Round up #61: M-Edge sues, Best. Kindle. Christmas. Ever!
Amazon: “2011 is the Best Holiday Ever for Kindle”
Well, no particular surprise that the Kindle Fire was the best-selling item of any kind at Amazon this holiday season.
However, according to this Amazon
the second and third best-selling items were reflective screen Kindles.
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Touch (they don’t specify which one, so I’m assuming they combined the 3G & Wi-Fi and the 3G only models)
- Kindle (the $79/$109 model that I call the “Mindle”)
There were people who were afraid that Amazon would abandon RSKs (Reflective Screen Kindles), and that EBRs (E-Book Readers) were on the way out, to be replaced by backlit Tablets.
Not likely…with millions of RSKs sold this holiday season (along with millions of Kindle Fires). I did think it was interesting that Amazon didn’t say “more than five million Kindle Fires sold”…my guess is that means that wasn’t the case. they could just like the symmetry of the statements for RSKs and the Fire, though). What they specifically said was
“…customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers.”
I thought the terminology of “e-readers” to differentiate RSKs was interesting…that pretty much says that the Kindle Fire isn’t an e-reader. That’s logical, but I don’t think I’ve seen that said by Amazon before.
They also tout the success of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)….which may be even more significant in the long run than the success of the Kindle.
One of the most exciting things for me about e-books is the way it opens up book distribution to people outside the traditional publishers. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t have a problem with the tradpubs. I expect some of them will adapt well to e-distribution and maintain prominence.
However, I like there being more choices as well.
Amazon’s KDP is one of ways that non-tradpubbed authors can succeed…if it succeeds. Clearly, it is this year, with KDP authors having books on the USA Today list, and top-selling books at Amazon.
They mention some specific names:
- Darcie Chan The Mill River Recluse
- Chris Culver The Abbey
- Catherine Bybee Wife by Wednesday
- CJ Lyons CJ Lyons in the Kindle Store (they didn’t list just one title)
I also thought we might hear about the success of Amazon’s own traditional publishing imprints…but I don’t think those have really taken off yet.
There are a lot of other holiday facts for Amazon in there…and some pretty goofy ones (on purpose).
It’s worth reading…
BaltTech: “Maryland maker of Kindle cases sues Amazon”
However, all is not merry in the land of Amazon.
I’ve written before about Kindle covers from M-Edge…and I’ve been a bit disappointed that they haven’t been available for my later model Kindles. I’ve found good alternatives, but it seemed odd.
Well, here is apparently why:
M-Edge has sued Amazon.
It’s quite the suit…I’m always surprised people can make accusations like they do in lawsuits.
Here’s the “Nature of the Case” paragraph:
“This case presents a classic example of unlawful corporate bullying. M-Edge developed a very successful product line: personal electronic device jackets with multiple features for the Kindle and other e-readers. Amazon thereafter repeatedly sought to hijack the product through threats, deceit, interference with M-Edge’s customer relationships,and patent infringement. M-Edge now asserts claims for patent infringement, unfair competition,intentional interference with contracts and economic relations,and false advertising.”
Looking at the suit, I’m guessing this is settled out of court, and they become business partners again.
We’ll see, though… :)
Half of the top ten Kindle sellers are KOLL titles
After Amazon introduced the Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL), from which paid Prime members can borrow up to a book a month for free, they opened it up to Kindle Direct Publishers to put their books in the system.
I’ve done it with a couple of mine
- The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1
- The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle
I’m proud to say they’ve both been borrowed multiple times.
One obvious question is how being the KOLL affects sales…does it help? Does it hurt?
Well, I just checked: half of the top ten paid Kindle e-books are in the KOLL as well.
That’s a much higher percentage than the general Kindle store.
That’s only a small sample, but it does suggest that being in the KOLL may help sales.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.