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What would get you to stop reading? Yeah, me neither

September 25, 2016

What would get you to stop reading? Yeah, me neither

Some people seem to be suggesting that Americans are reading fewer books.

I don’t buy it.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t intuitively feel that someone who reads books regularly is going to stop and replace it with other media.

Now, certainly, some life situations can change the amount of leisure reading you do. Changing a job can affect it, for one thing.

I do think that there are indicators that people are buying fewer books from publishers measured by the Association of American Publisher (AAP), but that’s not at all the same thing.

For the AAP measured (AAPm) publishers, there does appear to have been a downturn, according to this

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot

and other sources, the AAP’s latest StatShot reports shows that sales of adult trade books (the kind of books you would have bought in a bookstore…not textbooks and such) are down 10.9% at AAPm in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 2015.

That is a significant drop…but my guess is that a lot of that is sales (or at least obtaining) migrating somewhere else. That could be books from indies (independent publishers) as well as downloading freebies.

I could easily a ten percent shift in the past year…even though it doesn’t have to be the full 10.9%. Some of the drop could be from the coloring book fad peaking.

The biggest change I see is a drop of 40.5% in children’s/young adult’s e-books.

I think young adult e-books can be particularly affected by

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

I would guess that borrows from Amazon’s subser (subscription service) probably aren’t counted in the AAP figures.

I also think e-books are growing the number of books read…just not from the AAPm.

That has to do with convenience mostly, but I can say that I go through books a lot faster using text-to-speech (software which reads books aloud to you). Some tradpubs block the TTS access, which could slow down their sales some

The big tradpubs have also raised prices (they control consumer prices now, although Amazon can discount in some cases.

What do you think? Are people reading more or few books…and why? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

October 2016 Kindle book releases

September 24, 2016

October 2016 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 7,876 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in October 2016:

October USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,259 (179 fewer than last month are) in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same.  Different from last month, but the way it had been going before that, they aren’t dominant.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

In October, there tends to be a lot of brand name author big titles. Books can take a while to build up steam, and publishers want to have the gift books solidly in the market by Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Gift books benefit from word of mouth and from reviews…meaning people have already finished it. That doesn’t mean there won’t be good indie (independently published) books, too, but you may see more expensive, tradpubbed (traditionally published) books in this listing than I often do.

Okay, books!

  • Take Me Home (A Callaway Novella) by Barbara Freethy
  • The Whistler by John Grisham
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Beard Science (Winston Brothers Book 3) by Penny Reid
  • Escape Clause (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford
  • Order to Kill by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
  • Sex, Lies & Serious Money (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods
  • Terrifying Tales: 13 Scary Stories for Children by David and Shawn Kobb (KU)
  • Hero by R.A. Salvatore
  • The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Winter Storms (Winter Street) by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations, and Civilization by Andrew Robinson
  • The Greatest Album Covers of All Time by Barry Miles
  • His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae (Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016) by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • Otherlife Awakenings: The Selfless Hero Trilogy by William D. Arand and Tamara Blain (KU)
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1) by Barbara Nickless
  • The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith
  • Darkest Journey (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham
  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives (The Corfu Trilogy Book 2) by Gerald Durrell (one of my favorite authors)

Feel free to suggest other books being released in September in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.

 

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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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

Did Pew just find that nearly twice as many paperbooks are read as e-books?

September 12, 2016

Did Pew just find that nearly twice as many paperbooks are read as e-books?

I keep seeing various things which seem to suggest that e-book growth has stagnated…that it had a meteoric rise from when the Kindle was introduced to something like 25% of the market, and then has hit a plateau.

That narrative certainly wouldn’t fit what I thought would happen.

Quite simply, I think e-books are generally better for most people, in terms of simple recreational reading of novels or popular non-fiction.

