg
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
  • The Courageto Be by Paul Tillich and Peter J. Gomes
  • Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun
  • The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregatd  America’s Military by Rawn James Jm.
  • A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
  • The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S. Yanofsky
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about  the coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to  Save Humanity by james hansen
  • Billy Christmas by Mark A. Pritchard KU
  • Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion by New Scientist and Jeremy Webb
  • Seeds of Vengeance by Sylvia nobel KU
  • Leonardo’s Notebooks: Writing and Art of  the Great Master by Leonardo da Vinci and H. Anna Suh
  • The Big Books of Boy Stuff and Spy Stuff by Bart King
  • Mad in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing by Vaclav Smil
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin and Edward P. Jones
  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith l. Moore, Anne M. Agur, and Arthur F. Dailey
  • Head First PMP by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman
  • A lot of medical textbooks!
  • Net Smart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold
  • Psychic Development for Beginners: An Easy Guide to Developing and Releasing Your Psychic Abilities by William W. Hewitt
  • Lots of legal textbooks
  • Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring
  • Spies, Patriots, and Traitors by Kenneth A. Daigler
  • Bermuda Shorts by James Patterson
  • The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual by S.K. Bain and Peter Levenda KU
  • The New York Times: The Times of the…Sixties, Seventies
  • The Values-Driven Organization by Richard Barrett
  • Conversational American English by Richard Spears, Betty Birner, Steven Kleinedler, and Luc Nisset
  • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

That’s enough to get you started!

When you are on the first page (linked above) of the promotion, you can choose categories to narrow your search.

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Snapshot: September 1 2014

September 1, 2014

Snapshot: September 1 2014

I generally run this information through eReaderIQ.com (it’s just easier than Amazon), and there are some vagaries in the searches (both there and on Amazon). I do try to run it the same way every time, so unless Amazon changes something, it should give you a pretty good idea.  NOTE: I’ve changed this explanation from saying “Jungle-Search.com” to “eReaderIQ.com”. It’s the same people and I assume the results are the same. eReaderIQ is just for the Kindle, Jungle-Search does Amazon generally. eReaderIQ has a slightly better interface for the searches.

Titles in Kindle Store

20140901 TitlesinStore

September 1, 2014: 2,801,221
August 1, 2014: 2,724,012
July 1, 2014: 2,655,727
June 1, 2014: 2,596,747 (2,597,112 for second run)
May 1, 2014: 2,576,453
April 1, 2014: 2,512,520
March 1, 2014: 2,462,832
February 1, 2014: 2,411,705
January 1, 2014: 2,351,290
December 1, 2013: 2,287,866
November 1, 2013: 2,229,223
October 1, 2013: 2,175,847
September 1, 2013: 2,081,800
August 1, 2013:  2,060,431
July 1, 2013: 1,998,705
June 1, 2013: 1,972,277
May 1, 2013: 1,940,274
April 1, 2013: 1,924,138
March 1, 2013: 1,913,164
February 1, 2013: 1,849,479
January 1, 2013: 1,805,001
December 1, 2012: 1,742,991
November 1, 2012: 1,641,362
October 1, 2012: 1,579,329
September 1, 2012: 1,531,069
August 1, 2012: 1,486,649
July 1, 2012: 1,451,504
June 1, 2012: 1,407,210
May 1, 2012: 1,358,922
April 1, 2012: 1,315,927
March 1, 2012: 1,265,632
February 1, 2012: 1,207,522
January 1, 2012: 1,165,654
December 1, 2011: 1,112,876
November 1, 2011: 1,058,635
October 1, 2011: 1,033,611
September 1, 2011: 995,265 (roughly 40,000 removed one day: PLR?)
August 1, 2011: 1,015,056
July 1, 2011: 980,434
June 1, 2011: 974,841
May 1, 2011: 937,831
April 1, 2011: 897,663
March 1, 2011: 868,351
February 1, 2011: 828,708
January 1, 2011: 796,131
December 1, 2010: 768,865
November 1, 2010: 743,692
October 1, 2010: 714, 663
September 1, 2010: 687,246
August 1, 2010: 659,479
July 1 2010: 627,343
June 1 2010: 596,300
May 1 2010: 509,229
April 1 2010: 476,653
March 1 2010: 450,625
February 1 2010: 415,100
January 1 2010: 401,773
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:

September 1, 2014: 2,491
August 1, 2014: 2,276
July 1, 2014: 1954
June 1, 2014: 655 (2nd run: 689)
May 1, 2014: 2,131
April 1, 2014: 1,603
March 1, 2014: 1,826
February 1, 2014: 1,949
January 1, 2014: 2,046
December 1, 2013: 1,995
November 1, 2013: 1,779
October 1, 2013: 3,135
September 1, 2013: 689
August 1, 2013: 1,991
July 1, 2013: 881
June 1, 2013: 1,032
May 1, 2013: 538
April 1, 2013: 354
March 1, 2013: 2,274
February 1, 2013: 1,435
January 1, 2013: 2,000
December 1, 2012: 3,388
November 1, 2012: 2,001
October 1, 2012: 1,609
September 1, 2012: 1,433
August 1, 2012: 1,134
July 1, 2012: 1,476
June 1, 2012: 1,558
May 1, 2012: 1,433
April 1, 2012: 1,622
March 1, 2012: 2,004
February 1, 2012: 1,351
January 1, 2012: 1,703
December 1, 2011: 1,808
November 1, 2011: 807
October 1, 2011: 1,278
September 1, 2011: -638
August 1, 2011: 1,117
July 1, 2011: 186
June 1, 2011: 1,194
May 1, 2011: 1,339
April 1, 2011: 946
March 1, 2011: 1,416 (corrected from last post)
February 1, 2011: 1,051
Taken January 1, 2011: 880 (average for December 2010)
December: 839
November:  968
October: 914
September: 896
August: 1,037
July: 1,035
May: 2,809 (may be affected by Penguin return)
April: 1,086
March: 840
February: 1,146
January: 430 (may be impacted by Macmillan removal)
December 2009: 525
November: 556
October: 837

Magazines:

September 1, 2014: 652
August 1, 2014: 649
July 1, 2014: 650
June 1, 2014: 668
May 1, 2014: 671
April 1, 2014: 684
March 1, 2014: 671
February 1, 2014: 675
January 1, 2014: 670
December 1, 2013: 669
November 1, 2013: 653
October 1, 2013: 652
September 1, 2013: 630
August 1, 2013: 628
July 1, 2013: 628
June 1, 2013: 626
May 1, 2013: 620
April 1, 2013: 609
March 1, 2013: 605
February 1, 2013: 601
January 1, 2013: 586
December 1, 2012: 573
November 1, 2012: 567
October 1, 2012: 558
September 1, 2012: 547
August 1, 2012: 510
July 1, 2012: 497
June 1, 2012: 476
May 1, 2012: 469
April 1, 2012: 453
March 1, 2012: 430
February 1, 2012: 409
January 1, 2012: 370
December 1, 2011: 340
November 1, 2011: 132
October 1, 2011: 129
September 1, 2011: 127
August 1, 2011: 119
July 1, 2011: 115
June 1, 2011: 110
May 1, 2011: 93
April 1, 2011: 86
March 1, 2011: 81
February 1, 2011:  80
January 1, 2011: 74
December 1, 2010:  83
November 1, 2010: 84
October 1, 2010: 80
September 1. 2010: 70
August 1, 2010: 64
July 1, 2010: 61
June 1, 2010: 60
May 1, 2010: 58
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:

September 1, 2014: 175
August 1, 2014: 174
July 1, 2014: 175
June 1, 2014: 177
May 1, 2014: 178
April 1, 2014: 175
March 1, 2014: 175
February 1, 2014: 176
January 1, 2014: 176
December 1, 2013: 179
November 1, 2013: 179
October 1, 2013: 181
September 1, 2013: 181
August 1, 2013: 181
July 1, 2013: 179
June 1, 2013: 180
May 1, 2013: 185
April 1, 2013: 181
March 1, 2013: 198
February 1, 2013: 201
January 1, 2013: 200
December 1, 2012: 198
November 1, 2012: 202
October 1, 2012: 200
September 1, 2012: 201
August 1, 2012: 204
July 1, 2012: 201
June 1, 2012: 199
May 1, 2012: 195
April 1, 2012: 194
March 1, 2012: 193
February 1, 2012: 190
January 1, 2012: 188
December 1, 2011: 211
November 1, 2011: 191
October 1, 2011: 184
September 1, 2011: 177
August 1, 2011: 176
July 1, 2011: 176
June 1, 2011: 169
May 1, 2011: 167
April 1, 2011: 164
March 1, 2011: 161
February 1, 2011:  156
January 1, 2011: 153
December 1, 2010: 148
November 1, 2010: 145
October 1, 2010: 144
September 1, 2010: 138
August 1, 2010: 135
July 1, 2010: 136
June 1, 2010: 133
May 1, 2010: 128
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:

September 1, 2014: 14,151 (ILMK rank: ILMK rank: #12)
August 1, 2014: 14,089 (ILMK rank: #13)
July 1, 2014: 13,985 (ILMK rank: #13)
June 1, 2014: 13,924 (ILMK rank: #8)
May 1, 2014: 13,811 (ILMK rank: #10)
April 1, 2014: 14,525 (ILMK rank: #8)
March 1, 2014: 14,382
February 1, 2014: 14,221
January 1, 2014: 14,030
December 1, 2013: 13,867
November 1, 2013: 13,742
October 1, 2013: 13,521
September 1, 2013: 14,792
August 1, 2013: 14,555
July 1, 2013: 14,432
June 1, 2013: 14,157
May 1, 2013: 14,552
April 1, 2013: 14,234
March 1, 2013: 13,870
February 1, 2013: 13,461
January 1, 2013: 13,110
December 1, 2012: 13,559
November 1, 2012: 13,178
October 1, 2012: 12,908
September 1, 2012: 12,417
August 1, 2012: 12,087
July 1, 2012: 12,759
June 1, 2012: 12,680
May 1, 2012: 12,914
April 1, 2012: 13,295
March 1, 2012: 13,038
February 1, 2012: 13,984
January 1, 2012: 13,571
December 1, 2011: 13,178
November 1, 2011: 14,286
October 1, 2011: 15,116
September 1, 2011: 14,801
August 1, 2011: 14,477
July 1, 2011: 14,053
June 1, 2011: 13,616
May 1, 2011: 12,901
April 1, 2011: 12,502
March 1, 2011: 12,080
February 1, 2011: 11,355
January 1, 2011: 11,087
December 1, 2010: 10,585
November 1, 2010: 10,255
October 1, 2010: 10,056
September 1, 2010: 10,036
August 1, 2010: 9,716
July 1, 2010: 9,429
June 1, 2010: 9,228
May 1, 2010: 9,094
April 1, 2010: 8,944
March 1, 2010: 8,754
February 1, 2010: 8,651
January 1, 2010: 7,992
December 1, 2009: 7,589
November 1, 2009: 7,365

