Snapshot: February 1 2010

I generally run this information through Jungle-Search (it’s just easier than Amazon), and there are some vagaries in the searches (both there and on Amazon).  I do try and run it the same way every time, so unless Amazon changes something, it should give you a pretty good idea.
I haven’t been doing the blog long enough to do a year to year comparison this time…maybe in 2011.  🙂 

Titles in the Kindle Store  

Kindle Store Titles graph (see numbers below)

Kindle Store Titles

February 1 2010: 415,100
January 1 2010: 401773
December 1 2009: 385,484
November 1 2009: 368,813
October 1 2009:  342,865
September 21 2009: 355,805
July 28 2009: 332,813
May 16 2009: 284,491

Approximate average of titles added per day: 

January: 430 (may be impacted by Macmillan removal)
December: 525
November: 556
October: 837
 
Magazines: 
 
February 1 2010: 46
January 1 2010: 43
December 1 2009: 40
November 1 2009: 38

Newspapers:

February 1 2010: 93
January 1 2010: 89
December 1 2009: 76
November 1 2009: 58

Blogs:

February 1 2010: 8651
January 1 2010: 7992
December 1 2009: 7589
November 1 2009: 7365

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

Janury: 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 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)

Books for January:  50.8% (210,978 of 415,100)

Books from one penny to $2.98

Books for January: 20.4% (84,721 of 415,100)

 Count for search -domain textbook 

Textbooks in the Kindle Store (see numbers below)

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

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)  

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)  

February 1 2010: 52
January 1 2010: 53
December 1 2009: 84
November 1 2009: 64 
October 1 2009: 67 

Spanish edition books*

February 1 2010: 2548
January 1 2010: 2,363
December 1 2009: 3,483

Summary  

This month’s figures may be affected by Amazon not directly selling Macmillan books in a dispute with that publisher.  It’s possible that, when those books are restored (as Amazon says it will do), the number of titles in the store will be higher (as an example).  Even with that possibility, though, there were still an average of over 400 titles added per day.  Once again, the percentage of books from one penny to fifty dollars that were under ten dollars increaased…that might hypothetically have been helped by the Macmillan removal, but it’s certainly in line.  Free books went down for the second straight month…again, it’s possible some of the Macmillan titles were free.  Everything is at least creeping upwards.  I added a couple of new baselines to see how the store is affected when Amazon’s seventy percent royalty option goes into affect.  They mandate a list price range for that of $2.99 – $9.99.  I suspect we’ll see a lot of the really inexpensive books jump to that $2.99 level…but we’ll collect the data and see. 

Notes  

  • Data was typically drawn using Jungle-Search.com.  There are a number of possible sources of errors (JS, Amazon, me), but these are probably pretty good
  • The free books referenced here are from the Kindle store: there are many other sources for free books
  • My search for textbooks definitely has false positives (books that aren’t really textbooks).  I search for -domain (to eliminate public domain titles, which would be older books, generall) textbook.  That would find a book about textbooks, for example
  • I searched for “Spanish edition” to find Spanish language books.  That has some false positives as well
  • I look at price percentages of books in the range of one penny to fifty dollars, to eliminate freebies and limit textbooks
  • This information is based on what a United States customer sees

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. 

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2 Responses to “Snapshot: February 1 2010”

  1. rlhamilton Says:

    Fascinating information. Thanks for compiling this.

    I have one question. When you count the number of ebooks priced under $10, are you looking at list price or discounted price?

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, rlhamilton!

      It’s based on the retail price, the one that is almost always discounted. That’s what Jungle-Search searches 🙂 . Currently, that’s the price set by Amazon, not the digital list price set by the publisher. Under the “agency” arrangement that has been in the news recently, the publisher would set that price.

      I’ve been tracking this for a little while, so it will be interesting to see if and how it changes.

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