Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

January 4, 2017

Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

We are still getting data on the 2016 holiday sales, but it looks like Amazon dominated…on a Bambi Meets Godzilla¬†level. ūüėČ

According to this

Seeking Alpha story by Gary Bourgeault

Amazon had 45.5% of online purchases for the week ending December 17, 2017. That’s almost half!

Now, if they had a close competitor, it would just make it a battle…but again, according to the article Amazon had a market share about ten times higher than Best Buy, their closest competitor!

That’s astonishing! It’s like winning a basket ball game 110…to 10. ūüėČ

I strongly recommend the article, which uses graphs and multiple sources to do an interesting analysis.

Probably more importantly than the percentage of the market, was the reported increase in¬†Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) memberships. Amazon has started making a profit, but many of the sales at Amazon during the holidays were due to, well, sales, where Amazon likely didn’t make much if any profit.

Prime members, though, reportedly spend more year round and buy those physical items (diapers and windshield wipers) where the profit is higher.

Why did Amazon dominate?

Yes, sales were part of it…you can think of buying a discounted Echo Dot as a marketing expense, and one that many competitors can’t¬†afford.

Prime is another. I always prefer to buy from Amazon, given a choice…things come quickly, the prices are good, and they already have my financial information. A big thing for me is being able to send items to a local grocery story, using Amazon Locker. That’s not specifically a Prime benefit, but Prime makes you consider Amazon first.

Yet a third was Alexa. Amazon’s digital assistant is now available on many devices, not just the Amazon Echo family. Shopping through Alexa is easy and they had special deals through that service. That’s part of what I mean when I talk about Amazon wanting to be the “infrastructure of the internet”. They want to be both the way that people interact with the internet, and how things get to them (through fulfillment and Amazon Web Services, to name two).

As shoppers still increasingly move to shopping online, Amazon’s growing dominance in holiday sales looks likely to be an ongoing trend (and ¬†speak as a former brick-and-mortar store manager). The one thing they’ll need to watch is people moving to Virtual Reality (which I have been doing since I got a Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at the holidays). I have no doubt that I will be shopping through VR, as I spend more and more time there. I already can, because I can browse the internet. Not getting in on VR now is like not getting into mobile when SmartPhones started becoming popular. I’ve predicted Amazon will get into VR in a big way in my annual prediction post:¬†The Year Ahead:¬†2017.

Another thing this year? So far, there have been amazing discounts on popular e-books!

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is any of 26 highly-rated non-fiction titles, each under $4 and many for $1.99 each.

If you think you don’t like non-fiction, some of these titles might challenge that notion. ūüôā

Remember that you can buy these as gifts and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or have the purchase sent to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever (even wrapped, if you want).

Check the price before you click or tap (or eye gaze, if you are in VR) that Buy Button…the prices may not apply in your country.

Title include:

  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord | 4.5 stars out of 5 | 536 customer reviews…classic account of the Titanic, been adapted
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn | 4.4 stars | 2,349 reviews
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The Fall of Japan by William Craig
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  • We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang‚ÄĒThe Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (also available as part of¬†Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaOct 19, 2009¬†|¬†Kindle eBook
    by Timothy Egan (KU…these are the only two in the sale which are part of KU at time of writing)
  • Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope by Eleanor Herman

Enjoy!

I’ve only listed some of the titles…if you’d like to suggest others for me and my readers, or if you have thoughts about Amazon dominating holiday sales (who could disrupt them and how, for example) or my embracing of VR as a consumer reality (so to speak) feel free to comment on this post.

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* 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‚Äôll 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)‚Ķand the good feeling you‚Äôll get. :) Shop ‚Äôtil you help! :) By the way, it‚Äôs been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ‚Äústart at AmazonSmile‚ÄĚ 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 The Measured Circle 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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

January 2, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized. Today, there are 67 (!) KDDs, focused on self-improvement.

They also¬†do¬†Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each¬†(at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now:¬†791 at the time of writing…91 more¬†than last month. It’s a bit interesting that it stayed about the same as December, but January is also a big sales month, partially due to returns, partially due to gift cards, and with e-books, people getting new devices presumably affects that.¬†The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that sometimes some of the books seem to sell out at that price (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 498 of them (135 more than last month) are available through

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

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ūüėČ I will mark them with KU.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

This is the third month for my measurement of  which ones are

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

eligible, which is¬†Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 103, sixty more than last month. There were around 500 more books in PR altogether, but this is an even greater percentage increase…good sign!

I’m going to list some of the books in this sale that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

Okay, books!

  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman (and others in the series…you could buy these former New York Times bestsellers to give as a gift at some point)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (not the only one in this series in the sale)
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (also available through Kindle Unlimited ((KU)))
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 11,262 customer reviews (KU)
  • A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey (KU, PR)
  • The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by Dot Hutchison (KU) | 4.3 stars | 10,317 reviews
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (KU)
  • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry | 4.4 stars | 11,863 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1) by Steve Robinson | 4.3 stars | 1,977 reviews (PR, KU)
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison (KU)
  • Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer (KU)
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot | (KU)
  • Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
  • Constitution: Book 1 of The Legacy Fleet Trilogy by Nick Webb
  • Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins (KU)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | 4.3 stars | 5,727 reviews (PR, KU)
  • Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by Sara King (KU)
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch | 4.1 stars | 7,664 reviews | made into a TV series)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet (Onyx) by Ruth Rendell
  • Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards
  • The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman (PR, KU)
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler (KU)
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  • Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller | 4.5 stars | 1,799 reviews
  • A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook KARLSEN and T. Colin CAMPBELL
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (KU)
  • The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn (and others in the series)
  • Thunder City (The Detroit Novels) by Loren D. Estleman
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Killer’s Payoff (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
  • Cuba – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Russell Maddicks
  • The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams‚ÄĒOn Your Terms by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior by Curt Brown
  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
  • Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History) by John Charles Chasteen
  • The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
  • Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home‚Ķby Alicia C. Simpson

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wrap them for whenever you want.

It makes a lot of sense to have so many series starters, but I should also mention that there may be other books in the series in the group…I didn’t list two book in the same series.

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month)¬†books to own (not borrow) for free‚Ķthese are books which will be actually released next month. This line was at the bottom of the listings this time (I changed the link): “Please note: Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)¬†subscribers can borrow these Kindle First books when they are officially released on February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Suspense)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen (Family Life)
  • In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fiction)
  • The Winter Over by Matthew Iden (Thriller)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gab√°s, Noel Hughes (Saga)
  • Never Again So Close by Claudia Serrano, Anne Milano Appel

People like to know which one I pick…I went with The Mutual Admiration Society, in part because I thought it would appeal most to my Significant Other.

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‚Äôll 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)‚Ķand the good feeling you‚Äôll get.¬†:)¬†Shop ‚Äôtil you help!¬†:)¬†By the way, it‚Äôs been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ‚Äústart at AmazonSmile‚ÄĚ 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.

** A Kindle 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.

2016 Annual Snapshot

January 1, 2017

2016 Annual Snapshot

This is my annual Snapshot. I also do ones I do every month, and I have already published my regular one today.

It amazes me to see how much things change from one year to the next. ¬†I’m also going to compare some different things than I do in the monthly ones. I’ll use the data I take on January 1st of each of the years, except for some of the broader topics (like number of Kindle models).

Titles in the Kindle store

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 4,972,110 (+19%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): 4,168,071 (+34%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 3,104,676 (+32%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 2,351,139 (+40%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 1,805,001 (+55%)
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): 1,165,654 (+52%)
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): 766,131 (+91%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 401,773
Magazines
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 1,378 (+201%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016):¬†684 (+7%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 638 (-5%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 670 (+14%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 586 (+58%)
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): 370¬†(+400%)
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): 74¬†(+72.1%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 43
Newspapers
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 158 (-7%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016):¬†169 (-3%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 175 (-1%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 176 (-12%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 200 ¬†(+6%)
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): 188 (+23%)
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): 153 (+72.1%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 89
Blogs
  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 15,969 (+6%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016):¬†15,122 (+5%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 14,392 (+3%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 14,030 (+7%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): 13,110 ¬†(-3%)
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): 13,571 (+22%)
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): 11,087 (+39%)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 7,992

Percentage of books from one penny to fifty dollars that are under $10

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017): 86.9% (+1.9%)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016):¬†85.0% (-3%)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015): 88% (-.1%)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014): 88.1% (-1.8%)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): ¬†89.9% (+.9%)
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): 89.0% (+.2%)
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): 88.8% (+5.7$)
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : 83.1%

Kindle/Fire/Echo models available new from Amazon in the USA

  • 2016 (taken January 1 2017):¬† …prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($79.99), Kindle Paperwhite 3 ($119.99), Kindle Voyage ($199.99), Kindle Oasis ($289.99), Kindle Paperwhite Bundle ($179.97), Fire ($49.99), Fire HD 8 ($89.99), Fire HD 10 ($229.99), Fire Kids’ Edition ($99.99), Fire TV Stick ($39.99), Fire TV ($89.99), Fire TV+HD Bundle ($99.99…listed as a $116.97 value), Fire TV Gaming Edition ($129.99), Echo Dot ($49.99), Amazon Echo ($179.99), Amazon Tap ($129.99)
  • 2015 (taken January 1 2016): …prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($79), Kindle Paperwhite 3 ($119.99), Kindle Voyage ($199.99), Kindle for Kids Bundle ($99.99), Fire tablet (least expensive model: $49.99), Fire HD 6 ($99.99), Fire HD8 ($149.99), Fire HD 10 ($299.99), Fire Kids Edition ($99.99), Fire TV Stick ($39.99), Fire TV 2nd gen ($99.99), Fire TV Gaming Edition ($139.99), Fire TV+HD Antenna Bundle ($124.99), Amazon Echo ($179.99)
  • 2014 (taken January 1 2015)…prices listed are the non-discounted ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time Kindle ($79 model, the “Mindle Touch”), Kindle Paperwhite 2 ($119), Kindle Voyage ($199), Fire HD 6 ($99), Fire HD 7 ($139), Fire HD Kids Edition ($189), Fire HDX ($239), Fire HDX 8.9″ ($379). Other devices in the “family”: Fire TV ($99), Fire TV Stick ($39), Fire Phone $449 (unlocked GSM)
  • 2013 (taken January 1 2014)…prices listed are the ones Amazon lists in the “family stripe” (the lowest price, typically with Special Offers, the lowest memory, and no 4G), and may change any time: Kindle ($69 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation wi-fi only ($119 with Special Offers), Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation with 3G ($189), Kindle DX ($199), Kindle Fire HD 2nd generation ($139), Kindle Fire HDX 7″ ($229), Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ ($379), and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ ($229)
  • 2012 (taken January 1 2013): Kindle ($69 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire 7″ 2nd generation Standard Definition, Kindle Fire 7″ HD, Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD
  • 2011¬†(taken January 1 2012): Kindle ¬†($79/$109 model…the “Mindle”), Kindle Keyboard (formerly the Kindle 3), Kindle Touch, Kindle DX, Kindle Fire
  • 2010¬†(taken January 1 2011): Kindle 3, Kindle DX
  • 2009 (taken January 1 2010) : Kindle 2, Kindle DX

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

Snapshot: January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017

Snapshot: January 1, 2017

Note: thanks to reader feedback, especially from Edward Boyhan, I moved the older data (generally, more than two years old) to a page (Historical Snapshot) rather than a post.

Summary:

As we enter the New Year, it looks largely like business as usual…and that’s a good thing. ūüėČ There are a couple of stats which stand out to me. The biggest thing is the huge jump in books in¬†Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) …up by about half again (about 500). That’s a great sign, since those are books Prime members can read at no additional cost. For what I call “piece buyers”, who buy one book at a time (as opposed to being a member of a subser…subscription service), it’s worth noting a slight increase in New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents…after a considerable increase during the past year. While Amazon doesn’t want to discourage piece buyers (they probably buy the majority of books), they would prefer that people be Prime members (Prime members tend to spend more, we are told, and become more bonded to Amazon). For my predictions for 2017 for topics of interest to this blog, see The Year Ahead:¬†2017.

I generally run this information through eReaderIQ.com (it‚Äôs just easier than Amazon), and there are some vagaries in the searches (both there and on Amazon). I do try to run it the same way every time, so unless Amazon changes something, it should give you a pretty good idea. NOTE: I’ve changed this explanation from saying “Jungle-Search.com” to “eReaderIQ.com”. It’s the same people and I assume the results are the same. eReaderIQ is just for the Kindle, Jungle-Search does Amazon generally. eReaderIQ has a slightly better interface for the searches. This has also changed back to it being run through Jungle-Search, although I get to it through eReaderIQ.