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

August, 2014: (taken September 1, 2014): 87.9% (2,304,717 of 2,621,516)
July, 2014 (taken August 1, 2014): 87.7% (2,232,131 of 2,544,623)
June, 2014 (taken July 1, 2014): 87.7% (2,172,079 of 2,477,343)
May, 2014 (taken June 1, 2014): 74.6% (294,759 of 395,137) | Second run (to account for possible Amazon glitching): 87.6% (2,121,022 of 2,422,630)
April, 2014 (taken May 1, 2014): 87.6% (2,106,603 of 2,404,221)
March, 2014 (taken April 1, 2014): 87.6% (2,054,771 of 2,346,730)
February, 2014 (taken March 1, 2014): 87.5% (2,012,504 of 2,300,490)
January, 2014 (taken February 1, 2014): 87.7% (1,976,453 of 2,254,215)
December, 2013 (taken January 1, 2014): 88.1% (1,932,395 of 2,193,346)
November (taken December 1, 2013): 88.0% (1,875,538 of 2,130,446)
October (taken November 1, 2013): 88.0% (1,823,817 of 2,073,157)
September (taken October 1, 2013):  87.7% (1,777,735 of 2,024,990)
August (taken September 1, 2013): 88.5% (1,706,130 of 1,928,837)
July (taken August 1, 2013): 87.9% (1,681,162 of 1,913,454)
June (taken July 1, 2013): 87.7% (1,627,666 of 1,855,614)
May (taken June 1, 2013): 87.8% (1,605,912 of 1,828,577)
April (taken May 1, 2013): 87.8% (1,582,685 of 1,801,844)
March (taken April 1, 2013): 88.1% (1,573,845 of 1,785,986)
February (taken March 1, 2013): 88.4% (1,564,429 of 1,770,452)
January (taken February 1, 2013): 89.6% (1,534,604 of 1,713,256)
December (taken January 1, 2013): 89.9% (1,502,267 of 1,671,220)
November (taken December 1): 89.8% (1,451,437 of 1,615,716)
October (taken November 1): 90.0% (1,371,227 of 1,522,810)
September (taken October 1): 90.1% (1,322,272 of 1,466,890)
August (taken September 1): 90.0% (1,278,733 of 1,421,168)
July (taken August 1): 89.9% (1,240,642 of 1,379,399)
June (taken (July 1): 89.7% (1,204,888 of 1,343,776)
May (taken June 1): 89.8% (1,1174,668 of 1,308,331)
April (taken May 1): 89.9% (1,113,793 of 1,261,606)
March (taken April 1): 89.6% (1,089,619 of 1,215,625)
February (taken March 1): 89.7% (1,044,889 of 1,165,368)
January (taken February 1): 89.4% (994,448 of 1,112,467)
December (taken January 1): 89.0% (955,187 of 1,073,539)
November (taken December 1): 88.8% (907,647 of 1,021,647)
October (taken November 1): 88.7% (859,492 of 968,948)
September (taken October 1): 88.6% (835,590 of 943,545)
August (taken September 1): 88.4% (803,271 of 908,602)
July (taken August 1): 89.1% (829,823 of 931,713)
June (taken July 1): 89.2% (801,631 of 898,735)
May (taken June 1): 89.4% (799,845 of 895,091)
April (taken May 1): 89.2% (769,798 of 862,970)
March (taken April 1): 88.9% (739,192 of 831,867)
February (taken March 1): 92.4% (752,043 of 814,009)
January (taken February 1): 88.9% (692,840 of 779,683)
December (taken January 1): 88.8% (663,315 of 746,963)
November (taken December 1): 88.8% (639,676 of 720,179)
October: (taken November 1): 88.8% (617,133 of 695,278)
September (taken October 1): 93.0% (589,877 of 634,375)
August: 88.2% (565,260 of 640,936)
July: 87.7% (522,046 of 595,370)
June: 87.1% (479,793 of 563,436)
May: 86.8% (462,359 of 532,646)
April: 84.8% (377,624 of 445,421)
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 August, 2014: 95.8% (72,127 of 75,293)
Books for July, 2014: 95.8% (72,543 of 75,750)
Books for June, 2014: 94.4% (63,104 of 66,856)
Books for May, 2014: 81.4% (3,177 of 3,905)  | 2nd run to account for Amazon possibly glitching: 94.7% (65,080 of 68,713)
Books for April, 2014: 93.9% (64,320 of 68,534)
Books for March, 2014: 95.1% (64,614 of 67,969)
Books for February, 2014: 94.9% (60,313 of 63,555)
Books for January, 2014: 95.9% (95,399 of 99,439)
Books for December, 2013: 96.4% (105,488 of 109,437)
Books for November: 95.6% (95,064 of 99,468)
Books for October: 91.8% (58,291 of 63,498)
Books for September: 92.6% (55,613 of 60,082)
Books for August: 94.5% (55,159 of 58,358)
Books for July: 93.7% (55,648 of 59,365)
Books for June: 93.6% (52,745 of 56,323)
Books for May: 92.3% (51,237 of 55,482)
Books for April: 93.3% (53,929 of 57,818)
Books for March: 94.5% (53,632 of 56,758)
Books for February: 94.0% (48,876 of 52,015)
Books for January: 93.8% (50,100 of 53,418)
Books for December: 95.7% (49,147 of 51,337)
Books for November:  93.3% (47,702 of 51,103)
Books for October: 93.5% (48,869 of 52,243)
Books for September: 95.0% (52,571 of 49,491)
Books for August: 94.9% (45,180 of 47,593)
Books for July: 95.2% (46,712 of 49,072)
Books for June: 90.8% (50,056 of 55,143)
Books for May: 93.8% (44,463 of 47,396)
Books for April: 96.6% (45,211 of 46,800)
Books for March: 95.6% (48,578 of 50,788)
Books for February: 97.1% (51,180 of 52,734)
Books for January 2012: 96.9% (49,134 of 50,703)
Books for December: 96.8% (46,619 or 48,151)
Books for November: 96.0% (41,067 of 42,678)
Books for October: 96.2% (37,305 of 38,792)
Books for September 96.1% (33,889 of 35,254)
Books for August: 95.8% (37,440 of 39,100)
Books for July: 96.7% (42,922 of 44,400)
Books for June: 96.4% (45,332 of 47,018)
Books for May: 96.9% (51,840 of 53,484)
Books for April: 96.2% (42,795 of 44,464)
Books for March: 96.1% (38,961 of 40,558)
Books for February: 94.7% (32,379 of 34,206)
Books for January: 95.9% (29,010 of 30,260)
Books for December, 2010: 95.2% (23,419 of 24,593)
Books for November: 96.4% (28,189 of 29.251)
Books for October: 94.6% (22,005 of 23,268)
Books for September: 94.7% (22,338 of 23,592)
Books for August: 95.6% (24,514 of 25,638)
Books for July: 95.3% (24,375 of 25,579)
Books for June: 94.9% (21,774 of 22,945)
Books for May: 94.9% (24,436 of 25,737)
Books for April: 95.9% (23,695 of 24,714)
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)

September 1, 2014: 63.9% (1,778,889 of 2,801,221)
August 1, 2014: 63.6% (1,731,841 of 2,724,012)
July 1, 2014: 63.4% (1,684,876 of 2,655,727)
June 1, 2014: 8.7% (225,848 of 2,597,747) | second run to account for Amazon possibly glitching 63.4% (1,647,127 of 2,597,112)
May 1, 2014: 63.8% (1,644,029 of 2,576,453)
April 1, 2014: 63.9% (1,605,139 of 2,512,520)
March 1, 2014: 64.1% (1,577,451 of 2,462,832)
February 1, 2014: 64.2% (1,548,131 of 2,411,705)
January 1, 2014: 64.5% (1,516,854 of 2,351,290)
December 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,474,801 of 2,287,866)
November 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,438,413 of 2,229,223)
October 1, 2013: 64.6% (1,405,220 of 2,175,847)
September 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,342,522 of 2,081,800)
August 1, 2013: 64.4% (1,327,280 of 2,060,431)
July 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,288,838 of 1,998,705)
June 1, 2013: 65.0% (1,282,211 of  1,972,277)
May 1, 2013: 65.0% (1,261,991 of 1,940,274)
April 1, 2013: 65.7% (1,264,685 of 1,924,138)
March 1, 2013: 66.2% (1,265,680 of 1,913,164)
February 1, 2013: 67.4% (1,247,401 of 1,849,479)
January 1, 2013: 67.8% (1,224,368 of 1,805,001)
December 1, 2012: 67.9% (1,183,346 of 1,742,991)
November 1, 2012: 64.7% (1,061,871 of 1,641,362)
October 1, 2012: 61.4% (969,791 of 1,579,329)
September 1, 2012: 60.4% (924,771 of 1,531,069)
August 1, 2012: 59.4% (883,612 of 1,486,649)
July 1: 61.3% (890,148 of 1,451,504)
June 1:  62.1% (874,145 of 1,407,210)
May 1: 62.6% (850,030 of  1,358,922)
April 1: 66.8% (812,423 of 1,215,625)
March 1: 61.1% (773,783 of 1,265,632)
February 1: 60.5% (731,051 of 1,207,522)
January 1, 2012: 61.6% (718,191 of 1,165,654)
December 1: 62.5% (694,766 of 1,112,876)
November 1: 61.8% (653,971 of 1,058,635)
October 1: 64.6% (667,521 of 1,033,611)
September 1: 65.8% (654,521 of 995,265)
August 1: 66.8% (677,646 of 1,015,056)
July 1: 63.5% (622,648 of 980,434)
June 1: 65.8% (641,867 of 974,841)
May 1: 67.4% (631,871 of 937,831)
April 1: 67.5% (606,223 of 897,663)
March 1: 68.2% (592,077 of 868,351)
February 1: 67.7% (561,035 of 828,708)
January 1: 66.8% (532,092 of 796,131)
December 1, 2010: 66.9% (514,086 of 768,865)
November 1: 66.7% (493,644 of 743,692)
October 1: 68.2% (487,833 of 714,863)
September 1:  66% (453,408 of 687,246)
August 1: 58% (382,691 of 659,479)
July 1: 57.3% (359,361 of 627,343)
June 1: 57.1% (340,379 of 596,300)
May 1: 51.4% (261,869 of 509,229)
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

September 1, 2014: 18.9% (529,976 of 2,801,221)
August 1, 2014: 18.9% (513,541 of 2,724,012)
July 1, 2014: 18.8% (499,756 of 2,655,727)
June 1, 2014: 2.7% (70,679 of 2,596,747) | second run to account for Amazon possibly glitching: 18.7% (485,799 of 2,597,112)
May 1, 2014: 18.4% (474,202 of 2,576,453
April 1, 2014: 18.4% (461,344 of 2,512,520)
March 1, 2014: 18.1% (446,248 of 2,462,382)
February 1, 2014: 18.2% (439,217 of 2,411,705)
January 1, 2014: 18.1% (426,107 of 2,351,290)
December 1, 2013: 18.0% (410,936 of 2,287,866)
November 1, 2013: 17.8% (395,739 of 2,229,223)
October 1, 2013: 17.6% (381,972 of 2,175,847)
September 1, 2013: 17.9% (372,207 of 2,081,800)
August 1, 2013: 17.5% (361,079 of 2,060,431)
July 1, 2013: 17.3% (346,301 of 1,998,705)
June 1, 2013: 16.8% (330,723 of 1,972,277)
May 1, 2013: 16.9% (326,947 of 1,940,274)
April 1, 2013: 16.4% (315,280 of 1,924,138)
March 1, 2013: 15.9% (304,800 of 1,913,164)
February 1, 2013: 15.8% (293,041 of 1,849,479)
January 1, 2013: 15.7% (283,545 of 1,805,001)
December 1, 2012: 15.5% (270,520 of 1,742,991)
November 1, 2012: 19.2% (315,137 of 1,641,362)
October 1, 2012: 22.7% (358,015 of 1,579,329)
September 1, 2012: 23.5% (359,257 of 1,531,069)
August 1, 2012: 24.3% (361,675 of 1,486,649)
July 1: 22.0% (319,951 of 1,451,504)
June 1:  21.7% (305,794 of 1,407,210)
May 1: 21.3% (288,796 of  1,368,922)
April 1: 23.2% (282,254 of 1,215,625)
March 1: 21.8% (275,556 of 1,265,632)
February 1: 22.2% (268,203 of 1,207,522)
January 1, 2012: 20.7% (241,553 of 1,165,654)
December 1: 19.5% (217,026 of 1,112,876)
November 1: 19.8% (209,435 of 1,058,635)
October 1: 16.7% (172,745 of 1,033,611)
September 1: 15.5% (153,891 of 995,265)
August 1: 15.6% (158,010 of 1,015,056)
July 1: 18.9% (185,041 of 980,434)
June 1: 17.0% (165,687 of 974,841)
May 1: 15.6% (146,540 of 937,831)
April 1: 16.2% (145,638 of 897,863)
March 1: 16.9% (147,076 of 868,351)
February 1: 18.1% (149,809 of 828,708)
January 1: 18.7% (148,681 of 796,131)
December 1, 2010: 18.5%  (142,549 of 768,865)
November 1: 18.4% (136,964 of 743,692)
October 1: 17.9% (127,830 of 714,863)
September 1: 18.5% (127,165 of 687,246)
August 1: 21.1% (139,277 of 659,479)
July 1: 21% (131,432 of 627,343)
June 1: 20.5% (121,981 of 596,300)
May 1: 22.7% (115,756 of 509,229)
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)

Price Point Analysis of New York Times Hardback Fiction Equivalents

September 1, 2014

9.99 10.99 13.99 10.99 6.99 13.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 11.99
10.99 14.99 11.84 11.99 9.99 11.84 8.99 11.99 12.74 10.99

Average: $11.51 (+$0.56) 4 titles under $10

August 1, 2014

8.99 8.99 10.99 11.99 11.84 6.99 11.99 10.99 10.99 10.99
10.99 8.52 12.99 14.99 10.99 N/A 12.74 10.99 10.99 9.99

Average: $10.95 (+$0.30) 5 titles under $10

July 1, 2014

11.84 8.99 11.99 11.99 10.99 6.99 11.99 11.84 12.99 10.49
10.99 7.99 11.99 10.99 7.99 11.99 5.99 11.84 12.99 9.99

Average: $10.64 (+$0.22) 6 titles under $10

June 1, 2014

8.99 7.50 8.99 8.99 12.99 10.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 14.44
10.99 10.99 9.99 11.84 10.99 8.99 11.84 10.99 5.99 10.99

Average: $10.42 (-$0.16) 8 titles under $10

May 1, 2014

10.99 11.04 10.99 7.50 8.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 12.99
11.04 5.99 10.99 9.10 12.99 8.55 10.99 13.99 9.99 9.45

Average: $10.58 (-$0.27) 7 titles under $10

April 1, 2014

11.84 10.99 12.74 10.99 10.99 7.50 10.99 11.99 11.99 11.47
10.99 10.65 6.49 10.99 10.99 11.99 12.99 5.99 15.49 8.99

