Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: March 2015

March 3, 2015

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each:March 2015

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 117 for this month at the time of writing (two more than last month…it has been trending upwards).

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 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,664,311 of 3,298,023). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another 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 Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future
by Jonathan Cahn
4.6 stars out of 5 | 6,477 customer reviews

This is a major price cut on a very popular book (sales rank #439 out of more than three million). In the sale, it is $3.99 versus a digital list price of $16.99. It is faith based, and I’ve mentioned, I’ve noticed those tend to have higher average reviews.

Handle with Care
by Jodi Picoult
3.4 stars | 598 reviews

Invisible Cities
by Italo Calvino
Kindle Unlimited
4.4 stars | 185 reviews

The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
by Steven Strogatz
4.5 stars | 210 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

The Skies of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
4.1 stars | 184 reviews

Before people watched dragons on Game of Thrones, we read about them in the Pern series. Undoubtedly, Avatar felt a bit…familiar to some of us. ;)

Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2)
by Jonathan Kellerman
4.1 stars | 122 reviews

The Many-Colored Land (Pliocene Exile #1)
by Julian May
4.3 stars | 82 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

I sold a lot of this Locus Award winning novel when I managed a brick and mortar bookstore. Be aware, though, that you’ll probably feel like it doesn’t finish the story and want to go on to the others.

The Dreadful Debutante (The Royal Ambition Series Book 1)
by M. C. Beaton
4.2 stars | 75 reviews

The Crocodile Bird
by Ruth Rendell
4.3 stars | 70 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

Rants
by Dennis Miller (yes, that Dennis Miller)
4.2 stars | 56 reviews

Lost Eden
by J.R. Rain and Elizabeth Basque
4.1 stars | 56 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

Tori Amos: Piece by Piece
by Tori Amos and Ann Powers
4.4 stars | 49 reviews

Seeing
by Jose Saramago and Margaret Jull Costa
4.0 stars | 50 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

Saramago is a Nobel Prize winner who wrote Blindness, which was adapted into a movie with Julianne Moore (and reminded me of The Day of the Triffids). Another one for my Kindle Unlimited Wish List.

The Quick and the Dead
by Louis L’Amour
4.5 stars | 46 reviews

L’Amour is, of course, one of the most popular writers of Westerns.

Curious George Visits the Dentist
by H. A. Rey
4.7 stars | 3 reviews

The Girl with No Name: The Incredible story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
by Marina Chapman, Lynne Barrett-Lee
4.5 stars | 197 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

This is a true story…which makes it quite remarkable. Even Edgar Rice Burroughs didn’t fictionalize Tarzan being raised by monkeys…or the great apes we know, for that matter. Completely unrelated to the book immediately above. ;) This one is going on my Kindle Unlimited Wish List.

Joss Whedon: The Biography
by Amy Pascale
foreword by Nathan Fillion
4.5 stars | 33 reviews

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 (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get two (this is the third month in a row where that has been the case) 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:

  • Younger by Suzanne Munshower (thriller)
  • Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella (historical fiction)
  • It Had to Be Him by Tamra Baumann (romance)
  • The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart (science fiction thriller)

Well, I knew I would probably go with The Gemini Effect (while I consider myself an eclectic reader, science fiction is a plus). However, I read through the information about the other books to pick my second. I decided to go with Helen of Sparta. The title was intriguing: I know the legend reasonably well, and I could see how Helen might even choose to be known that way. I’ve also been rewatching The Time Tunnel recently, and saw a Trojan War episode not that long ago. :)

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! :) 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.

“Mindle Touch” on sale for $59

March 2, 2015

“Mindle Touch” on sale for $59

In honor of March being National Reading Month (gee, isn’t that every month?) ;), Amazon is offering

$20 off the The entry level model, the one I call the “Mindle Touch”(at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) making it only $59

This the least expensive Kindle at this point, and it’s certainly a serviceable device. It does have a touchscreen, but does not have the built-in light of the Paperwhite or the Voyage. As is the case with all current non-Fire Kindles, it does not have audio (so no music, audiobooks, or text-to-speech).

This could be a good “guest Kindle”, though, and might be a good Kindle for a responsible child.

I do like the Paperwhite better, but this is literally less than half the price of that $119 device at this point.

They don’t say how long the sale will last, and my guess is not long…

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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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Snapshot: March 1 2015

March 1, 2015

Snapshot: March 1 2015

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

TitlesInStore 201503

March 1, 2015: 3,288,124
February 1, 2015: 3,178,962
January 1, 2015: 3,104,677
December 1, 2014: 3,027,234
November 1, 2014: 2,958,430
October 1, 2014: 2,888,225
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:

March 1, 2015: 3,899
February 1, 2015: 2,396
January 1, 2015: 2,581
December 1, 2014: 2,293
November 1, 2014: 2,265
October 1, 2014: 2,900
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:

March 1, 2015: 647
February 1, 2015: 638
January 1, 2015: 638
December 1, 2014: 643
November 1, 2014: 646
October 1, 2014: 652
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:

March 1, 2015: 172
February 1, 2015: 170
January 1, 2015: 175
December 1, 2014: 174
November 1, 2014: 174
October 1, 2014: 174
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:

March 1, 2015: 14,588 (ILMK rank: #8)
February 1, 2015: 14,419 (ILMK rank: #8)
January 1, 2015: 14,392 (ILMK rank: #10)
December 1, 2014: 14,337 (ILMK rank: #14)
November 1, 2014: 14,267
October 1, 2014: 14,189 (ILMK rank: #11)
September 1, 2014: 14,151 (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