Titles in Kindle Store

Blue line graph showing continued growth of the number of books in the USA Kindle store with the line approaching 5 million

January 1, 2017: 4,972,110
December 1, 2016: 4,908,904
November 1, 2016: 4,861,264
October 1, 2016: 4,790,218
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results): Update 4,742,587
August 1, 2016: 4,673,290
July 1, 2016: 4,606,532
June 1, 2016: 4,535,673
May 1, 2016: 4,466,976
April 1, 2016: 4,433,082
March 1, 2016: 4,356,852
February 1, 2016: 4,260,301
January 1, 2016: 4,168,071
December 1, 2015: 4,046,825 (note: as I projected, the USA Kindle store broke 4 million titles)
November 1, 2015: 3,961,896
October 1, 2015: 3,875,694
September 1, 2015: 3,799,009
August 1, 2015: 3,714,509
July 1, 2015: 3,636,269
June 1, 2015: 3,530,378
May 1, 2015: 3,457,009
April 1, 2015: 3,378,436
March 1, 2015: 3,288,124
February 1, 2015: 3,178,962
January 1, 2015: 3,104,677
December 1, 2014: 3,027,234
November 1, 2014: 2,958,430
October 1, 2014: 2,888,225
September 1, 2014: 2,801,221
August 1, 2014: 2,724,012
July 1, 2014: 2,655,727
June 1, 2014: 2,596,747 (2,597,112 for second run)
May 1, 2014: 2,576,453
May 16 2009: 284,491

Approximate average of titles added per day:

January 1, 2017: 2,039
December 1, 2016: 1,537
November 1, 2016: 2,292
October 1, 2016: 1,536
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results) Update: 2,235
August 1, 2016: 2,153
July 1, 2016: 2,286
June 1, 2016: 2,216
May 1, 2016: 1,130
April 1, 2016: 2,459
March 1, 2016: 3,329
February 1, 2016: 2,975
January 1, 2016: 3,911
December 1, 2015: 2,831
November 1, 2015: 2,873
October 1, 2015: 2,556
September 1, 2015: 2,726
August 1, 2015: 2,524
July 1, 2015: 3,530
June 1, 2015: 2,446
May 1, 2015: 2,619
April 1, 2015: 3,225
March 1, 2015: 3,899
February 1, 2015: 2,396
January 1, 2015: 2,581
December 1, 2014: 2,293
November 1, 2014: 2,265
October 1, 2014: 2,900
September 1, 2014: 2,491
August 1, 2014: 2,276
July 1, 2014: 1954
June 1, 2014: 655 (2nd run: 689)
May 1, 2014: 2,131

Magazines:

January 1, 2017: 1,378 (+97)
December 1, 2016: 1,281 (+106)
November 1, 2016: 1,175
October 1, 2016: 1,172
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results) Update: 975
August 1, 2016: 788
July 1, 2016: 758
June 1, 2016: 741
May 1, 2016: 714
April 1, 2016: 711
March 1, 2016: 699
February 1, 2016: 685
January 1, 2016: 684
December 1, 2015: 667
November 1, 2015: 646
October 1, 2015: 632
September 1, 2015: 638
August 1, 2015: 636
July 1, 2015: 632
June 1, 2015: 631
May 1, 2015: 630
April 1, 2015: 643
March 1, 2015: 647
February 1, 2015: 638
January 1, 2015: 638
December 1, 2014: 643
November 1, 2014: 646
October 1, 2014: 652
September 1, 2014: 652
August 1, 2014: 649
July 1, 2014: 650
June 1, 2014: 668
May 1, 2014: 671

Newspapers:

January 1, 2017: 158
December 1, 2016: 157
November 1, 2016: 158
October 1, 2016: 158
September 1, 2016: 159
August 1, 2016: 160
July 1, 2016: 166
June 1, 2016: 167
May 1, 2016: 168
April 1, 2016: 168
March 1, 2016: 172
February 1, 2016: 172
January 1, 2016: 169
December 1, 2015: 168
November 1, 2015: 168
October 1, 2015: 168
September 1, 2015: 172
August 1, 2015: 173
July 1, 2015: 173
June 1, 2015: 173
May 1, 2015: 172
April 1, 2015: 173
March 1, 2015: 172
February 1, 2015: 170
January 1, 2015: 175
December 1, 2014: 174
November 1, 2014: 174
October 1, 2014: 174
September 1, 2014: 175
August 1, 2014: 174
July 1, 2014: 175
June 1, 2014: 177
May 1, 2014: 178

Blogs:

January 1, 2017: 15969 (ILMK rank: #11)
December 1, 2016: 15,942 (ILMK rank: #11)
November 1, 2016: 15,883 (ILMK rank: #10)
October 1, 2016: 15,864 (ILMK rank: #16)
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results) (ILMK rank: #10) Update 15,850
August 1, 2016: 15,792 (ILMK rank: #9)
July 1, 2016: 15,746 (ILMK rank: #8)
June 1, 2016: 15,708 (ILMK rank: #8)
May 1, 2016: 15,669 (ILMK rank: #14)
April 1, 2016: 15,351 (ILMK rank: I could not find a ranking for bestselling blogs)
March 1, 2016: 15,144 (ILMK rank: #9)
February 1, 2016: 15,156 (ILMK rank: #10)
January 1, 2016: 15,122 (ILMK rank: #8)
December 1, 2015: 15,071 (ILMK rank: #8)
November 1, 2015: 15,030 (ILMK rank: #8)
October 1, 2015: 14,983 (ILMK rank: #8)
September 1, 2015: 14,923 (ILMK rank: #8)
August 1, 2015: 14,883 (ILMK rank: #8)
July 1, 2015: 14,837 (ILMK rank:#8)
June 1, 2015: 14,768 (ILMK rank: #8)
May 1, 2015: 14,679 (ILMK rank: #8)
April 1, 2015: 14,648 (ILMK rank: #9)
March 1, 2015: 14,588 (ILMK rank: #8)
February 1, 2015: 14,419 (ILMK rank: #8)
January 1, 2015: 14,392 (ILMK rank: #10)
December 1, 2014: 14,337 (ILMK rank: #14)
November 1, 2014: 14,267
October 1, 2014: 14,189 (ILMK rank: #11)
September 1, 2014: 14,151 (ILMK rank: #12)
August 1, 2014: 14,089 (ILMK rank: #13)
July 1, 2014: 13,985 (ILMK rank: #13)
June 1, 2014: 13,924 (ILMK rank: #8)
May 1, 2014: 13,811 (ILMK rank: #10)

Percentage of books priced from one penny to $50 that are under ten dollars

December 2016 (taken January 1, 2017): 86.9% (4,109,227 of 4,730,019)
November 2016 (taken December 1, 2016): 86.6% (4,603,953 of 3,989,241)
October 2016 (taken November 1, 2016): 86.3% (3,940,811 of 4,567,105)
September 2016,(taken October 1, 2016): 86.2% (3,881,084 of 4,499,991)
August 2016, (taken September 1, 2016): number unavailable Update: $0.01 to $50=4,470,630 | $0.01 to $9.99=3,853,639 | 86.2%
July 2016, (taken August 1, 2016): 85.6% (3,800,960 of 4,441,416)
June, 2016 (taken July 1, 2016): 86.1% (3,747,972 of 4,606,532)
May 2016, (taken June 1, 2016): 85.6% (4,26,357 of 3,678,86)
April, 2016 (taken May 1, 2016): 85.2% (3,598,659 of 4,225,884)
March, 2016 (taken April 1, 2016): 85.4% (3,587,825 of 4,203,311)
February, 2016 (taken March 1, 2016): 85.2% (3,522,742 of 4,133,304)
January, 2016 (taken February 1, 2016): 85.2% (3,440,910 of 4,038,776)
December, 2016 (taken January 1, 2016): 85.0% (3,350,232 of 3,490,070)
November, 2015 (taken December 1, 2015): 84.9% (3,242,119 of 3,818,499)
October, 2015 (taken November 1, 2015): 84.7% (3,166,691 of 3,736,839)
September, 2015 (taken October 1, 2015): 84.8% (3,096,037 of 3,652,166)
August, 2015: (taken September 1, 2015): 85.3% (3,048,620 of 3,575,587)
July, 2015 (taken August 1, 2015): 85.3% (2,969,714 of 3,482,960)
June, 2015 (taken July 1, 2015: 83.9% (2,893,481 of 3,408,090)
May, 2015 (taken June 1, 2015): 84.7% (2,800,318 of 3,306,054)
April, 2015 (taken May 1, 2015): 84.6% (2,736,106 of 3,232,290)
March, 2015 (taken April 1, 2015): 88.4% (2,802,470 of 3,171,379)
February, 2015 (taken March 1, 2015): 88.3% (2,721,649 of 3,083,344)
January, 2015 (taken February 1, 2015): 88.4% (2,630,162 of 2,976,291)
December, 2014 (taken January 1, 2015): 88.3% (2,567,412 of 2,907,638)
November, 2014 (taken December 1, 2014):88.3% (2,506,715 of 2,838,606)
October, 2014 (taken November 1, 2014): 88.4% (2,451,370 of 2,774,474)
September, 2014: (taken October 1, 2014): 88.2% (2,387,727 of 2,707,622)
August, 2014: (taken September 1, 2014): 87.9% (2,304,717 of 2,621,516)
July, 2014 (taken August 1, 2014): 87.7% (2,232,131 of 2,544,623)
June, 2014 (taken July 1, 2014): 87.7% (2,172,079 of 2,477,343)
May, 2014 (taken June 1, 2014): 74.6% (294,759 of 395,137) | Second run (to account for possible Amazon glitching): 87.6% (2,121,022 of 2,422,630)

Percentage of books with a publication date of the previous month priced from one penny to $50 that are under ten dollars

Books for December, 2016: 90.4% (78,386 of 86,689)
Books for November, 2016: 92.3% (80,218 of 86,941)
Books for October, 2016: 87.1% (80,417 of 92,350)
Books for September, 2016: 84.8% (77,656 of 91,542)
Books for August, 2016: 85.6% (83,972 or 98,113)
Books for July, 2016: 88.6% (81,803 of 92,207)
Books for June, 2016: 93.2% (82,227 of 88,180)
Books for May, 2016: 93.1% (82,022 of 88,070)
Books for April, 2016: 92.2% (80,910 of 87,717)
Books for March, 2016: 94.% (95,732 of 101,747)
Books for February 2016: 95.4% (112,307 of 117,729)
Books for January, 2016: 94.2% (87,774 of 93,160)
Books for December, 2016: 94.9% (96,092 of 101,225)
Books for November, 2015: 92.6% (79,061 of 85,397)
Books for October, 2015: 92.2% (76,789 of 83,244)
Books for September, 2015: 92.7% (78,419 of 84,314)
Books for August, 2015: 94.2% (83,159 of 88,243)
Books for July, 2015: 94.3% (81,843 of 86,827)
Books for June, 2015: 94.0% (80,396 of 85,535)
Books for May, 2015: 93.5% (74,211 of 79,388)
Books for April, 2015: 93.3% (76,455 of 81,914)
Books for March, 2015: 93.6% (85,581 of 91,471)
Books for February, 2015: 94.7% (74,806 of 78,979)
Books for January, 2015: 94.6% (73,166 of 77,329)
Books for December, 2014: 95.1% (72,247 of 77,048)
Books for November, 2014: 93.2% (72,264 of 77,550)
Books for October, 2014: 94.0% (72,051 of 76,646)
Books for September, 2014: 95.0% (77,730 of 81,864)
Books for August, 2014: 95.8% (72,127 of 75,293)
Books for July, 2014: 95.8% (72,543 of 75,750)
Books for June, 2014: 94.4% (63,104 of 66,856)
Books for May, 2014: 81.4% (3,177 of 3,905) | 2nd run to account for Amazon possibly glitching: 94.7% (65,080 of 68,713)

Books in the Seventy Percent Royalty Range ($2.99 ‚Äď $9.99)