Average: $10.85 (+$0.59) 3 titles under $10

March 1, 2014

11.99 11.99 7.50 10.91 12.74 10.65 10.65 11.48 6.49 11.47
9.99 8.99 11.99 8.49 12.99 N/A 5.99 10.99 8.99 10.66

Average: $10.26 (+$1.33) 7 titles under $10

February 1, 2014

10.91 7.50 10.65 10.65 6.59 10.65 11.19 8.49 10.91 10.65
5.99 8.99 7.50 11.39 7.50 8.99 10.65 6.49 6.49 6.49

Average: $8.93 (+$0.99) 11 titles under $10

January 1, 2014

6.49 8.49 7.50 6.06 7.99 7.50 6.49 6.49 6.49 8.99
11.39 6.49 6.49 N/A 8.59 8.99 11.39 6.49 11.49 6.99

Average: $7.94 (-$1.06) 16 titles under $10

December 1, 2013:

8.49 3.29 10.99 10.65 7.99 7.49 11.99 3.99 10.99 10.99

N/A 10.99 8.99 7.99 8.59 10.91 10.65 10.99 3.99 11.99

Average: $9.00 ($-1.48) 9 titles under $10

November 1, 2013:

10.99 10.91 10.91 11.99 10.91 10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 6.50

10.91 10.91 10.91 10.65 9.99 10.99 10.99 9.01 9.99 7.99

Average: $10.48

October 1, 2013:

10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 9.99 9.45 5.99 10.99

10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 5.99 9.99 12.8010.99 10.99

Average: $10.40

September 4, 2013:

6.50 10.99 11.99 10.99 11.04 10.99 4.99 10.99 10.99 6.50
9.00 8.00 11.99 10.99 7.48 10.67 11.99 11.99 10.99 12.60

Average: $10.08

August 1, 2013:

11.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 11.99 10.99 9.99 12.99 9.99 9.99

12.99 12.99 11.04 12.99 8.52 12.99 14.99 10.91 11.04 11.84

Average: $11.71

July 1, 2013:

7.99 12.99 11.04 12.99 12.99 11.04 11.04 7.99 11.04 11.04

12.99 12.99 7.99 7.49 11.04 14.99 7.49 12.99 10.99 12.74

Average: $11.09

June 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 8.99 12.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 9.00

14.99 12.99 9.99 9.99 10.99 14.99 10.99 12.80 9.68 12.99

Average: $12.12

May 1, 2013:

12.99 10.99 12.74 12.99 7.99 12.99 10.99 12.99 12.99 12.99
12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 7.49 14.99 12.59

Average: $12.23

April 1, 2013:

12.74 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 9.45
11.99 14.99 14.99 9.68 12.99 12.99 12.99 9.78 11.04 10.67

Average: $12.36

March 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 N/A 10.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99
12.74 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99

Average: $12.92

February 1, 2013:

N/A 12.99 12.74 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.04 12.99

9.99 8.00 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 13.59

Average: $12.38

January 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.04 11.04 12.74 11.43 12.74 12.99

11.99 9.99 12.99 7.50 12.99 8.00 19.99 13.49 13.99 14.99

Average: 12.49

December 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 11.99

12.99 12.99 19.99 9.50 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.22

November 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 19.99 12.99 9.50 12.99

11.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 12.80 11.99 12.99

Average: $13.26

October 1, 2012:

19.99 12.99 12.99 9.50 12.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 11.99 9.45 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $12.84

September 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 9.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 1.99

Average: $12.49

August 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

July 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 12.99

Average: 13.29

June 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99

12.99 9.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 14.99

Average: $12.94

May 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

April 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

14.99* 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 11.9912.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.14

March 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99* 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

9.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

$13.04

February 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99* 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

* There was also an enhanced audio/visual version of this book for $16.99. I chose to enter it here only in the standard version, since that most closely represents the comparison between paper and e-book versions. It isn’t necessary to pay $16.99: it’s an additional payment for more features

January 1, 2012

Average: $13.14

December 1, 2011

Average: $12.40

November 1, 2011:

Average: $12.45

October 1, 2011:

Avg: $13.09

September 1, 2011:

Avg: 12.99

August 1, 2011:

Avg $13.29

July 1, 2011

Avg $13.09

June 1, 2011

Avg: $12.81

May 1, 2011

Average: $12.84

April 1, 2011

Average: $12.69

March 1, 2011

Average: $12.83

February 1, 2011

Average: $12.25
Agency Model average: $12.86
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

January 1, 2011

Average: $12.52

Agency Model: $12.99

Non-Agency: $9.99

December 1, 2010:

Average: $12.78
Agency Model average: $13.52
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

November 1, 2010:

Average: $12.83
Agency Model average: $13.59
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

October 1, 2010:

Average: $12.38
Agency Model average: $12.79
Non-Agency Model average: $10.87

September 1, 2010:

Average: $12.52
Agency Model average $12.99
Non-Agency Model average $9.99

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

September 1, 2014: 43,385
August 1, 2014: 42,643
July 1, 2014: 42,114
June 1, 2014: 40,810
May 1, 2014: 39,687
April 1, 2014: 38,577
March 1, 2014: 37,212
February 1, 2014: 36,397
January 1, 2014: 35,793
December 1, 2013: 35,213
November 1, 2013: 35,273
October 1, 2013: 34,585
September 1, 2013:  30,925
August 1, 2013: 29,956
July 1, 2013: 29,070
June 1, 2013: 28,194
May 1, 2013: 27,110
April 1, 2013: 26,35
March 1, 2013: 26,100
February 1, 2013: 25,000
January 1, 2013: 23,256
December 1, 2012: 21,507
November 1, 2012: 19,796
October 1, 2012: 19,095
September 1, 2012: 18,369
August 1, 2012: 17,756
July 1, 2012: 24,629
June 1, 2012: 15,581
May 1, 2012: 14,868
April 1, 2012: 16,509
March 1, 2012: 15,434
February 1, 2012: 14,827
January 1, 2012: 13,828
December 1, 2011: 13,396
November 1, 2011: 13,131
October 1, 2011: 12,788
September 1, 2011: 11,966
August 1, 2011: 10,316
July 1, 2011: 9,852
June 1, 2011: 9,442
May 1, 2011: 9,193
April 1, 2011:  8,952
March 1, 2011: 8,633
February 1, 2011: 8,342
January 1, 2011: 7,926
December 1, 2010: 7,637
November 1, 2010: 7,355
October 1, 2010: 7, 162
September 1, 2010: 6,831
August 1, 2010: 6,661
July 1, 2010: 6,481
June 1, 2010: 6,249
May 1, 2010: 6,117
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)

September 1, 2014: 61,787
August 1, 2014: 61,381
July 1, 2014: 60,103
June 1, 2014: 59,848
May 1, 2014: 59,957
April 1, 2014: 57,945
March 1, 2014: 58,588
February 1, 2014: 57,648
January 1, 2014: 56,793
December 1, 2013: 57,311
November 1, 2013: 58,238
October 1, 2013: 56,199
September 1, 2013: 57,547
August 1, 2013: 56,113
July 1, 2013: 55,068
June 1, 2013: 55,811
May 1, 2013: 54,033
April 1, 2013: 55,670
March 1, 2013: 54,946
February 1, 2013: 54,567
January 1, 2013: 54,538
December 1, 2012: 50,869
November 1, 2012: 50,938
October 1, 2012: 50,982
September 1, 2012: 52,601
August 1, 2012: 51,680
July 1: 53,728
June 1: 50,470
May 1: 48,904
April 1: 49,826
March 1: 51,860
February 1: 48,207
January 1, 2012: 46,201
December 1: 43,757
November 1: 42,657
October 1, 2011: 42,710
September 1, 2011: 39,540
August 1, 2011: 38,936
July 1, 2011: 38,627
June 1, 2011: 37,415
May 1, 2011: 36,481
April 1, 2011: 33,469
March 1, 2011: 15,931
February 1, 2011: 15,947
January 1, 2011: 16,758
December 1, 2010: 16,708
November 1, 2010: 16,703
October 1, 2010: 16,702
September 1, 2010: 16,726
August 1, 2010: 20,634
July 1, 2010: 20,628
June 1, 2010: 20,590
May 1, 2010: 20,601
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)

September 1, 2014: 15,190
August 1, 2014: 14,717
July 1, 2014: 13,300
June 1, 2014: 12,490
May 1, 2014: 13,191
April 1, 2014: 11,864
March 1, 2014: 12,500
February 1, 2014: 11,568
January 1, 2014: 11,091
December 1, 2013: 11,455
November 1, 2013: 11,262
October 1, 2013: 9,726
September 1, 2013: 10,794
August 1, 2013: 9,816
July 1, 2013: 8,921
June 1, 2013: 9,582
May 1, 2013: 7,807
April 1, 2013: 7,761
March 1, 2013: 7,710
February 1, 2013: 7,404
January 1, 2013: 7,261
December 1, 2012: 7,089
November 1, 2012: 7,186
October 1, 2012: 7,259
September 1, 2012: 8,701
August 1, 2012: 7,829
July 1, 2012: 9,660
June 1, 2012: 6,715
May 1, 2012: 5,195
April 1, 2012: 5,622
March 1, 2012: 8,356
February 1, 2012: 6,109
January 1, 2012: 4,102
December 1, 2011: 2,007
November 1, 2011: 1,681
October 1, 2011: 1,449
September 1, 2011: 1,283
August 1, 2011: 1,046
July 1, 2011: 883
June 1, 2011: 707
May 1, 2011: 20,984
April 1, 2011: 17,832
March 1, 2011: 241
February 1, 2011: 240
January 1, 2011: 230
December 1, 2010: 183
November 1, 2010: 171
October 1, 2010: 161
September 1, 2010: 143
August 1, 2010: 621 (125 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
July 1, 2010: 599 (102 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
June 1, 2010: 559 (63 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
May 1, 2010: 556 (57 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
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*

September 1, 2014: 109,395
August 1, 2014: 101,643
July 1, 2014: 98,048
June 1, 2014: 95,632
May 1, 2014: 92,954
April 1, 2014: 90,187
March 1, 2014: 87,752
February 1, 2014: 86,182
January 1, 2014: 83,041
December 1, 2013: 80,061
November 1, 2013: 77,688
October 1, 2013: 76,079
September 1, 2013: 73,649
August 1, 2013: 71,335
July 1, 2013: 68,643
June 1, 2013: 66,070
May 1, 2013: 63,842
April 1, 2013: 61,264
March 1, 2013: 54,839
February 1, 2013: 52,638
January 1, 2013: 51,302
December 1, 2012: 48,905
November 1, 2012: 46,790
October 1, 2012: 44,232
September 1, 2012: 41,659
August 1, 2012: 40,214
July 1, 2012: 38,684
June 1, 2012: 36,891
May 1, 2012: 34,308
April 1, 2012: 32,157
March 1, 2012: 29,480
February 1, 2012: 22,834
January 1, 2012: 22,492
December 1, 2011: 19,928
November 1, 2011: 15,758
October 1, 2011: 16,874
September 1, 2011: 14,805
August 1, 2011: 11,383
July 1, 2011: 10,552
June 1, 2011: 9,917
May 1, 2011: 9,251
April 1, 2011: 8,362
March 1, 2011: 9,244
February 1, 2011: 8,608
January 1, 2011: 8.045
December 1, 2010: 5,839
November 1, 2010: 5,286
October 1, 2010: 4,982
September 1, 2010: 4,723
August 1, 2010: 4,623
July 1, 2010: 4,398
June 1, 2010: 4,078
May 1, 2010: 3,735
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

Books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL)

September 1, 2014: 673,206 (24.0%)
August 1, 2014: 638,545 (23.4%)
July 1, 2014: 604,950 (22.8%)
June 1, 2014: 586,812 (22.6%)
May 1, 2014: 566,893 (22.0%)
April 1, 2014: 547,360 (21.8%)
March 1, 2014: 529,466 (21.5%)
February 1, 2014: 512,403 (21.2%)
January 1, 2014: 491,875 (20.91%)
December 1, 2013: 469,593 (20.53%)
November 1, 2013: 447,147 (20.06%)
October 1, 2013: 428,318 (19.7%)
September 1, 2013: 408,514 (19.8%)
August 1, 2013: 389,380 (18.9%)
July 1, 2013: 369,622 (18.5%)
June 1, 2013: 352,649 (17.1%)
May 1, 2013: 336,351 (17.3%)
April 1, 2013: 319,676 (16.6%)
March 1, 2013: 302,080 (15.8%)
February 1, 2013: 283,641 (15.3%)
January 1, 2013: 264,444
December 1, 2012: 242,716
November 1, 2012: 235,957
October 1, 2012: 216,873
September 1, 2012: 198,009
August 1, 2012: 180,133
July 1, 2012: 168,440
June 1, 2012: 159,937
May 1, 2012: 146,182
April 1, 2012: 131,110
March 1, 2012: 117,652
February 1, 2012: 95,020
January 1, 2012: 69,850 (new measurement)

Books in Kindle Unlimited

Setpember 1, 2014: 696,171
August 1, 2014: 661,111 (new measurement)

Books in the Kindle Matchbook program

September 1, 2014: 73,820
August 1, 2014: 68,453 (+8%)
July 1, 2014: 67,466 (-1%)
June 1, 2014: 67,787 (-1%)
May 1, 2014: 68,240 (-16%)
April 1, 2014: 81,560 (-27%)
March 1, 2014: 112,354 (+2%)
February 1, 2014: 109,992 (+8%)
January 1, 2014: 101,699 (+14%)
December 1, 2013: 88,869 (+18%)
November 1, 2013: 75,173 (new measurement)

Price Point Analysis

April 1, 2010 was “Agency Day”, when the pricing system for some of the largest trade publishers in the US changed. I’ve started tracking price points, to see how that is affecting things. These are not ranges: it’s how many books are at a specific price point.