February, 2015 (taken March 1, 2015): 88.3% (2,721,649 of 3,083,344)
January, 2015 (taken February 1, 2015): 88.4% (2,630,162 of 2,976,291)
December, 2014 (taken January 1, 2015): 88.3% (2,567,412 of 2,907,638)
November, 2014 (taken December 1, 2014):88.3% (2,506,715 of 2,838,606)
October, 2014 (taken November 1, 2014): 88.4% (2,451,370 of 2,774,474)
September, 2014: (taken October 1, 2014): 88.2% (2,387,727 of 2,707,622)
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 February, 2015: 94.7% (74,806 of 78,979)
Books for January, 2015: 94.6% (73,166 of 77,329)
Books for December, 2014: 95.1% (72,247 of 77,048)
Books for November, 2014: 93.2% (72,264 of 77,550)
Books for October, 2014: 94.0% (72,051 of 76,646)
Books for September, 2014: 95.0% (77,730 of 81,864)
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)

March 1, 2015: 64.2% (2,111,025 of 3,288,124)
February 1, 2015: 64.3% (2,043,564 of 3,178,962)
January 1, 2015: 64.2% (1,992,162 of 3,104,677)
December 1, 2014: 64.2% (1,943,782 of 3,027,234)
November 1, 2014: 64.6% (1,909,982 of 2,958,430)
October 1, 2014: 64.3% (1,857,411 of 2,888,225)
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

March 1, 2015: 21.3% (699,221 of 3,288,124)
February 1, 2015: 19.0% (603,638 of 3,178,962)
January 1, 2015: 19.1% (591,610 of 3,104,677)
December 1, 2014: 19.1% (579,121 of 3,027,234)
November 1, 2014: 18.8% (556,881 of 2,958,430)
October 1, 2014: 18.9% (545,350 of 2,888,225)
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

March 1, 2015

8.99 11.99 10.49 10.99 12.99 14.99 9.99 9.99 9.99 11.99
12.99 11.99 9.79 11.99 11.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 5.99 12.99

Average: $11.11 (+$1.34) 7 titles under $10

February 1, 2015

8.99 11.99 9.79 12.99 9.79 9.99 11.99 7.99 9.99 3.99
12.99 11.99 8.99 5.99 3.99 10.99 6.99 10.99 12.99 11.99

Average: $9.77 (+$0.11) 11 titles under $10

January 1, 2015

9.99 7.69 9.99 7.19 10.99 11.99 10.99 3.99 11.99 7.49
10.99 11.89 6.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 10.99 5.99 10.99 10.99

Average: $9.66 (+$0.09) 9 titles under $10

December 1, 2014

10.99 12.74 3.25 9.78 4.99 10.99 12.99 6.99 11.84 10.99
10.99 5.00 9.99 9.78 9.09 10.99 10.99 10.99 6.99 10.99

Average: $9.57 (-$0.65) 9 titles under $10

November 1, 2014

10.99 9.99 11.99 6.50 10.99 10.99 6.99 10.99 10.99 10.99
10.99 6.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 10.99 7.99 9.99

Average: $10.22 (-$0.86) 6 titles under $10

October 1, 2014

10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 12.99 10.99 11.99 12.74 11.99 9.99
10.99 10.99 8.99 6.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 12.99 7.99 12.99

Average: $11.08 (-$0.43) 4 titles under $10

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

March 1, 2015: 46,145
February 1, 2015: 46,265
January 1, 2015: 45,345
December 1, 2014: 44,787
November 1, 2014: 44,250
October 1, 2014: 43,910
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)

March 1, 2015: 75,030 (+2%)
February 1, 2015: 73,489 (+0%)
January 1, 2015: 73,041 (+13%)
December 1, 2014: 64,805
November 1, 2014: 63,897
October 1, 2014: 61,828
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)

March 1, 2015: 19,232 (+4%)
February 1, 2015: 18,489 (+3%)
January 1, 2015: 17,983 (+5%)
December 1, 2014: 17,160
November 1, 2014: 16,735
October 1, 2014: 15,099
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*

March 1, 2015: 128,918 (+3%)
February 1, 2015: 125,505 (+2%)
January 1, 2015: 123,171 (+3%)
December 1, 2014: 119,963
November 1, 2014: 116,680
October 1, 2014: 113,491
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)

March 1, 2015: 853,036 (25.9%)
February 1, 2015: 823,258 (25.9%)
January 1, 2015: 794,093 (25.6%)
December 1, 2014: 764,249 (25.2%)
November 1, 2014: 724,218 (25.1%)
October 1, 2014: 710,979 (24.6%)
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

March 1, 2015: 880,916 (+4%)
February 1, 2015: 850,027 (+4%)
January 1, 2015: 820,865 (+4%)
December 1, 2014: 791,011 (+3%)
November 1, 2014: 765,236 (+4%)
October 1, 2014: 733,167 (+5%)
September 1, 2014: 696,171 (+5%)
August 1, 2014: 661,111 (new measurement)

Books in the Kindle Matchbook program

March 1, 2015: 81,045 (-0%)
February 1, 2015: 81,515 (-0%)
January 1, 2015: 82,228 (-1%)
December 1, 2014: 82,643 (+1%)
November 1, 2014: 81,969 (+81%)
October 1, 2014: 45,267 (-39%)
September 1, 2014: 73,820 (+8%)
August 1, 2014: 68,453 (+1%)
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%

October 1, 2014 figures are compared to August 1, 2014 figures.

10/1/2014
Total 2,888,225
Prime 2,707,622
Under $10 2,387,727
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 340,476 11.79% -0.01%
 $        1.99 100,267 3.47% 0.00%
 $        2.99 478,906 16.58% 0.08%
 $        3.99 231,562 8.02% -0.01%
 $        4.99 121,967 4.22% 0.26%
 $        5.99 68,437 2.37% -0.01%
 $        6.99 40,450 1.40% -0.01%
 $        7.99 64,121 2.22% 0.00%
 $        8.99 21,724 0.75% -0.02%
 $        9.99 304,463 10.54% -0.20%
 $      10.99 10,974 0.38% -0.01%
 $      11.99 8,869 0.31% -0.01%
 $      12.99 8,136 0.28% -0.02%
 $      13.99 7,108 0.25% -0.01%
 $      14.99 6,295 0.22% -0.01%
 $      15.99 1,864 0.06% -0.01%
 $      16.99 2,341 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,033 0.07% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,358 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,426 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 783 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 786 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,782 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 988 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 955 0.03% 0.00%

