Amazon Echo now does home automation

April 8, 2015

Amazon Echo now does home automation

Amazon sent me a copy of an e-mail that went to

Amazon Echo

owners.

I’m not quite one of those yet. :) Mine is supposed to be here by 8:00 PM tomorrow night…although it says it hasn’t shipped (they could still make it).

This brings a feature which people have really wanted!

The Echo, which is not yet on sale to the general public (Prime members have been able to request invitations to purchase it at about $100 ((roughly half price)), but that has just been turned off, perhaps portending general sale soon), is Amazon’s “ambient computing” device.

You have it in your house…and you talk to it, and it does stuff. ;)

It’s been able to do quite a few things (add things to a shopping list, play music, tell jokes, do traffic, do weather…), but we’ve all been picturing it as being able to take actions with things in our houses.

“Alexa, play some Barry White…and dim the lights.” ;)

“Alexa, start my coffeemaker.”

“Alexa, turn off my holiday lights.”

Well, that ability is now here!

I’ve asked for permission to share that e-mail, if I can, I will.

I did want to go ahead and tell you more about it.

This may seem like a silly thing, but for people with a disability, it can be very important. Some people have a hard time manipulating a tablet or a phone. Think of someone like Stephen Hawking, who has the ability to speak (with a synthesized voice), but can’t physically do much.

For other people, it will just be cool…like Star Trek.

The basic way it works is that you plug something into a home automation device. You name the item, and then you have the Echo “discover it” on your wi-fi network.

At that point, you can tell the Echo (in a normal voice, even across the room) what do with it.

It will work with these home automation devices at this point (might work with more)

WeMo

Hue

Gee, that might give a different meaning to using your “inside voice”. ;)

The future is yours…just for the asking!

“It’s time to put on makeup…it’s time to light the lights!”

I could keep going… ;)

Update: just got permission to quote the e-mail:

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WeMo and Philips Hue products now work with Amazon Echo.

You can now use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice.

To get started, connect your WeMo and Hue devices to your home Wi-Fi and name them in their respective app. Then say, “Alexa, discover my appliances.” After Echo’s confirmation, you can control your devices by voice.

Things to try:

  • “Alexa, turn on the hallway light”
  • “Alexa, turn on the coffee maker”
  • “Alexa, dim the living room lights to 20%”
  • “Alexa, turn on the electric blanket”
  • “Alexa, turn on the outdoor decorations”

Supported products:

  • WeMo: Switch, Insight Switch, and Light Switch
  • Hue: A19, Lux, BR30, Bloom, and LightStrip lights

As always, the Amazon Echo team looks forward to your feedback via the Amazon Echo App and on social media (#AmazonEcho).

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Bonus deal: I don’t like to do a post without doing something on books: here are a few notable recent discounts. I got these by going to what I consider the best resource for Kindle book buyers on the web,

eReaderIQ.com

I am not connected with them except as a user, although we have had correspondence.

  • Marley and Me by John Grogan: $4.32 (down from $10.19)
  • In Good Faith (Joe Dillard #2) by Scott Pratt: $0.99 (down from $3.99)
  • Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury: $4.20 (down from $9.48)
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar: $2.99 (down from $9.59)

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

Higher rated: indies or traditionally published?

April 8, 2015

Higher rated: indies or traditionally published?

One of the arguments you hear in favor of buying traditionally published (tradpubbed) books over indies (independently published) books is that there is a lot more quality control in the former.

After all, there are important judgments made before a tradpubbed book is in readers’ hands:

  • The author needs to find an agent. The agent makes decisions based on the quality of the book, and the likelihood that it will be purchased by a publisher. This agent (and there have been famous ones) can’t “fool” the publisher, or the companies simply won’t buy from that agent again
  • An editor then has to buy the book for a publisher. That statement simplifies what can be a complex process. There may be “readers” at an initial level (they may even read books not submitted through agents, but it’s uncommon that those would be published). It may go through more than one level of editor. The editor likely needs to take it to an editorial board, where there is a lot more discussion
  • The editor also works with the author to improve the book. That can sometimes result in significant changes (supposedly, To Kill a Mockingbird was originally written from the viewpoint of an adult Scout, for example)
  • Nowadays, there may be beta readers and focus groups

An indie book may simply be published by the author, with no prior editorial review of any kind.

Based on that, many consumers reason that they are more likely to enjoy a book from a traditional publisher than from an indie.

Is that really the result, though?

I could see arguments why it might go either way. Perhaps the tradpub has  saleability as a higher standard than literary quality. Maybe the indie actually does go through a thorough process of review…just not from a publishing company.

I don’t like to just guess (although that can be fun). I thought I’d take a look at the star ratings in the Kindle store for indies and for tradpubs, and see how they compare.

Defining an “indie” can be a bit tricky at times. We can figure that books from the Big 5 (the five largest USA trade publishers…trade books are the books you would have bought in a bookstore…not textbooks and such) are not indies. I would extend that same classification to books from next tier publishers, like Scholastic (American publisher of Harry Potter).

If Amazon publishes a book under one of its imprints (Thomas & Mercer, 47North, and so on), I would also not consider that an indie.

It really would have to do with how the book was selected for publication…and that’s not always obvious. Fortunately, Amazon gives us a separate bestseller list for what it defines as indies.

Best Sellers in Kindle Indie Books (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

For this analysis, I’m going to accept their classification.

Let’s start out with comparing the ten bestselling books on the indie list with the ten bestselling books on the Kindle stores general list. I’m going to start out without weeding out any indies on the general list:

The Indies

Rank Stars Reviews
1 4.1 557
2 4.4 6194
3 4.4 394
4 4.8 463
5 4.7 222
6 4.6 341
7 3.9 950
8 4.7 268
9 4.6 441
10 4.8 33
Avg 4.5 986.3

General list

Rank Stars Reviews
1 4.1 11586
2 4.4 30
3 4.4 38
4 4.5 85
5 3.9 50
6 4.8 136
7 4.2 525
8 4.0 564
9 4.6 441
10 3.7 9
Avg 4.26 1346.4

The indies are quite a bit higher rated…nearly a quarter of a star on a five star range is a lot.