There are all sorts of advantages: the increasable font size, how portable e-books are, the ability to look up words, the way it can remember where you were without a bookmark, and so on

Sure, there are some disadvantages as well, but I honestly think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

At the very least, p-books aren’t twice as good as e-books for the most popular kinds of reading.

Pew regularly surveys Americans on their reading habits, and looking at it comparatively from year to year, it isn’t obvious that there is the same kind of explosive growth.

Taking a look at this year’s

Book Reading 2016 report

as summarized by Andrew Perrin, there is a lot of interesting information (based on their survey).

I don’t want to take too much away from it. I’ll mention that I was surprised that the younger the age segment, the higher percentage of them say they have read an e-book. My impression, in the beginning, was that e-books appealed more to older readers. The benefits one gets from e-books apply more to typical seniors than to Millenials.

I suspect that this change, if it is one, may have to do with a trend to read e-books on SmartPhones and other non-reading dedicated devices, as opposed to EBRs (E-Book Readers). My guess would be that SmartPhone use is more prevalent among younger people…I don’t tend to read e-books on my phone, because the screen is simply too small (among other reasons).

What I’ve seen as the main headline from this report, when it has appeared in the blogosphere, is soe variant of this which appears in the actual report summary:

“…print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats”

I think people writing those headlines may have missed something.

While it may be true that 54% of respondents reporting having read a “print book” in the past 12 months, only 28% having read an e-book, that doesn’t mean that about twice as many p-books were read as e-books.

My intuition is that serious readers are more likely to read e-books than casual readers…they also benefit from the advantages (especially the storage and portability) more.

Let’s say that a serious reader reads fifty books a year and a casual reader reads ten books a year. The latter number is actually high, but let’s go with it.

Next, let’s say that 75% of e-books are read by serious readers.

That would mean that serious readers read 37.5 e-books a year and 12.5 p-books.

The casual read would read 2.5 e-books and 7.5 p-books.

That would make 40 e-books versus 20 p-books.

That seems more accurate to me. I also think e-book growth will continue, especially since younger people seem to be reading them the most.

I do recommend you read the report (it’s not very long). I’d love to discuss some of the other points, if you want to ask me about them. You can do that, and tell me and my readers what you think about what I’ve said, by commenting on this post.

Bonus thought: is a refresh coming to the Echo line? Amazon has announced a September 14th event of some kind for the UK, and some people think that might be the Echo coming to the UK. The Echo Dot (I use one every day) is no longer available, with no indication of when it might be coming back in stock.

You can still get the

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

or the

Amazon Tap (at AmazonSmile*)

We might hear more on the 14th than some are currently guessing…Amazon is good at that.

By the way, this is an interesting third party device! It’s a

Portable Battery Base for Echo (Use Echo anywhere) (at AmazonSmile*)

For $49.99 at time of writing, you can run your Echo off this base for something like 5 hours…without plugging it into power! The Tap is still more portable, but for many people, this would serve that purpose. It also enables you to talk to it from across the room, which you can’t do with the Tap.

The reviews are very good, with 4.6 stars average out of 5 with 145 customer reviews.

This might be a fun gift for somebody who has already been “Alexified”.😉

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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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us

September 7, 2016

Amazon Lockers come to a Safeway near us

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We shop at a few different Safeways, but it was so nice to see this near us! This is inside a (24-hour) Safeway grocery store.

For us, this is going to be a great thing!

What happens is that you order from Amazon, and you have the option to have your package (product dimensions smaller than 16.5 x 13.8 x 12.6 inches) delivered there.

Why would we want that?

We have had mail theft in our neighborhood…and yes, even of Amazon packages at our house. We’ve been dealing with that by having them sent to my Significant Other’s office…but that’s not always convenient. My SO usually doesn’t actually get the package until at least a day after it’s been delivered…it has to go through office receiving first.

Second, we are on the same account…so gift giving is always a bit awkward. We use a special shipping address, adding “No Peeking” to the address. It’s easy to miss that, though, and it’s more fun if you don’t even know a package came (I sometimes give gifts “just because”, with no special occasion involved).

