Amazon redoes Kindle notes

June 12, 2017

Amazon redoes Kindle notes

“I’ll make a note of it.”
–Jerome “Curly Howard” Horwitz

We are coming up on the ten year anniversary of the release of the Kindle.

You might think they had it all figured out by now…nope. 🙂

One of the areas that has seemed clunky has been dealing with the notes and highlights you can make in Kindle books.

Now, I need to say first that I love data (both entry and retrieval). 🙂 I go back to Personal Pearl, Foxpro, and beyond. I always remember teaching a database class to a group, and I was explaining how fields and records work, and I said something like, “Remember when you used to play with those little plastic boxes that you put 3 x 5 cards into when you were a kid? You know, with the alphabet cards that stuck up…and no?” That was true, though…I really did play with those. I think they were supposed to be for recipes and such, but I would write down animal species and sort them, that sort of thing.

I still do quite a bit with data…for example, my timelines at the History Project are really about data entry and retrieval.

So, would I care about good data retrieval with quotes from books? Absolutely! After all, I actually wrote a book of quotations:

The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which, when it was released was (very briefly) the #1 book of quotations in any format at Amazon.

I also know most people haven’t loved it, but I loved doing it. It actually primarily came out of one of those plastic boxes with 3×5 cards…typed mostly on a typewriter.

You can imagine that I was excited that I could just highlight a quotation in a book and have it easily retrievable!

Well, that didn’t really turn out to be the case.

For years, we’ve been going to

https://kindle.amazon.com/

I wrote about some changes they made back in 2010:

Changes at Kindle.Amazon.com

Still, I haven’t been able to just go in and pull out a bunch of quotations and have them sourced with the book, the author, preferably the character…and do it with a simple export.

It’s always been copy and paste, one quotation at a time (to have any chance to use them).

They are making a change.

Supposedly, customers got e-mails about this…but I don’t seem to have one. 🙂

This is the new site:

https://read.amazon.com/kp/notebook

The old site is accessible until July 3rd.

I do think the new one looks better, and it supposedly looks a lot better on mobile.

However, it seems like a lot of features may be disappearing. Maybe they are going somewhere else, but all I am seeing on the new one is the notes, with no improved way to export them.

That would mean that following people (and being followed) was going away.

My best guess? They think all those features are served by Goodreads, which Amazon owns.

I suppose that’s not too bad. They probably should just integrate your notes into Goodreads, too. 🙂

I do want to say that it’s nice to see Amazon still paying attention to the Kindle experience, and working to improve it.

What do you think? When was the last time you went to that kindle.amazon.com site…if ever? Did you get an e-mail about the change? Do you have a system you like to use for book quotations? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.


My current Amazon Giveaway

LAST HOURS TO ENTER! 339 people have entered at time of writing.

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

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End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Today’s KDD: select bestsellers (The Good Earth and A Night to Remember are under $1.50 each…)

June 10, 2017

Today’s KDD: select bestsellers (The Good Earth and A Night to Remember are under $1.50 each…)

Today’s

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

is right up there with some of the best they’ve done lately!

There are well-known, well-reviewed, bestselling books in here for less than I would expect to pay for a used paperback in a store.

As usual, some of these would make great small gifts (and you can buy them at the discounted price and delay delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out to give whenever you want). There also is some good summer reading (although you might not want to read A Night to Remember on your cruise…at least, other people won’t be able to tell you are reading it, which may make your ship crew happy) 😉 and some to have for your guest library, if you do that. We keep a guest Kindle for visitors, and A Good Earth could be a good choice for that.

As a reminder, check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze that Buy button (the last in Virtual/Augmented Reality)…the prices may not apply in your country, and books may have left the sale before you see this.

Books include (there are 45 in the sale):

  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck $1.13 (4.6 stars out of 5 | 1,199 customer reviews…Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy $1.13
  • The Fifties by David Halberstram (a popular work of non-fiction) $1.99
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales #1) by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
  • Swan Song by Robert H. McCammon $1.99 (1727 customer reviews | 4.6 out of 5 stars…popular horror)
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Lillith’s Brood: Dawn/Adulthood Rites/Imago by Octavia E. Butler (this is a great deal at $1.99 for this omnibus of three titles!)
  • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (4.7 stars | 205 reviews)
  • The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (Pulitzer Prize winner) $1.99
  • The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Imam’s Daughter by Hannah Shah
  • Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (about the Titanic) $1.13
  • Trap Line by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano
  • World’s End by Upton Sinclair
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
  • Noah Gordon: The Dr. Robert Cole Trilogy (three books for $1.99)
  • The Red Horseman by Stephen Coontz
  • Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
  • The Rich Are Different by Susan Howatch

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

Round up #158: bye-bye unlimited storage plan, brick-and-mortar Amazon

June 9, 2017

Round up #158: bye-bye unlimited storage plan, brick-and-mortar Amazon

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Brick-and-mortar Amazon stores

A reader sent me a link to this

The Shatzkin Files: First impressions of an Amazon bookstore

article by Mike Shatzkin.