There is one book on the general list which has an anomalously high number of reviews…you might be wondering why so many of the general list have such a low number of reviews.

It’s because four of the top ones are part of the Kindle First program…they are available to get for free for eligible Prime members (one of the four for free this month), and otherwise discounted before publication on May 1st. Those are tradpubbed, but by Amazon.

I want to also look at this as a comparison between indies and the Big 5.

Here are the top ten sellers (paid…free is a different list) in the USA Kindle store from the Big 5 (Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster):

Big 5

Rank Stars Reviews Publisher
1 4.1 11586 PRH
7 4.2 525 PRH
8 4.0 564 HC
10 3.8 10 HC
11 4.6 6790 Hachette
12 4.5 11700 PRH
14 4.8 3065 Macmillan
17 4.6 10392 S&S
18 4.5 263 Hachette
21 4.5 478 PRH
Avg 4.36 4537.3

The indies are still considerably above the Big 5 titles in terms of stars…but the average number of reviews for the Big 5 absolutely dominate.

It’s important to not here that I am only looking at the bestsellers. It’s quite possible that the best indies are comparable to the best tradpubs…but that there are more “lemons” amongst the indies. In fact, I would expect that to be the case, intuitively…but that’s a bit harder for me to test.

One more comparison…price:

Indies General Big 5
3.99 6.99 6.99
1.59 4.99 10.99
0.99 4.99 1.99
3.99 4.99 14.44
3.99 4.99 5.39
3.99 3.99 1.99
3.99 10.99 12.99
3.99 1.99 12.99
2.51 4.99 9.99
6.99 14.44 10.99
$3.60 $6.34 $8.88

If, and this is a big if, we can say that the average star rating is a predictor of how much you will be satisfied with the book, you get “better books” from indies for less than half the price of Big 5 books.

That’s definitely an interesting finding…

Now, you may not find that your tastes parallel the number of stars. I’m sure I like some books which don’t have great ratings. I will say, though, that if a book has a significant number of reviews and a high star rating, I find that I don’t think it’s poorly written, even if it isn’t particularly my cup of tea.

One thing to remember: Amazon has a generous seven day return policy for books you purchase from the Kindle store. You can “return” a book for a refund within seven days of purchase by going to

http://www.amazon/com/manageyourkindle

There are many people in the Amazon Kindle forums who think it is inappropriate to return a book just because you didn’t like it, but Amazon doesn’t say that themselves. It appears to be that if you return “too many” (whatever that may be), they may take away the option for you to return it yourself by using the MYK page, but you can still contact them and return it.

While that policy is a great reason to shop from Amazon, I think it’s safe to say that most people would rather read a book they enjoy than return one.

Perhaps, instead of looking at the “People Magazine books”, more people should be looking at the bestselling indies…

What do you think? Do you feel like you are more at risk when you buy an indie of getting one you don’t like? Would you be more likely to gift a tradpub you hadn’t read than an indie you hadn’t read? Do you think tradpubs tend to be more in the middle…not the best books, not the worst? Do you use the star ratings as any kind of guide in purchasing? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

April 7, 2015

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

Walk into a bookstore to buy a magazine, and you’ll be luck to find one where an individual issue is under $5.

There is a limited time offer right now at Amazon for Kindle store magazines for $5…for an entire year!

I do read magazines on my

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

I read Entertainment Weekly every week, which I get through Amazon.

I read Fortean Times, which I get through Zinio (you can get the app for the Fire tablets at the Zinio site). I’d say I’m more than a year behind on that, but I get to it eventually.

http://www.zinio.com/

That’s one of those magazines where you get a lot of content…unlike some really popular magazines, it doesn’t seem like it is mostly ads.

We subscribe to National Geographic…and I read it from time to time. It depends on whether an article catches my eye, and I do tend to read it when I’m at the dentist because, you know, tradition. ;)

My sense is that magazines are not a big money maker for Amazon for the Kindle, but I do think they are here to stay, and they can be a nice part of your reading mix. Some of them even do text-to-speech now on individual articles, although I haven’t had one that will just keep reading into the next article.

If you don’t have a Fire, check to see if the magazine will work with your device (some do, some don’t). Two other notes: you can’t give digital subscription to magazines at this point (although you can do that with paper magazines), and you can’t use a gift card balance to pay for subscription items.

You can do a free sample of magazines, but if you do want to buy a subscription, here are sixteen you can get right now for $5 each for a year:

Kindle Magazines for $5 (limited time) (at AMazon Smile*)

  • Better Homes & Garden
  • Family Circle
  • Allrecipes
  • Eating Well
  • Every Day with Rachel Ray
  • Traditional Home
  • Popular Science
  • Midwest Living
  • Family Fun
  • Parents
  • Field & Stream
  • Cycle World
  • Flying
  • Siempre Mujer
  • Ski
  • Skiing

There are some really well-known titles in there!

Enjoy!

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’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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Why the Big 5 should join Kindle Unlimited

April 5, 2015

Why the Big 5 should join Kindle Unlimited

I’ve been a happy member of

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

since it became available July 18th of last year.

There are a lot of things to recommend Amazon’s subser (subscription service), where you pay $9.99 for an “all you can read plan”.

I could easily recommend enough books to you that are part of the program right now that you could read (and enjoy) one every day for a year and still have plenty to go.

The biggest knock you’ll hear against it, though, is that it doesn’t have the best-selling books from the biggest publishers.

Actually, if you are talking about the Big 5 (the biggest “trade” publishers in the USA…trade books are the ones you would have bought in a bookstore, not textbooks and such), it doesn’t have their worst-selling ones, either. ;) None of the Big 5 is part of Kindle Unlimited, although some of them are participating in some other subsers (Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster all have some of their books available through Scribd and Oyster).

I think that’s a mistake.

No, not just for me as a reader…I think it’s a mistake for the Big 5 publishers not to be part of Kindle Unlimited.