January 1, 2017: 60.9% (3,030,096 of 4,972,110)
December 1, 2016: 60.8% (2,987,081 of 4,908,984)
November 1, 2016: 60.8% (2,956,217 of 4,861,264)
October 1, 2016: 60.6% (2,902,687 of 4,790,218)
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results) | Update on 9/3: 61.1% (2,897,126 of 4,742,587)
August 1, 2016: 61.2% (2,860,965 of 4,673,290)
July 1, 2016: 61.3% (2,821,664 of 4,606,532)
June 1, 2016: 61.0% (2,767,757 of 4,535,673)
May 1, 2016: 60.5% (2,704,477 of 4,466,976)
April 1, 2016: 61.1% (2,707,775 of 4,433,082)
March 1, 2016: 60.8% (2,647,699 of 4,356,852)
February 1, 2016: 60.7% (2,587,810 of 4,20,301)
January 1, 2016: 60.2% (2,507,452 of 4,168,071)
December 1, 2015: 60.5% (2,447,446 of 4,046,825)
November 1, 2015: 60.5% (2,398,461 of 3,961,896)
October 1, 2015: 60.3% (2,338,287 of 3,75,694)
September 1, 2015: 60.7% (2,306,295 of 3,799,099)
August 1, 2015: 60.6% (2,251,364 of 3,714,509)
July 1, 2015: 60.4% (2,195,452 of 3,636,269)
June 1, 2015: 60.5% (2,134,639 of 3,530,378)
May 1, 2015: 60.4% (2,088,376 of 3,457,009)
April 1, 2015: 64.1% (2,164,454 of 3,378,436)
March 1, 2015: 64.2% (2,111,025 of 3,288,124)
February 1, 2015: 64.3% (2,043,564 of 3,178,962)
January 1, 2015: 64.2% (1,992,162 of 3,104,677)
December 1, 2014: 64.2% (1,943,782 of 3,027,234)
November 1, 2014: 64.6% (1,909,982 of 2,958,430)
October 1, 2014: 64.3% (1,857,411 of 2,888,225)
September 1, 2014: 63.9% (1,778,889 of 2,801,221)
August 1, 2014: 63.6% (1,731,841 of 2,724,012)
July 1, 2014: 63.4% (1,684,876 of 2,655,727)
June 1, 2014: 8.7% (225,848 of 2,597,747) | second run to account for Amazon possibly glitching 63.4% (1,647,127 of 2,597,112)
May 1, 2014: 63.8% (1,644,029 of 2,576,453)

Books from one penny to $2.98

January 1, 2017: 21.3% (1,057,373 of 4,972,110)
December 1, 2016: 21.2% (1,042,980 of 4,908,984)
November 1, 2016: 21.1% (1,024,995 of 4,861,264)
October 1, 2016: 21.3% (1,018,083 of 4,790,218)
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed their search results) Update 9/3: 21.1% (999,067 of 4,742,587)
August 1, 2016: 20.9% (977,901 of 4,673,290)
July 1, 2016: 20.9% (963,039 of 4,606,532)
June 1, 2016: 20.9% (947,387 of 4,535,673)
May 1, 2016: 20.8% (929,532 of 4,466,976)
April 1, 2016: 20.6% (914,517 of 4,433,082)
March 1, 2016: 20.8% (907,912 of 4,356,852)
February 1, 2016: 20.8% (884,290 of 4,260,301)
January 1, 2016: 20.8% (868,268 of 4,168,071)
December 1, 2015: 20.3% (819,885 of 4,046,825)
November 1, 2015: 20.0% (791,777 of 3,961,896)
October 1, 2015: 20.1% (780,371 of 3,875,694)
September 1, 2015: 20.1% (764,280 of 3,799,009)
August 1, 2015: 19.9% (739,684 of 3,714,509)
July 1, 2015: 19.8% (718,584 of 3,636,269)
June 1, 2015: 20.5% (685,609 of 3,350,378)
May 1, 2015: 19.3% (6,671,179 of 3,457,009)
April 1, 2015: 19.5% (657,728 of 3,378,436)
March 1, 2015: 21.3% (699,221 of 3,288,124)
February 1, 2015: 19.0% (603,638 of 3,178,962)
January 1, 2015: 19.1% (591,610 of 3,104,677)
December 1, 2014: 19.1% (579,121 of 3,027,234)
November 1, 2014: 18.8% (556,881 of 2,958,430)
October 1, 2014: 18.9% (545,350 of 2,888,225)
September 1, 2014: 18.9% (529,976 of 2,801,221)
August 1, 2014: 18.9% (513,541 of 2,724,012)
July 1, 2014: 18.8% (499,756 of 2,655,727)
June 1, 2014: 2.7% (70,679 of 2,596,747) | second run to account for Amazon possibly glitching: 18.7% (485,799 of 2,597,112)
May 1, 2014: 18.4% (474,202 of 2,576,453)

Price Point Analysis of New York Times Hardback Fiction Equivalents

January 1, 2017:

14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 13.99
14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 9.99

Average: $14.44 (+.05) 1 title under $10

December 1, 2016:

14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 10.99 14.99 14.99
12.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 12.99

Average: $14.39 (+0.50) 0 titles under $10

November 1, 2016

14.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 13.99 13.99
13.99 13.99 14.99 11.99 13.99 9.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 12.99

Average: $13.89 (-.04) 1 title under $10

October 1, 2016

13.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 13.99
12.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 14.99 16.86

Average: $13.93 (+0.29) 1 title under $10

September 1, 2016

13.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99
13.99 14.99 9.99 14.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 13.99 12.99

Average: $13.64 (-0.10) 1 title under $10

August 1, 2016

14.99 9.99 13.99 10.99 14.99 9.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 13.99
14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 11.99 13.99

Average: $13.54 (-0.30) 2 titles under $10

July 1, 2016

14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 14.99
14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 13.99 12.99 9.99

Average: $13.84 (+0.45) 1 title under $10

June 1, 2016

14.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 10.99
13.99 12.99 14.99 9.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 12.99 8.99

Average: $13.39 (-0.10) 2 titles under $10

May 1, 2016:

14.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 9.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99
13.99 13.99 12.99 $12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 13.99

Average: $13.49 (+0.01) 1 title under $10

April 1, 2016

14.99 14.99 13.99 9.99 13.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 13.99 14.99
13.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 13.99 10.99 12.99 14.74 11.99

Average: $13.48 (+0.04) 1 title under $10

March 1, 2016

12.99 13.99 12.99 9.99 13.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99
13.99 12.99 13.99 10.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 13.99

Average: $13.44 (+0.17) 1 title under $10

February 1, 2016

12.99 13.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 9.99 12.99 N/A 12.99 12.99
12.99 13.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 N/A 12.99 11.99 13.99

Average: $13.27 (-.52) 1 title under $10

January 1, 2016

12.99 13.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 11.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 14.99
9.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 12.99

Average: $13.79 (+.70) 1 title under $10

December 1, 2015

13.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 10.99 12.99
13.99 9.99 11.99 13.99 4.99 14.99 11.99 13.99 14.99 12.99

Average: $13.09 (-.50) 2 titles under $10

November 1, 2015

12.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 11.99 14.99
13.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 9.99 12.99 13.99 12.99

Average: $13.59 (+.03) 1 title under $10

October 1, 2015

14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 13.99 7.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 13.99
12.99 9.45 12.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 13.99 13.99 13.99 14.99

Average: $13.56 (+$0.72) 2 titles under $10

September 1, 2015

13.99 7.99 13.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 8.99
11.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 9.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99

Average: $12.84 (+$1.33) 3 titles under $10

August 1, 2015

13.99 6.99 13.99 9.99 14.99 9.99 10.99 8.99 8.99 11.43
9.99 11.99 14.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 10.99 12.99 12.99

Average; $11.51 (-$0.62) 6 titles under $10

July 1, 2015

13.99 6.99 8.99 14.99 10.99 11.99 8.99 9.99 12.99 16.99
11.84 12.99 13.99 11.99 9.99 14.99 14.99 10.99 12.99 10.99

Average: $12.13 (+$0.16) 5 titles under $10

June 1, 2015

6.99 13.99 16.99 9.99 9.99 12.99 10.99 8.99 12.99 12.99
11.43 11.99 12.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 11.84 12.31 14.99 10.99

Average: $11.97 (+$1.69) 5 titles under $10

May 1, 2015

6.99 12.31 8.99 8.99 8.97 8.99 12.99 11.84 10.99 11.84
12.99 6.99 11.84 9.99 12.99 12.99 5.99 9.10 12.99 6.86

Average: $10.28 (-$1.40) 10 titles under $10

April 1, 2015

6.99 12.99 9.99 13.59 10.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 11.99 10.99
12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 9.99 9.19 11.99

Average: $11.68 (+$0.57) 4 titles under $10

March 1, 2015

8.99 11.99 10.49 10.99 12.99 14.99 9.99 9.99 9.99 11.99
12.99 11.99 9.79 11.99 11.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 5.99 12.99

Average: $11.11 (+$1.34) 7 titles under $10

February 1, 2015

8.99 11.99 9.79 12.99 9.79 9.99 11.99 7.99 9.99 3.99
12.99 11.99 8.99 5.99 3.99 10.99 6.99 10.99 12.99 11.99

Average: $9.77 (+$0.11) 11 titles under $10

January 1, 2015

9.99 7.69 9.99 7.19 10.99 11.99 10.99 3.99 11.99 7.49
10.99 11.89 6.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 10.99 5.99 10.99 10.99

Average: $9.66 (+$0.09) 9 titles under $10

December 1, 2014

10.99 12.74 3.25 9.78 4.99 10.99 12.99 6.99 11.84 10.99
10.99 5.00 9.99 9.78 9.09 10.99 10.99 10.99 6.99 10.99

Average: $9.57 (-$0.65) 9 titles under $10

November 1, 2014

10.99 9.99 11.99 6.50 10.99 10.99 6.99 10.99 10.99 10.99
10.99 6.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 10.99 7.99 9.99

Average: $10.22 (-$0.86) 6 titles under $10

October 1, 2014

10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 12.99 10.99 11.99 12.74 11.99 9.99
10.99 10.99 8.99 6.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 12.99 7.99 12.99

Average: $11.08 (-$0.43) 4 titles under $10

September 1, 2014

9.99 10.99 13.99 10.99 6.99 13.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 11.99
10.99 14.99 11.84 11.99 9.99 11.84 8.99 11.99 12.74 10.99

Average: $11.51 (+$0.56) 4 titles under $10

August 1, 2014

8.99 8.99 10.99 11.99 11.84 6.99 11.99 10.99 10.99 10.99
10.99 8.52 12.99 14.99 10.99 N/A 12.74 10.99 10.99 9.99

Average: $10.95 (+$0.30) 5 titles under $10

July 1, 2014

11.84 8.99 11.99 11.99 10.99 6.99 11.99 11.84 12.99 10.49
10.99 7.99 11.99 10.99 7.99 11.99 5.99 11.84 12.99 9.99

Average: $10.64 (+$0.22) 6 titles under $10

June 1, 2014

8.99 7.50 8.99 8.99 12.99 10.99 10.99 9.99 10.99 14.44
10.99 10.99 9.99 11.84 10.99 8.99 11.84 10.99 5.99 10.99

Average: $10.42 (-$0.16) 8 titles under $10

May 1, 2014

10.99 11.04 10.99 7.50 8.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 12.99
11.04 5.99 10.99 9.10 12.99 8.55 10.99 13.99 9.99 9.45

Average: $10.58 (-$0.27) 7 titles under $10

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

January 1, 2017: 47,568
December 1, 2016: 47,079
November 1, 2016: 59,790
October 1, 2016: 58,158
September 1, 2016: number unavailable (Amazon has changed its search results)| 9/3: 58,033
August 1, 2016: 64,027
July 1, 2016: 63,869
June 1, 2016: 63,301
May 1, 2016: 62,577
April 1, 2016: 61,867
March 1, 2016: 61,532
February 1, 2016: 60,985
January 1, 2016: 59,826
December 1, 2015: 59,953
November 1, 2015: 58,582
October 1, 2015: 58,203
September 1, 2015: 48,650
August 1, 2015: 48,063
July 1, 2015: 47,977
June 1, 2015: 47,388
May 1, 2015: 46,799
April 1, 2015: 46,482
March 1, 2015: 46,145
February 1, 2015: 46,265
January 1, 2015: 45,345
December 1, 2014: 44,787
November 1, 2014: 44,250
October 1, 2014: 43,910
September 1, 2014: 43,385
August 1, 2014: 42,643
July 1, 2014: 42,114
June 1, 2014: 40,810
May 1, 2014: 39,687