It’s a knowledgeable piece about one of Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstores. This one is in New York: I’m anxiously awaiting the opening of one very near me…and I’ve been hoping to get to talk to the manager before the official opening (I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager myself).

I thought this was a really interesting observation in the article:

““Page Turners” is a section of “books Kindle readers finish in 3 days or less”. The only other brick-and-mortar retailer that could even entertain presenting something like this is Barnes & Noble.”

Amazon has the data to do that…although they do it with books without actual pages (Kindle books). With a paperbook, they can’ tell how quickly you read it, of course. For awhile, people called the equivalent of “page turners” “button mashers”, but now, your device may not even have a visible button. 🙂

Clearly, people are intrigued with Amazon opening physical stores. Here is another article, this one from

The Motley Fool

which has not been particularly high on Amazon.

They are giving you three reasons why Amazon might open a physical bookstore like this…this was my thought on that getting close to two years ago:

Who would be foolish enough to open a new brick-and-mortar bookstore in the Age of Amazon? How about…

These are not normal bookstores…they don’t have to survive by selling the books in the store. They can use the store to get you to buy the books online, and that works.

Here’s the

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

My sibling’s first murder mystery was featured in the Seattle store:

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I wonder if it is in all of them?

Writers answer…

I thought this

Salon article by Teddy Wayne

was a lot of fun! These were creative questions asked of several authors (more than one answers the same question). I particularly like this one: “Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?”

At some point, at least a decade ago, movie and book reviews often became summaries, rather than what I consider to be reviews. I’ve gotten to be pretty good at skimming over the summary parts…it doesn’t mean you can’t say anything about the plot or the characters or the situation, but please don’t take away the joy of discovery for me. 🙂 I know not everyone agrees with that, but I like that Wayne made that restriction.

“Yesterdata…all my files were at Amazon…now it looks like that my plan is gone…oh, I believe, in yesterdata”

According to this

TechCrunch article by Natasha Lomas

Amazon is sunsetting its unlimited Amazon Cloud Drive plan. You should read it, because there is a lot to it…but here’s one key short excerpt:

“Current Amazon Drive customers who have the old unlimited storage plan will keep it through its expiration date. After which, those with auto-renew turned on — and less than 1TB of data stored — will be automatically renewed into the 1TB plan/$60pa.

While those with auto-renew turned off, or who have more than 1TB stored, will have to visit the Manage Storage page to opt in to one of the new limited storage plans.”
Now, I don’t think that many people have more than a terabyte of data, but some of my readers may. The unlimited plan has only been around for a couple of years, and they didn’t say you’d have it forever, but some people will be disappointed.
Prime members will continue to have unlimited photo storage.
SOCIAL ACTIVISM THROUGH BOOKS

I liked the concept of this

BOOKRIOT article by Cecelia Lyra

The author sets it up as a game:

“…it’s time to play Match Three Modern-day Issues with a Favorite Work of Fiction.”

I wouldn’t have picked the same books, but that’s how these things go. 🙂

For example, one problem listed is human over-population. First, I question whether this is really particularly a current issue. Birthrates are way down in some countries…Japan is one which has been concerned that their Millenials aren’t having children at the same rate as their parents. You end up with an upside down economic pyramid. Who supports seniors when there aren’t young working people?

Second, how could you not name

Make Room! Make Room! (RosettaBooks into Film) (at AmazonSmile*) by Harry Harrison

in this category? It’s the basis for Soylent Green, and it’s all about human overpopulation.

As I said, I like the idea of matching up current issues with classic books…it can show a continuity of concern which can be reassuring . Mine just would have been different, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂

What do you think? What older book would you recommend people read to relate it to a modern issue? Have you been to an Amazon bookstore…and if not, would you want to go? What question would you ask authors? Do you have a terabyte of data at Amazon? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


My current Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

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

Amazon Shopping comes to Fire TV…but you can’t buy Kindle books

June 7, 2017

Amazon Shopping comes to Fire TV…but you can’t buy Kindle books

This was both a very big positive and a disappointment…although that disappointment does bring up what has seemed to me for years to be a simple change Amazon could make.

While they (somewhat surprisingly) didn’t make a big deal about it, the product page for

Amazon Shopping for Fire TV devices (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

says it was released May 24th. I find that a bit unlikely, since there are only 27 customer reviews at the time of writing (with a 4.3 out of 5 stars average).

This is an app tailored for the Fire TV family:

So, what happens is that you can shop at Amazon…on your TV.

To me, this is actually a big deal.

There are times when my Significant Other and I are sitting on the couch, both looking for basically the same thing at Amazon (we recently had to buy a new vacuum cleaner, for example…the old one broke). I might be on my laptop with it on the arm of the couch, and my SO is on a Kindle Fire.