Part of it might be simple antagonism towards Amazon, I really don’t think that’s the deciding factor. While there are rumors that HarperCollins is considering pulling out of Amazon (something I consider very unlikely, for any length of time), they currently all do business with the e-tailer. It would be a rare publicly-held business indeed that would give up a bunch of business just because their company hadn’t gotten along with another company in the past…stockholders would not be happy.

I think it comes more from a fundamental misunderstanding of how consumers will use subsers…and KU in particular.

It’s reasonable that they would see subser use through the lens of current book buying; I just don’t think it is accurate.

Recently, in an excellent

The Bookseller interview by Fabrice Piault, translated by Barbara Casassus

Arnaud Nourry, Chief Executive of Hachette, discussed the future of publishing, and e-books in particular.

In expressing skepticism of subsers, Nourry said in part:

“This is why I have resisted the subscription system, which is a flawed idea even though it proliferates in the music business. Offering subscriptions at a monthly fee that is lower than the price of one book is absurd. For the consumer, it makes no sense. People who read two or three books a month represent an infinitesimal minority.”

I’m sure many of my readers fall into that “infinitesimal minority”, but it’s a mistake to think that is the only group served.

As a former successful brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I think I have some idea about what motivates people to buy books.  I’m going to put forth five reasons here why I think the Big 5 should join KU…and I made a “shaky” “prediction” that at least one of them would by the end of this year.

1. Just because people use KU doesn’t mean they won’t buy other books

That’s my case. I read KU books, but I also read others. My guess is that for that small group of “serious” readers (you can also use the term “regular readers” or “habitual readers”…people who read way above the average…I might set it at fifty books a year, but even ten a year would be relatively high), joining KU may not even reduce the number of other books they buy. Many of them have never been able to afford all the books they possibly could want to read in a month…this would be a supplement, not a replacement.

2. You don’t have to put your frontlist in KU

This goes with point number one. Let people buy your Gone Girls and your Fifty Shades of Greys, until they drop out of popularity and become part of the “backlist”. That backlist right now, even though it may provide the majority of your income, doesn’t do it based on individual title unit sales. Many of your backlist would be far more likely to be borrowed than to be bought…and while the revenue might be lower, the volume could be considerably higher

3. “Casual readers” are “burst readers”

“Casual readers” are another group than “serious readers” (of course, there’s a third group…non-readers). They tend to read on specific  occasions…notably, going on vacation. They might even read (gasp) two or more books on a week-long trip, and then not read the rest of the year. Kindle Unlimited is not an annual membership…it’s month to month. Sure, if subsers didn’t exist, they might buy a book from you for that vacation…but since they do, why wouldn’t they pay $9.99 for a month and take care of ten (!) members of the family? Let’s say the whole Brady Bunch goes on vacation…two parents, six kids, and they bring Alice the housekeeper, and Sam, Alice’s Significant Other comes along, too. That’s ten people. Each one can read all the books they want. As they finish one book, they return it and start another one…and you never get over the ten at a time you are allowed to have. A “burst reader” (I just made that up) often wants to buy more than one book at that time. They also may not be that picky about getting that frontlist title…they might read genre books and classics, for that matter. Get those otherwise dormant titles moving!

4. It’s about discovery

Look, you are trying every which way to find ways for consumers to find your books. You are, rightfully, concerned about the reduction in the number of chain bookstores as “showrooms”. Subsers are going to be the new discovery engines…bigger, perhaps, than chain bookstores were. It’s not going to be hard to do this: put first titles in a series in the subser. Put short stories that supplement the series in the subser. That’s an important point: people won’t mind borrowing a twenty page short story, when they would never buy one that size. Get those serious readers hooked, and they’ll buy your other books! This is much cheaper than starting your own website or doing television advertising, or those other things you’ve been considering.

5. They don’t need to get whole books

This is a big, big factor why people will use subsers! They can get one recipe out of a cookbook, one “how to” out of a do it yourself book, one city out of a travel guide for a country, one exercise routine out of a workout book, and so on. They can bounce from book to book. This is new, and it will change things. Figure out how to make it equally valuable to get a lot of small things, rather than one big thing. Got a book out on all the baseball teams? Break it into one book per team…and get paid every time they borrow each “chapter”. Somebody will borrow a book on their favorite team, who wouldn’t buy a book on all the teams. You couldn’t sell them that way as p-books (paperbooks) in a brick-and-mortar, but you can easily do it in a subser.

That’s five. :)

Consumers are creatures of habit. You know this already. People like to buy things where they’ve bought things before. This is especially true with Amazon, where they already have your financial information, and where many services tie your library together (notes, bookmarks, and so on). I think the value of subsers for consumers is there, and will be recognized. When they do want to buy books (including expensive p-books as gifts at the holidays), they are first going to turn to where they have been reading books…and if you haven’t been part of that, it makes it harder for them to think of you.

Publishers, let’s be honest: do I and my readers benefit if you follow my advice to join KU? Yes, they do. On the basis of the reasons above, though, I think it would also be a win for you. Let me read your ten, twenty, thirty year old titles in KU…and I’ll buy your new ones.

What do you think? Does this make sense for publishers? Will any of them do it…this year? Is this a way for them to make money from books which are going into the public domain (which starts happening again in the USA in 2019)? If you’ve joined KU, has it reduced your book purchases? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

 

Tuesday is the last day for Prime members to save $100 on the Amazon Echo

April 4, 2015

Tuesday is the last day for Prime members to save $100 on the Amazon Echo

I think that, once it is released to be purchased by the general public, the Amazon Echo is going to be one of the tech stories of the year (although there may be a few really big stories, with the Apple Watch and Oculus Rift going consumer, among others).

Up to now, the situation has been that Prime members can request an invitation. When they respond to your invitation (and that can be a very long time), you are given an opportunity to buy it at $99 ($100 off the price of $199).

Then, it can still be months before you get it.

I was able to order on on January 12th.

It’s supposed to arrive by April 9th (originally, I had a delivery date months after that, but it changed after I confirmed the shipping speed, a trick I’ve shared before. Seems to have worked for a lot of people), and it hasn’t shipped yet. That’s okay, though: with two day shipping, it should still make it.