This way, we’ll be able to have our gift packages sent to the locker location, and the recipient won’t even know it happened.

It’s not open yet, but coming soon.

I suspect it may be a bit odd for the Safeway employees when people something up there that we could have bought at the store…but presumably, Safeway is also getting paid by Amazon to have the lockers there.

How does it work?

You search for a locker location near you…you can do that here:

Amazon Locker help page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Then, when you order something, you choose that address. You’ll get a code once it has been delivered. You go to the Amazon Locker, enter the code, and presto!

There are a few limitations, notably:

  • It can’t be a Subscribe & Save item…and we have a lot of those
  • It has to have a shipping weight of under ten pounds
  • Not eligible for release-date delivery
  • Not all locations will do one-day or same day delivery
  • You have to pick it up within 3 business days, or it gets returned to Amazon for a refund

Speaking of returns, you can also return Amazon items at a locker. We’ve returned Amazon items from time to time, and it’s never been that convenient for us. Being able to drop it off at a locker whenever we want will be so much easier.

Amazon Lockers are available in these areas:

Boston, Chicago, Delaware, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Virginia

Of course, when buying or returning Kindle books, none of this matters.😉 Buying Kindles, though? You bet we would use this!

Have you used Amazon Locker? What was your experience? Do you have any questions? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

September 2016 Kindle book releases

August 30, 2016

September 2016 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the…well, that’s irritating! I’ve always been able to give you a count of how many books there are for the upcoming month, and I’ve shown you the change from the previous month. This month, it says “500+” instead of the actual number. I tried refreshing, I tried it in two different browsers…oh, well. I don’t stay irritated long.🙂

September USA Kindle Store releases at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,438 (565 more than last month…that’s a big increase, and reverses last month’s drop) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same.  Reversing the last two months, Kinddle First books are back to dominating the list.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

June is a big release month for books (not unlike movies)…summer vacation is here, and books for “grads and Dads” are also big.

Okay, books!

  • Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon
  • Cradle and All by James Patterson
  • The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter
  • Redwood Bend (A Virgin River Novel) by Robyn Carr
  • The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793 (Poldark) by Winston Graham
  • A Game of Chance by Linda Howard
  • The Dance of the Dissident’s Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Cats: An anthology of stories and poems by Mark Bryant
  • The Ingenious Victorians: Weird and Wonderful Ideas from the Age of Innovation by John Wade
  • How To Audition On Camera: A Hollywood Insider’s Guide for Actors by Sharon Bialy and Bryan Cranston
  • The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk : Real Hope for Children with Early Brain Damage by Karen Pape
  • Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas
  • The Bestseller Code by The Manuscript Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers
  • Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie
  • The Sound of Seas: Book 3 of The EarthEnd Saga by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
  • Letter to My Teenage Self by Grace Halphen
  • How to Speak Football: From Ankle Breaker to Zebra–an Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab (HOW TO SPEAK SPORTS) by Sally Cook and Ross MacDonald
  • Loose Lips: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature from the Smutty Stage of Shipwreck by Amy Stephenson and Casey A. Childers
  • Nzinga: African Warrior Queen by Moses L. Howard (KU)
  • Death by Pumpkin Spice (A Bookstore Café Mystery) by Alex Erickson

Feel free to suggest other books being released in September in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.

Enjoy!

Bonus deal: thanks to a reader who asked me not to post their comment, but wanted me to share this deal with you…which ends August 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific:

Audible anniversary sale

These are great deals on audiobooks…most are $3.95 or less! I’m not a big audiobook person myself (I listen to text-to-speech a lot), but I know a lot of my readers are. Books (and there are over 200) include Life of Pi and The Wizard of Oz, and readers include Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. There isn’t much time left on this deal!

Thanks to my reader!