11/1/2014
Total 2,958,430
Prime 2,451,370
Under $10 2,774,474
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 347,796 11.76% -0.03%
 $        1.99 103,685 3.50% 0.03%
 $        2.99 501,218 16.94% 0.36%
 $        3.99 239,807 8.11% 0.09%
 $        4.99 124,551 4.21% -0.01%
 $        5.99 69,901 2.36% -0.01%
 $        6.99 41,474 1.40% 0.00%
 $        7.99 67,038 2.27% 0.05%
 $        8.99 22,636 0.77% 0.01%
 $        9.99 310,306 10.49% -0.05%
 $      10.99 10,525 0.36% -0.02%
 $      11.99 8,873 0.30% -0.01%
 $      12.99 8,088 0.27% -0.01%
 $      13.99 7,089 0.24% -0.01%
 $      14.99 6,594 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,904 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,325 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,033 0.07% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,310 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,729 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 811 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 757 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,843 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 1,050 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 966 0.03% 0.00%

12/1/2014
Total 3,027,234
Prime 2,838,606
Under $10 2,506,715
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 362583 11.98% 0.22%
$1.99 108674 3.59% 0.09%
$2.99 521098 17.21% 0.27%
$3.99 45528 1.50% -6.60%
$4.99 114694 3.79% -0.42%
$5.99 71988 2.38% 0.02%
$6.99 41674 1.38% -0.03%
$7.99 71196 2.35% 0.09%
$8.99 23645 0.78% 0.02%
$9.99 317601 10.49% 0.00%
$10.99 12673 0.42% 0.06%
$11.99 9143 0.30% 0.00%
$12.99 8215 0.27% 0.00%
$13.99 8006 0.26% 0.02%
$14.99 8317 0.27% 0.05%
$15.99 2180 0.07% 0.01%
$16.99 2540 0.08% 0.01%
$17.99 1869 0.06% -0.01%
$18.99 1362 0.04% 0.00%
$19.99 8056 0.27% 0.00%
$20.99 906 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 933 0.03% 0.01%
$22.99 3057 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1454 0.05% 0.01%
$24.99 1092 0.04% 0.00%

1/1/2015
Total 3,104,667
Prime 2,907,638
Under $10 2,567,412
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 369522 11.90% -0.08%
$1.99 111432 3.59% 0.00%
$2.99 538644 17.35% 0.14%
$3.99 251181 8.09% 6.59%
$4.99 119304 3.84% 0.05%
$5.99 72570 2.34% -0.04%
$6.99 42907 1.38% 0.01%
$7.99 75027 2.42% 0.06%
$8.99 23782 0.77% -0.02%
$9.99 326084 10.50% 0.01%
$10.99 12760 0.41% -0.01%
$11.99 9296 0.30% 0.00%
$12.99 9200 0.30% 0.02%
$13.99 8214 0.26% 0.00%
$14.99 8708 0.28% 0.01%
$15.99 2916 0.09% 0.02%
$16.99 2477 0.08% 0.00%
$17.99 2024 0.07% 0.00%
$18.99 1596 0.05% 0.01%
$19.99 8348 0.27% 0.00%
$20.99 992 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 957 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 3028 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1581 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1094 0.04% 0.00%

1/1/2015
Total 3,178,962
Prime 2,630,162
Under $10 2,976,291
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 376636 11.85% -0.05%
$1.99 114659 3.61% 0.02%
$2.99 557871 17.55% 0.20%
$3.99 258648 8.14% 0.05%
$4.99 123021 3.87% 0.03%
$5.99 76921 2.42% 0.08%
$6.99 45097 1.42% 0.04%
$7.99 87551 2.75% 0.34%
$8.99 24815 0.78% 0.01%
$9.99 308260 9.70% -0.81%
$10.99 13670 0.43% 0.02%
$11.99 11204 0.35% 0.05%
$12.99 10566 0.33% 0.04%
$13.99 8937 0.28% 0.02%
$14.99 10723 0.34% 0.06%
$15.99 3730 0.12% 0.02%
$16.99 2522 0.08% 0.00%
$17.99 1818 0.06% -0.01%
$18.99 1564 0.05% 0.00%
$19.99 8794 0.28% 0.01%
$20.99 1009 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 902 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 3040 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1521 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1051 0.03% 0.00%

3/1/2015
Total 3,288,124
Prime 3,083,344
Under $10 2,721,649
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 390272 11.87% 0.02%
$1.99 121925 3.71% 0.10%
$2.99 581765 17.69% 0.14%
$3.99 270531 8.23% 0.09%
$4.99 125772 3.83% -0.04%
$5.99 78558 2.39% -0.03%
$6.99 47778 1.45% 0.03%
$7.99 88766 2.70% -0.05%
$8.99 26343 0.80% 0.02%
$9.99 308550 9.38% -0.31%
$10.99 14365 0.44% 0.01%
$11.99 11683 0.36% 0.00%
$12.99 11489 0.35% 0.02%
$13.99 9163 0.28% 0.00%
$14.99 11359 0.35% 0.01%
$15.99 4437 0.13% 0.02%
$16.99 3309 0.10% 0.02%
$17.99 2375 0.07% 0.02%
$18.99 1551 0.05% 0.00%
$19.99 10175 0.31% 0.03%
$20.99 1766 0.05% 0.02%
$21.99 831 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 2801 0.09% -0.01%
$23.99 1539 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1277 0.04% 0.01%

Summary

The good news is that there were a lot of books added last month, crushing the previous record since we’ve been tracking it, and that prices are generally good and most other trends are okay. The bad news is that New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents jumped up in price…a lot! The average jump was up $1.34, and there were far fewer books in that group under $10. It’s possible that the return of the Agency Model is having an impact on that, but I don’t have the data at this time. However, with more Kindle Unlimited, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and free books, there are alternatives…

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.

Why Power/Rangers matters to readers

February 27, 2015

Why Power/Rangers matters to readers

I like parodies.