Believe me, I check to see if it has started shipping more than once a day. ;)

Well, on the product page, a new message has appeared:

Last chance for Prime members to save $100
Request invite by April 7″

So, according to that, you have until Tuesday to request the invitation if you want to save the $100.

That is, by the way, just about the price of a one-year membership in Prime…might be a good specific impetus to try the service, if you haven’t. There are a lot of Prime membership benefits, and they keep giving us new ones, including a new Prime invitation only item, the

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

That’s an intriguing new IoT (Internet of Things) device. Basically, it’s a one-button thing you have in your house to order a specific item through Amazon when you are running low. For example, they have one for Tide. Keep it on your washer, and when you notice you are low and want more, you just push the button…and you’ll have it in two days (usually) through Prime. These buttons are currently branded, which I’m sure helps Amazon give them away to us Prime members.

What does the new announcement on the Echo page mean?

It could mean that the price is going to go up for Prime members, and you’ll still be waiting months to get one.

It could also mean that they are getting ready to open up purchasing to the general public…which doesn’t necessarily mean the end of any Prime membership discount, and might mean everybody could get them sooner.

They’ve also been adding features to the Echo, and will continue to do so.

It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and that’s one thing.

It’s also what I call a “listener” (as opposed to a “speaker”). You can talk to it…easily, from across the room, and it will often understand you and answer requests. I follow the user community as it exists on Amazon.com pretty closely, and these are some of the things it reportedly does:

  • Tell you what time it is
  • Play Prime music for you
  • Tell you jokes
  • Respond in funny ways to a lot of questions (ask it to “open the pod bay doors”, or “how much is that doggie in the window?” for example)
  • Answer more serious questions
  • Set an alarm
  • Add things to a shopping or to do list on your phone (there is an app)
  • Give you sports scores and information (that’s new)
  • Give you traffic information
  • Play Pandora, iHeart radio, and more
  • Give you weather information
  • Give you a “daily briefing”
  • Wikipedia things for you
  • “Roll dice” for a game (including, I’ve heard, being able to roll “gaming dice”, like a D20) and give you the result
  • Use a remote to talk to it from a different room…you  can also use that for “Simon Says”, to get the Echo to repeat what you say, partially so you can prank your family ;)

All of that is controlled by voice…you just talk to it. The shorthand on this is “Siri for your house”, but it’s a lot more than that from what I see…with more to come.

I’m excited to be able to share information about my experiences with an Echo soon!

Bonus deal: I don’t like to do a post without giving strictly book readers something, so here goes: Amazon appears to be regularly doing fifty Kindle store books for $2 each (it says the prices are good through the end of the month):

50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

Interestingly, 49 out of the 50 are available on Kindle Unlimited. :)

There are some interesting titles here, although many of them, I think, we’re also listed in the monthly deals.

Enjoy!

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

 

Update on my free Flipboard magazines: over 100,000 page flips!

April 3, 2015

Update on my free Flipboard magazines: over 100,000 page flips!

Holy Moley*!  100,000 of anything is a lot to me, and I’m really shocked to have just one of my Flipboard magazines (the one connected to this blog, ILMK) with over 100,000 page flips! It looked like I was on my way there for a while, but it’s still a little mind blowing. ;)

It’s rare that I think of something as really a new type of content.

Twitter was that, certainly. Those 140 (or fewer) character tweets created a different medium, and that shapes what’s in it.

I also feel like Flipboard magazines are a new way to express yourself…and I’m surprised at the success mine are having!

The main idea is that you can use the

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

app, which I read every morning anyway on my

Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile*)

to “flip” articles into a magazine of yours, which you make available to other people for free.

They’ve recently really improved the experience of reading it in a web browser:

https://flipboard.com/

You can also get an extension for Chrome which allows you to flip article with websites (most of my flips come from things I read in the Flipboard app…except in the case of one my magazines, which I’ll explain below).

It’s really about your curation…your taste and editing skills.

You put in what you think is interesting, or what you think other people will think is interesting.

You generally don’t write anything additional about it, unless you are using the browser extension. In that case, you can add a short caption about it (which you can not edit later, by the way).

I thought I’d give you a rundown on my magazines and how they are doing (at time of writing…it changes rapidly).

I’m going to do this in order from the biggest number of readers to the smallest number.

ILMK (I Love My Kindle)

“The long-running blog about the world of e-books and publishing, which is one of the most popular blogs of any kind in the Kindle store, brings you related news stories”

ILMK magazine at Flipboard

  • 4,464 viewers (this has doubled since the last time I did an update on these)
  • 100,149 page flips
  • 10,918  articles (I’d have so say my curation is better here, or at least, more focused)
  • 217 followers (since this was a new measurement last time, I looked up what it meant at Flipboard: they explain the new stats here. I had misunderstood page flips before…I thought it was when people flipped an article I picked into their own magazine, but it turns out it is “the number of items viewed in the magazine. Readers visit the mag: page flips are the number of items viewed…I think that means they click on it in the magazine to go to the original article). The number of articles are the ones I put into it, and followers are the actual subscribers)
  • Engagement: 917% (flips/articles: this has gone up since last time)

This one is based on my blog, ILMK (I Love My Kindle). They aren’t the same, though. I write original material in the blog itself. I told myself that I’d average 1,000 words a day, and I do. I write a lot of different things, often providing analysis and opinion.

For the Flipboard magazine, none of that happens…you just get articles from other people (unless I flip one of my own in there).

It does allow me to do some different things.

For example, I can more easily flip ten different articles on a new piece of Amazon hardware into the magazine than I can link to them in the blog. Linking in the blog takes some work: it’s simple to flip (just a couple of clicks or taps).

There are also times when something is too short to warrant a full post in the blog. Those types of things go into my Round-ups, but I don’t do those every day.

Another thing? I do a lot more images in the magazine: it’s just more compatible with it. My blog is read on non-Fire Kindles, and images are tougher there.