4/1/2010
Total 476653
Prime 413032
Under $10 346665
83.9%
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%

4/1/2011
Total 897,663
Prime 831,867
Under $10 739192
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     71,036 7.91% -0.84%
$    1.99     15,994 1.78% 0.06%
$    2.99     50,033 5.57% 0.30%
$    3.99     23,986 2.67% 0.24%
$    4.99     20,374 2.27% 0.48%
$    5.99     10,560 1.18% 0.16%
$    6.99      7,422 0.83% 0.07%
$    7.99     18,354 2.04% 0.20%
$    8.99      4,436 0.49% -0.04%
$    9.99     96,211 10.72% 0.88%
$   10.99         766 0.09% 0.02%
$   11.99      1,383 0.15% -0.01%
$   12.99      2,122 0.24% 0.01%
$   13.99         506 0.06% 0.00%
$   14.99      1,519 0.17% -0.01%
$   15.99         172 0.02% 0.01%
$   16.99         225 0.03% 0.00%
$   17.99         403 0.04% 0.02%
$   18.99         199 0.02% 0.01%
$   19.99         568 0.06% -0.01%
$   20.99           45 0.01% 0.00%
$   21.99         152 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           21 0.00% 0.00%
$   23.99           22 0.00% 0.00%
$   24.99         104 0.01% -0.04%

5/1/2011
Total 937,831
Prime 862,970
Under $10 769,798
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99     74,929 7.99% 0.08%
$        1.99     16,497 1.76% -0.02%
$        2.99     56,878 6.06% 0.49%
$        3.99     22,937 2.45% -0.23%
$        4.99     24,880 2.65% 0.38%
$        5.99     13,387 1.43% 0.25%
$        6.99      5,215 0.56% -0.27%
$        7.99     18,992 2.03% -0.02%
$        8.99      5,053 0.54% 0.04%
$        9.99   103,463 11.03% 0.31%
$      10.99         865 0.09% 0.01%
$      11.99      1,412 0.15% 0.00%
$      12.99      2,271 0.24% 0.01%
$      13.99         490 0.05% 0.00%
$      14.99      1,577 0.17% 0.00%
$      15.99         134 0.01% 0.00%
$      16.99         235 0.03% 0.00%
$      17.99         471 0.05% 0.01%
$      18.99         207 0.02% 0.00%
$      19.99         465 0.05% -0.01%
$      20.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99         172 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99           79 0.01% 0.01%
$      24.99         110 0.01% 0.00%

6/1/2011
Total 974,841
Prime 895,091
Under $10 799,845
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99    81,095 8.32% 0.33%
$        1.99    16,628 1.71% -0.05%
$        2.99    54,630 5.60% -0.46%
$        3.99    22,026 2.26% -0.19%
$        4.99    18,976 1.95% -0.71%
$        5.99    10,685 1.10% -0.33%
$        6.99      7,039 0.72% 0.17%
$        7.99    15,841 1.62% -0.40%
$        8.99      4,226 0.43% -0.11%
$        9.99    90,005 9.23% -1.80%
$      10.99        619 0.06% -0.03%
$      11.99      1,481 0.15% 0.00%
$      12.99      2,112 0.22% -0.03%
$      13.99        571 0.06% 0.01%
$      14.99      1,720 0.18% 0.01%
$      15.99        176 0.02% 0.00%
$      16.99        230 0.02% 0.00%
$      17.99        251 0.03% -0.02%
$      18.99        178 0.02% 0.00%
$      19.99        468 0.05% 0.00%
$      20.99          25 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99        200 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99          29 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99          59 0.01% 0.00%
$      24.99        121 0.01% 0.00%

July 1, 2011

7/1/2011
Total 980,434
Prime 898,735
Under $10 801,631
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 73,957 7.54% -0.78%
$        1.99 18,207 1.86% 0.15%
$        2.99 34,414 3.51% -2.09%
$        3.99 26,942 2.75% 0.49%
$        4.99    8,926 0.91% -1.04%
$        5.99    5,117 0.52% -0.57%
$        6.99    3,725 0.38% -0.34%
$        7.99 14,537 1.48% -0.14%
$        8.99    2,009 0.20% -0.23%
$        9.99 79,377 8.10% -1.14%
$      10.99       491 0.05% -0.01%
$      11.99    1,574 0.16% 0.01%
$      12.99    1,863 0.19% -0.03%
$      13.99       509 0.05% -0.01%
$      14.99    1,555 0.16% -0.02%
$      15.99       453 0.05% 0.03%
$      16.99       201 0.02% 0.00%
$      17.99       138 0.01% -0.01%
$      18.99       118 0.01% -0.01%
$      19.99       271 0.03% -0.02%
$      20.99        18 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99       186 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99        32 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99       111 0.01% 0.01%
$      24.99       125 0.01% 0.00%

August 1, 2011

8/1/2011
Total 1,015,056
Prime 931,713
Under $10 829,823
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     76,233 7.51% -0.03%
$    1.99     17,083 1.68% -0.17%
$    2.99     66,967 6.60% 3.09%
$    3.99     12,921 1.27% -1.48%
$    4.99     27,893 2.75% 1.84%
$    5.99     12,894 1.27% 0.75%
$    6.99      2,715 0.27% -0.11%
$    7.99     18,431 1.82% 0.33%
$    8.99      5,638 0.56% 0.35%
$    9.99   111,705 11.00% 2.91%
$   10.99         473 0.05% 0.00%
$   11.99      1,691 0.17% 0.01%
$   12.99      2,129 0.21% 0.02%
$   13.99         576 0.06% 0.00%
$   14.99      1,768 0.17% 0.02%
$   15.99         252 0.02% -0.02%
$   16.99         230 0.02% 0.00%
$   17.99         128 0.01% 0.00%
$   18.99         249 0.02% 0.01%
$   19.99         468 0.05% 0.02%
$   20.99           46 0.00% 0.00%
$   21.99         166 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           64 0.01% 0.00%
$   23.99           90 0.01% 0.00%
$   24.99           59 0.01% -0.01%

September 1, 2011

9/1/2011
Total 995,265
Prime 908,602
Under $10 803,271
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     77,793 7.82% 0.31%
$    1.99     16,614 1.67% -0.01%
$    2.99 56,503 5.68% -0.92%
$    3.99     21,995 2.21% 0.94%
$    4.99     21,595 2.17% -0.58%
$    5.99     11,312 1.14% -0.13%
$    6.99      7,477 0.75% 0.48%
$    7.99     16,948 1.70% -0.11%
$    8.99     14,883 1.50% 0.94%
$    9.99   102,626 10.31% -0.69%
$   10.99         485 0.05% 0.00%
$   11.99         983 0.10% -0.07%
$   12.99      1,374 0.14% -0.07%
$   13.99         316 0.03% -0.02%
$   14.99      1,501 0.15% -0.02%
$   15.99         160 0.02% -0.01%
$   16.99         159 0.02% -0.01%
$   17.99         285 0.03% 0.02%
$   18.99         165 0.02% -0.01%
$   19.99         446 0.04% 0.00%
$   20.99           50 0.01% 0.00%
$   21.99         171 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           41 0.00% 0.00%
$   23.99           33 0.00% -0.01%
$   24.99         109 0.01% 0.01%

10/1/2011
Total  1,033,611
Prime 943,545
Under $10 835,590
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99       81,946 7.93% 0.11%
 $        1.99       16,172 1.56% -0.10%
 $        2.99 48,287 4.67% -1.01%
 $        3.99       16,808 1.63% -0.58%
 $        4.99       17,389 1.68% -0.49%
 $        5.99        8,259 0.80% -0.34%
 $        6.99        5,300 0.51% -0.24%
 $        7.99       10,833 1.05% -0.65%
 $        8.99       12,478 1.21% -0.29%
 $        9.99       89,175 8.63% -1.68%
 $      10.99           395 0.04% -0.01%
 $      11.99           804 0.08% -0.02%
 $      12.99        1,285 0.12% -0.01%
 $      13.99           302 0.03% 0.00%
 $      14.99        1,386 0.13% -0.02%
 $      15.99           146 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99           151 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99           144 0.01% -0.01%
 $      18.99             75 0.01% -0.01%
 $      19.99           368 0.04% -0.01%
 $      20.99             22 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99           150 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99             26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99             35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99             66 0.01% 0.00%

11/1/2011
Total  1,058,635
Prime 968,948
Under $10 859,492
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99       84,612 7.99% 0.06%
 $    1.99        7,659 0.72% -0.84%
 $    2.99 19,157 1.81% -2.86%
 $    3.99       10,245 0.97% -0.66%
 $    4.99        7,451 0.70% -0.98%
 $    5.99        3,026 0.29% -0.51%
 $    6.99        2,533 0.24% -0.27%
 $    7.99        8,414 0.79% -0.25%
 $    8.99       11,882 1.12% -0.08%
 $    9.99       70,312 6.64% -1.99%
 $   10.99           348 0.03% -0.01%
 $   11.99        1,144 0.11% 0.03%
 $   12.99        1,068 0.10% -0.02%
 $   13.99           280 0.03% 0.00%
 $   14.99        1,171 0.11% -0.02%
 $   15.99 69 0.01% -0.01%
 $   16.99           118 0.01% 0.00%
 $   17.99           116 0.01% 0.00%
 $   18.99             59 0.01% 0.00%
 $   19.99           234 0.02% -0.01%
 $   20.99             33 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99           153 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99             29 0.00% 0.00%
 $   23.99             28 0.00% 0.00%
 $   24.99             89 0.01% 0.00%

12/1/2011
Total 1,112,876
Prime 1021677
Under $10 907,647
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99       90,203 8.11% 0.11%
 $    1.99       17,711 1.59% 0.87%
 $    2.99 29,634 2.66% 0.85%
 $    3.99       23,617 2.12% 1.15%
 $    4.99       23,320 2.10% 1.39%
 $    5.99        4,606 0.41% 0.13%
 $    6.99        4,887 0.44% 0.20%
 $    7.99       13,241 1.19% 0.40%
 $    8.99       10,646 0.96% -0.17%
 $    9.99       71,709 6.44% -0.20%
 $   10.99           466 0.04% 0.01%
 $   11.99           598 0.05% -0.05%
 $   12.99        1,038 0.09% -0.01%
 $   13.99           317 0.03% 0.00%
 $   14.99        1,234 0.11% 0.00%
 $   15.99 78 0.01% 0.00%
 $   16.99           109 0.01% 0.00%
 $   17.99           132 0.01% 0.00%
 $   18.99             50 0.00% 0.00%
 $   19.99           278 0.02% 0.00%
 $   20.99             25 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99           168 0.02% 0.00%
 $   22.99             31 0.00% 0.00%
 $   23.99             25 0.00% 0.00%
 $   24.99           104 0.01% 0.00%

1/1/2012
Total 1,165,654
Prime 1073539
Under $10 955,187
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99     99,225 8.51% 0.41%
 $        1.99     16,088 1.38% -0.21%
 $        2.99 38,295 3.29% 0.62%
 $        3.99     24,602 2.11% -0.01%
 $        4.99     18,289 1.57% -0.53%
 $        5.99      4,438 0.38% -0.03%
 $        6.99      5,002 0.43% -0.01%
 $        7.99     11,495 0.99% -0.20%
 $        8.99     12,412 1.06% 0.11%
 $        9.99     68,467 5.87% -0.57%
 $      10.99         421 0.04% -0.01%
 $      11.99         549 0.05% -0.01%
 $      12.99      1,010 0.09% -0.01%
 $      13.99         270 0.02% -0.01%
 $      14.99      1,272 0.11% 0.00%
 $      15.99 142 0.01% 0.01%
 $      16.99         102 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         192 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           44 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         279 0.02% 0.00%
 $      20.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         134 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           30 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           36 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         108 0.01% 0.00%

2/1/2012
Total 1,207,522
Prime 1,112,467
Under $10 994,448
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   107,238 8.88% 0.37%
 $        1.99      8,528 0.71% -0.67%
 $        2.99 28,515 2.36% -0.92%
 $        3.99      7,463 0.62% -1.49%
 $        4.99      6,509 0.54% -1.03%
 $        5.99      2,761 0.23% -0.15%
 $        6.99      2,740 0.23% -0.20%
 $        7.99      7,571 0.63% -0.36%
 $        8.99     13,377 1.11% 0.04%
 $        9.99     58,244 4.82% -1.05%
 $      10.99         331 0.03% -0.01%
 $      11.99         476 0.04% -0.01%
 $      12.99         914 0.08% -0.01%
 $      13.99         186 0.02% -0.01%
 $      14.99         988 0.08% -0.03%
 $      15.99 82 0.01% -0.01%
 $      16.99           98 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         194 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           59 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         167 0.01% -0.01%
 $      20.99           15 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         163 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           20 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           58 0.00% 0.00%

