Flash! Hundreds of free books added in February

Flash!  Hundreds of free books added in February

Stephen Windwalker reports in his excellent blog, Kindle Nation Daily, about hundreds of free books being added to the Kindle store.

I’m going to do my monthly snapshot shortly, but here’s the story:

February 1 2010: 19,788
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 

 This morning, there are 20,137.

I isolated the free books that were added this month (February 2010):

Free Kindle Store books February 2010 

 That way, I could take a look at what was added.

It appears to be somewhat heavy on arcane non-fiction:

The Subspecies of the Mexican Red-bellied Squirrel, Sciurus aureogaster
by Keith Kelson

The Elements of Agriculture A Book for Young Farmers, with Questions Prepared for the Use of School 
by George E. Waring

The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations
by Daniel Garrison Brinton

Those three come from Project Gutenberg, which is legal since the books are in the public domain.

I’m not seeing anything that looks like it is the British Library books yet.

I am happy to see some early Astounding Stories (a science fiction magazine) issues:

Astounding Stories (several issues)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.  If you are reading this blog for free and would like to support it, just click here and then shop at Amazon.


3 Responses to “Flash! Hundreds of free books added in February”

  1. Deb Dyson Says:

    I’m sorry to post my question here as it’s not related to this subject but I had a general question and I wasn’t sure where was the best place to ask it, please forgive if I’ve done this incorrectly.

    I have seen (quite a few times now) multiple kindle records for books, usually with substantial price difference. I’m not sure why there are two prices and if there’s a specific reason I should be willing to pay the higher price, better formating etc.

    For a specific example:

    In Her Name (Omnibus Edition) (Kindle Edition)
    by Michael R. Hicks (Author)..
    Digital List Price: $7.99 What’s this?
    Print List Price: $21.95
    Kindle Price: $6.39 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
    You Save: $15.56 (71%)

    THEN, on the same record, with no changes shown (that I see):

    In Her Name (Omnibus Edition) (Kindle Edition)
    by Michael R. Hicks (Author)
    Digital List Price: $7.99 What’s this?
    Print List Price: $21.95
    Kindle Price: $7.99 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
    You Save: $13.96 (64%)

    The first publication date is April 11, the second publication date is May 1, only 20 days later.

    I wouldn’t have bothered with the question, except I keep finding these “deals” all over the kindle store but I don’t want to pay more than I need to but I also don’t want an inferior product.

    I appreciate any assistance you can give me in understanding the situation.


    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      This one is a special case, and I’ll address it separately in a moment.

      The most common reason you see multiple prices for the same Kindle book is that the book is in the public domain and anybody can publish it (although Amazon says it has stopped taking those from independent publishers who use Amazon’s Digital Text Platform). There may be added material, or other enhancements (like an active table of contents…ATOC), but they can set any price they want. If ten publisher do Great Expectations (whether in paper or e-book…the idea is the same), they may choose to set ten different list prices.

      That’s to answer another question…the Digital List Price is set by the publisher. That’s also true for paper…there is a list price. In other products, you may have heard of a “Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price”…that’s the same thing. Publishers set the list, then Amazon typically discounts it. The DLP should be the same everywhere you look…at any e-book store, as long as it’s the same edition.

      This is all going to change with the “agency agreement” proposed by MacMillan and others. In that case, Amazon (and other retailers, like Barnes and Noble) stop being retailers (setting the prices customers pay) and just process the sales. To me, that’s a bad thing…there won’t be any competition in prices between e-bookstores. I’m a former retailer, though, so I might be prejudiced. 🙂 Not all publishers have said they will “offer” that to retailers.

      Now, in the specific case you mention, I’ve been told by the author, Michael Hicks, that the cheaper version is the same. 🙂 The difference is that the two different editions effectively came from two different publishers…one through Amazon’s DTP (Digital Text Platform) and the other through Mobipocket.

      By the way, it is a great book! You can see my review of it on the product page, but it’s epic, full of action, and has really moving characters. Michael and I have exchanged a little e-mail, but we don’t know each other outside of that.

      Generally, when you are comparing, look at the size of the files…if they are the same, the book is probably the same.

      Oh, and if you post a comment anywhere on this blogsite, I’ll be notified. 🙂

  2. Deb Dyson Says:

    Thank you for your swift and helpful reply. I almost understood the public domain issue but with your explanation I’m now more sure of my understanding. Mostly I was asking about what you called the special case. I’ve seen this same double pricing on quite a few Kindle offerings but I haven’t taken advantage of the reduced pricing fearing there was some major update to the work that I’d be missing. From now on, I’ll be sure to compare the size of the files before I make my decision.

    I’m looking forward to checking out your review of this book and to the good read the novel promises.

    Thank you for your help, it’s much appreciated.


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