Free books (including public domain)

January 1, 2017: 90,706 (+0%)
December 1, 2016: 90,637 (+1%)
November 1, 2016: 88,973 (-1%)
October 1, 2016: 90,005 (-0%)
September 1, 2016: number not available (Amazon has changed its search results) 9/3: 90,180 (+3%)
August 1, 2016: 87,789 (-2%)
July 1, 2016: 89,564 (+5%)
June 1, 2016: 85,502 (-0%)
May 1, 2016: 85,895 (+3%)
April 1, 2016: 83,725 (-1%)
March 1, 2016: 84,422 (+2%)
February 1, 2016: 82,583 (-0%)
January 1, 2016: 82,656 (+2%)
December 1, 2015: 81,264 (+1%)
November 1, 2015: 80,629 (+1%)
October 1, 2015: 79,676 (+2%)
September 1, 2015: 77,976 (-1%)
August 1, 2015: 78,922 (+1%)
July 1, 2015: 77,735 (+1%)
June 1, 2015: 76,688 (-1%)
May 1, 2015: 77,248 (+3%)
April 1, 2015: 74,974 (-0%)
March 1, 2015: 75,030 (+2%)
February 1, 2015: 73,489 (+0%)
January 1, 2015: 73,041 (+13%)
December 1, 2014: 64,805
November 1, 2014: 63,897
October 1, 2014: 61,828
September 1, 2014: 61,787
August 1, 2014: 61,381
July 1, 2014: 60,103
June 1, 2014: 59,848
May 1, 2014: 59,957

Free books (without public domain)

January 1, 2017: 46,345 (-1%)
December 1, 2016: 46,627 (+4%)
November 1, 2016: 44,710 (-2%)
October 1, 2016: 45,792 (-0%)
September 1, 2016: number not available (Amazon has changed its search results) | 9/3: 45,975 (+5%)
August 1, 2016: 43,638 (-5%)
July 1, 2016: 45,814 (+11%)
June 1, 2016: 41,428
May 1, 2016: 41,755
April 1, 2016: 39,760
March 1, 2016: 41,277
February 1, 2016: 38,516 (-0%)
January 1, 2016: 38,550 (+4%)
December 1, 2015: 37,191 (+55%)
November 1, 2015: 23,872 (+2%)
October 1, 2015: 23,307 (+8%)
September 1, 2015: 21,575 (-3%)
August 1, 2015: 22,154 (+3%)
July 1, 2015: 21,572 (+4%)
June 1, 2015: 20,740 (-3%)
May 1, 2015: 21,362 (+9%)
April 1, 2015: 19,508 (+1%)
March 1, 2015: 19,232 (+4%)
February 1, 2015: 18,489 (+3%)
January 1, 2015: 17,983 (+5%)
December 1, 2014: 17,160
November 1, 2014: 16,735
October 1, 2014: 15,099
September 1, 2014: 15,190
August 1, 2014: 14,717
July 1, 2014: 13,300
June 1, 2014: 12,490
May 1, 2014: 13,191

Spanish edition books*

January 1, 2017: 208,843 (+2%)
December 1, 2016: 204,709 (+2%)
November 1, 2016: 201,195
October 1, 2016: 197,286 (+1)
September 1, 2016: number not available (Amazon has changed its search results) | 9/3: 194,747 (+0%)
August 1, 2016: 193,784 (+2%)
July 1, 2016: 190,183 (+2%)
June 1, 2016: 186,750 (+2%)
May 1, 2016: 183,132 (+1)
April 1, 2016: 180,538 (+2%)
March 1, 2016: 176,351 (+3%)
February 1, 2016: 172,246 (+5%)
January 1, 2016: 168,253 (+3%)
December 1, 2015: 163,218 (+2%)
November 1, 2015: 160,225 (+3%)
October 1, 2015: 156,158 (+2%)
September 1, 2015: 152,538 (+3%)
August 1, 2015: 148,388 (+4%)
July 1, 2015: 143,665 (+3%)
June 1, 2015: 139,519 (+2%)
May 1, 2015: 137,022 (+3%)
April 1, 2015: 132,496 (+3%)
March 1, 2015: 128,918 (+3%)
February 1, 2015: 125,505 (+2%)
January 1, 2015: 123,171 (+3%)
December 1, 2014: 119,963
November 1, 2014: 116,680
October 1, 2014: 113,491
September 1, 2014: 109,395
August 1, 2014: 101,643
July 1, 2014: 98,048
June 1, 2014: 95,632
May 1, 2014: 92,954

Books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL)

January 1, 2017: 1,444,685 (29.1%)
December 1, 2016: 1,429,581 (29.1%)
November 1, 2016: 1,396,901 (28.7%)
October 1, 2016: 1,377,307 (+0%)
September 1, 2016: number not available (Amazon has changed its search results) | 9/3: 1,371,701 (+2%)
August 1, 2016: 1,338,554 (29.6%)
July 1, 2016: 1,340,583 (29.1%)
June 1, 2016: 1,298,473 (28.1%)
May 1, 2016: 1,262,989 (28.3%)
April 1, 2016: 1,277,964 (28.8%)
March 1, 2016: 1,250,894
February 1, 2016: 1,199,281 (26%)
January 1, 2016: 1,168,736 (28.0%)
December 1, 2015: 1,132,942 (28.0%)
November 1, 2015: 1,109,339 (28.0%)
October 1, 2015: 1,084,779 (27.9%)
September 1, 2015: 1,057,291 (27.9%)
August 1, 2015: 1,022,270 (27.5%)
July 1, 2015: 995,047 (27.4%)
June 1, 2015: 957,481 (27.1%)
May 1, 2015: 920,564 (26.6%)
April 1, 2015: 890,629 (24.3%)
March 1, 2015: 853,036 (25.9%)
February 1, 2015: 823,258 (25.9%)
January 1, 2015: 794,093 (25.6%)
December 1, 2014: 764,249 (25.2%)
November 1, 2014: 724,218 (25.1%)
October 1, 2014: 710,979 (24.6%)
September 1, 2014: 673,206 (24.0%)
August 1, 2014: 638,545 (23.4%)
July 1, 2014: 604,950 (22.8%)
June 1, 2014: 586,812 (22.6%)
May 1, 2014: 566,893 (22.0%)

Books in Kindle Unlimited

January 1, 2017: 1,476,314 (29.7% of total)
December 1, 2016: 1,460,545 (29.8% of the total)
November 1, 2016: 1,423,511
October 1, 2016: 1,404,125 (29.3% of the total)
September 1, 2016: 1,387,593
August 1, 2016: 1,361,620
July 1, 2016: 1,340,737 (29.1% of total)
June 1, 2016: 1,311,185
May 1, 2016: 1,282,695 (28.7% of total)
April 1, 2016: 1,295,483 (29.2% of total)
March 1, 2016: 1,268,842 (29.1% of total)
February 1, 2016: 1,217,059 (28.5% of total)
January 1, 2016: 1,189,911 (28.5% of total)
December 1, 2015: 1,156,686 (28.6% of total)
November 1, 2015: 1,133,293 (28.6% of total)
October 1, 2015: 1,108,762 +2%) (28.6% of total)
September 1, 2015: 1,084,510 (+3%) (28.5% of total)
August 1, 2015: 1,050,688 (+3%) (28.3% of total)
July 1, 2015: 1,023,395 (+4%) (28.1% of total)
June 1, 2015: 984,701 (+4%) (27.9% of total)
May 1, 2015: 948,638 (+3%) (27.4% of total)
April 1, 2015: 918,839 (+4%) (27.2% of total)
March 1, 2015: 880,916 (+4%)
February 1, 2015: 850,027 (+4%)
January 1, 2015: 820,865 (+4%)
December 1, 2014: 791,011 (+3%)
November 1, 2014: 765,236 (+4%)
October 1, 2014: 733,167 (+5%)
September 1, 2014: 696,171 (+5%)
August 1, 2014: 661,111 (new measurement)

Books in Prime Reading

January 1, 2017: 1,532 (+504)
December 1, 2016: 1,028
November 1, 2016: 1,013 (new measurement)

Books in the Kindle Matchbook program

January 1, 2017: 74,441
December 1, 2016: 74,452
November 1, 2016: 74,747
October 1, 2016: 75,067
September 1, 2016: number not available (Amazon has changed its search results) | 9/3: 75,242
August 1, 2016: 75,478
July 1, 2016: 75,794 (-0%)
June 1, 2016: 75,937
May 1, 2016: 76,194 (-0%)
April 1, 2016: 76,497 (-1%)
March 1, 2016: 77,175 (-1%)
February 1, 2016: 77,613 (-0%)
January 1, 2016: 77,877 (-0%)
December 1, 2015: 78,148 (-0%)
November 1, 2015: 78,422 (-0%)
October 1, 2015: 78,677 (-0%)
September 1, 2015: 78,940 (-0%)
August 1, 2015: 79,174 (-1%)
July 1, 2015: 79,656 (-0%)
June 1, 2015: 79,917 (-0%)
May 1, 2015: 80,311 (-0%)
April 1, 2015: 80,594 (-1%)
March 1, 2015: 81,045 (-0%)
February 1, 2015: 81,515 (-0%)
January 1, 2015: 82,228 (-1%)
December 1, 2014: 82,643 (+1%)
November 1, 2014: 81,969 (+81%)
October 1, 2014: 45,267 (-39%)
September 1, 2014: 73,820 (+8%)
August 1, 2014: 68,453 (+1%)
July 1, 2014: 67,466 (-1%)
June 1, 2014: 67,787 (-1%)
May 1, 2014: 68,240 (-16%)

Price Point Analysis

April 1, 2010 was “Agency Day”, when the pricing system for some of the largest trade publishers in the US changed. I’ve started tracking price points, to see how that is affecting things. These are not ranges: it’s how many books are at a specific price point.


1/1/2017
Total 4,972,110
Prime 4,730,019
Under $10 4,109,227
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 613,271 12.33% 0.12%
$1.99 234,236 4.71% -0.11%
$2.99 916,038 18.42% 0.04%
$3.99 365,034 7.34% -0.01%
$4.99 278,443 5.60% 0.01%
$5.99 143,880 2.89% 0.00%
$6.99 95,969 1.93% 0.02%
$7.99 130,308 2.62% 0.03%
$8.99 72,331 1.45% -0.02%
$9.99 366,584 7.37% -0.01%
$10.99 34,861 0.70% 0.00%
$11.99 45,242 0.91% -0.01%
$12.99 35,454 0.71% 0.00%
$13.99 23,493 0.47% -0.01%
$14.99 42,874 0.86% 0.02%
$15.99 16,195 0.33% 0.01%
$16.99 14,327 0.29% -0.02%
$17.99 7,821 0.16% 0.00%
$18.99 7,838 0.16% -0.01%
$19.99 17,748 0.36% 0.00%
$20.99 2,714 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 3,034 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,382 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,445 0.11% 0.00%
$24.99 5,764 0.12% 0.00%

 

12/1/2016
Total 4,908,984
Prime 4,603,953
Under $10 3,989,241
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 599,433 12.21% 0.06%
$1.99 236,600 4.82% 0.08%
$2.99 902,330 18.38% 0.03%
$3.99 361,037 7.35% -0.09%
$4.99 274,351 5.59% 0.04%
$5.99 142,254 2.90% 0.02%
$6.99 93,552 1.91% 0.04%
$7.99 126,945 2.59% 0.00%
$8.99 72,556 1.48% 0.00%
$9.99 362,520 7.38% 0.05%
$10.99 34,569 0.70% 0.03%
$11.99 44,997 0.92% 0.02%
$12.99 34,970 0.71% 0.02%
$13.99 23,786 0.48% 0.01%
$14.99 41,442 0.84% 0.02%
$15.99 15,552 0.32% 0.01%
$16.99 15,113 0.31% 0.00%
$17.99 7,573 0.15% 0.00%
$18.99 8,235 0.17% 0.00%
$19.99 17,422 0.35% 0.00%
$20.99 2,742 0.06% 0.00%
$21.99 3,044 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,368 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,291 0.11% 0.00%
$24.99 5,563 0.11% -0.11%