When one of us finds something, we show our device to the other person…that can be awkward.

If we had the Amazon shopping app up on the Fire, we could easily both look.

It also happens that I see something on a TV show, maybe on the news, but maybe in a documentary or a fiction program, and want to buy it. I might hear about a book, or see some cool toy being demonstrated. 🙂

The book thing brings up my disappointment: I checked several Kindle editions, and it would say, “This item is not available on Fire TV.” I get that you can’t read the book on Fire TV (although that might be nice with a coffee table type book or a kids’ book), but I should be able to buy it that way. I can buy the physical book, just not the e-book.

After all, we can specify a default download device by going to

http://www.amazon.com/myk (at AmazonSmile*)

going to Your Devices, finding the device we want, clicking or tapping the Actions ellipsis (…) and setting it as the default.

A book I bought on Fire TV could simply be delivered there.

However, I have always wanted to option to just books I buy put initially into the Amazon Cloud, without specifying a device.

One argument against that might be that they don’t know if you have a compatible device then (although they do know…they would have to look differently)…but why can’t I buy something for which I don’t have a device now, but might have one later?

It might have something to do with the licensing with the publishers, I suppose.

Outside of the Kindle book thing, I think they’ve done a nice job with the implementation.

The first thing you see (the first time you go in, at any rate…it seems to remember where you were) is a number of panels for special features. I saw (in this order…but you might not):

  • Our Guide to Spring Dresses
  • echo dot (capitalized that way)
  • Outdoor Living (looked like it would include what we call “garden dwellers”…and we do buy those)
  • top 100 TOYS
  • It’s Play Time (dog toys…another thing we buy)
  • New Ideas for the Style Star
  • See life from a new perspective (photography drones)
  • Go Explore (gear up)
  • Smart and Secure (Smart Home Devices)
  • Outdoor Entertaining
  • Discover Peg and Awl
  • Treat your pet
  • TECH toys
  • Yard Prep & Gardening (we recently bought a pole saw)
  • 10 Key Men’s Pieces for Spring (Amazon Fashion)
  • Star Wars Vehicles
  • The Everyday Men’s Suit
  • Snap, Print, Share
  • Capture different (GoPros)
  • PAMPER YOUR SKIN
  • Fill your home with music (wireless and Bluetooth speakers)
  • Music the way it was meant to sound (Bluetooth headphones…I’ve bought a couple of cheap pairs)
  • Pools & Leisure
  • Amazon’s Choice (musical instruments)
  • 1970’s INSPIRED BEAUTY
  • Desktops for all your needs
  • Laptops for all your needs
  • LIQUID EYELINER
  • LUXURY MEN’S GROOMING

This certainly seems to me like it is based on our previous purchases (and browsing), but it might be a massive coincidence…if somebody gets a chance to check to see if they see the same panels, I’d appreciate you letting me know.

Beyond those featured sales, there are two more discovery options.

One is Search. It’s a “click a letter”style, oddly: this seems like a great place for speech recognition. However, if they do port this over to Virtual Reality, it would work well for that (clicking by “eye gazing”, perhaps).

The other one, and this very useful and the work around for the Kindle books, is our Amazon “wish lists”…although, only the ones we’ve made public (but public by invitation). I also get that…they say it is for privacy, and that makes sense, since otherwise, anybody with access to the TV could see it. You might have a wish list for the gifts you’ve already bought for the season, for one thing.

There was also a Settings choice in the top navigation…you couldn’t really set anything there, but it did have the legal terms. The version number of the app is 1.0.0.0, and they gave a feedback e-mail address: feedback-tv@amazon.com. That’s an interesting choice…not “Fire TV”, but just “tv”.

It said, “Hello, Bufo” in my top right corner, and I thought I could perhaps select that to sign in as someone else, but that didn’t appear to be the case. The Fire TV is already signed into an account, and I assume it uses that.

I’m pretty impressed with this, outside of the Kindle book purchase limitation!

Bonus story:

I started writing this one this morning, and then I saw this news. I flipped it into the I Love My Kindle Flipboard magazine, and then not too long afterwards, a reader alerted me via private e-mail (thanks, reader!).

CNN Money story by Julia Horowitz: “Amazon Prime debuts discount for people on government benefits”

Here’s the key point:

“To receive the discounted Amazon Prime membership [$5.99 a month instead of $10.99], buyers will need to have an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. They’ll have to re-register every 12 months, and can do so a total of four times.”

Now, $5.99 still seems like it might be a challenge, but for people at a certain disposable income level, this could be really significant. I didn’t see that you could gift it at that discount, but you could, I suppose, give someone who qualified the money separately.

This is one of those things that Amazon doesn’t have to do. They do get Public Relations benefits out of it, and perhaps, someone who used while receiving benefits might eventually become a full price Prime member (and regardless, might buy things they need at Amazon instead of a brick-and-mortar), but I do think it is nice.