3/1/2012
Total 1,265,632
Prime 1,165,368
Under $10 1,044,889
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   113,150 8.94% 0.06%
 $        1.99     10,638 0.84% 0.13%
 $        2.99 43,320 3.42% 1.06%
 $        3.99     18,776 1.48% 0.87%
 $        4.99      8,565 0.68% 0.14%
 $        5.99      3,879 0.31% 0.08%
 $        6.99      3,591 0.28% 0.06%
 $        7.99      8,164 0.65% 0.02%
 $        8.99     14,825 1.17% 0.06%
 $        9.99     62,009 4.90% 0.08%
 $      10.99         375 0.03% 0.00%
 $      11.99         673 0.05% 0.01%
 $      12.99         936 0.07% 0.00%
 $      13.99         249 0.02% 0.00%
 $      14.99      1,005 0.08% 0.00%
 $      15.99 117 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         102 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         210 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           55 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         213 0.02% 0.00%
 $      20.99           12 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         170 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           20 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           73 0.01% 0.00%

4/1/2012
Total 1,315,927
Prime 1,215,625
Under $10 1,089,619
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   118,411 9.00% 0.06%
 $        1.99     12,440 0.95% 0.10%
 $        2.99 53,686 4.08% 0.66%
 $        3.99     30,997 2.36% 0.87%
 $        4.99     10,786 0.82% 0.14%
 $        5.99      5,026 0.38% 0.08%
 $        6.99      4,705 0.36% 0.07%
 $        7.99      8,988 0.68% 0.04%
 $        8.99      5,461 0.41% -0.76%
 $        9.99     71,568 5.44% 0.54%
 $      10.99         654 0.05% 0.02%
 $      11.99      1,281 0.10% 0.04%
 $      12.99      1,835 0.14% 0.07%
 $      13.99         438 0.03% 0.01%
 $      14.99      1,739 0.13% 0.05%
 $      15.99 323 0.02% 0.02%
 $      16.99         236 0.02% 0.01%
 $      17.99           86 0.01% -0.01%
 $      18.99         118 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         395 0.03% 0.01%
 $      20.99           25 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         272 0.02% 0.01%
 $      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           17 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           96 0.01% 0.00%

5/1/2012
Total 1,358,922
Prime 1,261,606
Under $10 1,133,793
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   122,040 9.27% 0.28%
 $        1.99     13,124 1.00% 0.05%
 $        2.99 64,106 4.87% 0.79%
 $        3.99     37,072 2.82% 0.46%
 $        4.99     12,631 0.96% 0.14%
 $        5.99      6,288 0.48% 0.10%
 $        6.99      4,897 0.37% 0.01%
 $        7.99     10,145 0.77% 0.09%
 $        8.99      3,156 0.24% -0.18%
 $        9.99     76,063 5.78% 0.34%
 $      10.99         809 0.06% 0.01%
 $      11.99      1,816 0.14% 0.04%
 $      12.99      2,159 0.16% 0.02%
 $      13.99         565 0.04% 0.01%
 $      14.99      2,010 0.15% 0.02%
 $      15.99 140 0.01% -0.01%
 $      16.99         306 0.02% 0.01%
 $      17.99           78 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           91 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         471 0.04% 0.01%
 $      20.99           24 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         283 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           27 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         150 0.01% 0.00%

5/1/2012
Total 1,407,210
Prime 1,308,331
Under $10 1,174,668
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   125,811 9.56% 0.29%
 $        1.99     13,076 0.99% 0.00%
 $        2.99 66,685 5.07% 0.20%
 $        3.99     36,204 2.75% -0.07%
 $        4.99     11,225 0.85% -0.11%
 $        5.99      5,903 0.45% -0.03%
 $        6.99      4,569 0.35% -0.02%
 $        7.99     10,524 0.80% 0.03%
 $        8.99      2,717 0.21% -0.03%
 $        9.99     71,733 5.45% -0.33%
 $      10.99         885 0.07% 0.01%
 $      11.99      1,818 0.14% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,140 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         684 0.05% 0.01%
 $      14.99      2,042 0.16% 0.00%
 $      15.99 182 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         302 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99           73 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         108 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         513 0.04% 0.00%
 $      20.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         251 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           97 0.01% 0.00%

7/1/2012
Total 1,451,504
Prime 1,343,776
Under $10 1,204,888
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   129,323 8.91% -0.65%
 $        1.99     12,780 0.88% -0.11%
 $        2.99 64,315 4.43% -0.64%
 $        3.99     27,128 1.87% -0.88%
 $        4.99     12,335 0.85% 0.00%
 $        5.99      6,307 0.43% -0.01%
 $        6.99      5,118 0.35% 0.01%
 $        7.99     10,689 0.74% -0.06%
 $        8.99      2,871 0.20% -0.01%
 $        9.99     78,303 5.39% -0.06%
 $      10.99         875 0.06% -0.01%
 $      11.99      1,804 0.12% -0.01%
 $      12.99      2,291 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         688 0.05% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,225 0.15% 0.00%
 $      15.99 218 0.02% 0.00%
 $      16.99         332 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99           79 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         104 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         443 0.03% -0.01%
 $      20.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         319 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           44 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           30 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         109 0.01% 0.00%

8/1/2012
Total 1,486,649
Prime 1,379,399
Under $10 1,240,062
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   137,876 9.27% 0.36%
 $        1.99      9,880 0.66% -0.22%
 $        2.99 46,971 3.16% -1.27%
 $        3.99     12,096 0.81% -1.06%
 $        4.99      8,445 0.57% -0.28%
 $        5.99      4,956 0.33% -0.10%
 $        6.99      3,180 0.21% -0.14%
 $        7.99     10,781 0.73% -0.01%
 $        8.99      2,877 0.19% 0.00%
 $        9.99     70,140 4.72% -0.68%
 $      10.99         962 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      1,910 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,371 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         636 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,056 0.14% -0.01%
 $      15.99 192 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         357 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         121 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           82 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         337 0.02% -0.01%
 $      20.99           35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         364 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           24 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           86 0.01% 0.00%

9/1/2012
Total 1,531,069
Prime 1,421,168
Under $10 1,278,733
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   144,288 9.42% 0.15%
 $        1.99     13,399 0.88% 0.21%
 $        2.99 68,395 4.47% 1.31%
 $        3.99     14,760 0.96% 0.15%
 $        4.99     11,627 0.76% 0.19%
 $        5.99      6,456 0.42% 0.09%
 $        6.99      5,407 0.35% 0.14%
 $        7.99     11,697 0.76% 0.04%
 $        8.99      3,050 0.20% 0.01%
 $        9.99     74,605 4.87% 0.15%
 $      10.99         955 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      1,973 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,119 0.14% -0.02%
 $      13.99         582 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,039 0.13% -0.01%
 $      15.99 212 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         347 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         127 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           81 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         385 0.03% 0.00%
 $      20.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         313 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           99 0.01% 0.00%

10/1/2012
Total 1,579,329
Prime 1,466,890
Under $10 1,322,272
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   147,931 9.37% -0.06%
 $        1.99     16,053 1.02% 0.14%
 $        2.99 87,788 5.56% 1.09%
 $        3.99     20,853 1.32% 0.36%
 $        4.99     14,656 0.93% 0.17%
 $        5.99      7,558 0.48% 0.06%
 $        6.99      6,642 0.42% 0.07%
 $        7.99     13,807 0.87% 0.11%
 $        8.99      3,256 0.21% 0.01%
 $        9.99     84,003 5.32% 0.45%
 $      10.99         972 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      2,052 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,189 0.14% 0.00%
 $      13.99         587 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,123 0.13% 0.00%
 $      15.99 216 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         339 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         109 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         117 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         509 0.03% 0.01%
 $      20.99           32 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         371 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           32 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         109 0.01% 0.00%

Total 1,641,362
Prime 1,522,810
Under $10 1,371,227
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   155,732 9.49% 0.12%
 $    1.99     24,777 1.51% 0.49%
 $    2.99 134,461 8.19% 2.63%
 $    3.99     49,221 3.00% 1.68%
 $    4.99     29,671 1.81% 0.88%
 $    5.99     15,629 0.95% 0.47%
 $    6.99     12,969 0.79% 0.37%
 $    7.99     22,527 1.37% 0.50%
 $    8.99      6,642 0.40% 0.20%
 $    9.99   134,811 8.21% 2.89%
 $   10.99      1,576 0.10% 0.03%
 $   11.99      2,986 0.18% 0.05%
 $   12.99      3,292 0.20% 0.06%
 $   13.99         894 0.05% 0.02%
 $   14.99      2,717 0.17% 0.03%
 $   15.99 319 0.02% 0.01%
 $   16.99         481 0.03% 0.01%
 $   17.99         235 0.01% 0.01%
 $   18.99         237 0.01% 0.01%
 $   19.99         902 0.05% 0.02%
 $   20.99           68 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99         431 0.03% 0.00%
 $   22.99           87 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99           86 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         218 0.01% 0.01%

12/1/2012
Total 1,742,991
Prime 1,615,716
Under $10 1,451,437
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   163,634 9.97% 0.48%
 $        1.99     40,111 2.44% 0.93%
 $        2.99 192,449 11.72% 3.53%
 $        3.99   122,419 7.46% 4.46%
 $        4.99     50,073 3.05% 1.24%
 $        5.99     27,780 1.69% 0.74%
 $        6.99     20,681 1.26% 0.47%
 $        7.99     40,348 2.46% 1.09%
 $        8.99     10,692 0.65% 0.25%
 $        9.99   236,101 14.38% 6.17%
 $      10.99      2,423 0.15% 0.05%
 $      11.99      4,346 0.26% 0.08%
 $      12.99      4,614 0.28% 0.08%
 $      13.99      1,299 0.08% 0.02%
 $      14.99      3,439 0.21% 0.04%
 $      15.99 840 0.05% 0.03%
 $      16.99         595 0.04% 0.01%
 $      17.99         354 0.02% 0.01%
 $      18.99         495 0.03% 0.02%
 $      19.99      1,498 0.09% 0.04%
 $      20.99         120 0.01% 0.00%
 $      21.99         383 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99         153 0.01% 0.00%
 $      23.99         136 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         370 0.02% 0.01%

1/1/2013
Total 1,805,001
Prime 1,671,220
Under $10 1,502,267
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   172,149 10.49% 0.52%
 $    1.99     42,262 2.57% 0.13%
 $    2.99 206,531 12.58% 0.86%
 $    3.99   126,369 7.70% 0.24%
 $    4.99     52,158 3.18% 0.13%
 $    5.99     29,128 1.77% 0.08%
 $    6.99     20,656 1.26% 0.00%
 $    7.99     41,417 2.52% 0.07%
 $    8.99     10,775 0.66% 0.01%
 $    9.99   235,662 14.36% -0.03%
 $   10.99      2,195 0.13% -0.01%
 $   11.99      4,123 0.25% -0.01%
 $   12.99      4,319 0.26% -0.02%
 $   13.99      1,207 0.07% -0.01%
 $   14.99      3,600 0.22% 0.01%
 $   15.99 966 0.06% 0.01%
 $   16.99         581 0.04% 0.00%
 $   17.99         377 0.02% 0.00%
 $   18.99         547 0.03% 0.00%
 $   19.99      3,087 0.19% 0.10%
 $   20.99         105 0.01% 0.00%
 $   21.99         418 0.03% 0.00%
 $   22.99         144 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99         136 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         359 0.02% 0.00%

Percentages for February 1, 2013 were corrected on March 1, 2013

2/1/2013
Total 1,849,479
Prime 1,713,256
Under $10 1,534,604
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   178,913 9.67% -0.81%
 $    1.99     45,121 2.44% -0.14%
 $    2.99 214,748 11.61% -0.97%
 $    3.99   130,320 7.05% -0.65%
 $    4.99     54,653 2.96% -0.22%
 $    5.99     31,434 1.70% -0.08%
 $    6.99     21,941 1.19% -0.07%
 $    7.99     42,620 2.30% -0.22%
 $    8.99     10,835 0.59% -0.07%
 $    9.99   230,800 12.48% -1.88%
 $   10.99      2,463 0.13% 0.00%
 $   11.99      4,593 0.25% 0.00%
 $   12.99      4,563 0.25% -0.02%
 $   13.99      1,304 0.07% 0.00%
 $   14.99      3,703 0.20% -0.02%
 $   15.99 1,004 0.05% 0.00%
 $   16.99         659 0.04% 0.00%
 $   17.99         435 0.02% 0.00%
 $   18.99         598 0.03% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,276 0.29% 0.10%
 $   20.99         116 0.01% 0.00%
 $   21.99         458 0.02% 0.00%
 $   22.99         178 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99         154 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         395 0.02% 0.00%