I even have a category for parodies I write on this blog.

I’ve done Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes (I think that may have come out the best), Star Trek, Leave it to Beaver, and more.

There is a significant difference between the first two above and the last two.

The first two are public domain works (well, most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes, for sure…that’s a bit complicated), and the latter two are still under copyright protection in the USA.

The United States Copyright Office specifically lists a parody as something which has been found to fall under “Fair Use”, meaning that authorization from the rightsholder need not be obtained.

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Essentially, Fair Use is recognized as a kind of criticism…you point out the flaws in something by exaggeration, commonly.

That’s not protected in all countries.

In the past, I think one reason we saw a lot of Canadian comedians working in the USA was a difference in parody protection.

Recently, a “grim” version of the Power Rangers was made in what is commonly called a “fan film”…a parallel to “fan fiction” (often shortened to “fanfic”).

It criticized the idea of teenagers being chosen as warriors…and what might happen to them afterwards.

I watched it on YouTube.

Our now adult kid was into Power Rangers (the version being parodied here…the first popular US incarnation, not any of the myriad Japanese ones), so I was pretty familiar with the canon.

I thought it was well done.

Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) star.

Now, it’s important to note, that this is not a funny version…a parody need not be funny to be protected, or to be a parody. It needs to be, as I understand it, an imitation which would not be confused with the original, but comments on it (typically through some sort of warping of the original).

Fan films and fanfic are often characterized by people as not being for commercial purposes. It is possible to have protection even for something done for commercial purposes…look, for example, at parodies on Saturday Night Live or Mad Magazine, both of which are commercial enterprises.

So, why does all of this matter for readers?

First, Vimeo took the video down…then quite a bit later, YouTube did (despite it being in their most popular videos for days, which is quite a feat).

Producer Adi Shankar said in part that having the video was protected by “free speech”, and parody.

That’s something I hear from time to time…that when Amazon chooses not to carry a book, it’s a violation of free speech.

It’s not part of the constitutional of free speech.

Legal “free speech” has to do with what the government does, not what private companies do.

It means that the government can’t shut down your parody, based on current case law, as I understand it (I’m not a lawyer). A private company can decide not to carry something…pretty much for whatever reason they want.

As I looked into this more, it looks like YouTube may have taken it down because of the use of the music, which is not the original version.

That’s different…it’s quite a bit harder to argue that the use of a melody is a parody of that melody.

Weird Al Yankovic gets the rights to the music, from what I know (although, and I don’t know this, that might not have always been the case).

Vimeo and YouTube have no legal obligation to keep any video available.

My interpretation would be that Power/Rangers was legal…but there are tons of legal videos that YouTube doesn’t carry.

Moving this to books…

You can write a parody of something.

You can publish that parody.

Nobody has to sell it to the public for you or distribute it to the public for you.

You can write fan fiction.

If it criticizes a work, you can distribute it…the government is not going to arrest you for it.

That doesn’t mean a bookstore (brick and mortar, like I used to manage, or internet, like Amazon) has to make it available.

I found this Huffington Post interview with producer Adi Shankar important and interesting (and, incidentally, NSFW…Not Safe For Work, having profanity):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/adi-shankar-power-rangers-bootleg-film_n_6764594.html

One thing Shankar says:

“I moved to America when I was 16 because this country was f*cking awesome, because of the First Amendment, because of freedom of speech…”

Absolutely.

However, we do have to be clear about what that means.

We can’t claim that free speech forces a commercial enterprise to sell something or give it away…the First Amendment constricts the government, not companies.

I’ve also seen this referred to as a “bootleg” (it’s in the page name at the HuffPo).

It’s not that, either.

A bootleg is an unauthorized recording done in a covert manner…someone records a movie in a movie theatre, for example, and then distributes that version.

Bootleg used to refer to hiding illegal liquor in your bootleg, as I recall it.

There was nothing in this fan film (according to the producer) that was original material, so nothing was bootlegged.

The term “cover” has also come up.

In a “cover”, one band/singer plays the music of another band/singer.

I haven’t completely verified this, but I always understood that those were done because the original musicians were a minority who were subject to commercial discrimination (stores wouldn’t carry records by certain races, for example…or perhaps, if they did, they would put them in what was literally called a “race music” section, where they wouldn’t sell to the mainstream). You need an “acceptable” face to put on the cover of the album…so someone else would record what was often a pretty faithful version of the original.

That also extended to radio stations not playing music.

“Covers” have later lost that sense of “covering up” the original artist.

Power/Rangers is also not a cover. In the original use of “covers”, the original songs were licensed…even though those contracts might arguably have been exploitative, they still existed. They were done with some sort of legally defensible authorization.

Power/Rangers does not duplicate a Power Rangers episode shot for shot, which a cover would do (or would nearly do).

It’s a brand new story line.

It is a parody.

I understand YouTube taking down the video, and I believe they have a legal right to do so.

The chilling effect does concern me a bit, though. Some companies (studios, publishers) and some authors go after parodies, and can influence distributors into not carrying them, and artists into not creating them.

I want people to feel free to criticize politicians and popular culture works through the use of parody…free, at least, from legal prosecution.

I don’t mind if they have to fight for distribution…just as creators of non-parodies do.

Interestingly, Adi Shankar is not “just a fan”. Shankar is a legitimate commercial producer, including such projects as Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg, Dredd with Karl Urban, and The Grey with Liam Neeson.

Shankar could fight this, and might have the power to do so.

I don’t see a path where the Supreme Court would rule that a store/distribution platform would have to carry a specific parody.

I can see something that might make companies less willing to go after fanfic and fan films, if this becomes a headache and a public relations black eye.

That’s probably unlikely, though.

All of this could strengthen Amazon’s own

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

program.

The works there are authorized by the rightsholders.

No author will get a cease and desist from a publisher because of a Kindle Worlds title.

Yes, the rightsholders get to set up rules for the world if they want, and if a work doesn’t fit it, well, you’d have to go a different route.

Still, there’s a lot in the Power/Rangers story that could impact us readers.