This blog isn’t just about what I think, though. 🙂 I’m curious about what you think: will you shop on your TV? Why does Amazon want us to only buy Kindle books from a device which can read them? What do you think of the discounted Prime for people on benefits? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.


My current Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

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

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: June 2017

June 5, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: June 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…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 1,151 at the time of writing…18 more than last month.

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 230 of them (497 fewer 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. 😉 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.

In terms 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 15, which is 33 fewer than last month. That is notably fewer in KU and PR…I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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!

  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin | 4.9 out of 5 star | 1,609 customer reviews (that’s a really high rating!)
  • Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
  • All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics by James Herriot (this one might be a particularly good gift at $2.99)
  • Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti by Megan Boudreaux
  • Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
  • The Awakening of HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin
  • The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, with Meal and Exercise Plans, Tips, and 75 Recipes by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
  • The Contract (Baseball Series Book 1) by Derek Jeter and Paul Mantell
  • Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions by Ted Hope
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
  • Granite Mountain: The First-Hand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate…by Brendan McDonough
  • How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell
  • Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design by Brian Ashcraft and Hori Benny
  • Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter
  • Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  • The Seasons Collection: Seasons Under Heaven, Showers in Season, Times and Seasons, Season of Blessing (Seasons Series) by Terri Blackstock and Beverly LaHaye
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition by Randy Shilts
  • Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace and Lee Strobel
  • Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women’s Quarters by Pearl S. Buck
  • Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life by James Van Praagh
  • Woodwalker: Creatures of Light, Book 1 by Emily B. Martin
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos (KU) (I’ve enjoyed other books in this series)
  • Go Like H*ll: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime
  • Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
  • The Great Siege: Malta 1565 by Ernle Bradford
  • The North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and H*ll by John Jakes ($3.99 for what was a big bestseller? Score!) 😉
  • Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli (KU)
  • Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
  • The Possibility Dogs: What I Learned from Second-Chance Rescues About Service, Hope, and Healing by Susannah Charleson
  • House Arrest by K.A. Holt
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley (KISS)
  • The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 5) by Louise Penny
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (my Significant Other and I both liked this one…and so did lots of other people, with 4.6 stars and a very high 12,210 customer reviews)

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…these 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 July 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson (Supernatural Thriller) (this is the Kenneth Johnson behind so much geek TV, including The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation, The Incredible Hulk, and V)
  • Soho Dead (the Soho Series book 1) by Greg Keen (Crime Fiction)
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Psychological Thriller)
  • Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane (Historical Fiction)
  • The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller (Biographical Fiction) (a novel about George Washington)
  • Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert (Dystopian Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…this one was easy, I went with Kenneth Johnson. Even if the legendary creator’s book turns out to be not the best (I don’t know yet), I figured it’s a debt I owe for the great television. 😉

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaways

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

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

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

Big sales! Marvel, movies, and kids’ books

June 3, 2017

Big sales! Marvel, movies, and kids’ books

It’s like Prime Day all over again!

Well, maybe not that, but there are some big sales at Amazon right now…today and tomorrow.

Here’s the link for

Today’s Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping!)

I do want to call out three, though:

Select Children’s and Young Adult Kindle books $1.99 each (at AmazonSmile*)

$4.99 movies to own this weekend for Prime members only (at AmazonSmile*)

Many Marvel comics are on sale…I’m hearing up to 95% off! Lots free, too (at Amazonsmile*)

Enjoy! Gotta run!


My current Amazon Giveaways

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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LAST DAY TO ENTER! 624 entries at time of writing!

Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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

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

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

Snapshot: June 1, 2017

June 2, 2017

Snapshot: June 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. However, it appears I have to re-think this again, because apparently, even this version is too big. I’ll reconsider what I’ll do.

Summary:

Once again, things were pretty stable…generally, still good. 🙂 I would say the biggest standout for me was how much more expensive the New York Time bestseller hardback fiction equivalents were, for the most part. Without Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) being only $6.99,  it would have been worse…even with it, the average price still rose. It also looks to me like blogs are being de-emphasized…they didn’t seem to be considered to be part of the Kindle store any more (at least based on a search), although I could still find bestsellers.