11/2/2016
Total 4,863,729
Prime 4,569,483
Under $10 3,942,697
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 590,896 12.15% -0.14%
$1.99 230,668 4.74% 0.05%
$2.99 892,564 18.35% 0.08%
$3.99 362,196 7.45% 0.06%
$4.99 270,058 5.55% 0.00%
$5.99 139,806 2.87% 0.04%
$6.99 90,844 1.87% 0.00%
$7.99 126,013 2.59% 0.00%
$8.99 71,962 1.48% 0.01%
$9.99 356,843 7.34% -0.02%
$10.99 33,001 0.68% 0.02%
$11.99 43,725 0.90% 0.00%
$12.99 33,898 0.70% 0.00%
$13.99 23,073 0.47% 0.01%
$14.99 40,183 0.83% 0.00%
$15.99 15,048 0.31% 0.00%
$16.99 15,156 0.31% 0.00%
$17.99 7,379 0.15% 0.01%
$18.99 8,059 0.17% 0.00%
$19.99 17,232 0.35% 0.00%
$20.99 2,665 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 2,927 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,260 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,211 0.11% 0.00%
$24.99 11,000 0.23% 0.00%

10/1/2016
Total 4,790,218
Prime 4,499,991
Under $10 3,881,084
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 588,648 12.29% -0.18%
$1.99 224,653 4.69% 0.33%
$2.99 875,028 18.27% -0.32%
$3.99 354,048 7.39% -0.13%
$4.99 266,028 5.55% -0.01%
$5.99 135,815 2.84% -0.09%
$6.99 89,542 1.87% 0.01%
$7.99 123,897 2.59% 0.00%
$8.99 70,532 1.47% 0.01%
$9.99 352,365 7.36% 0.00%
$10.99 31,758 0.66% 0.00%
$11.99 42,922 0.90% -0.01%
$12.99 33,394 0.70% 0.03%
$13.99 22,477 0.47% 0.01%
$14.99 39,529 0.83% 0.02%
$15.99 14,933 0.31% 0.01%
$16.99 14,867 0.31% 0.00%
$17.99 7,003 0.15% 0.00%
$18.99 7,829 0.16% 0.01%
$19.99 16,983 0.35% 0.01%
$20.99 2,639 0.06% 0.00%
$21.99 2,752 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,276 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,206 0.11% 0.01%
$24.99 10,825 0.23% 0.00%

8/1/2016
Total 4,673,290
Prime 4,441,416
Under $10 3,800,960

Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 564,512 12.08% 0.03%
$1.99 215,983 4.62% 0.03%
$2.99 865,582 18.52% 0.02%
$3.99 357,735 7.65% 0.02%
$4.99 258,868 5.54% 0.02%
$5.99 143,549 3.07% 0.02%
$6.99 86,956 1.86% 0.01%
$7.99 120,791 2.58% -0.03%
$8.99 67,036 1.43% 0.11%
$9.99 340,609 7.29% -0.01%
$10.99 31,839 0.68% -0.01%
$11.99 43,170 0.92% 0.10%
$12.99 28,881 0.62% 0.01%
$13.99 20,411 0.44% 0.03%
$14.99 38,284 0.82% -0.10%
$15.99 13,228 0.28% 0.02%
$16.99 14,674 0.31% -0.01%
$17.99 6,244 0.13% 0.01%
$18.99 7,055 0.15% 0.00%
$19.99 16,322 0.35% 0.02%
$20.99 2,484 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 2,610 0.06% 0.01%
$22.99 4,466 0.10% 0.02%
$23.99 4,107 0.09% 0.00%
$24.99 10,627 0.23% 0.01%


9/1/2016
Total 4,742,587
Prime 4,470,630
Under $10 3,853,639

Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 591,306 12.47% 0.39%
$1.99 206,770 4.36% -0.26%
$2.99 881,283 18.58% 0.06%
$3.99 356,645 7.52% -0.13%
$4.99 263,638 5.56% 0.02%
$5.99 138,830 2.93% -0.14%
$6.99 88,366 1.86% 0.00%
$7.99 122,765 2.59% 0.00%
$8.99 69,196 1.46% 0.02%
$9.99 349,005 7.36% 0.07%
$10.99 31,536 0.66% -0.02%
$11.99 43,107 0.91% -0.01%
$12.99 31,596 0.67% 0.05%
$13.99 21,668 0.46% 0.02%
$14.99 38,116 0.80% -0.02%
$15.99 14,109 0.30% 0.01%
$16.99 14,584 0.31% -0.01%
$17.99 6,818 0.14% 0.01%
$18.99 7,355 0.16% 0.00%
$19.99 16,289 0.34% -0.01%
$20.99 2,559 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 2,710 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,298 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 4,791 0.10% 0.01%
$24.99 10,719 0.23% 0.00%

8/1/2016      
Total 4,606,532    
Prime 4,361,423    
Under $10 3,747,972    
       
       
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 555,258 12.05% 0.04%
$1.99 211,667 4.59% 0.02%
$2.99 852,080 18.50% -0.02%
$3.99 351,616 7.63% 0.04%
$4.99 254,338 5.52% -0.02%
$5.99 140,421 3.05% 0.01%
$6.99 85,088 1.85% -0.06%
$7.99 120,451 2.61% 0.10%
$8.99 61,016 1.32% 0.02%
$9.99 336,093 7.30% -0.05%
$10.99 31,772 0.69% -0.04%
$11.99 37,888 0.82% 0.00%
$12.99 28,219 0.61% 0.01%
$13.99 18,732 0.41% 0.00%
$14.99 42,554 0.92% 0.15%
$15.99 12,223 0.27% 0.00%
$16.99 15,085 0.33% 0.02%
$17.99 5,735 0.12% 0.00%
$18.99 6,838 0.15% 0.02%
$19.99 15,340 0.33% -0.03%
$20.99 2,270 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 2,272 0.05% -0.01%
$22.99 3,487 0.08% 0.00%
$23.99 3,984 0.09% 0.00%
$24.99 9,788 0.21% -0.01%

6/1/2016
Total 4,535,673
Prime 4,296,347
Under $10 3,678,896
Price Point Count Percentage
$0.99 544,905 12.01%
$1.99 207,658 4.58%
$2.99 839,809 18.52%
$3.99 344,572 7.60%
$4.99 251,410 5.54%
$5.99 137,958 3.04%
$6.99 86,573 1.91%
$7.99 114,012 2.51%
$8.99 59,121 1.30%
$9.99 333,073 7.34%
$10.99 32,897 0.73%
$11.99 37,424 0.83%
$12.99 27,483 0.61%
$13.99 18,472 0.41%
$14.99 35,286 0.78%
$15.99 12,056 0.27%
$16.99 13,744 0.30%
$17.99 5,738 0.13%
$18.99 5,941 0.13%
$19.99 16,299 0.36%
$20.99 2,239 0.05%
$21.99 2,661 0.06%
$22.99 3,561 0.08%
$23.99 4,103 0.09%
$24.99 9,940 0.22%

Older data were drawn using http://www.jungle-search.com, newer data with http://www.ereaderiq.com (from the same people). There are a number of possible sources of errors (eRi, Amazon, me), but these are probably pretty good.

  • The free books referenced here are from the Kindle store: there are many other sources for free books
  • My search for textbooks definitely has false positives (books that aren‚Äôt really textbooks). I search for -domain (to eliminate public domain titles, which would be older books, generally) textbook. That would find a book about textbooks, for example
  • I searched for “Spanish edition” to find Spanish language books. That has some false positives as well
  • I look at price percentages of books in the range of one penny to fifty dollars, to eliminate freebies and limit textbooks
  • The price point analysis is for books at that specific price: it does not represent a range of prices
  • I compared the percentage of price points in the Price Point Analysis when I showed the difference…not the number of books
  • This information is based on what a United States customer sees

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Today’s KDD: starting 2017 off right!

January 1, 2017

Today’s KDD: starting 2017 off right!

Happy New Year!

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is starting the year off right, with some great, nay, I’d even say iconic ūüėČ titles!

If you are giving yourself a reading challenge** this year, and if you are still buying books one at a time (as opposed to getting them free or using a subser ((subscription service)) like Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), these are excellent bargains!

Of course, it’s never too early to start shopping for 2017’s holiday gifts. ūüėČ Well, maybe it is, but you can buy these at the bargain price, and then either delay them for a birthday or other gift-give occasion, or send them to yourself so you can print them out and give them whenever you want, wrapped or not.

Also, there are a few here headed for visual media (movies & TV); if you are like me and would rather read a book before you see an adaptation, here’s your chance.

Check the prices before you click or tap (or eye gaze) that Buy button. Prices may not apply in your country.

Seriously, I’d be surprised if many of my readers haven’t already read at least one book in this set, and heard of several.

Books include:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (also available through Kindle Unlimited…Elisabeth Moss stars in a new Hulu series in April)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (highly influential science fiction…new movie in the works)
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (new Netflix series this year starring Neil Patrick Harris)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (I read this in paper…really moving non-fiction about child soldiers)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (arguably really launched the environmental movement)
  • The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Enjoy!

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* 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‚Äôll 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)‚Ķand the good feeling you‚Äôll get. :) Shop ‚Äôtil you help! :) By the way, it‚Äôs been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ‚Äústart at AmazonSmile‚ÄĚ 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.

** For example, more than 100,000 people have already signed up for the the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge (Goodreads is now owned by Amazon)

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The Year Ahead: 2017

December 31, 2016

The Year Ahead: 2017

This is¬†my annual post where I look ahead to the next year. I‚Äôll make some predictions, but I‚Äôll warn you ahead of time‚ĶI don‚Äôt always get things right.¬†;)¬†That said, I see that I did quite well with my “speculations” last year…not as well with the predictions. I count my hits and misses on the predictions, where I didn’t do as well, but I’m happy that someone who read my post last year wouldn’t have been surprised by some of the things that happened. 2017 is generally seen as likely to be volatile and unpredictable, but we’ll see. The new Administration does impact a lot of things that have to do with this blog. It’s intriguing that the President-Elect has a commercial history primarily tied up in the physical world, and has expressed skepticism about computers…and yet, used new media extensively and has an advisor who is coming from the digital world. Hard to say how that might affect e-books and publishing, but I’m thinking that I can still see some of the trends. First, let’s look at how I did in my predictions and speculations last year:

Prediction: “Kindle Splash”: Amazon introduces a water resistant Kindle

Miss. I have to admit, this shocks me the most (and might shock someone literally if they dropped a Kindle in the water). ūüėČ Why hasn’t Amazon done this, when Barnes & Noble and Kobo have? I don’t know…perhaps they don’t consider it important, or maybe it adds weight they don’t want. I was also wrong when I said, “While I would love to see Amazon introduce an EBR with audio (for text-to-speech, especially) that doesn‚Äôt feel to me like it is going to happen‚ĶI think that‚Äôs migrated to the tablets, although a stand-alone wearable for text-to-speech still seems possible.” They actually did, in a way, return TTS to EBRs: the most recent All-New Kindle E-reader ‚Äď Black, 6‚Ä≥ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi ‚Äď Includes Special Offers¬†(at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) has Bluetooth, which allows TTS to work by pairing wirelessly with an external speaker.

Prediction: Continued international expansion of content development and discovery

Hit. I specifically predicted that Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) would expand beyond the USA, Canada, and Mexico, and that happened. It’s now also available in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan,¬†Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom…looks like everywhere except Holland. I suggested that Kindle Scout might expand to other countries, and I don’t think it did, but that wasn’t the main prediction.

Prediction: Amazon moves into the news business

Miss. This didn’t happen…and in retrospect, that makes some sense. The Washington Post and Amazon are separate, but joined by Jeff Bezos. The WaPo was really a presence this year, and perhaps that is a disincentive for Amazon to get strongly into the news business (although I suppose that the Echo’s Flash Briefing counts).