What do you think?

What’s your favorite literary parody (at AmazonSmile*)? Bored of the Rings, perhaps? What should Amazon do if a rightsholder challenges a book on copyright grounds? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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First Kindle Scout books now available for pre-order

February 25, 2015

First Kindle Scout books now available for pre-order

I’ve written before about Kindle Scout, Amazon’s innovative “crowd advised” publishing program.

Essentially, authors submit a completed but unpublished book to the program.

Readers can read a sample…and decide if they should endorse the book for  publication.

If Amazon chooses to traditionally publish the book (advised but not bound by the readers’ choices), it’s a regular sort of publishing contract.

Part of a publisher’s responsibility (actually, a very big part) is to promote and market the books.

Well, I recently got a press release advising me that the first Kindle Scout books are now available to be pre-ordered (and being published on March 3rd 2015).

press release

The press release links to each of the ten upcoming books, which is nice.

It also gives a link to

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/selected

where you can see all 23 books selected so far, both the ten which can be pre-ordered now, and the thirteen “in production now”. The latter includes Housebroken by The Behrg, so we can’t link yet, as we said we would do (when possible) when we published this

ILMK interview

Outside of that, I’m not finding any easy way to find them in the Kindle store.

Searching for “Kindle Scout” just gets you Kindle books with the word “Scout” in the title, that sort of thing.

I can’t find an “aisle” for Kindle Scout in the Kindle store yet…either on my phone or on my computer.

My guess is that they just haven’t built it, but that they will.

I would.

I would want Kindle Scout to be a brand for Amazon customers, not just for readers who participate as Kindle Scouts, and authors who are part of the program.

There is an argument to be made (isn’t there always?) that you want the books to be seen as being just like any other book. After all, they don’t put out “various artists” albums of American Idol winners (“American Idol’s Greatest Hits”).

Oh wait…yes, they do. ;)

American Idol music (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon can (and I think should) do the same thing.

The books can be promoted as individual books by individual authors, and it can be promoted as a group brand…by putting a link on the e-books homepage, by linking on each of the product pages for the individual books, maybe by doing a “sampler”, and so on.

The fact that a book was discovered by Amazon through Kindle Scout should be a plus for buyers and readers.

I make that differentiation (buyers and readers), because these books will be available through

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

I might try one there…hm, not quite sure how the payment for these authors will be impacted by a borrow. For independently published authors using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, it can be better (sometimes, significantly better) to have your book borrowed rather than sold, depending on the price. The higher the price, the better the borrow is by comparison. That’s because you get the same price for each borrow as an indie, regardless of the list price.

Remember that you can’t “pre-borrow” a book…if you plan to get it from Kindle Unlimited, you need to wait until it has been released (March 3rd, in this case).

Here are the ten books:

It will be interesting to see how these do in terms of sales (and reviews)…I’ll check on them later to see.

What do you think? Are you going to buy any of these? Sample them? Borrow them through Kindle Unlimited or the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)? 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.

Today only: 15% off Fire tablets

February 24, 2015

Today only: 15% off Fire tablets

There is a special sale today:

15% off Fire tablets (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

They are promoting these prices:

Not included on the splash page is the

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile*)

but I assume that’s because it is already on sale at $199 versus $239…which is about 17% off. :)

We have an HD 6 at home as a “guest Kindle”, and my Significant Other and I each have a Kindle Fire HDX 7″, which we use every day.

I don’t think this suggests that any change is coming in the lineup…they just do sales like this from time to time.

As  usual, check that price before you click or tap the Buy button: prices may be different in your country.

Join thousands 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.

March 2015 Kindle book releases

February 24, 2015

March 2015 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have started to return to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances…I’ll have to dig into that effect.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,122 (at time of writing) February releases in the USA Kindle store:

March 2015 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

One interesting thing before I get into some individual titles: the first four (sorted by new and popular) are the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month!

Since Prime members can already be reading two of these (even though they aren’t officially released until October) at no additional cost, you can see how that would drive up their popularity as compared to actual pre-orders. The top four being Kindle First was also true the last time I did one of these.

The other thing is that there are some Kindle Unlimited titles way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay…books!

  • One Wish by Robyn Carr
  • 7 Brides for 7 Bodies (Body Movers) by Stephanie Bond
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Claimed (Servants of Fate #2) by Sarah Fine (KU)
  • A Shade of Vampire 11: A Chase of Prey by Bella Forrest (KU)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex) by R. A. Salvatore
  • Extinction Edge (The Extinction Cycle Book 2) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Aaron Sikes (KU)
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
  • Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States by Andrew Monson and Walter Scheidel
  • Teen Legal Rights by David Hudson
  • American Poetry after Modernism: The Power of the Word
    by Albert Gelpi
  • Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and…
    by Martin J. Gannon and Rajnandini (Raj) K. Pillai
  • The Flavia de Luce Series 6-Book Bundle by Alan Bradley
  • Teaching with Tablets by Helen Caldwell and James Bird
  • Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, 1930-2000 by Michelle Haberland
  • The Mossad: Six Landmark Missions of the Israeli Intelligence Agency, 1960-1990 by Marc E. Vargo
  • The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Angela E. Stent
  • One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook by Frank L. Cioffi
  • Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming in Jamaica
    by Matthew Parker
  • Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
  • Figures of Fear: An anthology by Graham Masterton
  • Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters by Tom Hayden
  • The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man by Michael Tennesen
  • Dorothy Must Die: The Other Side of the Rainbow Collection: No Place Like Oz, Dorothy Must Die, The Witch Must…by Danielle Paige
  • There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow
  • Werewolf Cop: A Novel by Andrew Klavan
  • Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham
  • The Discreet Hero: A Novel by Mario Vargas Llosa and Edith Grossman
  • Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth by Albert Podell
  • The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures by William deBuys
  • The Art of War Visualized: The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts and Graphs by Jessica Hagy
  • Archie in the Crosshairs (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) by Robert Goldsborough
  • Kingdom Keepers New Series I (Kingdom Keepers: The Return) by Ridley Pearson and Disney Digital Books
  • Cranky Ladies of History by Garth Nix and Jane Yolen

Well, that’s a pretty mixed set for you!