3/1/2013
Total 1,913,164
Prime 1,770,452
Under $10 1,564,429
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   187,353 9.79% 0.12%
 $        1.99     49,309 2.58% 0.14%
 $        2.99 227,956 11.92% 0.30%
 $        3.99   133,323 6.97% -0.08%
 $        4.99     58,386 3.05% 0.10%
 $        5.99     35,339 1.85% 0.15%
 $        6.99     25,102 1.31% 0.13%
 $        7.99     45,755 2.39% 0.09%
 $        8.99     12,282 0.64% 0.06%
 $        9.99   224,082 11.71% -0.77%
 $      10.99      3,590 0.19% 0.05%
 $      11.99      7,838 0.41% 0.16%
 $      12.99      6,533 0.34% 0.09%
 $      13.99      2,318 0.12% 0.05%
 $      14.99      4,760 0.25% 0.05%
 $      15.99 1,341 0.07% 0.02%
 $      16.99      1,129 0.06% 0.02%
 $      17.99         719 0.04% 0.01%
 $      18.99         920 0.05% 0.02%
 $      19.99      5,711 0.30% 0.01%
 $      20.99         303 0.02% 0.01%
 $      21.99         280 0.01% -0.01%
 $      22.99         359 0.02% 0.01%
 $      23.99         250 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         482 0.03% 0.00%

4/1/2013
Total 1,924,138
Prime 1,785,986
Under $10 1,573,845
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   193,771 10.07% 0.28%
 $        1.99     50,993 2.65% 0.07%
 $        2.99 240,734 12.51% 0.60%
 $        3.99   138,910 7.22% 0.25%
 $        4.99     60,568 3.15% 0.10%
 $        5.99     37,409 1.94% 0.10%
 $        6.99     25,863 1.34% 0.03%
 $        7.99     47,298 2.46% 0.07%
 $        8.99     12,791 0.66% 0.02%
 $        9.99   235,041 12.22% 0.50%
 $      10.99      3,781 0.20% 0.01%
 $      11.99      9,716 0.50% 0.10%
 $      12.99      6,538 0.34% 0.00%
 $      13.99      2,325 0.12% 0.00%
 $      14.99      4,848 0.25% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,403 0.07% 0.00%
 $      16.99      1,182 0.06% 0.00%
 $      17.99         759 0.04% 0.00%
 $      18.99         922 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99      5,772 0.30% 0.00%
 $      20.99         249 0.01% 0.00%
 $      21.99         277 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99      3,212 0.17% 0.15%
 $      23.99         281 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         519 0.03% 0.00%

5/1/2013
Total 1,940,274
Prime 1,801,844
Under $10 1,582,685
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   201,240 10.37% 0.30%
 $    1.99     52,243 2.69% 0.04%
 $    2.99 251,311 12.95% 0.44%
 $    3.99   141,835 7.31% 0.09%
 $    4.99     62,839 3.24% 0.09%
 $    5.99     37,835 1.95% 0.01%
 $    6.99     25,567 1.32% -0.03%
 $    7.99     42,663 2.20% -0.26%
 $    8.99     13,147 0.68% 0.01%
 $    9.99   237,096 12.22% 0.00%
 $   10.99      3,738 0.19% 0.00%
 $   11.99      9,891 0.51% 0.00%
 $   12.99      7,097 0.37% 0.03%
 $   13.99      2,922 0.15% 0.03%
 $   14.99      5,166 0.27% 0.01%
 $   15.99 1,523 0.08% 0.01%
 $   16.99      1,263 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         795 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99         992 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,704 0.29% -0.01%
 $   20.99         403 0.02% 0.01%
 $   21.99         282 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99         325 0.02% -0.15%
 $   23.99         278 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         513 0.03% 0.00%

6/1/2013
Total 1,972,277
Prime 1,828,577
Under $10 1,605,912
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   203,653 10.33% -0.05%
 $    1.99     59,583 3.02% 0.33%
 $    2.99 269,149 13.65% 0.69%
 $    3.99   177,673 9.01% 1.70%
 $    4.99     64,192 3.25% 0.02%
 $    5.99     39,122 1.98% 0.03%
 $    6.99     26,506 1.34% 0.03%
 $    7.99     44,572 2.26% 0.06%
 $    8.99     13,388 0.68% 0.00%
 $    9.99   246,384 12.49% 0.27%
 $   10.99      3,809 0.19% 0.00%
 $   11.99     10,090 0.51% 0.00%
 $   12.99      7,409 0.38% 0.01%
 $   13.99      3,008 0.15% 0.00%
 $   14.99      5,322 0.27% 0.00%
 $   15.99 1,560 0.08% 0.00%
 $   16.99      1,298 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         772 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99         970 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,749 0.29% 0.00%
 $   20.99         239 0.01% -0.01%
 $   21.99         287 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99         307 0.02% 0.00%
 $   23.99         238 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         513 0.03% 0.00%

7/1/2013
Total 1,998,705
Prime 1,855,614
Under $10 1,627,666
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   213,310 10.67% 0.35%
 $        1.99     62,342 3.12% 0.10%
 $        2.99 278,848 13.95% 0.30%
 $        3.99   193,610 9.69% 0.68%
 $        4.99     66,074 3.31% 0.05%
 $        5.99     40,374 2.02% 0.04%
 $        6.99     27,288 1.37% 0.02%
 $        7.99     45,103 2.26% 0.00%
 $        8.99     13,847 0.69% 0.01%
 $        9.99   284,366 14.23% 1.74%
 $      10.99      4,009 0.20% 0.01%
 $      11.99     10,950 0.55% 0.04%
 $      12.99      7,321 0.37% -0.01%
 $      13.99      3,474 0.17% 0.02%
 $      14.99      5,331 0.27% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,596 0.08% 0.00%
 $      16.99      1,391 0.07% 0.00%
 $      17.99         791 0.04% 0.00%
 $      18.99         997 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99      5,888 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99         427 0.02% 0.01%
 $      21.99         316 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99         315 0.02% 0.00%
 $      23.99         303 0.02% 0.00%
 $      24.99         536 0.03% 0.00%

8/1/2013
Total 2,060,431
Prime 1,913,454
Under $10 1,681,162
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   222,737 10.81% 0.14%
 $    1.99     64,606 3.14% 0.02%
 $    2.99 291,135 14.13% 0.18%
 $    3.99   198,365 9.63% -0.06%
 $    4.99     68,727 3.34% 0.03%
 $    5.99     41,493 2.01% -0.01%
 $    6.99     26,838 1.30% -0.06%
 $    7.99     43,276 2.10% -0.16%
 $    8.99     14,083 0.68% -0.01%
 $    9.99   250,215 12.14% -2.08%
 $   10.99      4,366 0.21% 0.01%
 $   11.99     10,785 0.52% -0.02%
 $   12.99      5,311 0.26% -0.11%
 $   13.99      5,063 0.25% 0.07%
 $   14.99      5,243 0.25% -0.01%
 $   15.99 1,700 0.08% 0.00%
 $   16.99      1,496 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         884 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99      1,112 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      6,138 0.30% 0.00%
 $   20.99         525 0.03% 0.00%
 $   21.99         452 0.02% 0.01%
 $   22.99      1,217 0.06% 0.04%
 $   23.99         492 0.02% 0.01%
 $   24.99         603 0.03% 0.00%

9/5/2013
Total 2,125,648
Prime 1,975,738
Under $10 1,740,605
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   231,849 10.91% 0.10%
 $        1.99     66,882 3.15% 0.01%
 $        2.99 306,025 14.40% 0.27%
 $        3.99   205,151 9.65% 0.02%
 $        4.99     70,590 3.32% -0.01%
 $        5.99     50,259 2.36% 0.35%
 $        6.99     26,971 1.27% -0.03%
 $        7.99     46,685 2.20% 0.10%
 $        8.99     14,005 0.66% -0.02%
 $        9.99   259,151 12.19% 0.05%
 $      10.99      7,970 0.37% 0.16%
 $      11.99      7,437 0.35% -0.17%
 $      12.99      4,779 0.22% -0.03%
 $      13.99      4,446 0.21% -0.04%
 $      14.99      4,586 0.22% -0.04%
 $      15.99 1,481 0.07% -0.01%
 $      16.99      1,635 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99      1,117 0.05% 0.01%
 $      18.99         902 0.04% -0.01%
 $      19.99      6,213 0.29% -0.01%
 $      20.99         529 0.02% 0.00%
 $      21.99         596 0.03% 0.01%
 $      22.99      1,651 0.08% 0.02%
 $      23.99         557 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99         651 0.03% 0.00%

10/1/2013
Total 2,175,847
Prime 2,024,990
Under $10 1,777,735
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99    238,423 10.96% 0.05%
  $        1.99      68,359 3.14% -0.01%
  $        2.99    317,934 14.61% 0.21%
  $        3.99    312,151 14.35% 4.70%
  $        4.99      73,574 3.38% 0.06%
  $        5.99      51,850 2.38% 0.02%
  $        6.99      28,129 1.29% 0.02%
  $        7.99      48,784 2.24% 0.04%
  $        8.99      14,346 0.66% 0.00%
  $        9.99    259,306 11.92% -0.27%
  $      10.99        8,826 0.41% 0.04%
  $      11.99        7,401 0.34% -0.01%
  $      12.99        4,852 0.22% 0.00%
  $      13.99        4,469 0.21% 0.00%
  $      14.99        4,961 0.23% 0.01%
  $      15.99        1,490 0.07% 0.00%
  $      16.99        1,727 0.08% 0.00%
  $      17.99        1,525 0.07% 0.02%
  $      18.99           970 0.04% 0.00%
  $      19.99        6,421 0.30% 0.01%
  $      20.99           553 0.03% 0.01%
  $      21.99           595 0.03% 0.00%
  $      22.99        1,625 0.07% -0.01%
  $      23.99           577 0.03% 0.00%
  $      24.99           613 0.03% 0.00%

11/1/2013
Total 2,229,223
Prime 2,073,157
Under $10 1,823,817
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 245,549 11.02% 0.06%
 $        1.99 70,824 3.18% 0.04%
 $        2.99 325,129 14.58% -0.03%
 $        3.99 213,135 9.56% -4.79%
 $        4.99 74,995 3.36% -0.02%
 $        5.99 53,013 2.38% 0.00%
 $        6.99 28,248 1.27% -0.03%
 $        7.99 47,988 2.15% -0.09%
 $        8.99 14,539 0.65% -0.01%
 $        9.99 266,628 11.96% 0.04%
 $      10.99 8,790 0.39% -0.01%
 $      11.99 7,682 0.34% 0.00%
 $      12.99 5,598 0.25% 0.03%
 $      13.99 4,992 0.22% 0.02%
 $      14.99 5,054 0.23% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,275 0.06% -0.01%
 $      16.99 1,834 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,240 0.06% -0.01%
 $      18.99 895 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,502 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99 602 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 691 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 1,839 0.08% 0.01%
 $      23.99 645 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 729 0.03% 0.00%

12/1/2013
Total 2,287,866
Prime 2,130,446
Under $10 1,875,538
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 255,501 11.17% 0.15%
 $        1.99 74,368 3.25% 0.07%
 $        2.99 337,864 14.77% 0.18%
 $        3.99 218,896 9.57% 0.01%
 $        4.99 77,232 3.38% 0.01%
 $        5.99 55,270 2.42% 0.04%
 $        6.99 30,860 1.35% 0.08%
 $        7.99 49,240 2.15% 0.00%
 $        8.99 15,487 0.68% 0.02%
 $        9.99 272,875 11.93% -0.03%
 $      10.99 9,398 0.41% 0.02%
 $      11.99 7,774 0.34% 0.00%
 $      12.99 6,022 0.26% 0.01%
 $      13.99 5,961 0.26% 0.04%
 $      14.99 5,213 0.23% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,364 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,014 0.09% 0.01%
 $      17.99 1,388 0.06% 0.01%
 $      18.99 964 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,732 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99 617 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 601 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,212 0.10% 0.01%
 $      23.99 720 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 713 0.03% 0.00%

1/1/2014
Total 2,351,290
Prime 2,193,346
Under $10 1,932,395
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 264,312 11.24% 0.07%
 $        1.99 76,862 3.27% 0.02%
 $        2.99 351,577 14.95% 0.18%
 $        3.99 225,039 9.57% 0.00%
 $        4.99 80,375 3.42% 0.04%
 $        5.99 56,485 2.40% -0.01%
 $        6.99 31,851 1.35% 0.01%
 $        7.99 49,583 2.11% -0.04%
 $        8.99 15,829 0.67% 0.00%
 $        9.99 275,314 11.71% -0.22%
 $      10.99 9,434 0.40% -0.01%
 $      11.99 7,279 0.31% -0.03%
 $      12.99 6,069 0.26% -0.01%
 $      13.99 6,200 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,247 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,405 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 1,986 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,417 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,068 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,682 0.28% -0.01%
 $      20.99 638 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 627 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,177 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 696 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 737 0.03% 0.00%

2/1/2014
Total 2,411,705
Prime 2,254,215
Under $10 1,976,453
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 273,966 11.36% 0.12%
 $        1.99 79,239 3.29% 0.02%
 $        2.99 365,052 15.14% 0.18%
 $        3.99 231,231 9.59% 0.02%
 $        4.99 83,304 3.45% 0.04%
 $        5.99 58,024 2.41% 0.00%
 $        6.99 32,588 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 51,152 2.12% 0.01%
 $        8.99 16,244 0.67% 0.00%
 $        9.99 271,056 11.24% -0.47%
 $      10.99 9,818 0.41% 0.01%
 $      11.99 7,157 0.30% -0.01%
 $      12.99 6,374 0.26% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,351 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,133 0.21% -0.01%
 $      15.99 1,452 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,055 0.09% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,391 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,079 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,754 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 663 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 718 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,279 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 656 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 853 0.04% 0.00%

3/1/2014
Total 2,462,832
Prime 2,300,490
Under $10 2,012,504
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 276,416 11.22% -0.14%
 $        1.99 81,172 3.30% 0.01%
 $        2.99 374,242 15.20% 0.06%
 $        3.99 236,420 9.60% 0.01%
 $        4.99 85,557 3.47% 0.02%
 $        5.99 59,557 2.42% 0.01%
 $        6.99 33,228 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 52,582 2.14% 0.01%
 $        8.99 16,399 0.67% -0.01%
 $        9.99 271,867 11.04% -0.20%
 $      10.99 9,903 0.40% 0.00%
 $      11.99 6,796 0.28% -0.02%
 $      12.99 6,580 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 6,378 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,281 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,573 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,122 0.09% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,494 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,112 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,907 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 666 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 656 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,359 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 727 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 774 0.03% 0.00%

4/1/2014 N/A

May comparisons are to March.