So, one out of three ain’t…great, but it isn’t terrible. ūüėČ This isn’t a case of three coin flips…there are hundreds of possibilities, so getting one right is decent. However, I expect my predictions to do better than that. The more speculative, well, speculations are a place where I feel like I take more chances, but let’s look at how they did for 2016:

  • I don‚Äôt think the Apple case will get to the Supreme Court in 2016‚Ķthat‚Äôs probably too fast. However, it is possible the Supremes would decline to consider it‚ĶI think, though, it doesn‚Äôt happen during this Presidential election year
    • The Supreme Court did decline to hear the case (probably impacted by the death of Justice Scalia)
  • I think that equal collection legislation could happen in the next administration (whoever the President ends up being)‚Ķthere is enough bilateral support for it, but nobody wants to give anybody ammunition during the election. Hold that off for 2017
    • Nothing did happen this year, so this one is right so far ūüôā
  • Barnes & Noble will continue to sink‚ĶI think they could limp through the year, even after what I think will be a disappointing holiday season report
    • They’ve been sinking, especially in regards to the NOOK. We’ll see what the holiday report is
  • Prime continues to be a big priority, getting us more content
  • Fire TV and the Echo will have great years. We‚Äôll see the Echo ‚ÄúSkills ¬†store‚ÄĚ expand considerably
    • Exactly…the Skills store now has over 5,000 skills. I should have called it¬†the “Alexa Skills” store, but even though thinking of it as the Echo hasn’t been around that long, I still need to break that habit
  • Virtual Reality could have some book tie-ins‚Ķimagine going to Hogwarts¬†in VR, or playing in The Hunger Games. However, I‚Äôm unconvinced VR is ready for Prime Time‚Ķalthough I think Microsoft‚Äôs Hololens will have industrial application
    • This didn’t happen as much as I thought…but more on that later in this post
  • Amazon could have AI (Artificial Intelligence) produced content, which might tie into the news service above. They could also use AI to do book summaries on Amazon product pages
    • We aren’t aware of this happening…although it could be without us knowing it. ūüôā
  • Amazon could consolidate their three social reading sites: Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari. I like Shelfari, but I think it would be most at risk of being absorbed
    • Yep…Shelfari was absorbed

Time for me to take a deep breath and make predictions (and speculations) for 2017!

Amazon VR

I have had a Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for about a week now, and am completely sold on the technology. With my device, you put a SmartPhone (only certain models work with it) into a headset…basically, like a SCUBA mask. You aren’t seeing the world around you…and then you see a virtual world that knows where you are looking. It’s more sophisticated than that, but it’s an amazing experience.¬† I took it to family parties, and got the same sort of reactions with relatives from the age of about 13 to about 90.

It’s been made pretty easy to use…I would say it is considerably further along towards mainstream, smooth use than the Kindle was when it was first released. It knows when you put it on and take it off, for example…you don’t have to turn it on. The only problem I had was initially getting the phone in the headset: I should have realized I had to take my very slim silicon case off it, and I had to put in an adapter.

There was a notable lack of Amazon presence. Netflix had an app (and Hulu just added one in Beta)…and it’s like watching your show in a movie theatre, almost. VR may really hurt the big screen TV market. It’s a much better video experience for me to watch on my headset than in my “real life” family room. No question, we need Prime video.

Another thing I was seeking right away? A book reader. That might sound strange: read books in virtual reality? You bet! Virtual Reality (which doesn’t show you the real world at the same time) and Augmented Reality (which overlays virtual objects on the real world…you still what’s happening) will, I think, become a new normal for many people. Having an additional device to read books may seem redundant. Color for books in VR? Not an issue at all…that’s easy. Large print? As large as you want! Lighting? Never a problem. Walk into a book like Gumby? Entirely possible.

The possibilities for non-fiction are really exciting. Tap (or just stare at…when I’m on Samsung Internet in VR, I have “gaze select” where I can set a time for how long I stare at something before it clicks it) a graph in the book, and it becomes large enough for you to read. See a reference to a¬†place and select it and walk around it (I’ve found walking around Chernobyl really fascinating).

I did find a reading app…you can see screen shots from it here:

chimera reader

It does ePUB books.

Unfortunately, as you can see in one of the screenshots, the page (just one page at a time) is directly in front of you…it sort of looks like a movie poster on a wall (without a wall). There is a nice looking library environment, but the reading experience (including how you turn the pages) is just not enjoyable.

Amazon could move into the VR app world this year. Prime Video is a no brainer, and Prime Music could also work well. The surprise one might be a Kindle app, which lets you read e-books and e-magazines. Imagine choosing to read in a comfortable sitting room, in a library, on a sailing ship, or on top of a mountain…whenever you wanted to do that. No distractions around you, and all of your books. They could make it look like you have the book in your hands…and maybe you choose an edition. Oh, picture this! You are reading your book…and sitting in the room with you, also reading (you aren’t interacting with them) are Mark Twain, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde!

Amazon VR software is my prediction this year. I do need to note that I was able to enter a world of The Man in the High Castle already, based on the Amazon TV series, but I think this will go beyond that.

What about VR hardware?

I won’t make that a solid prediction, but I certainly think it is possible. Amazon dominated in EBRs (E-Book Readers) when it solved the problem of having to have the device cabled to get books…they went wireless. The problem Amazon could solve in VR? Interoperability. They could make a headset which would fit either an Android or iPhone (and maybe Windows phones). That seems like it shouldn’t be too hard with some adjustable parts and an adapter. A phone-powered VR set is relatively inexpensive (mine sells for under $100, but has been on sale for a lot less than that), which is a good market spot for Amazon. There are two other concerns which Amazon could address. People worry about not being able to see the real world easily when in VR. My set already does “camera passthrough”, so I can see through the phone’s camera without taking off the headset (although it’s odd…sort of like you are underwater). There should be a one tap choice for that. It could also happen automatically in an emergency…your smoke alarm could trigger it, for example. The other thing is how isolating it can be…I haven’t done anything social in it, but Amazon could make it easier for you to see the other people around you (as avatars). Of course, that’s not an issue if it is AR (Augmented Reality) instead…the book appears to be in your hands, but you see the world around you.

My Kindle books anywhere I want, with me being in a reading spot of my choice? Yes, please.

The prediction is Amazon apps for VR, with a possibility of Amazon VR hardware. Ooh, and Alexa for my VR! I want that, too! (I know, greedy, greedy). ūüėČ

An ancillary: a section at Amazon for VR “experiences” (games and apps), which they don’t have now.

More Bluetooth enabled Kindle EBRs

2016 was big for Kindle EBR models, and 2015 hadn’t been. Maybe they are going to start doing that…alternate years for Kindle EBR introductions of an evolutionary nature, rather than every year.

I’ll predict that the full current range of Kindle EBRs gets refreshed with Bluetooth capable models. That would be an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary change. With Alexa expanding rapidly (including probably some different type devices, at least one with a screen), and the possibility of VR hardware, this may not be the year for a whole new model in the EBR line-up. Yes, I’d like to see a water-resistant model, although I’m not going to predict that. ūüėČ I think we are likely to get new editions of current models rather than a brand new model. If any model is at risk of retirement, I think it’s the Voyage. I also think they may finally sell the Oasis without a requirement to buy an animal leather cover as well.

Copyright Reform

Even though it may be a busy first year of the administration, I think we’ll hear something concrete about copyright reform. There was recently this Judiciary Committee report, but that is just a set of recommendations. My guess is that the reforms will have to do with reshaping the office (clarifying the reporting structure, maybe eliminating the Registrar), and that there will be commerce-friendly reforms proposed…and set in motion. I won’t count this as a hit unless it looks like proposals have been accepted and it is a real plan. We could certainly see movement towards a fully searchable online database of copyright records. “Small claims court” for copyright? Maybe. I expect we will see proposals about “orphan books” (books that are still under copyright protection, but aren’t “in print” and for whom no rightsholder can be located to authorize an edition). I think this administration would make it easier to create those editions, even without locating the rightsholder.

We’ll go with those as the three predictions…and see if I do better than one out of three. ūüėČ

Next, I’ll do some speculations…

  • There will be more than 10,000 Alexa skills by the end of the year at Amazon.com…I think 25,000 is certainly possible, and I wouldn’t be shocked by 100,000
  • Barnes & Noble finds a new CEO…and then maybe it pretty much implodes. It might also stumble along, or even largely jettison books and become more of a restaurant
  • Alexa becomes capable of suggesting apps, so you don’t need to know what apps exist first. If you say, “Alexa, when does Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 arrive?” and you don’t have a flight tracking app installed, it will give you a list of possible apps to answer the question and you pick one and it answers it. It can’t just pick an app for you…app publishers wouldn’t like that
  • The USA Kindle store breaks five million titles…before April 1st (I would actually figure February)
  • Amazon announces a store presence in Cuba and/or Russia, or at least, plans for them
  • Amazon continues to explore brick-and-mortar, opening the Amazon Go “checkout-less store” to the public, and maybe¬†three more Amazon Books stores
  • Drone delivery…in the UK before the USA (the latter may not happen this year, but I think the UK will…maybe another country too, Spain, perhaps)
  • A high level, known executive leaves Amazon for another company
  • George R.R. Martin releases the next “Game of Thrones” (A Song of Ice and Fire) book, and it becomes one of the top ten fiction books of the year

I think I’ve said enough…some of those are pretty out there! One thing I can say very confidently about 2017…it won’t be boring! ūüėČ

What do you think will happen in 2017, in topics of interest to the readers of this blog? Do you want me to speculate about something I haven’t mentioned? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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Amazon’s first “Digital Day” is here…and there are some great deals!

December 30, 2016

Amazon’s first “Digital Day” is here…and there are some great deals!

During the holiday season, Amazon had repeated discounts on their devices. It was impressive how they kept those going…not in “flash sales” where people might have¬†missed the opportunity, but ongoing significant savings on their most popular items.

Now that millions of people have the devices, they need to start using them…and that means content.

To be clear, I don’t think that Amazon needs people to buy a lot of content to make a profit on those devices…it’s not about that. The profit on digital content tends to be quite low. Amazon needs people to be customers, and ideally wants them to be Prime members. Then, they buy physical items (what I call “diapers and windshield wipers”) where more profit is made. They also become Amazon’s most important “product”: happy customers. ūüôā I call them a product, because Amazon can make a lot of money selling access to them (in terms of advertising, a marketplace for third party creators and distributors, payment services, and so on).

I think that’s one of the points of

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

Get people as deeply embedded with Amazon on possible.

If I could make every single payment to every single person/entity to whom I own money, from the IRS to the dentist to my local restaurant, through Amazon, I’d be ecstatic. I trust Amazon to handle my payments, and I’d just as soon not keeping giving out my information to other groups.

This is also something different from what I would see when I was a brick-and-mortar retail manager (bookstore, gamestore). This isn’t a “clearance”, really, since these are digital items. There is some effort to maintain storage and access to digital content (check many people’s e-mail inboxes to see), but it’s not like storing physical items in a rent-expensive store. Some of the items could have a limited sales cycle…if a videogame puts out a new version every year, for example, you might want to push the 2016 edition before the 2017 edition comes out…a bit like cars.

Interestingly to me, the extended sale they did on

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

isn’t happening today, and there are no device deals (beyond a bundle).

There are some discounts on services, and that makes sense as well.

So, what do they have? Let’s start at a high level:

  • “Top 2016 Kindle Authors $3.99 or less”…David Baldacci, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Nicholas Sparks (including The Notebook): these are continuing some great sales they’ve been having lately! You can find them at that Digital Day link, or as today’s Kindle Daily Deal¬†(at AmazonSmile‚Ķbenefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
  • Best of 2016
  • “Pass the Popcorn”
  • 50% off or more
  • “build, battle & game on”
  • more for your money
  • “start here content for new devices”
  • family time
  • “spin, swipe & play”
  • “dollar deals”
  • digital day featured deals

Now, some specifics:

  • $10 towards Amazon Music Unlimited (this one is just free, and follows the normal thirty day free trial)…you are not then committed to continue with the service. They say this is while “supplies last”. I’ve been happy with the music included with my Amazon Prime: it rarely doesn’t have something I want. However, this is tempting to try it out…
  • Rent 24 movies for ninety-nine cents each: The Shallows, The Hangover, The Outsiders, The Neverending Story, Magic Mike, each of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies (ninety-nine cents each, not for all of them)
  • Up to $10 off your first three Lyft rides
  • 95% off Office Suite Premium
  • Free Iron First Graphic Novel
  • spend $50, get $15 off an Airbnb gift card (code: AIRBNB15)
  • 67% off three months of Tidal Premium (note that this is a direct competitor to Amazon Music Unlimited)
  • $5 to spend when you purchase Minecraft: Pocket Edition
  • $5 albums, including Michael Jackson Number Ones, Journey’s Greatest Hits, The Best of Simon & Garfunkel, Gunslinger by Garth Brooks, Hero by Maren Morris, We Got It from Here by a Tribe Called Quest
  • 50% off Image Comics sale (which includes The Walking Dead and Saga…6,000 titles on sale through January 2)
  • First month free then 50% off next 5 months on Daily Burn streaming workouts

Some of these are going to look confusing, because they are discounts on in-app purchases. For example, when you click or tap on Daily Burn, all you see is that it is a free download…the discount is on the membership you purchase within the app.