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! :) 

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.

Checking in on Manage Your Kindle

February 23, 2015

Checking in on Manage Your Kindle

One of the most important resources an Kindle owner has is the Manage Your Kindle page.

Well, that used to be true…now it’s called the “Manage Your Content and Devices.” :)

I assume that’s because the new tablets aren’t called “Kindle Fires” any more, but simply “Fires”.

Not only that, other devices appear as well…my Fire Phone, our Fire TV, our Fire TV stick. I’m guessing our Amazon Echo will appear there as well, although it hasn’t yet (our delivery date still has, as the early end, the end of May).

Whatever you call it, I like to check in on this page from time to time, to see if anything has changed…and it often has.

One thing to note before I get into it: what you see and what I see may not be quite the same.

Amazon is big on “A/B testing”: you give different people different interfaces (and sometimes, different features), to see how well they work and how much people like them.

It’s usually not huge: it could be that a button appears on the top for me, and on the side for you.

Also, which browser you use may matter. I’m using Maxthon, my browser of preference, although I also use Chrome, Internet Explorer, Silk, and SeaMonkey.

We all get to the page the same way, though. I’ll give you the shortest URL (Uniform or Universal Resource Locator…web address), although there are others:

http://www.amazon.com/myk

For me, I see three tabs, and a link to Help. I’ll take them in the order they appear for me:

Your Content

This is where I see things I’ve purchased (including for free) from Amazon on this account, personal documents I’ve uploaded, and resources they give me (like dictionaries for the Kindle).

The first thing I see are two dropdown menus for “Show”.

The first one of those defaults to “Books”, and then gives me these other choices:

  • Books (purchased from the Kindle store)
  • Kindle Unlimited (you may not have that if you aren’t a member…it shows me which books I’ve borrowed under that plan)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Blogs
  • Audiobooks
  • Music
  • Apps
  • Instant Video
  • Docs (personal documents I’ve uploaded)
  • Active Content (games and apps for non-Fire Kindles)
  • Dictionaries & User Guides (provided by Amazon)
  • Pending Deliveries

Next to that is a dropdown menu which says “All”. That presumably modifies the choices you make in the first dropdown, and not all choices will apply to all content categories. For Books, I see:

  • All
  • Purchases (including free)
  • Samples (this is relatively new, that samples are stored in the Cloud)
  • Rentals (yes, you can rent books…textbooks)
  • Loans
  • Borrows (this is showing me Kindle Unlimited…and ones I got from public libraries)

The next thing I get is a way to sort what shows:

  • Purchase Date: Newest-Oldest (default)
  • Title: A-Z
  • Title: Z-A
  • Author: A-Z
  • Author: Z-A
  • Purchase Date: Oldest-Newest

New here is a toggle to “Show Family Library” or “Hide Family Library”. When it is toggled to “Show”, you can Add to Library and Remove from Library.

There is also a search box you can use to search items

For individual books (or other content), there is a checkbox. When I check a book, I can then Deliver it somewhere or Delete it. I can check more than one book, and take the same action on multiple books (although I’ve heard from people that it can get overwhelmed…I’ve heard of a limit of ten at a time, but I have not tested that recently).

NOTE: if you delete a book from your Cloud, you are surrendering the licence for which you paid (or which you got free). If you do that, and anyone who is on your account now or may be on your account in the future wants to read that book, they’ll have to purchase it again…if it is still available.

I don’t delete books from the Cloud…it would be like throwing out a paperbook.

I know some people do,  though.

This ability is one of the reasons why you have to know the account username and password to get into MYK. Many people have accounts set up where some people are “users” and other people are “managers” (that’s just my name for it). The managers have access to MYK; the users don’t.

In addition to “Deliver” and “Delete”, there  are buttons for actions on individual books.

Tapping one (I’m using a touchscreen device…you might be clicking it), I can see

  • The title (which I can tap to go to the book’s Amazon product page)
  • The author
  • My purchase date
  • The price
  • A link for Order Details
  • Deliver
  • Delete
  • Download & Transfer via USB (you can put books on your device this way, if the device can’t connect to wireless)
  • Clear furthest page read
  • Read Now
  • Manage Family Library

Other choices may appear: for example, if you are within seven days of purchase, you’ll typically get a choice here to return your Kindle book for a refund.

The book line item will also list the Title | Author | Date of purchase…and if an update is available, it will indicate it to the left of the date.

It appears to me that this is an “infinite page”…as I scroll down, more titles appear. That’s also new.

The action buttons continue to appear that the top as I scroll down…that’s a good thing, even though it likely slows down the scrolling.

Moving on to

Your Devices

I see all the devices (hardware and apps) registered to the account.

They appear to be Fire tablets and non-Fire Kindles first in alphabetical order by name, then other hardware (Fire TVs and sticks first for me, then the Fire Phone), then apps.

As you select each device, you’ll see options below it…and those will depend on what the device is capable of doing.

For example, we have a 2007 original Kindle registered (more than one, actually). The options for that are:

  • Edit the name
  • Deregister
  • Set as default device (this is somewhat new)
  • Edit the e-mail address (this address is used to send items to this device, not to send regular e-mail to it)
  • The type
  • The Serial Number

Looking at the

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

I use every day (mine is named “HDXter”, which I pronounce like “H-Dexter”), I see first a dropdown for Device Actions:

  • Deregister
  • Set as default device
  • Remote Alarm (this is nice…even if the volume is turned off, you can make your HDX make a not entirely unpleasant beeping noise…so you can find it if it is lost around the house. If you do find it, you can stop the beeping…otherwise, it goes for two minutes. You will, I assume, need to have wireless on for that to work)
  • Find Your Tablet (this will actually locate it physically…I just  tried it, and it was quite close…certainly close enough so I would know it was at home)
  • Remote Lock (could be useful if someone steals your device…but they may not connect it to wireless)
  • Remote Factory Reset (this would wipe everything off your device, including personal files you put on it…system software updates you had done would not be affected)

