There are over a million e-books you can’t read, unless…
People used to be really concerned when Amazon would get the exclusive rights to a book.
They didn’t want one company controlling our literature. It wasn’t just Amazon, of course: Barnes & Noble had exclusives, too.
I’d say there was more pushback about Amazon, though.
I’ve written posts about Amazon having e-book exclusives on certain books by
- Catherine Cookson
- Albert Einstein
- David Morrell
- Ron Paul
Amazon even has a section on the store for exclusives:
How many exclusives?
Well over a million!
1,262,865 to be exact.
Think about that…when the USA Kindle store opened in 2007, it didn’t have 100,000 titles…not a tenth of what they now have exclusively.
That’s about 28% of the total titles in the store.
How did that happen?
Mostly through Amazon’s independent publishing platform, which is now called Kindle Direct Publishing.
These are the numbers (you’ll notice that they add up to more than the total number…that’s because a title can appear in more than one category):
- Arts & Photography (59,254)
- Biographies & Memoirs (42,173)
- Business & Money (67,928)
- Children’s eBooks (133,512)
- Comics & Graphic Novels (6,650)
- Computers & Technology (16,270)
- Cookbooks, Food & Wine (34,042)
- Crafts, Hobbies & Home (31,281)
- Education & Teaching (36,803)
- Engineering & Transportation (5,489)
- Foreign Languages (212,667)
- Health, Fitness & Dieting (107,886)
- History (31,083)
- Humor & Entertainment (42,604)
- Law (7,351)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks (43,344)
- Literature & Fiction (473,765)
- Medical eBooks (16,870)
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (86,432)
- Nonfiction (517,906)
- Parenting & Relationships (27,128)
- Politics & Social Sciences (27,981)
- Reference (44,036)
- Religion & Spirituality (116,934)
- Romance (115,239)
- Science & Math (37,434)
- Science Fiction & Fantasy (102,105)
- Self-Help (47,028)
- Sports & Outdoors (22,209)
- Teen & Young Adult (85,902)
- Travel (21,756)
Looking at the ten most reviewed, the top one has over 10,000 reviews…that’s a lot of reviews! It also means a lot of engagement. It’s the Wool omnibus by Hugh Howey.
I’ve read that one…and my Significant Other and I have both read the second one, Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim.
I looked as far as the top fifty…and they were all part of
meaning that members of that subser (subscription service) paying $9.99 a month can read them at no additional cost.
This is all very impressive to me.
I was curious, so I checked Barnes & Noble’s NOOK book store.
They have a total of 731,896.
That’s right…Amazon has about half again as many exclusive e-books as the NOOK book store has books!
Is this dangerous?
If Amazon went out of business, would we lose access to over half a million books?
It could be tricky: these books are, after all, exclusively with Amazon. There might be some kind of rights reversion, so that the authors could license them to some other publisher, but I don’t know that.
What do you think? Is it a bad thing that Amazon is the exclusive publisher for so many books? Does it make a difference to you? When was the last time you looked at the Barnes & Noble books? Does this increasingly make Amazon independent of the Big Five publishers? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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