Here are some recent articles as examples:

  1. Shakespeare: Can you match the quote to the play? Try our quiz! (CS Monitor)
  2. Amazon/Harper Talks Take a Turn (Publishers Weekly)
  3. Indies Choice nominees (Publishers Marketplace)
  4. 11 Sports Books Better than Ken Burns’ Baseball (Feed Your Need to Read)
  5. Avenge and Revenge (Kindle Direct Publishing)
  6. What’s Your Reading Habit? (Twitter)
  7. Jesse Kornbluth says his book’s threesome tale is just that (Page Six)
  8. The Girl on the Train racks up express sales of 2m in three months (The Guardian)
  9. Amanda Hocking (Hocking Books)
  10. George R.R. Martin releases Sansa-fueled excerpt from The Winds of Winter (EW)

The Measured Circle

“A geeky mix of pop culture, tech, and the weird world”

The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard

  • 2,662 readers (which they now call “viewers”…that actually makes more sense, since you can put links to videos in these)
  • 12,191 page flips
  • 26,848 articles
  • 40 followers
  • Engagement (flips/articles): 45.4% (Hm…this has gone down 5% since last time…have to think about what that means for which articles I flip)

This one is inspired by my blog, The Measured Circle. The blog has never been very popular, and unlike this one, I don’t write in it (on average) every day (I sometimes go a week).

It is eclectic, but you’ll see a lot of things on geek topics, tech, and “weird world” (“Bufo’s Weird World” was my first e-zine, back before we called them blogs).

I’d say its primary purpose is…fun!

To give you a sense of it, here are ten recent articles and their sources. Earlier, I did the most recent ten in order, but that’s not really representative, since I may read a number from the same source at the same time

  1. Orson Welles documentary celebrates centennial of the filmmaker’s birth (The Washington Post)
  2. Voices heard (and writhing figures seen) on Planet Mercury (ufocon)
  3. Why Jane Goodall Believe in Bigfoot (Blank on Blank via the Anomalist)
  4. Play DuckTales: Remastered on iOS, Android, Windows phones today (Entertainment Weekly)
  5. Smashing! Large Hadron Collider Gets Set for Weekend Restart (NBC News)
  6. Marvel’s Daredevil, on Netflix, Plods Promisingly Toward Comic-Book Glory (The Village Voice)
  7. April Fool’s Roundup Open Thread (Topless Robot)
  8. Air Shepherd Drones Stop Elephant & Rhino Poaching (IndieGoGo)
  9. More Mad Max on the Way: Tom Hrdy is Signed on for THREE More (The Mary Sue)
  10. Ankle exoskeleton harnesses bodypower to aid mobility (Wired UK)

Doc Savage Fanflip

“Doc Savage, the forerunner of Superman and Batman, has been one of my fictional heroes for a very long time. Thanks in part to Doc, I try to better myself to help others, and to do so with “…no regard for anything but justice.” A “fanflip” is my new term for a Flipboard magazine by a fan, dedicated to one topic. I will bring you not only Doc Savage news, but Doc stories and resources from around the web. Think of it as a scrapbook with news.”

http://flip.it/HJShc

  • 266 viewers
  • 1,838 page flips
  • 95 articles
  • 72 followers
  • Engagement: 1135%

I look for interesting things on the web about Doc. If Shane Black ever gets out the Doc Savage movie, this may get more popular, but I’m happy to ferret out the oddball bits and pieces. This is the hardest one to which to add things…content just doesn’t change as often on the web.

  1. Matt Hiebert (Columbia Tribune)
  2. Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent (ceideretisommorephicent)
  3. Writer’s Commentary: David Avalloone On Altered States Doc Savage Part I (Bleeding Cool)
  4. DOC SAVAGE: L’HOMME DE BRONZE (Imaginaire.CA)
  5. What Doc Savage Can Teach Us About World War I (The Spectator)

The Weird Old Days

“Has the world always been weird? These news stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries bring you tales of lake monsters, the Hollow Earth, ghosts, and more! Edited by Bufo Calvin, of The Measured Circle blog. Note: these articles reflect the culture of their times. As such, they may use terms and concepts which some modern readers will find offensive”

 http://flip.it/ZtmYw

  • 185 viewers
  • 866 page flips
  • 306 articles
  • 82 followers
  • Engagement: 283%

My original idea on this was that I was writing a book made up in large part of public domain newspaper articles. I was writing pieces to provide context, both because I wanted to do that, and because it would enable me to sell it in the Kindle store (they require original material…nothing purely public domain…that was a policy which evolved over time).

It’s a labor of love, for sure!

I find it fascinating. I’m very interested in how people think about things, and how that has changed over time.

At this point, I’ve been using the Library of Congress’ fabulous “Chronicling America” resource. The negative to that one is that the pages don’t display very well on smaller screens. However, you can click to display the page as a PDF, and that can work quite well.

You also do have to read through the newspaper page to find the article…I also think that’s fun. ;)

I do feel like I’ve made some real discoveries: I posted one that is about an apparently hoaxed photograph of a UFO (airship)…in 1897! I’ve found that my pace has slowed considerably, though…it’s tougher to find ones than it was, since I’ve already looked at some of the more obvious search terms.

  1. A STRANGE MONSTER: Mountain People Alarmed and Fortifying (Knoxville Weekly Chronicle, February 19 1873) [This one was interesting…”a huge black bear with mane and head like a lion, but had horns like an elk upon it…”]
  2. THE WEREWOLF: A Human Monster In Which the Ancients Firmly Believed (Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia, October 7 1905)
  3. A PESSIMISTIC PHILOSOPHER: Interesting Talks on the Stories of the Werewolf (Evening Star, Washington D.C., December 27 1893)
  4. Skeleton of Indian Giant (The Broad Ax, Salt Lake City Utah, December 23 1916
  5. OUIJA BOARD AGAIN BRINGS MARVELOUS MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES (The Ogden Standard, December 11 1915)

Again, this one can go in “flaps” of one topic, because my search sometimes leads me to related articles. I think this gives you some idea, though.

 

These are not hard to do, and they aren’t taking significant time or creative energy away from my other creative work. I don’t get any money directly from them, although they might lead to more discovery of other things where I do.