Titles in Kindle Store

Line chart showing continued growth

June 1, 2017: 5,256,676
May 1, 2017: 5,191,246
April 1, 2017: 5,129,972
March 1, 2017: 5,081,365
February 1, 2017: 5,030,914
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:

June 1, 2017: 2,111
May 1, 2017: 2,042
April 1, 2017: 1,568
March 1, 2017: 1,627
February 1, 2017: 1,897
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

Newsstand: 

June 1, 2017: 2,289 (+40)
May 1, 2017: 2,249 (+79)
April 1, 2017: 2,170 (+160)
March 1, 2017: 2,010 (for March 1, 2017, Amazon combined Magazines & Newspapers into Newsstand) (+120)

February 1st: Magazines=1,732+Newspapers=158 for a total of 1,890

Magazines:

March 1, 2017: combined into Newsstand
February 1, 2017: 1,732 (+354!)
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:

March 1, 2017: combined into Newsstand
February 1, 2017: 158
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:

June 1, 2017: ILMK rank #9 (blogs no longer appear separately in Newsstand…and searching for one of my own blogs, it did find it, but said there were no results in the Kindle store)
May 1, 2017: I wasn’t able to find a number this time (ILMK rank #8)
April 1, 2017: 16,046 (ILMK rank #12) (+34)
March 1, 2017: 16,012 (ILMK rank: #8) (+19)
February 1, 2017: 15,993 (ILMK rank: #8)
January 1, 2017: 15,969 (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

May 2017 (taken June 1, 2017): 86.7% (4,313,259 of 4,973,278)
April 2017 (taken May 1, 2017): 86.7% (4,250,404 of 4,901,506)
March 2017 (taken April 1, 2017): 86.6% (4,196,608 of 4,843,952)
February 2017 (taken March 1, 2017): 86.6% (4,144,877 of 4,784,032)
January 2017 (taken February 1, 2017): 86.7% (4,099,841 of 4,731,096)
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 May, 2017: 90.6% (83,527 of 92,179)
Books for April, 2017: 92.5% (79,847 of 86,318)
Books for March, 2017: 92.0% (85,450 of 92,905)
Books for February, 2017: 92.7% (78,288 of 84,493)
Books for January, 2017: 92.3% (81,965 of 88,810)
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 – $9.99)

June 1, 2017: 61.5% (3,234,390 of 5,256,676)
May 1, 2017: 61.3% (3,184,293 of 5,191,246)
April 1, 2017: 61.3% (3,143,297 of 5,129,972)
March 1, 2017: 61.2% (3,108,757 of 5,081,365)
February 1, 2017: 61.1% (3,073,787 of 5,030,914)
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

June 1, 2017: 21.4% (1,125,075 or 5,256,676)
May 1, 2017: 21.4% (1,111,527 of 5,191,246)
April 1, 2017: 21.4% (1,0975,88 of 5,129,972)
March 1, 2017: 21.2% (1,078,862 of 5,081,365)
February 1, 2017: 21.2% (1,067,995 of 5,030,914)
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

June 1, 2017

14.99 13.99 14.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 6.99 14.99
14.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 13.99 11.99 13.99

Average: $13.79 (+$0.31) 1 titles under $10

May 1, 2017

14.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 13.99 9.32 12.99
12.99 14.99 12.99 13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.48 (+$0.03) 1 title under $10

April 1, 2017

14.99 14.99 9.32 12.99 12.99 9.45 13.99 13.99
12.99 13.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 13.99 14.99

Average: $13.44 (-0.68) 2 titles under $10

March 1, 2017

13.99 12.98 12.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 14.99
13.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 14.99

Average: $14.12 (-0.60) 0 titles under $10

February 1, 2017:

14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99 14.99
14.99 14.99 14.99 13.99 13.99 14.99 14.99

Average: $14.72 (+0.28) 0 titles under $10 ($1.28 higher than one year ago)

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

June 1, 2017: 50,577 (+603)
May 1, 2017: 49,974 (+375)
April 1, 2017: 49,599
March 1, 2017: 48,854
February 1, 2017: 48,037
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)

June 1, 2017: 92,274 (+1%)
May 1, 2017: 91,043 (-2%)
April 1, 2017: 92,489 (+3%)
March 1, 2017: 90,113 (+0%)
February 1, 2017: 89,546 (-1%)
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)

June 1, 2017: 48,021 (+3%)
May 1, 2017: 46,786 (-3%)
April 1, 2017: 48,235 (+5%)
March 1, 2017: 45,836 (+1%)
February 1, 2017: 45,278 (-2%)
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*

June 1, 2017: 229,099 (+2%)
May 1, 2017: 225,114 (+2%)
April 1, 2017: 221,410 (+2%)
March 1, 2017: 217,055 (+2%)
February 1, 2017: 212,667 (+2%)
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)

June 1, 2017: 1,543,502 (29.3%)
May 1, 2017: 1,515,616 (29%)
April 1, 2017: 1,489,789 (29.0%)
March 1, 2017: 1,470,956 (28.9%)
February 1, 2017: 1,462,182 (29.1%)
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

June 1, 2017: 1,582,899
May 1, 2017: 1,554,536 (29.9% of total)
April 1, 2017: 1,528,441 (29.8% of total)
March 1, 2017: 1,510,746 (29.7% of total)
February 1, 2017: 1,499,100 (29.8% of total)
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

June 1, 2017: 1,081 (+36)
May 1, 2017: 1,045 (-61)
April 1, 2017: 1,106 (+20)
March 1, 2017: 1,086 (+106)
February 1, 2017: 980 (-552)
January 1, 2017: 1,532 (+504)
December 1, 2016: 1,028
November 1, 2016: 1,013 (new measurement)

Books in the Kindle Matchbook program

June 1, 2017: 73,369 (-177)
May 1, 2017: 73,546 (-246)
April 1, 2017: 73,792 (-236)
March 1, 2017: 74,028
February 1, 2017: 74,252
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.