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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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

Geekwire: Amazon secret product launch this Sunday (7/31) at midnight

July 25, 2016

Geekwire: Amazon secret product launch this Sunday (7/31) at midnight

Thanks to Len Edgerly of

The Kindle Chronicles podcast

for the heads up on this

GeekWire story by Taylor Soper

The thrust of the story is this:

Amazon Flex drivers, who are sort of like Uber drivers for Amazon packages, have been asked about an opportunity to deliver a new, secret product from midnight to 2:00 AM this upcoming Sunday (July 31st).

Fascinating!

First, this does appear to be a physical item, obviously…a digital item wouldn’t require drivers.

There is a very hot item due to be released on 7/31:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production (at AmazonSmile*))

The hardback is a physical item…that’s hardly a secret, though.

Could it be an Amazon device…maybe the rumored color Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader…not with a backlight, like a tablet or a phone)?

That is a possibility, although Amazon usually does pre-orders on something like that . They could, though, do a limited, first come , first served sort of thing…maybe limited to Prime members, maybe even only on a limited special offer on Fire devices.

If that group was sort of like a “beta” group, seen as doing the testing, that might mitigate the bad feeling some people had about the Amazon Echo roll-out, where some customers who ordered it waited months.

If it’s a new Amazon device, I could see it being an augmented or Virtual Reality headset…I’ve speculated about that before. If it tied into Pokémon Go, that could get a lot of publicity.

I find it unlikely that it would be an EBR or a tablet…they have had a way of doing those before, and this isn’t it.

I would guess it is something technologically complex, that will have a non-Amazon supply chain, where Amazon wants feedback before a general release.

Is there a non-Amazon item it could be?

I can’t think of anything big enough…hm, Microsoft Hololens?

What do you think? What will be this “secret product” (if it reallv happens…intuition is that it will) be?

Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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.

August 2016 Kindle book releases

July 21, 2016

August 2016 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,799 (at time of writing an increase of 336…reversing what was a somewhat concerning trend of significantly fewer books the past two months):

August USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 873 (143 fewer than last month…that seems worth noting, since there are also more books overall) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same.  This month, continuing last month’s trend, Kindle First books aren’t dominating the top slots..

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

June is a big release month for books (not unlike movies)…summer vacation is here, and books for “grads and Dads” are also big.

Okay, books!

  • Six Scary Stories by Stephen King
  • Random Acts: A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella (Kindle Single) by J. A. Jance
  • A Great Reckoning: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) by Louise Penny
  • Doubt (Caroline Auden Book 1) by C. E. Tobisman
  • Sweet Tomorrows: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory
  • Living for Change: An Autobiography by Grace Lee Boggs
  • Damaged: A Novel (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by Lisa Scottoline
  • Curious Minds: A Knight and Moon Novel by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
  • The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  • A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
  • Pokemon Go: Hack Your Way To The Top (Unofficial Pokemon Go Guide Book Book 1) by Level Thirty and Pokemon Go
  • Bullseye by James Patterson
  • The Jealous Kind: A Novel (A Holland Family Novel) by James Lee Burke
  • Batman Noir: The Killing Joke (Batman: The Killing Joke)Aug 9, 2016
    by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1)Aug 2, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
  • Rocket Raccoon and Groot Vol. 1: Tricks of the Trade (Rocket Raccoon and Groot (2016-)) by Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade
  • A-Z of Curious Suffolk by Sarah Doig
  • Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei by Yasutaro Soga and Tetsuden Kashima
  • A Is for Atom: A Midcentury Alphabet by Greg Paprocki
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Politics: Transmedia World-Building Beyond Capitalism (Radical Cultural Studies by Dan Hassler-Forest
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight (Captain Marvel (2016-)) by Michele Fazekis and Tara Butters
  • Literary London by Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison
  • The Word Collector by Alexandria Nolan

Feel free to suggest other books being released in August in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

Good E-Reader: Amazon releasing color EBR perhaps this year

July 6, 2016

Good E-Reader: Amazon releasing color EBR perhaps this year

I am going to put this in the “strong rumor” category, even though it seems to come from one source:

Good E-Reader post by Michael Kozlowski

That’s because it’s a source I like who is writing with confidence.