I do want to say that ILMK has made a big move in catching up to and then surpassing The Measured Circle in readers. I’m still impressed with just how quickly these are growing.

Enjoy!

Do you have a Flipboard magazine about which you want to tell me and my readers? Feel free to comment on this post.

* The exclamation “Holy Moley” (spelled that way) was popularized by Captain Marvel (the SHAZAM hero…there have been others). It’s actually quite the erudite expression, contrary to what you might think. You see, Billy Batson is transformed into Captain Marvel by saying SHAZAM (it’s an initialism, so it should all be in capitals…it denotes the Big Red Cheese’s powers: wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, invulnerability of Achilles ((well, I think they originally said “courage”, but you can be pretty courageous when you can’t be hurt)), speed of Mercury). Moly (without the “e”, but it’s a transliteration any way) is the (holy) herb that Odysseus uses to protect against Circe’s magic…which includes transformation. So, “Holy Moley” is a very appropriate response to being transformed…comics and the classics may have more in common than you think. ;)

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

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

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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2015

April 2, 2015

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2015

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 125 for this month at the time of writing (eight more than last month…it has been trending upwards, and that’s a big jump!).

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

It’s also interesting…about 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,664,311 of 3,298,023). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another thing is that many of these books may be part of

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

Amazon lists that information prominently. 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.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones 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.

The Gift of Fear
by Gavin de Becker
4.6 stars out of 5 | 1308 customer reviews
$0.99 at time of writing (digital list price: $6.39)
Also available in Kindle Unlimited (KU)

I found this a really interesting book when I read it years ago, and still have a paper copy. It’s not an easy book, and you may philosophically disagree with some of it…but it does seem to have a practical basis. The core tenet is that if you are fearful in a situation, don’t ignore it. It posits that you can predict human behavior to some extent, and it’s better to be embarrassed by being wrong that someone was a threat (and, for example, crossing to the other side of the street) than falling victim. As optimistic a person as I am, I could understand this. I would consider it as a KU read, if you haven’t read it…and this one does have a new introduction since the one I read. I may borrow it just to read that…I wonder if it’s ten percent of the book (probably not). If it isn’t, and that’s all I read, the publisher won’t get a royalty…

A Cry in the Night
by Mary Higgins Clark
4.5 stars | 266 reviews

One of the most popular thriller authors…

BrainWeb
by Douglas E. Richards
4.6 stars | 156 reviews
KU

From the bestselling author of Wired…

Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls)
by Melinda Leigh
4.5 stars | 417 reviews
KU

Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe series Book 2)
by Raymond Chandler
4.4 stars | 110 reviews

While I suppose some people may have been introduced to Raymond Chandler by watching Birdman, the Philip Marlowe character is one that many people know. This is noir, and some may also know this specific book from the Robert Mitchum movie version.

Time to start listing:

  • True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 1) by Jude Deveraux
  • Devil Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 11) by Kathy Reichs
  • Sniper Elite: One-Way Trip: A Novel by Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 1) by T.R. Ragan (and some other books in the series)
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg
  • Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg
  • The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Special Circumstances (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller Book 1) by Sheldon Siegel (and some other books in the series)
  • Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) by Rebecca Donovan (and some other books in the series)
  • Classified (Godmothers Book 6) by Fern Michaels
  • Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling Book 3) by Iris Johansen
  • The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It’s So Easy: and other lies by Duff McKagan
  • A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion (and other books by McQuestion)
  • The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman
  • Sackett (Sacketts Book 7) by Louis L’Amour
  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
  • Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
  • King City by Lee Goldberg
  • A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win by Eleanor Noss Whitney
  • The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams
  • Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton
  • Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations by Jeffrey Nielsen (Amazon owns Zappos which is in the news right now for offering people packages to leave if they don’t like their leaderless structure…coincidence?)

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 (after three straight months of being able to get two…it was fun while it lasted)) of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (urban fantasy)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (contemporary fiction)
  • The Altar Girl by Orest Stelmach (mystery)
  • This Thing Called Love (A Mirror Lake Novel) by Miranda Liasson (romance)

Boundary Crossed seems like the obvious choice for me…but I think I may go with Trail of Broken Wings. After all, these should all be part of Kindle Unlimited after they are released, and I think it seems more like a book a guest might want to read. Also, I think it might appeal to my Significant Other more…although it sounds like it may be a gut wrencher.

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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

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

Snapshot: April 1 2015

April 1, 2015

Snapshot: April 1 2015

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

Titles in Kindle Store

Titlesinstore20150401

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
April 1, 2014: 2,512,520
March 1, 2014: 2,462,832
February 1, 2014: 2,411,705
January 1, 2014: 2,351,290
December 1, 2013: 2,287,866
November 1, 2013: 2,229,223
October 1, 2013: 2,175,847
September 1, 2013: 2,081,800
August 1, 2013:  2,060,431
July 1, 2013: 1,998,705
June 1, 2013: 1,972,277
May 1, 2013: 1,940,274
April 1, 2013: 1,924,138
March 1, 2013: 1,913,164
February 1, 2013: 1,849,479
January 1, 2013: 1,805,001
December 1, 2012: 1,742,991
November 1, 2012: 1,641,362
October 1, 2012: 1,579,329
September 1, 2012: 1,531,069
August 1, 2012: 1,486,649
July 1, 2012: 1,451,504
June 1, 2012: 1,407,210
May 1, 2012: 1,358,922
April 1, 2012: 1,315,927
March 1, 2012: 1,265,632
February 1, 2012: 1,207,522
January 1, 2012: 1,165,654
December 1, 2011: 1,112,876
November 1, 2011: 1,058,635
October 1, 2011: 1,033,611
September 1, 2011: 995,265 (roughly 40,000 removed one day: PLR?)
August 1, 2011: 1,015,056
July 1, 2011: 980,434
June 1, 2011: 974,841
May 1, 2011: 937,831
April 1, 2011: 897,663
March 1, 2011: 868,351
February 1, 2011: 828,708
January 1, 2011: 796,131
December 1, 2010: 768,865
November 1, 2010: 743,692
October 1, 2010: 714, 663
September 1, 2010: 687,246
August 1, 2010: 659,479
July 1 2010: 627,343
June 1 2010: 596,300
May 1 2010: 509,229
April 1 2010: 476,653
March 1 2010: 450,625
February 1 2010: 415,100
January 1 2010: 401,773
December 1 2009: 385,484
November 1 2009: 368,813
October 1 2009: 342,865
September 21 2009: 355,805
July 28 2009: 332,813
May 16 2009: 284,491