6/1/2017
Total 5,256,676
Prime 4,973,278
Under $10 4,313,259
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 641,542 12.20% -0.16%
$1.99 253,102 4.81% -0.13%
$2.99 981,919 18.68% -0.15%
$3.99 388,319 7.39% -0.11%
$4.99 295,549 5.62% -0.08%
$5.99 158,218 3.01% -0.03%
$6.99 102,680 1.95% -0.03%
$7.99 141,208 2.69% 0.02%
$8.99 69,623 1.32% -0.01%
$9.99 380,448 7.24% -0.14%
$10.99 35,989 0.68% 0.00%
$11.99 46,244 0.88% 0.16%
$12.99 35,259 0.67% -0.01%
$13.99 20,850 0.40% -0.01%
$14.99 42,542 0.81% -0.03%
$15.99 15,030 0.29% -0.01%
$16.99 14,549 0.28% -0.01%
$17.99 7,706 0.15% 0.00%
$18.99 9,201 0.18% 0.00%
$19.99 18,160 0.35% 0.00%
$20.99 2,907 0.06% 0.00%
$21.99 3,595 0.07% 0.00%
$22.99 4,762 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 4,430 0.08% 0.00%
$24.99 5,539 0.11% 0.00%

5/1/2017
Total 5,191,246
Prime 4,901,506
Under $10 4,250,404
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 634,147 12.36% 0.16%
$1.99 253,490 4.94% 0.06%
$2.99 966,086 18.83% 0.20%
$3.99 384,583 7.50% 0.07%
$4.99 292,331 5.70% 0.12%
$5.99 156,102 3.04% 0.09%
$6.99 101,960 1.99% 0.03%
$7.99 136,778 2.67% 0.05%
$8.99 68,397 1.33% -0.07%
$9.99 378,484 7.38% 0.08%
$10.99 35,343 0.69% 0.00%
$11.99 36,934 0.72% -0.16%
$12.99 34,747 0.68% 0.00%
$13.99 21,019 0.41% -0.03%
$14.99 43,118 0.84% -0.02%
$15.99 15,028 0.29% 0.00%
$16.99 14,506 0.28% 0.00%
$17.99 7,763 0.15% -0.01%
$18.99 9,026 0.18% 0.01%
$19.99 17,894 0.35% 0.00%
$20.99 2,858 0.06% 0.00%
$21.99 3,470 0.07% 0.00%
$22.99 4,802 0.09% 0.01%
$23.99 4,343 0.08% -0.01%
$24.99 5,552 0.11% 0.00%

4/1/2017
Total 5,129,972
Prime 4,843,952
Under $10 4,196,608
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 626,052 12.20% 0.06%
$1.99 250,240 4.88% 0.01%
$2.99 955,627 18.63% 0.06%
$3.99 380,806 7.42% 0.01%
$4.99 286,425 5.58% 0.06%
$5.99 151,245 2.95% 0.03%
$6.99 100,324 1.96% 0.00%
$7.99 134,358 2.62% -0.01%
$8.99 71,961 1.40% -0.08%
$9.99 374,414 7.30% -0.10%
$10.99 35,249 0.69% -0.05%
$11.99 45,245 0.88% -0.02%
$12.99 34,679 0.68% -0.02%
$13.99 22,418 0.44% -0.02%
$14.99 44,099 0.86% -0.01%
$15.99 14,892 0.29% -0.02%
$16.99 14,294 0.28% -0.01%
$17.99 8,020 0.16% -0.02%
$18.99 8,340 0.16% 0.00%
$19.99 17,957 0.35% -0.02%
$20.99 2,701 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 3,320 0.06% 0.00%
$22.99 4,479 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 4,935 0.10% -0.02%
$24.99 5,548 0.11% -0.01%

3/1/2017
Total 5,081,365
Prime 4,784,032
Under $10 4,144,877
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 617,306 12.15% 0.01%
$1.99 247,218 4.87% 0.00%
$2.99 943,631 18.57% 0.01%
$3.99 376,521 7.41% 0.01%
$4.99 280,748 5.53% 0.01%
$5.99 148,511 2.92% 0.01%
$6.99 99,129 1.95% 0.02%
$7.99 133,567 2.63% 0.02%
$8.99 75,480 1.49% 0.02%
$9.99 375,725 7.39% -0.05%
$10.99 37,504 0.74% 0.01%
$11.99 45,652 0.90% -0.02%
$12.99 35,121 0.69% -0.01%
$13.99 23,266 0.46% 0.00%
$14.99 44,376 0.87% 0.01%
$15.99 15,580 0.31% 0.00%
$16.99 14,691 0.29% 0.00%
$17.99 8,707 0.17% 0.00%
$18.99 8,076 0.16% 0.00%
$19.99 18,962 0.37% 0.00%
$20.99 2,830 0.06% 0.00%
$21.99 3,388 0.07% 0.00%
$22.99 4,593 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,754 0.11% 0.00%
$24.99 5,847 0.12% 0.00%