Those last three or four might also be used by account managers to…work with account users. For example, a legal guardian could hypothetically lock a child’s device…or see if the device is at home where it was “supposed to be”, rather than, say, at the park…

Then I see

  • Email address (editable)
  • Special Offers status (editable…that wasn’t on the K1 above, because it didn’t do Special Offers)
  • Type
  • Serial Number

Last tab…

Settings

  • Digital Payment Settings (you can edit your 1-click Payment Method through a link here…again, this is fairly new)
  • Country Settings (you can see where they think you live, and you could change it…but you still need to have something that evidenced where you live, such as the country location of your bank. This has to do with copyright and licensing)
  • Households and Family Library: you can add 1 adult here who is not on your account to share books, apps, games, and audiobooks…both of you have to be present when you are doing that. You can also add up to four children
  • Newsstand Subscription Settings (there is a link here to Manage Your Subscriptions, such as unsubscribing or changing a payment method…changing your 1-click above does not change the payment method for a subscription)
  • Kindle Unlimited Settings (you can unsubscribe here, and it tells you when you next payment will be)
  • Device Synchronization (it’s good to have this on if you read the same book on different devices, like a tablet and a phone. If two people on the same account read the same book at the same time on different devices ((which we do sometimes)) it’s good to keep this off)
  • Automatic Book Update (you can turn this off…if it’s on, and an update comes out for a book, it will just happen without asking you…I keep this off)
  • Language Optimized Storefront (you can currently choose English or Spanish)
  • Personal Document Settings (you can edit the e-mail addresses for your devices here), turn on or off Personal Document Archiving (I keep this on….it means that if I use “Send-to-Kindle”, the document will be added to the Cloud so it is available to other devices on the account), Whispernet Delivery Options (you can choose whether or not your personal documents will deliver over 3G/4G if you have it, or just on wi-fi…you could be charged for a 3G/4G delivery), and the Approved Personal Document E-mail List (you choose here what e-mail addresses are allowed to send documents to your devices…prevents “spam”). There is also a list of your previous charges here
  • A link to Manage Whispercast Settings (Whispercast is a special service designed for businesses and organizations)
  • A link to Your AmazonLocal Vouchers
  • The last thing on this page is Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations…the key thing here is that you can view or edit your browsing history at the botttom

Whew!

As you can tell, there is a lot of “self service” provided by Amazon! Good self service can be part of excellent customer service.

If you have any questions or thoughts about this, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

Join thousands 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.

Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each)

February 21, 2015

Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each)

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of eighteen books on which  movies have been based for $2.99 or less each.

Well, Amazon has fudged that a bit by including more than one book for the same movie. :)

There are also many other books on which movies have been based which are available at Amazon…large numbers of them for free (public domain titles, like Dracula, Moby Dick, and so on).

Still, this is an interesting set.

The fact that a movie was made from a book does say something about it.

Even though the movie may be significantly different from the book (and that can be a good or bad thing), there is still something in the book that got people to put money into an adaptation.

Let’s take a look at the options in this sale…remember to check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. Prices are for today, and may not apply in your country.

Life of Pi
Yann Martel
4.3 out of 5 stars | 6,020 customer reviews
Movie: Life of Pi (2012)
Oscar wins (I presume this sale is to tie into the Oscars tomorrow): Directing; Cinematography; Score; Visual Effects
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Adapted Screenplay; Editing; Sound Mixing; Sound Editing; Original Song; Production Design
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
4.5 stars | 1380 reviews
Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Score
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

All the King’s Men
by Robert Penn Warren
4.3 stars | 328 reviews
Movie: All the King’s Men (1949)
Oscar wins: Best Picture; Best Actor; Best Actress
Additional Oscar nominations: Supporting Actor; Director; Writing; Editing
Movie (2): All the King’s Men (2006)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations: none
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

The Post Office Girl
by Stefan Zweig
4.3 stars, 61 reviews
Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Oscar wins: not known at time of writing (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Directing; Original Screenplay; Cinematography; Editing; Production Design; Costumes; Hair and Makeup; Score

Beware of Pity
by Stefan Zweig
4.6 stars, 72 reviews
For all movie information, see immediately above

On the Waterfront
by Budd Schulberg
3.8 stars | 6 reviews
Movie: On the Waterfront (1954)
Oscar wins: Best Picture; Best Actor; Best Actress; Directing; Writing; Cinematography; Art Direction; Editing
Additional Oscar nominations: Support Actor (three nominations: Karl Malden, Rod Steiger; Lee J. Cobb); Score

How to Train Your Dragon (11 books in the series, priced individually)
by Cressida Cowell
First book: 4.4 stars | 250 reviews
Movie: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations; Animated Feature; Score
Movie: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Oscar wins: too soon to tell (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Animated Feature

The Boxtrolls
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Note: this is not the book credited as the source of the movie…that’s Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow
4.8 stars | 10 reviews
Movie: The Boxtrolls
Oscar wins: too soon to tell (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Animated Feature

For more books on which 2015 Oscar nominated movies were based, see

2015 Read the Oscar nominees

The polls are still open (through today) for

2015 BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness)

but this is where we stand right now on our group predictions for this year’s Adapted Screenplay Oscar:

  1. The Imitation Game (Graham Moore): 76% chance
  2. The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten): 73% chance
  3. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle): 60% chance
  4. American Sniper (Jason Hall): 47% chance
  5. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson): 44% chance

Don’t like the group’s predictions? There is still to play in this free game! ;)

What do you think? What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? Is there a movie you think was better than the book? What book do you still think should be made into a movie which hasn’t been? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Join thousands 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.

Round up #286: new Dr. Seuss, kindlereunion

February 20, 2015

Round up #286: new Dr. Seuss, kindlereunion

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

Mayday saves the day!

I have said many times that I consider Amazon’s nearly instant onscreen tech help for some Fire devices to be one of the greatest Customer Service innovations in years.

