The low down on my downloads: July 2011

The low down on my downloads: July 2011

I’ve never done this before in the blog, but it seemed like it might be fun. πŸ™‚

There’s a lot of talk about the prices of e-books. I often say that the last time I checked, my average download from the Kindle store was under eighty cents.

However, I haven’t checked for some time.

I decided to limit it to one month, and went with the last complete one: July of 2011.

I went to my account at Amazon, and checked my Kindle orders. That meant clicking on each one to see the price, but I’m not sure that there is a way that’s a lot better than that.

One book was a gift, so I’m not counting that. The person who got it for me paid for it, but I’m leaving it out of the calculations…I hypothetically don’t know how much was paid for it, for one thing.

By the way, that’s a thing right now in the Amazon Kindle forum…giving books as gifts to other forum members, from their wish lists.

That’s what happened here, but I only intended my wish list to be public at the holidays, to make it easier for my family. I’m not quite sure why, but I’m a bit uncomfortable with people buying me gifts like that. I really do appreciate the thought, and I love kind words…but the gifts kind of seem to change the relationship somehow. That’s probably just me, though.

So, first: how many books did I get in July (just from the Kindle store)?


That’s about 6.75 books a day on average.

Of course, many of those may be short stories and such, but I also know many of them are longer. Suffice it to say that I’m getting books faster than I can read them.

I get pretty much all of the freebies, since I don’t what people might want to read who may eventually be on my account.

Just how many of the 207 were free?


I also got a book for a buck from a Kindle with Special Offers deal.

My Significant Other also bought three books: one for $9.99 and two for ninety-nine cents each.

That’s an average of about six cents.

The average of the paid-for books? About $3.24. I spent $12.97 that month on books.

We spent $21.91 in the Kindle store last month…about seventy-one cents a day.

That works for me…Netflix is cheaper, but not our cable. We spent more on going out to the movies, I’m sure.

That’s a pretty good deal.

I’m counting downloads, so I’m also going to list subscription items:

We get three free blogs.

We get four blogs that each cost ninety-nine cents. Well, actually, we pay for the same one twice…it’s being delivered to two different Kindles. You don’t have to do that any more with magazines and newspapers, but it is convenient sometimes. I also publish all three of those, so I don’t mind buying them. πŸ˜‰

I get one blog that costs $1.99, and a magazine for $2.99. The magazine we do read on at least two devices, but I’m not going to divide for that.

Let’s see…that’s…$8.94 total…$2.55 average.

My average subscription item is much more than my average book…however, I do get more than one post a day from ILMK, on average, I would say. Even at a post a day, that’s about three cents a day (roughly).

Still, we did pay more total for books. We spent $21.91 in the Kindle store last month: about seventy-one cents a day.

That sounds like a bargain to me! We spent a lot more going to the movies, more for cable TV (but less for Netflix). Books seem like a great entertainment deal…although I have to admit, Netflix is good…if you just go with streaming, certainly. I read and watch TV at the same time, pretty often, and have the TV on while I am doing other things.

Oh, and every book I got free (except for the gift one) was listed in this blog. πŸ™‚

How about you? Any idea what you average for books? I’m shocked that my average was six cents…and I still spent more than twenty dollars. πŸ™‚

Feel free to let me know…or to pay no attention to it at all. Books are about the joy of reading. I like having all the books I have, but it’s because of what they are, not because of acquisitiveness…at least, I like to think that. πŸ˜‰

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

2 Responses to “The low down on my downloads: July 2011”

  1. Crystal Says:

    I bought my first Kindle in June 2009. Since then I have downloaded 1,1011 books at a total cost of $1,172.22. That’s an average of $1.16 per book and $1.48 per day. 18 items cost more than $9.99.

    That’s a lot lower than the p-book days!

    It’s easier to keep track of this if you do it as you go along. I keep a spreadsheet from the emails for “your order”. I just wish that the emails included the author’s name.

  2. Man in the Middle Says:

    In the past 12 months, I’ve spent $73.86 total on Kindle books. This includes one book for $10.99, four for $9.99, a trilogy for $7.99, three books for $2,99, one for $1,99, and four for $0.99. I’ve spent nothing on non-Kindle books during that time, and read 110 books total, including free Kindle books, public library books, and Amazon Vine review books.

    The only books I paid more than $2.99 for were ones I already knew I wanted in my permanent (digital) library. Anything else that cost more than $2.99 was borrowed from the local library instead.

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