2/1/2017
Total 5,030,914
Prime 4,731,096
Under $10 4,099,841
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 610,715 12.14% -0.19%
$1.99 244,770 4.87% 0.15%
$2.99 933,874 18.56% 0.14%
$3.99 372,344 7.40% 0.06%
$4.99 277,330 5.51% -0.09%
$5.99 146,309 2.91% 0.01%
$6.99 97,252 1.93% 0.00%
$7.99 131,445 2.61% -0.01%
$8.99 73,745 1.47% 0.01%
$9.99 374,666 7.45% 0.07%
$10.99 36,565 0.73% 0.03%
$11.99 45,970 0.91% 0.00%
$12.99 35,339 0.70% -0.01%
$13.99 23,191 0.46% -0.01%
$14.99 43,217 0.86% 0.00%
$15.99 15,411 0.31% -0.02%
$16.99 14,441 0.29% 0.00%
$17.99 8,561 0.17% 0.01%
$18.99 7,952 0.16% 0.00%
$19.99 18,595 0.37% 0.01%
$20.99 2,757 0.05% 0.00%
$21.99 3,335 0.07% 0.01%
$22.99 4,439 0.09% 0.00%
$23.99 5,540 0.11% 0.00%
$24.99 5,655 0.11% 0.00%

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’t 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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Harry Potter: from bestseller to most read

June 1, 2017

Harry Potter: from bestseller to most read

It’s only been a couple of week since Amazon disrupted the bestseller lists with the introduction of

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

as I wrote about here:
Amazon Charts: reinventing the “bestseller” list

It gives us two sets of top twenties (well, four actually…two each for fiction and non-fiction). One list is for bestselling (which is also influenced by borrows through subscription services…I’m guessing these):

although I’m not sure about the last one, since it isn’t really a subscription service.

The other list, and this isn’t something you can do with paperbooks, is which books are actually the most read (and if it’s a borrow, the customer needs to have read far enough for the publisher to get compensated…they say about the length of a free sample).

I’ve been curious about what the obvious difference between the two lists might be.

Well, there’s one clear stand out!

The most read list has five of the seven original Harry Potter books.

The bestseller list has…none of them.

The HP books are in KU, and they are relatively expensive: that might have something to do with it. However, seven of the twenty bestsellers are KU titles…nice to know that being in KU doesn’t mean people don’t buy it.

I think one factor may be people re-reading HP: I suspect a lot of people do that.

It’s possible that so many people have already brought the Harry Potter books that they don’t need to buy them now…and it may be children of earlier purchasers, although I’m just speculating.

I’ve also mentioned before that movies and TV shows clearly are big influencers of purchases…which does give an advantage to tradpubs (traditional publishers) over indies (independent publishers).

Two books from the mid-1980s are on the most read list: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (now a Hulu TV series) and It by Stephen King (with a new movie adaptation coming this year). It does not appear on the bestseller list, though.

Interesting…


My current Amazon Giveaways

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

===

Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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Today’s KDD: “Learn Something New” “Up to 80% off Kindle nonfiction best sellers”

May 29, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Learn Something New” “Up to 80% off Kindle nonfiction best sellers”

I just wrote yesterday about someone being told to stop reading fiction and read non-fiction instead, and perhaps synchronistically, today’s

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

is nonfiction best sellers. 🙂

Titles include:

  • More Fast and Break Things by Jonathan Taplin
  • The Upstarts by Brad Stone
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud
  • The Little Things by Andy Andrews
  • How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean…by Hyeonseo Lee
  • Head Strong by Dave Asprey
  • Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland
  • Wallenberg by Kati Marton
  • Business Adventures by John Brooks
  • The Science of Attraction by Patrick King
  • Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
  • Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne
  • Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas, LCSW
  • No Money Down by Brandon Turner
  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  • Thirty-One Prayers for my Husband by Jennifer Smith
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • It’s Your Heart by Michael Abrashoff
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (I recommend this one)
  • Cure the Common Life by Max Lucado
  • The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin
  • Developing the Leader within You by John C. Maxwell
  • Undeniable by Bill Nye
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  • 8 Weeks to SEALFIT by Mark Divine
  • Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt
  • The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
  • Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson
  • The Signals are Talking by Amy Webb
  • The A Swing by David Leadbetter
  • Restless by Jennie Allen
  • The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
  • Manhunt by James L. Swanson
  • The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, MD
  • Rock Breaks Scissors by William Poundstone
  • The Recovering Spender by Lauren Greutman
  • Designing Your Dream Home by Doe Lang
  • The Last Jews in Berlin by Leonard Gross
  • How to be Alone by Sara Maitland
  • The Game by Jon Pessah
  • Borrowed Time by Paul Monette
  • Play Anything by Ian Bogost
  • Business without the Bullsh*t
  • When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain by Giles Milton
  • The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker
  • How to Choose a Partner by Susan Quilliam
  • The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman
  • Calculus Made Easy by Silvanus P. Thompson
  • When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank by Giles Milton
  • You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith
  • How to Stay Sane by Philippa Perry
  • How to Be Bored by Eva Hoffman
  • Forbes Book of Quotations by Ted Goodman
  • Let’s Do Lunch by Roger Troy Wilson
  • The Magic Cup by Howard Behar
  • Natural Capitalism by L. Hunter Lovins
  • The Perfect Store by Adam Cohen