It was proven for me again yesterday.

Two “third party” apps on my

Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile*)

wanted updates, and I did it.

You can install apps from places outside Amazon…contrary to what you might hear, Amazon is quite open to you using “competitors'” products. It’s a simple settings change, to allow installation of apps from “unknown sources”.

Naturally, you assume the risk for doing that…the apps will not have been vetted by Amazon to make sure they work and won’t damage your tablet.

I only do it with very few apps, where I trust the studios.

In this case, it was Zinio, which I use to read Fortean Times (which Amazon does not carry), and Maxthon, which is my browser of choice.

Well, after the updates, neither of them would launch!

They appeared to be on the device, but when I would try to open them, they just wouldn’t.

I tried a few troubleshooting things on my own:

  • I tried restarting the device
  • I tried opening them both from the Carousel and from the Apps tab
  • I tried clearing the cache and force stopping them
  • I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Maxthon
  • I finally cleared the data on Maxthon…that’s not too bad with that program, since my “favorites” are all stored on their server. The only thing I lost was my “Quick Access” choices…that’s not hard to fix
  • I downloaded Maxthon fresh from their website

Since none of that worked, I called Mayday.

At first, it was clearly baffling.

Some things would indicate it was on the device, some wouldn’t. For example, there was an icon on the Carousel (with an exclamation point on it…a trouble indicator). It showed on the Cloud tab, not on the device tab. Now, an item can be on the Carousel and not be downloaded, but things were just weird.

Finally, the Mayday rep suggesting syncing with Amazon. I hadn’t thought of that…since Zinio isn’t stored in Amazon’s Cloud. I did get Maxthon from there at some point, when it was available.

That did it!

Don’t ask me why, but after a simple sync, they were both fine.

I’m going to go with what’s called the Engineer’s Law or the Law of Pragmatism: “If it works, it’s true.” ;)

I think Mayday is great for people who are not techies, but even for someone who is quite knowledgeable like me, it can be terrific.

KindleReunion.com

Sometimes, I get comments on very old posts…so most people will never see them.

In most cases, they are fake comments…what I call Eddiecoms.

I got one recently on one of my most popular posts

What to do if your Kindle is lost or stolen

It recommended the use of a site called KindleReunion.com.

I thought it was worth sharing my response with a wider audience:

“I appreciate the suggestion, and I checked out the site.

That seems unsafe to me.

One of the main reasons someone steals something like a Kindle is to get personal information and in other ways take advantage of the person who lost it.

kindlereunion arranges a connection between a Kindle loser and an apparent finder…and it seems to me they share your e-mail address.

You put in your serial number and an e-mail address as a loser. Another person, who is a finder, puts in a serial number and their e-mail address. The site says

“Once the system finds a match, both parties will receive an e-mail so they can arrange the exchange of the Kindle.”

So, here’s the scenario:

You are at the airport, and someone steals your Kindle while you are going through Security.

Naturally, you have it password protected and you deregister it and have it blacklisted (as indicated in the post on which you commented).

They enter the serial number as a finder.

kindlereunion (and my intuition is that their heart is in the right place) e-mails you both (after you enter as a finder), and connects you two.

The thief then has a number of ways to go.

“I’m on the other side of the country. Why don’t I just mail it to you? What’s your address?”

“Let’s meet and I can give it to you.”

“I’d send it to you, but I don’t have the cash to mail it. See, I put in an airport locker, but I lost the key. They want $40 to replace the key before they’ll give it to me.”

You can probably imagine a lot of other scenarios…

That’s why a recovery service like ReturnMe maybe worth it…it protects your personal information. TrackItBack, unfortunately, is out of business at this point (it’s been about five years since I wrote that post).”

A new Dr. Seuss

Following on the heels of the announcement of a never before published Harper Lee novel (written before To Kill A Mockingbird…I would consider it an early draft which was massively revised, based on what I’ve heard):

Go Set a Watchman (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

comes the news that we are going to get a new Dr. Seuss picturebook!

It’s coming in August, and while a Kindle edition is not yet available for pre-order, my guess is that one will show up soon. I’ll link to the page for one you can pre-order, and eventually, a Kindle edition is likely to be linked on that page:

What Pet Should I Get? (at AmazonSmile*)

I’m not hearing a lot of controversy about this one, like there has been about Go Set a Watchman (some people worry that Harper Lee doesn’t fully understand or approve of what is happening…my guess at this point is that is unlikely), but the provenance on this one is very different as laid out in this

USA Today story by Maria Puente

ILMK Flipboard Magazine passes The Measured Circle

Just since my most recent

Update on my free Flipboard magazines: 1000s of ILMK readers!

the free ILMK Flipboard magazine has caught up to and passed the The Measured Circle Flipboard magazine!

ILMK has 2800 viewers and The Measured Circle has 2621.

I would guess that by the next time I give an update, there will also have been 100,000 “flips” in ILMK.

I don’t know that the recent update to the Flipboard PC browser version mattered to that…but I suspect it will help with getting readers.

Recently, one of my relatives wanted to start getting ILMK on a tablet, but didn’t want to get other news stories (as you do with Flipboard). I installed the free

gReader app (at AmazonSmile*)

I also tested it out myself…seems to work fine for the simple purpose of reading blogs.

Adding subscriptions was a snap, and you download for offline reading, share, and use a white on black viewing mode, if you want.

Now, I’m always very grateful to people who subscribe to this blog through the Kindle store. That ninety-nine cents a month (well, my cut is about thirty cents) is honestly one of the things which makes the blog possible…thanks, subscribers!

However, Amazon still doesn’t make the blogs available to tablet users. I’m sure some of my readers are still paying the ninety-nine cents a month just to support me, and reading the blog on a Fire.

If they do that, I want to give them a good experience.

I do love Flipboard, but if all you want to do is read blogs, well, gReader seems like a good way to go.

What do you think? Are you excited for a new Dr. Seuss? Have you had a great Mayday story? Did you lose a Kindle…and then have the finder return it? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Join thousands 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.


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