According to the post, Amazon will likely release an 8″ color Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader…not a backlit tablet, like a Fire) utilizing Liquavista for the holidays this years.

There have been rumors about this almost since the Kindle was announced in November of 2007, and they picked up more when Amazon bought

Liquavista

in 2013 as related in this

Reuters article by Alistair Barr

So, does all this pent-up demand for a color Kindle mean guaranteed success?

Nope.🙂

You see, since the Kindle was released, Amazon has also started selling

Fire tablets (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

You can get a full color Fire tablet for less than the least expensive grayscale Kindle…about $30 less.

In fact, on the

Amazon devices bestseller list at time of writing (at AmazonSmile*)

the most popular Fire tablet is more popular than the most popular Kindle EBR, which is the

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Those are both behind the

Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*) (#1)

and the

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (#2)

The obvious question: why introduce a color EBR when you already have a color reading device?

Well, EBRs usually have some real advantages over backlit tablets, the two biggest ones being perhaps the much, much longer battery charge life and the ability to read it in bright sunlight. An EBR with equivalent colors to a backlit tablet, but with the performance capabilities of a Kindle, would be a big hit…provided the price was acceptable to consumers.

Aye, there’s the rub!

The ability to produce some sort of color EBR has been around for years, but nobody has done it successfully in the market.

I would buy it, partially to be able to write about it for you…but I’d also be curious about it myself!  I’m looking forward to getting the

All-New Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which has audio via Bluetooth, restoring text-to-speech to a current model Amazon EBR. I’m expecting to write about it before Monday (should be in my hands Friday). I’m assuming new models will have that capability as well.

I haven’t bought the Oasis, because you can’t buy it without an animal leather cover at this point, as I wrote about here:

My biggest disappointment with Amazon to date

I would otherwise, despite the relatively high cost.

The Oasis is number #41 on the Amazon devices list…it had done well initially, but it looks like demand might have slackened. It’s possible that the market for a nearly $300 EBR just wasn’t that big.

That’s going to be the key for a new color Kindle, if Amazon does introduce one: the price.

If the color Kindle is close to an equivalent grayscale Kindle, I think people will pay the difference for the most part. If not…

What is “close to” specifically? I thought I’d get a sense of that from you. In this poll, assume everything else is pretty much the same (including battery charge life, which would be quite a technical accomplishment).

Again, this is only a rumor. However, Good E-Reader is more tied into the European market than I am, and Liquavista was a Dutch company, so they could have good sources on this. My intuition is that they are probably right, although not necessarily this year (even though that would be good timing, and seems more probable than waiting for next year).

What do you think? Would you care about a color EBR? What makes that attractive to you? What if the color was muted compared to a Fire tablet? What if it cut battery charge life down to, oh, a week (at an hour reading a day)? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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.

 

July 2016 Kindle book releases

June 23, 2016

July 2016 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,463 (at time of writing…an even steeper drop than last month’s 733, with 863 fewer titles. This is the second month in a row with the better part of a 1,000 fewer titles):

June USA Kindle book releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,021 (25 fewer than last month) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same.  This month, in a change, Kindle First books aren’t dominating the top slots..

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

June is a big release month for books (not unlike movies)…summer vacation is here, and books for “grads and Dads” are also big.

Okay, books!