Enjoy!


My current Amazon Giveaways

NEW GIVEAWAY

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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

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

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

Is reading fiction useless?

May 29, 2017

Is reading fiction useless?

In this

Medium post

Charles Chu provides an interesting perspective (I found it well written…I recommend it).

I think many people have had this experience: being told at some point that they should “grow up” and stop reading fiction.

Chu’s response is what many of ours would have been (or was):

“Books were a beautiful thing, my only source of joy in a gray world I did not understand — a world full of bullies where I ate lunch alone.”

That never happened in my family, and never would have, and for that I am grateful. Books were considered as essential as food, water, clothes, and shelter.

I remember there being some discussion at some point about reading at the dinner table…but we weren’t stopped from doing it.

For geeks like me, the derision we got from other people (like teachers and friends) might not have been for fiction all together…but for fantasy and science fiction. “Serious” fiction might have been fine, but vampires and robots? Silly.

Sure, I heard that…but I was also lucky enough to have a great teacher (Mrs. Church) who taught an elective science fiction class. We studied it, read it, and even published a “magazine” (I might not be writing this today without that experience…or, perhaps, not writing it as well). 😉

The argument is that reading fiction is just entertainment…a “waste of time”. If you are going to read something, people say, read non-fiction, which has a practical use.

That’s not what I believe, and that’s not what the data I’ve seen suggests. Reading fiction has many practical benefits, and one of the most important is improved empathy.

However, even without demonstrable benefits like that, I believe there is a benefit in “wasting time”.

Let me illustrate. 🙂

I not only read more than the average person, and many people would feel like I have more knowledge than most people in a lot of areas (also due in part to reading), I also watch a lot of TV. I have it on as I’m writing this, for example (and not something “high-faluting”…it’s an old season of American Gladiators).

I like to say that I like 19th Century literature and 1960s TV…and I don’t really see why one is more respected than the other.

I had somebody say to me once, “You’d get more done if you didn’t watch so much TV.”

I didn’t believe it, but I am a data driven person. So, I didn’t watch television…for a year.

I tried to reasonably measure what I got done, and I got nothing more done.

How could that be?

Two things.

I never watch TV without doing something else at the same time…write, read, fold laundry, eat, exercise: it is literally multitasking.

The other thing is that television aids my transitions. I could switch my thought process from work to home more quickly by watching TV.

I used to wake up slowly (I’m not a morning person, even though nowadays, I wake up very early). I used to put on the news, and I figured when I finally understood a story, I was safe to cook. 😉

So, since watching TV doesn’t prevent me from doing other things, and since it shortens transitions, it isn’t a time loss.

If someone suggests to me now that I would get more done if I didn’t watch TV I can say, “I tried that experiment for a year, and it wasn’t true: perhaps you should try watching more TV for a year to see how it affects you.” 🙂

My experience is that it tends to be people who are less intellectual (not necessarily less intelligent, but less interested in thinking) who are less interested in fantasy. Since we’ve been talking TV, let me use a quote from there:

“The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.”
–Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner
The Shore Leave episode of Star Trek: The Original Series
screenplay by Theodore Sturgeon

I think reading fiction can serve a purpose to some extent similar to dreaming. Prevent someone by dreaming (by waking them up when they hit REM…Rapid Eye Movement) but still let them get enough sleep, and they may start hallucinating in just a few days (from what I’ve heard). Dreaming clearly serves some useful function (I think it is like defragging a computer disk…you run programs to see if they are working well and useful, and prioritize what is in the “front” of your memory, and what can go to deep storage). Reading fiction is similar: it lets us explore situations before we encounter them, and lets us see things from another perspective.

It both allows you to reset and gives you new and enhanced skills.

That’s my opinion, but I am curious about yours.

As always, you can let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post, but I also wanted to do a poll:


My current Amazon Giveaways

NEW GIVEAWAY TODAY!

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

===

Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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

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

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

 


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