Change in Agency Model?

Change in Agency Model?

Well, this is interesting!

I’m working on my monthly Snapshot of statistics about what’s happening in the USA Kindle store.

One of the things I examine is the Kindle store prices of the New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers.

Most of those will say

“This price was set by the publisher.”

due to something called the Agency Model.

Well, while I was going through it this morning, I noticed titles that are from publishers who are (were?) part of the Agency Model that don’t say that.

There may be some sort of glitch…or there may actually be a change in the Agency Model.

Hey! I just went to list books for you, and they are back to showing as Agency Model titles. One was a Doubleday (Random House) and another was Little, Brown (Hachette).

Unless I was mistaken (which is possible), this could mean that they are preparing for a switch. Not too many people would be seeing something at 6:00 AM on New Year’s Day!

Well, I’ll check again later. As I work on the Snapshot, I’ll notice it.

Hmm…unlike a lot of people, I’m not particularly impaired this morning 😉 , but it is morning…not my best time of the say. It’s possible it was a temporary fluke  or I saw it wrong. We’ll see. Could be nothing, but…

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

2 Responses to “Change in Agency Model?”

  1. CJ Allan Says:

    Hi Bufo,

    I’m also up, bright eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to start a new year of writing good stuff.

    With the New Year, I’m starting a new series… a start from scratch, step-by-step guide to preparing a Word manuscript to be published to the Kindle.

    I wanted to tell you that my last post of last year was about “I Love My Kindle”… because I want my readers to know where to go for help in deciding “which” Kindle to buy.

    The last few days, I’ve been posting “Getting Started in Kindle Publishing” articles, leading up to the new series I’ll begin today… and, buying their own Kindle, if they don’t already have one, is high on the list.

    Here’s the link I posted yesterday.

    Currently Available Kindles
    Getting Started in Kindle Publishing: Choosing Your Kindle



    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, CJ!

      Sounds like a great series! I’ll have to check it out. I’m not an expert on formatting for the Kindle, certainly. Mine end up looking okay, but aren’t very sophisticated. I used to use Word, but it caused me a lot of problems, so a tutorial would have been good. 🙂 I now use Sea-Monkey, which seems to produce pretty good HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)…although I have to edit its Tables of Contents, sometimes.

      I also appreciate the mention. 🙂

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