5/1/2014
Total 2,576,453
Prime 2,404,221
Under $10 2,106,603
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 293,126 11.38% 0.15%
 $        1.99 86,947 3.37% 0.08%
 $        2.99 401,044 15.57% 0.37%
 $        3.99 233,515 9.06% -0.54%
 $        4.99 91,936 3.57% 0.09%
 $        5.99 61,776 2.40% -0.02%
 $        6.99 34,697 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 54,851 2.13% -0.01%
 $        8.99 17,514 0.68% 0.01%
 $        9.99 278,815 10.82% -0.22%
 $      10.99 9,961 0.39% -0.02%
 $      11.99 6,970 0.27% -0.01%
 $      12.99 7,058 0.27% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,988 0.27% 0.01%
 $      14.99 5,450 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,662 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,160 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,405 0.05% -0.01%
 $      18.99 1,181 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,098 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 726 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 698 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,634 0.10% 0.01%
 $      23.99 901 0.03% 0.01%
 $      24.99 828 0.03% 0.00%

Note: these numbers appear to be more accurate than numbers run earlier in the day, when it seems that searching Amazon was producing lower counts than would be expected.

6/1/2014
Total 2,597,112
Prime 2,422,630
Under $10 2,121,022
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 301,021 11.59% 0.21%
 $        1.99 88,333 3.40% 0.03%
 $        2.99 415,189 15.99% 0.42%
 $        3.99 209,623 8.07% -0.99%
 $        4.99 94,762 3.65% 0.08%
 $        5.99 62,434 2.40% 0.01%
 $        6.99 35,976 1.39% 0.04%
 $        7.99 56,787 2.19% 0.06%
 $        8.99 18,236 0.70% 0.02%
 $        9.99 281,246 10.83% 0.01%
 $      10.99 9,351 0.36% -0.03%
 $      11.99 7,042 0.27% 0.00%
 $      12.99 7,059 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 6,890 0.27% -0.01%
 $      14.99 5,576 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,584 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,123 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,406 0.05% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,116 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,015 0.27% -0.01%
 $      20.99 703 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 665 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,578 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 854 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 822 0.03% 0.00%

7/1/2014
Total 2,655,727
Prime 2,477,343
Under $10 2,172,079
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 311,255 11.72% 0.13%
 $        1.99 89,893 3.38% -0.02%
 $        2.99 427,848 16.11% 0.12%
 $        3.99 212,706 8.01% -0.06%
 $        4.99 97,481 3.67% 0.02%
 $        5.99 63,729 2.40% 0.00%
 $        6.99 37,002 1.39% 0.01%
 $        7.99 58,427 2.20% 0.01%
 $        8.99 18,326 0.69% -0.01%
 $        9.99 288,137 10.85% 0.02%
 $      10.99 9,602 0.36% 0.00%
 $      11.99 7,017 0.26% -0.01%
 $      12.99 7,169 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 7,033 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,601 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,527 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 1,991 0.07% -0.01%
 $      17.99 1,253 0.05% -0.01%
 $      18.99 1,051 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,999 0.26% -0.01%
 $      20.99 684 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 645 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,650 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 875 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 853 0.03% 0.00%

8/1/2014
Total 2,725,829
Prime 2,546,640
Under $10 2,234,045
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 319,829 11.73% 0.01%
 $        1.99 93,589 3.43% 0.05%
 $        2.99 446,323 16.37% 0.26%
 $        3.99 217,796 7.99% -0.02%
 $        4.99 103,009 3.78% 0.11%
 $        5.99 65,203 2.39% -0.01%
 $        6.99 38,298 1.41% 0.01%
 $        7.99 60,420 2.22% 0.02%
 $        8.99 21,181 0.78% 0.09%
 $        9.99 293,641 10.77% -0.08%
 $      10.99 10,525 0.39% 0.02%
 $      11.99 7,556 0.28% 0.01%
 $      12.99 7,698 0.28% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,724 0.25% -0.02%
 $      14.99 5,871 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,656 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,292 0.08% 0.01%
 $      17.99 1,830 0.07% 0.02%
 $      18.99 1,183 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,239 0.27% 0.00%
 $      20.99 717 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 744 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,679 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 960 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 915 0.03% 0.00%

Note: the titles in store, $0.01 to $50, and under$10 numbers reflect the updated results when I ran these later in the same day.

8/1/2014
Total 2,801,221
Prime 2,621,516
Under $10 2,304,717
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 330,370 11.79% 0.06%
 $        1.99 97,242 3.47% 0.04%
 $        2.99 462,102 16.50% 0.12%
 $        3.99 224,829 8.03% 0.04%
 $        4.99 111,039 3.96% 0.18%
 $        5.99 66,635 2.38% -0.01%
 $        6.99 39,602 1.41% 0.01%
 $        7.99 62,120 2.22% 0.00%
 $        8.99 21,567 0.77% -0.01%
 $        9.99 301,033 10.75% -0.03%
 $      10.99 11,016 0.39% 0.01%
 $      11.99 8,995 0.32% 0.04%
 $      12.99 8,313 0.30% 0.01%
 $      13.99 7,040 0.25% 0.00%
 $      14.99 6,336 0.23% 0.01%
 $      15.99 1,963 0.07% 0.01%
 $      16.99 2,333 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,024 0.07% 0.01%
 $      18.99 1,372 0.05% 0.01%
 $      19.99 7,337 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 745 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 800 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,649 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 996 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 925 0.03% 0.00%

Summary

Generally, things are good…more content, lower prices, more free (to own and borrow)…with one notable exception. The New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents are up more than fifty cents. They have now risen more than 44% since January 1st: from $7.94 to $11.51. That’s a remarkable amount, and probably not what many people would have predicted with the end of the Agency Model (which enabled the large traditional publishers to raise consumer prices). How bad is this for Amazon? Probably not too bad, if it drives people to join

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which, in turn, gives Amazon greater influence over their buying habits (since most people will first to see if they can borrow a book than buy one…they’ll feel like they need to get their $9.99 worth). We’ll keep tracking it, but my intuition is that we won’t see the average NYT bestseller hardback equivalents go down this year.

Older data were drawn using http://www.jungle-search.com, newer data with http://www.ereaderiq.com (from the same people). There are a number of possible sources of errors (eRi, 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, generally) 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 Price Point 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.

Round up #266: genre map, Hachette’s sales are…

September 1, 2014

Round up #266: genre map, Hachette’s sales are…

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Hachette e-book sales down 34%

Behold the awesome power of Amazon!

Er…sort of. ;)

According to this

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot

traditional publishers didn’t have a great first six months of 2014.

It’s worth reading the article to get the stats for the reporting publishers involved (HarperCollins, which I now tend to think of as one of the most customer-friendly of the tradpubs…traditional publishers…seems to have done the best).

While not taking too much away from it, I will call out this:

“The increase came despite a decline in U.S. e-book sales, which fell to 29% of trade HBG [Hachette Book Group] sales in the first half of 2014, down from 34% in the same period last year. HBG cited fewer movie tie-ins and the “punitive” action of Amazon as causes of the drop in revenue.”

Book Country interactive genre map: are publishers figuring out how to do discovery without Amazon?

I’ve written before about how Amazon is looking for a way not to be dependent on the tradpubs, and the tradpubs are looking for a way not to be dependent on Amazon.

I think Amazon is making progress…

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

may train people away from just reading “People Magazine books” (the books you would read about in that mainstream periodical). That’s just one place.

The tradpubs?

Well, they do keep trying things, but I’m not sure I’m seeing that much evidence of success.  HarperCollins is participating in the Oyster subser (subscription service), which is one path…and could have contributed to the better year we see above (although it’s hard to say how much influence that income could have, since we don’t know what it is).

One main reason why tradpubs need Amazon is for discovery: how will people find your books if they aren’t on the increasingly easy to access e-tail behemoth?

Here’s an interesting (and useful) attempt at a solution:

Book Country Genre Map

Thanks to EBOOK FRIENDLY

for the heads up on that!

What you do is hover over the map to find a genre you like, then click on it.

Once you do that, you’ll get

  • a definition of the genre (those seemed okay to me)
  • subgenres
  • “landmark” titles in the genre (I wouldn’t have picked the ones listed
  • Book Country titles in the genre (I got 165 results for science fiction…none of them well-known that I noticed at first)
  • latest science fiction discussions
  • Book Country science fiction people

As you can probably tell, there’s quite a social component to this (there are reviews and such) and what certainly seems to be independent publishing.

The “landmark” titles could be clicked on and purchased…and those appeared to be from tradpubs (traditional publishers).

The site is run by…Penguin Random House.

I think this shows that the tradpubs are trying new things…not sure how successful it will be.

You may find it useful for discovery.

Back in 2009, I listed literary websites, and one of the ones I mentioned (still in operation) is AllReaders.com. I think that has an interesting discovery system, where you can put in elements, and it will find books for you. For example, you could search for a humorous time travel book with clones (I found several). You can search for a librarian who is a super genius (aren’t they all), and so on.

I think we’ll continue to see Amazon and the tradpubs try to make it on their own. I have to say, I probably give the edge to Amazon, since I would guess they have many more customer transactions in a year, giving them more opportunity to figure out what works.

Win a Kobo Touch

You can enter this

contest

to have a chance to win a Kobo Touch. You have to enter by September 1st.

Kobos get good reviews and have a lot of fans…I would say they are seen as somewhat upscale compared to Amazon. In fact, their new “waterproof”

Kobo Aura H20

can be ordered starting September 1st (that’s not the one being given away).

It is $179.99, so certainly on the high end for an EBR (E-Book Reader)…but lots of people worry about reading their Kindles in the bath or at the beach, and this seems like a good solution. In case it starts to rain, I carry a gallon-size Ziploc bag. I can seal it…and keep reading. :)

What do you think? Besides Amazon, where do you find out about books? What’s the weirdest, most specific book topic for which you’ve ever searched? Had a Kobo? Have you had an EBR/tablet water damaged? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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B&N & B-A-M

August 31, 2014

B&N & B-A-M

What happens in the brick-and-mortar bookstores (I’m a former manager) is going to affect us Kindleers.

Right now, the publishers are still more interested in what happens in the bookstores than what happens online, although that is going to change.

If (as?) the bookstores become less of a market factor, the power of Amazon (and other e-tailers) will grow in negotiations with publishers…or at least, with tradpubs (traditional publishers).

When you are looking at the bookstore chains that are still operating in the USA, you look first at Barnes & Noble, and then at Books-A-Million.

That made this

24/7 Wall St. article by Douglas A. McIntyre

interesting, especially its title: “Barnes & Noble Shares Outperform Amazon”.

Now, the share price doesn’t tell the whole story of a company…but it is one measure of performance.

This short excerpt may make you take notice:

“Since the start of 2014, Barnes & Noble’s shares have advanced over 50%, while Amazon’s have fallen 20%.”

However, we are really talking about different scales. Barnes & Nobles’ current share price is $23.86…Amazon’s is $339.04.

Still, that article makes the point that investors may really be pressuring Amazon to start making more profit, which could mean a raise in prices and/or more fights with suppliers to try to keep costs down.

When you look back over five years instead of just one year, Amazon is crushing B&N…but this recent trend is not insignificant.

As for Books-A-Million, its recent financials sent the stock down.

I think this

Seeking Alpha article by Josh Arnold

offers a thoughtful perspective and a good analysis (note: you will need to complete a free registration to read the entire article).

Bottom line: Arnold does not view this stock as a good investment, and sees a bleak future for the company.

