USA Kindle store breaks 3 million title mark

USA Kindle store breaks 3 million title mark

When the USA Kindle store first opened (about seven years ago), there were fewer than 100,000 titles.

Now, there are over three million!

USA Kindle store books (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

That’s more than thirty times bigger.

Here are the numbers for the top level categories:

  • Arts & Photography (170,528)
  • Biographies & Memoirs (134,647)
  • Business & Money (189,105)
  • Children’s eBooks (193,303)
  • Comics & Graphic Novels (37,296)
  • Computers & Technology (53,319)
  • Cookbooks, Food & Wine (49,327)
  • Crafts, Hobbies & Home (59,916)
  • Education & Teaching (114,173)
  • Gay & Lesbian (31,525)Health, Fitness & Dieting (190,404)
  • History (190,074)
  • Humor & Entertainment (84,068)
  • Literature & Fiction (952,367)
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (162,304)
  • Nonfiction (1,508,916)
  • Parenting & Relationships (56,560)
  • Politics & Social Sciences (200,049)Professional & Technical (236,345)
  • Reference (97,753)
  • Religion  Spirituality (321,115)
  • Romance (221,321)
  • Science & Math (177,235)
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy (183,767)
  • Self-Help (80,579)Sports & Outdoors (57,480)
  • Teen & Young Adult (91,582)
  • Travel (46,660)
  • Foreign Languages (477,461)

You may have noticed that those numbers would add up more than three million. That is because the the same book can appear in (and be counted in) multiple categories.

Here are a few other stats:

  • There are 780,577 Kindle Unlimited titles (at time of writing): approximately 26%
  • Whispersync for Voice: 55,582 (19%)
  • Word Wise Enabled: 3,598 (less than 1%)…this is a new feature on some devices which will define some “hard” words for you automatically

The rating break down:

Avg. Customer Review
4 Stars & Up (987,743)
3 Stars & Up(1,128,127)
2 Stars & Up (1,164,194)
1 Star & Up (1,197,277)

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them

2 Responses to “USA Kindle store breaks 3 million title mark”

  1. Tom Semple Says:

    As always it is difficult to reconcile various ‘totals’ that are shown on Amazon.com. For example, if you go to the main Books page, on the left, there is a ‘Refine by’ Format selector. It shows this:

    Paperback (25,902,346)
    Hardcover (9,059,024)
    Kindle Edition (2,072,656)
    Audible Audio Edition (53,545)
    Printed Access Code (26,694)
    Digital Access Code (4,635)
    Audio CD (401,831)
    Board Book (145,979)

    But it turns out if you click Kindle Edition, it shows a listing of 3,003,963 results, which pretty much is in line with the main Kindle Store page. (leading that list is a 6-book edition of the Dune series, but it is a bad link!)

    In any case, it shows that there are still a lot of books not available in Kindle editions. Even if one assumes 3M unique Kindle Editions (which includes many KDP titles which have no corresponding print edition), and that print editions may include several formats of the same work (one or more hardback editions, trade paperback, mass market), it still seems no more than about 20% of print editions are available in Kindle format.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      I’d be very surprised if it was as high as 20%! I think I’d be surprised at 1%, actually. Even if we limit it just to books published in the USA in English, since, oh, 1950 that would seem like a lot to me.

      In terms of the difference, I wonder if the first result you are seeing represents only books which also have a print edition. Could a third of the Kindle books not have print editions? Yes, that sounds reasonable to me.

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