There are some things today that seem to me to really make sense…freebies, and things you would only use once (like 2016¬†tax preparation software).

For other types of content, I think this is a great time to assess whether a subser (subscription service) might make more sense. Should you buy e-books on sale…or consider buying access with Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)…or just go with what you get included with your (likely) Prime Membership with Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)? When I see an exciting opportunity to get a bargain, one of my first reaction is generally, “Is there a way I can avoid spending money completely in this situation, and end up feeling that was a better deal? Is there an alternative deal available?”

I would say check out the sale. I’d appreciate you letting me and my readers¬†know if you do feel like you got a deal…or if you have an alternative suggestion…by commenting on this post.

I’ll also be interested to see if other businesses do sales do compete. In the past week, I’ve made a $30 purchase for content outside of Amazon, and gotten free content from that source. Yes, this is a tease, but I’ll write more about that soon…and why I think Amazon may be in that business in a¬†significant way¬†in the next year.

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The Year in E-Books 2016

December 29, 2016

The Year in E-Books 2016

Every year, I look both backward and forward. This is my annual post, looking at what happened this year. If you want to see the details, please see the ever-expanding ILMK E-Books Timeline. For posts in this series for previous years, see The Year in E-Books category. For a more numerical comparison between 2015 and previous years, I plan on doing my Annual Snapshot January 1st.

Well! This was a very different year than 2015!

I commented that 2015 wasn’t about hardware, but this year was really quite balanced between hardware and services and software for readers.

There were three significant EBR (E-Book Reader) introductions.

April saw the Kindle Oasis, a radical redesign to the morphology of the device, at a premium price. Part of that premium included that you could only purchase it with an animal-leather cover (which meant that some people, including me, wouldn’t buy it) which helped power it. It got some very good reviews. It was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things…Oprah had a big impact on making the original Kindle a success.

May gave us a special Kindle Paperwhite Blind and Visually Impaired Readers Bundle ‚Äď Includes Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi and Special Offers, Kindle Audio Adapter, and $19.99 Account Credit¬†(at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which returned a way to do text-to-speech (TTS)¬†to a Kindle EBR.

In July, the least expensive Kindle got Bluetooth…allowing for TTS through an external speaker: All-New Kindle E-reader ‚Äď Black, 6‚Ä≥ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi ‚Äď Includes Special Offers¬†(at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

In terms of sales, those were likely eclipsed by Echo devices (which do read books to you, as of January of 2016) and Fire TV devices (which also have Alexa…and can also read to you), but certainly, that’s a good amount of EBR development.

Especially for Prime members, there was a lot going on in terms of content!

Some other stories from 2016:

  • I appeared on Len Edgerly’s¬†The Kindle Chronicles twice, in February and October
  • Amazon merged Shelfari into Goodreads
  • The Supreme Court basically ended Apple’s e-book appeals…and some Kindle customers got money from the settlement
  • Older Kindles had to be updated or they would lose wireless connection to Amazon
  • Kindle EBR software got updated, giving us a new homescreen, and Page Flip was considerably upgraded
  • Amazon continued community support, with Amazon Inspire for schools and the Kindle Reading Fund
  • Kobo introduced the Aura One
  • Changes were clearly coming to copyright, prompting a lot of statements from creators and distributors

Generally, this was a good year for Kindleers.

I think it’s clear that 2017 is going to be a year for change in a lot of fields…and I’ll make some guesses in my Year Ahead post about e-publishing, e-reading, and Amazon.

What do you think? Did I leave out anything big? Should I have talked more about how some bestsellers went up in price? What stood out to you about e-books in 2016? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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“How you spent during your winter vacation”: Amazon’s holiday results

December 28, 2016

“How you spent during your winter vacation”: Amazon’s holiday results

You can have fun when you are doing well…and you’ll do better when you are having fun. ūüôā

I genuinely believe that…fun is a positive correlate for success, although some people seem to think that success depends on being as serious as you possibly can.

Amazon reflects that when they do their annual report of their holiday sales, with goofy (but impressive) statistics.

This year, in addition to sending me the regular press release, they sent me some extra “Reading Data Points”…and nicely agreed to let me share them with you.

I’ll reproduce them verbatim below, but I’ll call out a few points myself first.

  • Fascinating to me that the bestselling book on Amazon in 2016 wasn’t a novel, or even short stories, but a script: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). As a former professional actor, I’ve always enjoyed reading scripts (both intended for stage and screen), but as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I can tell you that they usually aren’t big sellers. This again shows the Power of (Harry) Potter. I think it’s legitimate to say that the Harry Potter series got a lot of people, especially children, reading who might not have done it with such fervor without it (echoing the Oz books at the start of the 20th Century). Perhaps this book will encourage some people to read more scripts (although I’d say there is an economic advantage in having both a script and a novelization in the market). I do see that one of the bestsellers in books at Amazon.com for the holidays was also a script (and also by J.K. Rowling…and also in the Potterverse): Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (at AmazonSmile*)
  • The most highlighted passage is from a non-fiction book. That’s interesting to me…are you more likely to capture a quotation from non-fiction book¬†or a fiction book¬†(taking into account the amount you read of both)? Even though I’ve published a book of quotations (The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)), I’m not sure what the answer is for me. I would think I might loan more credence to non-fiction…but I think they generally aren’t likely to be written in as entertaining a way as fiction, meaning that a fiction book might have more available quotations
  • Also intriguing: they cite a statistic on which books were given five stars rating from people who had never given a five star rating before. They don’t say, though, whether those people had ever rated any book before. That would make a big difference to me. If the rater had always given three stars or fewer and this time gave five, that says something. If this is their first review, we don’t know if they won’t rate everything five stars…

=== (Amazon’s information below)

Reading Data Points

  • The bestselling book on Amazon in 2016 was¬†Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script¬†by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
  • The secret’s out: The top foodie book Kindle customers are reading this holiday season is Anthony Bourdain’s genre-defining classic,¬†Kitchen Confidential, currently available in Kindle Unlimited.
  • The #1 passage Kindle readers are highlighting from bestselling 2016 memoir¬†When Breath Becomes Air¬†is:

‚󶬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚ÄúHuman knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.‚ÄĚ

  • Blame it on Brangelina: The #1 magazine downloaded in Prime Reading in 2016 by Kindle customers was¬†People.
  • If you add up all readers of every book in Prime Reading since it was launched, the Kindle book with the most total daily readers in the program was¬†The Atlantis Gene, the first title in the popular technothriller trilogy that‚Äôs earned more than 6,000 5-star reviews.
  • Love is in the air year-round for Prime customers: The top non-fiction book downloaded in Prime Reading in 2016 was¬†The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts¬†by Gary Chapman.
  • In 2016, more than 3 million readers took the Goodreads Challenge and have read a collective 38.1 million books this year.
  • High Fives:¬†The Nightingale,¬†The Butterfly Garden, and¬†A Man Called Ove¬†received the most 5-star reviews in 2016 from Amazon customers who had never before given a book 5 stars.
  • The highest rated audiobook of 2016 on Audible is¬†Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood¬†by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, and narrated by the author.
  • The bestselling audiobook of the year on Audible was¬†The Girl on the Train¬†by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Claire Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher.
  • Authors answered more than 26,000 reader questions on Goodreads in 2016.

 

 

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Alexa Devices Top Amazon Best-Seller List this Holiday ‚Äď Millions of Alexa Devices Sold Worldwide
Sales of Amazon Echo family of devices up more than 9x over last year’s holiday season

Echo Dot is the best-selling, most gifted item on Amazon.com with millions sold worldwide since launch

Alexa devices made up top-selling products across all categories on Amazon.com including Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablet and Amazon Echo

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 27, 2016– (NASDAQ: AMZN) ‚ÄĒ¬†This 2016 holiday was the best-ever season for¬†Amazon¬†with devices including Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablet and¬†Amazon¬†Echo topping the best-sellers list. Customers purchased and gifted a record-setting number of devices from the Amazon Echo family with sales up over 9x compared to last year‚Äôs holiday season and millions of Alexa devices sold worldwide this year.

“Echo and Echo Dot were the best-selling products across¬†Amazon¬†this year, and we‚Äôre thrilled that millions of new customers will be introduced to Alexa as a result. Despite our best efforts and ramped-up production, we still had trouble keeping them in stock. From turning on Christmas lights and playing holiday music to shopping for gifts and asking for help with cookie recipes, Alexa continues to get smarter every day,” said¬†Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer,¬†Amazon. ‚ÄúWe couldn‚Äôt have made this holiday season possible for customers without the dedication and hard work of our customer service, transportation, and fulfillment associates along with our carrier partners ‚Äď it‚Äôs amazing to see the teams come together to serve customers during the holidays. On behalf of Amazonians all around the world, we wish everyone happy holidays and the very best for the coming year.‚ÄĚ

Holidays with Alexa:

·       Alexa helped mix hundreds of thousands of cocktails this holiday season with Tom Collins and Manhattans being the most requested drinks from skills like The Bartender, Mixologist and DrinkBoy.

·       Chocolate chip and sugar cookies were the favorite recipes from Alexa skills like Food Network and Allrecipes.

·       Home Alone and Elf were the most requested holiday movies with Alexa.

·       Alexa helped play millions of holiday songs this year, and the top songs were Jingle Bells (1999 РRemaster) by Frank Sinatra, All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano.

·       What was Alexa asked to cook? The most popular cooking tips requested on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were turkey, prime rib and chocolate chip cookies.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Who played the most holiday music with Alexa? Customers in¬†Seattle,¬†New York¬†and¬†Chicago¬†asked ‚ÄúAlexa, play holiday music‚ÄĚ more than any other city in the U.S.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Who turned on Christmas Lights the most with Alexa? Customers in¬†Seattle,¬†San Diego¬†and¬†New York¬†asked, ‚ÄúAlexa, turn on Christmas lights‚ÄĚ more than any other city in the U.S.

·       What games were the most requested with Alexa this holiday? Alexa entertained families with popular games like Jeopardy!, Twenty Questions and The Magic Door.

Amazon Prime:

·       More than one billion items shipped worldwide with Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon this holiday season.

·       More people around the world tried Prime this holiday season than any previous year.

·       The fastest Prime Now delivery on Christmas Eve took 13 minutes and was delivered at 9:05 p.m. to a Prime member in Redondo Beach, California. The order included a Tile Slim Item Finder and a Tile Mate Key Finder.

·       December 23, 2016 was the biggest day ever for Prime Now deliveries worldwide and members ordered 3x more items compared to last year with one and two hour delivery worldwide. Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and Oreo Cookies were some of the most popular items ordered that day in the U.S.

·       The last Prime Now order delivered in time for the holiday was delivered at 11:59 p.m. on December 24, 2016 to a Prime member in Irvine, California. The order included a Heated Mattress Pad, NyQuil and Afrin Nasal Spray.

·       Prime members in Dallas, Texas ordered more items with Prime Now than any other city in the U.S. this holiday season.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The last Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery order from¬†Amazon.com¬†that was delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at¬†10:23 a.m.¬†on¬†December 24, 2016. The order included Venum Contender Boxing Gloves, and was delivered to a Prime member in¬†Richmond, Virginia¬†at¬†2:42 p.m.¬†‚Äď the same day.

Mobile Shopping:

·       More than 72 percent of Amazon customers worldwide shopped using a mobile device this holiday.

·       Shopping on the free Amazon mobile app grew by 56 percent this holiday, worldwide.

·       On Cyber Monday, Amazon customers worldwide purchased about 46 electronics per second on a mobile device.

·       On Cyber Monday, Amazon customers worldwide purchased about 36 toys per second on a mobile device.

Amazon Operations:

·       December 19 was the peak worldwide shipping day this holiday season.

·       In the U.S., more than 200,000 full-time and seasonal associates made the record-breaking shipping season possible.

·       In the last two years, Amazon launched operations at over a dozen new facilities, many of which house robotic technology.

·       Amazon fulfillment centers in San Marcos, Texas and Kent, Washington, as well as two Polish fulfillment centers, in Poznan and Wroclaw, shipped more than one million items in a single day.

·       There are now 45,000 robotics units working alongside Amazon associates in more than 20 fulfillment centers.

Amazon Digital Media:

·       The most streamed Amazon Original Series over the holidays was Goliath.

·       The most streamed Amazon Original Movie over the holidays was Love & Friendship.