  • The Arrangement 22 (The Ferro Family) Jul 25, 2016 by H.M. Ward
  • The Black Widow Jul 12, 2016 by Daniel Silva
  • Night and Day: An Eve Duncan Novel July 19, 2016 by Iris Johansen
  • Getting started with Tambour Embroidery (Haute Couture Embroidery Series Book 1) Jul 10, 2016 by Saskia ter Welle
  • A Shade of Vampire 30: A Game of Risk Jul 14, 2016 by Bella Forrest
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of…Jul 31, 2016 by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  • Ultimate Physics Jul 11, 2016 by Scientific American Editors
  • The Trial: A BookShot: A Women’s Murder Club Story (BookShots) Jul 5, 2016 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey Jul 12, 2016 by Chris Colfer
  • Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less (Why Everything…Jul 4, 2016 by Steven Womack
  • The Last Woman Standing: A Novel Jul 1, 2016 by Thelma Adams
  • Lowcountry Book Club (A Liz Talbot Mystery 5) Jul 5, 2016 by Susan M. Boyer
  • Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories (Science and Fiction) Jul 16, 2016 by Šiljak, Harun
  • Children’s Book of Experiments: 30 Incredible Experiments For Young Scientists Jul 7, 2016 by Jaroslaw Wasilewski
  • We are Big Data: The Future of the Information Society Jul 23, 2016 by Sander Klous and Nart Wielaard
  • 1000 Terrible Ideas for Another Star Wars Movie Jul 9, 2016 by Francisco Cutter and Jeff Rose
  • I’ve Got Sand In All the Wrong Places Jul 12, 2016 by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  • The High Ground: Imperials 1Jul 5, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Melinda Snodgrass

Feel free to suggest other books being released in July in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

Amazon’s most well-read cities get ready for summer reading

May 26, 2016

Amazon’s most well-read cities get ready for summer reading

…and so does everyone else.😉

Amazon e-mailed me about two features they have right now:

Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

and

http://www.amazon.com/summerreading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The first one is an annual list. and Seattle  (where Amazon is headquartered) is again number one…which might make a suspicious person question the algorithm.😉

Amazon says, “The ranking is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 500,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of all books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print format from April 2015 to April 2016.”

It’s interesting that there are some definite trends. Out of the top 20, four of them are in Texas, three of them are in California (and two of those are in my area, the greater San Francisco Bay Area ((San Francisco and San Diego))). Actually, the Western half of the country seems to dominate, with Texas, California, Washington State, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada…lots of states.

Not very many on the East Coast, interestingly.

Does that mean we read more out here?

It might mean we use Amazon more.🙂 The East Coast might have older, bigger, brick-and-mortar bookstores (I’m a former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore…but that was here on the West Coast). We could be techier out here, and therefore more comfortable with both internet shopping and e-books.

Amazon also mentions some specific books for specific cities…so geography does seem to matter to some extent.

As to summer reading…

Summer is a time that more people read, I think. Obviously, for the school age, summer can give more opportunity to read for leisure. For others, vacation may be the one time of year they actually read books for entertainment…on planes, cruise ships, and beaches.

Personally, I don’t think I see much difference. I read all year round. I might read more, actually, during the winter holidays…I’ll get books as gifts then, and do tend to have a few days off.

Amazon  has 2,562 books listed in their summer reading…and big names are right at the top of the listing: a new Harry Potter (script for a play), a new series from Rick Riordan, a book by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt…these are those  “People Magazine books” which will appeal to casual readers.

Oh, interesting! The filters indicate  only 138 in Kindle format! Hm…could be because so many of these haven’t been released yet….they will likely get Kindle editions when they are released.

They do have a special section for “beach reads”. What’s a beach read? I’d define it as a “page turner” that transports you to a different place (and attitude).

That’s one of the great dichotomies of life: do you take a vacation to go to somewhere or to get away from somewhere?

I used to travel  a lot when I was a kid, and to some pretty exotic locales. Now, I’m not that into traveling…I love having vacations were I can stay home and read and/or  write.

Sure, I love going leash-free places with our dogs…but that’s not the same thing.🙂

Do you find that you read differently in the summer? Do you get to read more? Do you plan it out? Does the style of book you read change? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting  on this post.

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

 

 


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