I read quite a bit of news on bookstores, and my sense is that some smaller, independent stores with unique “personalities” are doing quite well. What I call the “dinostores” (the big stores where the main attraction is the size of the selection) aren’t.

I’ll give my advice again to bookstore owners: you have to make the experience such that your customers will willingly and knowingly (and cheerfully) pay more to buy a book at your store than they would at Amazon, because they want to support you.

People will support customer service, they will support expertise, they will support a pleasant and unusual experience while shopping…and they may support you because of your “story”.

You won’t beat Amazon on price or selection…and beat your expenses.

It’s pretty simple: if you can’t tell me why people will pay more to shop at your store than at Amazon, you are going to have a tough time making it. If you can, and you are right, your future is bright.

What do you think? Do you shop at the dinostores? Are there other stores that you do patronize? Are you wondering why I didn’t mention Half Price Books? Well, I can answer that…it’s a privately held company, so I don’t have comparable stock price information. ;) Tell me about a store (not necessarily a bookstore) where you wanted to give them extra money over the price you knew you could get somewhere else…and why that was the case. You can share your thoughts with me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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Free today: The Kindle Kollection

August 30, 2014

Free today: The Kindle Kollection

In honor of ILMK’s 5th anniversary on August 28th, I was giving away my books…but I couldn’t do one of them that day, due to the condition of the program that you can’t make them free on the first or last day of enrollment.

So, one of them is free today (Saturday) instead!

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

This one combines the three below into one volume:

* ILMK! (I Love My Kindle): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor
* Free Books for Your Kindle
* Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

Note that these are older books, and a lot of it will be obsolete…but I do think the first one, in particular, still has some fun. :)

As always, verify before you buy…check the price, because it may not be free in your country.

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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The rise of “old adult” meh-topian fiction

August 29, 2014

The rise of “old adult” meh-topian fiction

Note: this is a work of humor. The “meh-topian” books listed below do not actually exist…so far. ;)

There’s an old kid in town.

After years of domination by “young adult” dystopian fiction, in bookstores, on bestseller lists, and at the movies, readers are turning to a new genre which focuses on “silver heroes”…adults over fifty.

The surprising success of Ann T. Delouvian’s “The World Isn’t Perfect…So What?” (soon to be a CBS miniseries) has shone a light on what has been a growing trend.

TWIPSW focuses on Myrtle and Dirk, who live in a future society ruled by an ambitious under twenty-five year old elite…and pretty much ignore them.

Even though it’s against the law, Myrkle (as their fans never call them), have a lawn, cats, and a library of paper books.

“I was just tired of all these books where the main characters rush around changing the world,” said Delouvian (who is of a certain age herself). “I mean, really, what’s the big deal? Nothing’s perfect…I liked the idea of people who just went on with their lives, whatever was happening.”

At first, the book’s main audience was older readers (it was a darling of book clubs that actually met in person), but the industry really took notice when it became clear that younger people were reading it as well.

“I mean, I spent one summer learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, you know, and I was always, like, rebelling against conformity and stuff. It was just so tiring! Even when you know magic, like Hermione, it seems like there’s always all this pressure! When do you get to just chill? That’s why I’m a TWIPser…Myrtle just seems so cool.”
–Lizzie Mac Patel, 13 years old

“Old Adult” fiction is defined by a satisfaction with life as it is. That doesn’t mean that the characters think the world is wonderful: just that’s it is okay. That’s what the term “meh-topian” means: it’s not great, like a utopia, or terrible, like a dystopia…a meh-topia is just somewhere in the middle.

“That’s the way it is with real life, right? It isn’t always these extremes. Not every decision has to be life and death, and it doesn’t all have to be about choices. Myrtle and Dirk have settled down. She doesn’t have to go back and forth on a hormonal teeter totter between this beau and that beau. They’ve already found each other,” explained Delouvian.

Even younger authors have started to get in on the market. Amanda Tweeting, wunderkind symbol for the success of independently published young adult works, has written short stories starring Margaret Beasley. Tweeting writes these under a different name (Gerri Atrix), so as not to confuse her base. In Beasley’s world, a plague killed off almost all the young people: only those who had sat within six feet of an old cathode ray tube TV have an immunity, apparently due to a mutation caused by the radiation. Margaret and her friends adapt to the new conditions, without children and “those nice young people” around.

While the market for adventurous, romantic tales of high adventure seems secure, it may be safe to say that “Old Adult” fiction will be a big part of the literary landscape in the future…and if it’s not, that’s okay with it.

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5 years of ILMK

August 28, 2014

5 years of ILMK

August 28, 2009: the I Love My Kindle blog begins with this post:

Oh…um, Hi!

It has been an amazing journey…a five year mission indeed!

I would guess I’ve written something like the equivalent of forty 200 page books…you know,not quite Stephen King speed, but up there. ;)

While I’m certainly proud of a lot of what I’ve written, I have to say that one of the best parts (and one that I didn’t really anticipate) is the interactions I’ve had with my readers. There are many people who regularly read and comment on this blog, and I’ve had some very thoughtful discussions with them. I really appreciate it when they disagree with me (respectfully, as is almost always the case), and when they point out ways the blog could be better (including typos and other errors or omissions).

This blog would not be what it is (one of the most popular blogs of any kind in the Kindle store), and I wouldn’t be what I am, without  them.

Thank you.

Thanks also go to those who subscribe through the Kindle store…that’s part of what it makes it possible for me to devote this much time and energy to writing I Love My Kindle! Thanks, subscribers!

More thanks to people who follow links on this blog…it may be to buy something from Amazon (including gift cards) or to be exposed to something I’ve suggested. The latter lets me help  out people and organizations I find interesting.

Let me also thank those of you who read the blog, but haven’t yet followed a link or subscribed. You never have to do either to be part of the energy that feeds this galloping Pegasus of literary pixels! ;)

In order to make my thanks a bit more tangible, I’ve made as many of my Kindle store books free as I could for August 28th!

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on August 28, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet (at AmazonSmile)

This one has been a bestseller. It was written before the Kindle Fire HDs and HDXs, so it doesn’t match up exactly with those. If you do have the first generation Fire, though, I think you’ll find it useful.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

This one combines the three below into one volume:

* ILMK! (I Love My Kindle): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor
* Free Books for Your Kindle
* Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

Note: especially check the price on this one. I was having trouble getting the book to be free, and I’m not sure it took. If it didn’t, I’ll offer it free later, and let you know.

Update: the issue was that you can’t a book free under this promotion program on the first day or the last day of its enrollment period. I have now made it free for Saturday, August 30th…but again, verify before you buy. :)

ILMK! (I Love My Kindle!): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor (Revised Edition)(at AmazonSmile)

This has some fun stuff…and other things that are out of date. If you want The Happy Little Bookworm, this one has it. :)

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile)

This is the first 101 posts in this blog. :) I did 101 posts so I wouldn’t cut off Doctor Watson’s Blog: A Kindle Abandoned (which is a four-part story). I’m coming up on the five year anniversary of the blog, and I’m considering doing a “best of” book. I’d include the posts that are less time-dependent, I think…if you have any opinions on ones that you remember, feel free to let me know.

Remember, double-check that they are  free to make sure before buying. Since they are also in Kindle Unlimited, you may see a zero price showing, but it won’t be zero near the Buy button.

Enjoy!

I’d also like to ask you for a favor.

I plan to put together a book of the best of the first five years of this blog, and I hope to have  it done for the holiday season.

I know some of you have been with me from the beginning, and certainly, others who have joined us later have been quite involved.

Choosing the posts for the “best of” book is going to  be a challenge. My natural tendency is…to put in too many. ;)

What I’d like you to do, if you are so inclined, is to let me know which posts stand out to you. You don’t need to give me any times or dates…just comment on this post and say something like, “I liked the Star Trek parody,” or “I’m still thinking about the permanent copyright post.” That would help me in choosing.

If you want me to keep your comment private (posts may have affected some of you in ways you’d rather not share with the rest of my readers), please let me know at the top of your comment.

Also, although I’d like to include comments to the posts, I think it’s better if I don’t put those in the book (that wasn’t where people intended them to go when they wrote them). I plan to link to the posts, and people will be able to see your comments that way. When the book is published (and I’ll let you know when) there will be a forum on the Amazon product page for it, and of course, you’ll have the opportunity to do a review (again, only if you want to do that). It will be part of Kindle Unlimited…borrowing it is fine with me. ;)

So again, thank you for half a decade of ILMK! I look forward to our time together in the future.

Join hundreds of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Is Amazon making us better people?

August 26, 2014

Is Amazon making us better people?

Stay with me on this one.

Amazon’s reputation has recently taken a major hit, or perhaps I should say, they’ve gotten a new reputation.

We’ve always felt like Amazon was socially awkward with its customers. It would sometimes do or say clunky things, like removing an illegal book from our Kindles without asking us (which they then more than compensated people for having done it, and mea culpad all over the place).

We’ve known they were secretive, not revealing numbers of books or devices sold.

Recently, though, they’ve gotten a reputation for acting with evil intent. They sent out an e-mail

Amazon’s “Important Kindle request” for KDP authors

which clearly misrepresented George Orwell (ironically, the author involved in the book removal above), quoting out of context to use, well, Orwellian double-speak to rally people against their “enemy” in the Hachazon War (publisher Hachette).

It’s very hard to believe that it was simply an error, and that the person who wrote the e-mail didn’t know it was the opposite of what Orwell would have intended to say. I do, by the way, find it likely that people higher up in the organization didn’t know what was happening with that e-mail…I don’t believe Jeff Bezos would have signed off on the strategy.

I think the fact that it was pretty much unprecedented in that way was part of what has made it so impactful for so many people.

I always look for the good in the “bad”…that’s just my nature.

I had to say to myself: what is good about Amazon placing hurdles in between readers and the books they want (which has been one of their tactics in the Hachazon War)?

What if, by denying customers the “People Magazine books” they want to read, they get people to read things they wouldn’t?

Suppose people always ate steak and potatoes, and you took it off the menu and offered them a variety of food from other cultures instead. Would that make them appreciate those other cultures more?

If we assume that Amazon has a goal of cultural change (and that is not a safe assumption), they seem to have a primary strategy: when it comes to reading, quantity is more important than quality.

I have sympathy for that concept.

I would rather somebody read ten books of questionable quality from ten different points of view than read one book which “everybody agrees is a great book”.

I think that reading always puts you in someone else’s cognitive and emotional shoes**…even if it might do it very imperfectly. I also believe that tends to make you more understanding of other people’s positions.

Now, of course, this is largely the opposite of what you’ll get in school. Tell a teacher that you read twenty comic books or ten science fiction “popcorn books” instead of reading To Kill a Mockingbird or Romeo and Juliet, and they won’t think you’ve helped your development.

I can also see that…if you always read comic books or science fiction adventure.

I think for me, the key is to read different things, diverse things.

Arthur C. Clarke supposedly said, “Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”

Well, I’ve always felt is should be that politicians read all three…and romance, and non-fiction, and children’s books, and…

Amazon’s models encourage that.

If you join

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

you can read from a choice of close to 700,000 titles.

I guarantee you that there are ones there that come from a viewpoint different from yours.

There are also books which have been imperfectly edited and/or proofread.

You also won’t have many of the books I called “People Magazine” books above…the ones you’d read about in that publication.

Let’s say someone would have read the new J.K. Rowling…and instead, reads five other books. We’ll further say that none of them are as good as Rowling’s writing…but they present a variety of perspectives on the world (and the people in it).

Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Would that make them a better person at the end of it…or might it just turn people off reading?

I think we are going to see this trend growing. Less quality control, more quantity focus.

Of course, one can argue the other side…and I love to argue both sides. One of my favorite things we did when I was a professional actor way back when was they had us improv a scene where we were on a talk show, taking two diametrically opposed positions as characters. Then (and we didn’t know this was going to happen), they had us switch roles and positions and keep going.

In high school, we were going to do a debate. I chose to debate in favor of drunk driving…even though I didn’t drink then, don’t drink now, and believe alcohol does more damage in the United States than any other drug.

I actually won that debate. One of the points, as I recall, was something like they said that, oh, forty percent of driving accidents involved alcohol. I said in rebuttal that meant that 60% didn’t…so you were safer driving drunk than not drunk.

Of course, that was ridiculous, and I knew it. There are mechanical factors and other issues, but they didn’t respond, so I got that point.

So, one response to what I’m saying about Amazon’s subser (subscription service) is that people will also feel it’s more reasonable to simply abandon an “unpleasant” book…since it costs nothing to do so. If you spent $20 for a controversial book, you might feel like you’d better read the whole thing. If you get part way into a Kindle Unlimited book and hit a concept you don’t like, you could just dump it and go to something with which you are more familiar.

Anyway, my basic suggestion here (and I want to hear your responses): Amazon is encouraging people to read a greater variety of works by, in part, denying them easy access to blockbuster mainstream titles…and that will make them better people by having them exposed to a more diverse set of viewpoints. It will also make society better, by having less homogenization in what is read.

What do you think? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

Join hundreds of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** I forget who said it, but I love this line: “Never criticize someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes…because that way, if they get mad, they’ll be a mile away and barefoot.”

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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