·       The most watched TV series (non-Amazon Original) streaming on Prime Video this holiday was The Night Manager.

·       The most watched movie (non-Amazon Original) streaming on Prime Video this holiday was Eye in the Sky.

·       Customers listening to holiday music on Amazon Music more than tripled this year, compared to 2015.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The most streamed holiday song on Amazon Music was¬†It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year¬†by¬†Andy Williams.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Michael Bubl√© ‚Äď Christmas¬†was the most played holiday album on Amazon Music this season.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon Music is the exclusive streaming home for all 16 studio albums by the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history,¬†Garth Brooks¬†‚Äď since his debut to streaming exclusively on¬†Amazon, Brooks has become one of the top-streamed artists on Amazon Music.

·       The hours that kids spent interacting with educational content in Amazon FreeTime this holiday season was enough time to sail around the earth more than 6,000 times.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Popular FreeTime Unlimited holiday titles enjoyed by kids in the¬†U.S. 2016¬†were¬†Holiday Jokes (Hah-larious¬†Joke Books), Elsa‚Äôs Ice Puzzles ‚Äď FreeTime Unlimited Edition, and¬†Caillou‚Äôs¬†Winter Wonders.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The top foodie book Kindle customers are reading this holiday season is¬†Anthony Bourdain’s¬†Kitchen Confidential, currently available in Kindle Unlimited.

·       The #1 magazine downloaded in Prime Reading in 2016 by Kindle customers was People.

·       The top non-fiction book downloaded in Prime Reading in 2016 was The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman.

·       In 2016, more than 3 million readers took the Goodreads Challenge and read a collective 38.1 million books this year.

·       Authors answered more than 26,000 reader questions on Goodreads in 2016.

·       The highest rated audiobook of 2016 on Audible is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, and narrated by the author.

·       The bestselling audiobook of the year on Audible was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Claire Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher.

Holiday Fun Facts:

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Hamilton: the Revolution collectible books and Hamilton albums to give every patron at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City a copy for 96 consecutive shows.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough 4K TVs to reach the peak of Mount Everest more than 9 times.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough KitchenAid Mixers this holiday to make nearly 7.5 million cookies at once.

·       On Cyber Monday 2016, Handmade at Amazon saw a 200 percent increase in sales versus Cyber Monday 2015.

·       If each Amazon.com customer who purchased Pokémon Sun and Moon this holiday spent at least an hour a day playing the game since its release, our customers would have spent the equivalent of more than 24 thousand lunar cycles capturing Pokémon.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough copies of the Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection to play consecutively for more than 300 years.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Hasbro Connect 4 Games this holiday season to give each resident of Dallas, Texas a single disc from the game.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App-Controlled Robots to roll as a relay around the Earth more than two times before the batteries run out.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Razor Jett Heel Wheels this holiday to roll a fully loaded space shuttle to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Wilson footballs this holiday to give every fan at a sold-out Seahawks game a chance to throw a pass like Russell Wilson.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough golf balls this holiday that, if lined up, would equal the length of Pebble Beach golf course four times over.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased more Marvin the Moose dog toys this holiday than the number of actual moose in New England.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough copies of The Secret Life of Pets that if each one were a tennis ball, they would fill Central Parkover two and a half feet deep.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon.com¬†delivered enough men’s jeans to fill one Olympic-size swimming pool.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough ugly Christmas sweaters for every seat at all three NCAA College Football Playoff games.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough running shoes to run 18,603 times around the globe.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon.com¬†customers purchased 2.5 million watches ‚Äď that is a watch purchased every 1.5 seconds this holiday season.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon.com¬†customers purchased 10,451 carats of diamonds, which is equal to 6.5 Russian Kokoshnik Tiaras, one of the Queen of¬†England’s¬†most famous tiaras.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased the weight of a grizzly bear in gold and the weight of a rhinoceros in silver.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough Etekcity camp lanterns this holiday to replace the beacon lights on top of the Eiffel Tower nearly 11 times.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough luggage to fill 20 Boeing 747 airplanes.

·       Amazon.com customers purchased enough electric vehicle home charging kits to make 2,196 emissions-free trips around the globe in a year.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon.com¬†customers purchased enough Char-Broil’s The Big Easy Turkey Fryers to cook 225,000 pounds of turkey.

Holiday Best Sellers (Amazon.com only):

·       All Categories: Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablet, Amazon Echo

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Amazon Launchpad: Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Game, Tile Mate – Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder., Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

·       Audio & Accessories: Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip, Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Automotive: Hopkins Mallory 26″ Snow Brush with Foam Grip, Battery Tender Junior 12-Volt Battery Charger, Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (36 pack)

·       Baby: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy, Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys (Purple), Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether (Yellow)

·       Beauty & Grooming: Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush (White), Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100 with 5 attachments, Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun

·       Books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, First 100 Words

·       Camera: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag, GoPro HERO5

·       Fashion: Levi’s Men’s 501 Original Fit Jean, Fossil Emma Large Zip RFID Wallet, kate spade new york Cedar Street Cami Convertible Cross-Body Bag

·       Grocery: The Original Donut Shop, Regular, Medium Extra Bold, Keurig K-Cups (72 Count), San Francisco Bay OneCup, Fog Chaser (80 Single Serve Coffees), KIND Nuts & Spices, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

·       Handmade: First Christmas in New Home Wood Ornament, Personalized Nameplate Gold Bar Necklace, World Travel Map Pin Board

·       Home: BLACK + DECKER 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac, Lasko Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat, Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray 2-Ounce Bottle (Original Scent)

·       Home Improvement: WBM Himalayan Salt Lamp, 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, Woods Outdoor 24-Hour Photoelectric Timer

·       Home & Personal Care: AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48-pack), Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, Huge Roll (12 Count), Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Big Roll Toilet Paper (12 Count)

·       Kitchen: RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler, Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6 quart), Keurig K55 Single Serve Coffer Maker

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Luxury Beauty: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer

·       Movies: The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection

·       Music (CDs & vinyl): A Pentatonix Christmas, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Blue & Lonesome

·       Musical Instruments: Blue Yeti USB Microphone, Kala Learn To Play Ukulele Starter Kit (Amazon Exclusive), Singing Machine Top Loading CDG Karaoke System with Sound and Disco Light Show

·       Outdoors: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, Etekcity 2-pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 6 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible), Yeti Coolers Rambler

·       Patio, Lawn & Garden: iDevices iGrill Mini, Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector, Snow Joe Telescoping Snow Broom with Ice Scraper

·       PC: SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to HDMI Adapter

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Pets: KONG Cozie Marvin the Moose Dog Toy Medium Dog Toy (Brown), GREENIES PILL POCKETS Soft Dog Treats, Chicken (Capsule, 15.8 oz), Fancy Feast Wet Cat Food ‚Äď Gravy Lovers ‚Äď Poultry & Beef Variety Pack, 3-Ounce Can (Pack of 24)

·       Smart Home: TP-Link Smart Plug, Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit, Samsung SmartThings Hub

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sports: Spalding NBA Street Basketball, Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars w/ Case, Simply Fit Board

·       Tools: TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband, DEWALT DW2166 45-Piece Screwdriving Set with Tough Case

·       Toys & Games: Hasbro Pie Face Game & Pie Face Showdown Game, Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit, Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

·       TV: Samsung 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV, Avera 32-Inch 720p LED TV, Samsung 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Video Games: Pok√©mon Sun –¬†Nintendo¬†3DS, Pok√©mon Moon –¬†Nintendo¬†3DS, Final Fantasy XV – PlayStation 4

·       Wearable Technology: Garmin vivofit Fitness Band, Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Samsung Gear VR РVirtual Reality Headset

·       Wireless: AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable (6 Feet), WeMo Light Switch, Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Another great holiday season for Amazon, and with much less controversy than last year (when there were concerns expressed about items selling out)!

Do you have any thoughts on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

 

“What do I do with this thing?” Learning to love a new tech

December 28, 2016

“What do I do with this thing?” Learning to love a new tech

I grew up loving a really old school technology…paper books. ūüėČ

It’s not easy to switch to a new tech. It would be if they just, you know, worked, but that’s never been the case.

Even when I got the first generation of the Kindle, it took me a whole book before I got used to it and fell in love. ūüôā

I was skeptical about the concept of e-books…like many people at the time, I confused the container (the p-book) with the book itself (the words, and how they are presented). That doesn’t mean that p-books don’t have intrinsic value, but that is separate from the book.

Recently, you may have gotten a new technology. The big one for this year for many people will be Alexa devices, especially the Echo family:

This is really a new class of tech, and it’s just beginning, so it’s unclear to people. That was very clear to me when I was with family, and a quite technically literate relative who had been living with Alexa for some time was excited about Google Home because you could just ask it questions, “…like a Google search”. I explained that you could do the same sort of thing (it’s not really a web search, but it function in the way that was being postulated) with Alexa. This relative had had no idea.

Alexa in that house is mostly for home automation…turning lights on and off and such, and I’m guessing for music.

That tends to be true for most people with technology: you find out what something does in a satisfactory way for you, and then you just have it do that…you don’t explore other options if it’s a practical use device.

I think of myself primarily as a trainer at work, but I also do “performance improvement”.

I’m amused by some of the approaches in that field.

One is to find the peak performers, and then propagate to other people the peak performer’s techniques…as if there was one best answer, and that person had discovered it.

When it comes to practical use technology (not being employed in a technology-focused field), that’s not how it works at all. I try to explain to them that if you come back to those peak performers in three months, they’ll be doing it differently. They like novelty: they are always looking for new ways to do things, even when what they already know is satisfactory.

I work in the medical field. Most clinicians don’t want to think about the technology they use…they want it to be like the soundtrack in a movie. Most of the time, you don’t even realize it’s there…although you might have some moments when it seems great!

Those folks? They don’t want novelty in their tech…but once they get used to a new technology, they love it.

Part of using a new technology, then, is keeping your expectations low…let it succeed in increments. I also work on “wellness” at work, and I often tell people: “Keep you goals small and your dreams big.” ūüôā Don’t expect to master everything about a technology at once. With an e-book reader, I had to just read a book…not expect to do everything with it at once.

Also, don’t expect a new tech to completely replicate an old tech. There will be things it can’t do. After all, if it replicated it exactly, it would be the same…and you wouldn’t need it. ūüėČ There are advantages and disadvantages to pretty much everything

An EBR (E-Book Reader) doesn’t do everything a p-book does…and vice versa.

However, you do need to be able to get it to the point where you are interacting with it…and that’s where some tips can help. I’m going to link to some posts about that for Alexa and for EBRs, but I want to give you another case in point.

I just got my first Virtual Reality (VR) headset for the holidays, the

Samsung Gear VR (at AmazonSmile*)

Now, I’m quite techie…I explain technology for a living. Still, it took me more than a day to really get it to where I was amazed by it. Oh, I had other people trying it, from about age 13 to 90, and they all enjoyed it.

I needed, once I got a chance, to download some games and apps, and to get the hang of using it. I’ll probably write a “first impressions” post this week (in my The Measured Circle blog).

I would definitely have read some “Gear VR 101” materials before I even put it on my head (I did read warnings), but I was just too (wonderfully) busy with family. I checked

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

for a book, but nothing caught my right away.

So, I’m going to link you to a few posts which may be helpful for you.

Here’s something I wrote about Alexa:

‚ÄúHello, Echo!‚ÄĚ Getting to know Amazon‚Äôs¬†Alexa

This is the most popular blog on ILMK (this blog) right now…and it does tend to stay pretty popular:

Got a new Kindle? Here’s the most important thing to know

Here’s a link to the whole “New Owners” category:

New Owners

I’ve also had a couple of readers point me to this

The Washington Post article by Hayley Tsukuyama

It’s called “Did you just open a brand new home hub? Read this first.”

This will all get easier in the future. Amazon is already making part of set-up easier…it can store Wi-Fi passwords for you, so you won’t have to put those in for some new devices.

My phone uses stored information to help me join new websites…filling in my address for me, for example.

Undoubtedly, your phone will begin doing your set-up for you…perhaps with the help with of your Alexa-type device.

Do you have any great stories about getting used to tech? Do you have any tips for people who have gotten their first Kindles, or other tech? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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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‚Äôll 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)‚Ķand the good feeling you‚Äôll get. :) Shop ‚Äôtil you help! :) By the way, it‚Äôs been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ‚Äústart at AmazonSmile‚ÄĚ 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 The Measured Circle 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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