Approximate average of titles added per day:

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
April 1, 2014: 1,603
March 1, 2014: 1,826
February 1, 2014: 1,949
January 1, 2014: 2,046
December 1, 2013: 1,995
November 1, 2013: 1,779
October 1, 2013: 3,135
September 1, 2013: 689
August 1, 2013: 1,991
July 1, 2013: 881
June 1, 2013: 1,032
May 1, 2013: 538
April 1, 2013: 354
March 1, 2013: 2,274
February 1, 2013: 1,435
January 1, 2013: 2,000
December 1, 2012: 3,388
November 1, 2012: 2,001
October 1, 2012: 1,609
September 1, 2012: 1,433
August 1, 2012: 1,134
July 1, 2012: 1,476
June 1, 2012: 1,558
May 1, 2012: 1,433
April 1, 2012: 1,622
March 1, 2012: 2,004
February 1, 2012: 1,351
January 1, 2012: 1,703
December 1, 2011: 1,808
November 1, 2011: 807
October 1, 2011: 1,278
September 1, 2011: -638
August 1, 2011: 1,117
July 1, 2011: 186
June 1, 2011: 1,194
May 1, 2011: 1,339
April 1, 2011: 946
March 1, 2011: 1,416 (corrected from last post)
February 1, 2011: 1,051
Taken January 1, 2011: 880 (average for December 2010)
December: 839
November:  968
October: 914
September: 896
August: 1,037
July: 1,035
May: 2,809 (may be affected by Penguin return)
April: 1,086
March: 840
February: 1,146
January: 430 (may be impacted by Macmillan removal)
December 2009: 525
November: 556
October: 837

Magazines:

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
April 1, 2014: 684
March 1, 2014: 671
February 1, 2014: 675
January 1, 2014: 670
December 1, 2013: 669
November 1, 2013: 653
October 1, 2013: 652
September 1, 2013: 630
August 1, 2013: 628
July 1, 2013: 628
June 1, 2013: 626
May 1, 2013: 620
April 1, 2013: 609
March 1, 2013: 605
February 1, 2013: 601
January 1, 2013: 586
December 1, 2012: 573
November 1, 2012: 567
October 1, 2012: 558
September 1, 2012: 547
August 1, 2012: 510
July 1, 2012: 497
June 1, 2012: 476
May 1, 2012: 469
April 1, 2012: 453
March 1, 2012: 430
February 1, 2012: 409
January 1, 2012: 370
December 1, 2011: 340
November 1, 2011: 132
October 1, 2011: 129
September 1, 2011: 127
August 1, 2011: 119
July 1, 2011: 115
June 1, 2011: 110
May 1, 2011: 93
April 1, 2011: 86
March 1, 2011: 81
February 1, 2011:  80
January 1, 2011: 74
December 1, 2010:  83
November 1, 2010: 84
October 1, 2010: 80
September 1. 2010: 70
August 1, 2010: 64
July 1, 2010: 61
June 1, 2010: 60
May 1, 2010: 58
April 1, 2010: 53
March 1, 2010: 50
February 1, 2010: 46
January 1, 2010: 43
December 1, 2009: 40
November 1, 2009: 38

Newspapers:

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
April 1, 2014: 175
March 1, 2014: 175
February 1, 2014: 176
January 1, 2014: 176
December 1, 2013: 179
November 1, 2013: 179
October 1, 2013: 181
September 1, 2013: 181
August 1, 2013: 181
July 1, 2013: 179
June 1, 2013: 180
May 1, 2013: 185
April 1, 2013: 181
March 1, 2013: 198
February 1, 2013: 201
January 1, 2013: 200
December 1, 2012: 198
November 1, 2012: 202
October 1, 2012: 200
September 1, 2012: 201
August 1, 2012: 204
July 1, 2012: 201
June 1, 2012: 199
May 1, 2012: 195
April 1, 2012: 194
March 1, 2012: 193
February 1, 2012: 190
January 1, 2012: 188
December 1, 2011: 211
November 1, 2011: 191
October 1, 2011: 184
September 1, 2011: 177
August 1, 2011: 176
July 1, 2011: 176
June 1, 2011: 169
May 1, 2011: 167
April 1, 2011: 164
March 1, 2011: 161
February 1, 2011:  156
January 1, 2011: 153
December 1, 2010: 148
November 1, 2010: 145
October 1, 2010: 144
September 1, 2010: 138
August 1, 2010: 135
July 1, 2010: 136
June 1, 2010: 133
May 1, 2010: 128
April 1, 2010: 118
March 1, 2010: 107
February 1, 2010: 93
January 1, 2010: 89
December 1, 2009: 76
November 1, 2009: 58

Blogs:

April 1, 2015: 14,648 (ILMK rannk: #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)
April 1, 2014: 14,525 (ILMK rank: #8)
March 1, 2014: 14,382
February 1, 2014: 14,221
January 1, 2014: 14,030
December 1, 2013: 13,867
November 1, 2013: 13,742
October 1, 2013: 13,521
September 1, 2013: 14,792
August 1, 2013: 14,555
July 1, 2013: 14,432
June 1, 2013: 14,157
May 1, 2013: 14,552
April 1, 2013: 14,234
March 1, 2013: 13,870
February 1, 2013: 13,461
January 1, 2013: 13,110
December 1, 2012: 13,559
November 1, 2012: 13,178
October 1, 2012: 12,908
September 1, 2012: 12,417
August 1, 2012: 12,087
July 1, 2012: 12,759
June 1, 2012: 12,680
May 1, 2012: 12,914
April 1, 2012: 13,295
March 1, 2012: 13,038
February 1, 2012: 13,984
January 1, 2012: 13,571
December 1, 2011: 13,178
November 1, 2011: 14,286
October 1, 2011: 15,116
September 1, 2011: 14,801
August 1, 2011: 14,477
July 1, 2011: 14,053
June 1, 2011: 13,616
May 1, 2011: 12,901
April 1, 2011: 12,502
March 1, 2011: 12,080
February 1, 2011: 11,355
January 1, 2011: 11,087
December 1, 2010: 10,585
November 1, 2010: 10,255
October 1, 2010: 10,056
September 1, 2010: 10,036
August 1, 2010: 9,716
July 1, 2010: 9,429
June 1, 2010: 9,228
May 1, 2010: 9,094
April 1, 2010: 8,944
March 1, 2010: 8,754
February 1, 2010: 8,651
January 1, 2010: 7,992
December 1, 2009: 7,589
November 1, 2009: 7,365

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

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)
April, 2014 (taken May 1, 2014): 87.6% (2,106,603 of 2,404,221)
March, 2014 (taken April 1, 2014): 87.6% (2,054,771 of 2,346,730)
February, 2014 (taken March 1, 2014): 87.5% (2,012,504 of 2,300,490)
January, 2014 (taken February 1, 2014): 87.7% (1,976,453 of 2,254,215)
December, 2013 (taken January 1, 2014): 88.1% (1,932,395 of 2,193,346)
November (taken December 1, 2013): 88.0% (1,875,538 of 2,130,446)
October (taken November 1, 2013): 88.0% (1,823,817 of 2,073,157)
September (taken October 1, 2013):  87.7% (1,777,735 of 2,024,990)
August (taken September 1, 2013): 88.5% (1,706,130 of 1,928,837)
July (taken August 1, 2013): 87.9% (1,681,162 of 1,913,454)
June (taken July 1, 2013): 87.7% (1,627,666 of 1,855,614)
May (taken June 1, 2013): 87.8% (1,605,912 of 1,828,577)
April (taken May 1, 2013): 87.8% (1,582,685 of 1,801,844)
March (taken April 1, 2013): 88.1% (1,573,845 of 1,785,986)
February (taken March 1, 2013): 88.4% (1,564,429 of 1,770,452)
January (taken February 1, 2013): 89.6% (1,534,604 of 1,713,256)
December (taken January 1, 2013): 89.9% (1,502,267 of 1,671,220)
November (taken December 1): 89.8% (1,451,437 of 1,615,716)
October (taken November 1): 90.0% (1,371,227 of 1,522,810)
September (taken October 1): 90.1% (1,322,272 of 1,466,890)
August (taken September 1): 90.0% (1,278,733 of 1,421,168)
July (taken August 1): 89.9% (1,240,642 of 1,379,399)
June (taken (July 1): 89.7% (1,204,888 of 1,343,776)
May (taken June 1): 89.8% (1,1174,668 of 1,308,331)
April (taken May 1): 89.9% (1,113,793 of 1,261,606)
March (taken April 1): 89.6% (1,089,619 of 1,215,625)
February (taken March 1): 89.7% (1,044,889 of 1,165,368)
January (taken February 1): 89.4% (994,448 of 1,112,467)
December (taken January 1): 89.0% (955,187 of 1,073,539)
November (taken December 1): 88.8% (907,647 of 1,021,647)
October (taken November 1): 88.7% (859,492 of 968,948)
September (taken October 1): 88.6% (835,590 of 943,545)
August (taken September 1): 88.4% (803,271 of 908,602)
July (taken August 1): 89.1% (829,823 of 931,713)
June (taken July 1): 89.2% (801,631 of 898,735)
May (taken June 1): 89.4% (799,845 of 895,091)
April (taken May 1): 89.2% (769,798 of 862,970)
March (taken April 1): 88.9% (739,192 of 831,867)
February (taken March 1): 92.4% (752,043 of 814,009)
January (taken February 1): 88.9% (692,840 of 779,683)
December (taken January 1): 88.8% (663,315 of 746,963)
November (taken December 1): 88.8% (639,676 of 720,179)
October: (taken November 1): 88.8% (617,133 of 695,278)
September (taken October 1): 93.0% (589,877 of 634,375)
August: 88.2% (565,260 of 640,936)
July: 87.7% (522,046 of 595,370)
June: 87.1% (479,793 of 563,436)
May: 86.8% (462,359 of 532,646)
April: 84.8% (377,624 of 445,421)
March: 83.9% (413,302 of 346,665)
February: 84.2% (328,597 of 390,178)
January: 83.4% (295,634 of 354,499)
December: 83.1% (283,497 of 341,112)
November: 82.8% (268,366 of 324,230)
October: 82.2% (252,511 of 307,241)
September: 82.0% (239,666 of 292318)
August: 83.2% (245,524 of 295,210)

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

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 for April, 2014: 93.9% (64,320 of 68,534)
Books for March, 2014: 95.1% (64,614 of 67,969)
Books for February, 2014: 94.9% (60,313 of 63,555)
Books for January, 2014: 95.9% (95,399 of 99,439)
Books for December, 2013: 96.4% (105,488 of 109,437)
Books for November: 95.6% (95,064 of 99,468)
Books for October: 91.8% (58,291 of 63,498)
Books for September: 92.6% (55,613 of 60,082)
Books for August: 94.5% (55,159 of 58,358)
Books for July: 93.7% (55,648 of 59,365)
Books for June: 93.6% (52,745 of 56,323)
Books for May: 92.3% (51,237 of 55,482)
Books for April: 93.3% (53,929 of 57,818)
Books for March: 94.5% (53,632 of 56,758)
Books for February: 94.0% (48,876 of 52,015)
Books for January: 93.8% (50,100 of 53,418)
Books for December: 95.7% (49,147 of 51,337)
Books for November:  93.3% (47,702 of 51,103)
Books for October: 93.5% (48,869 of 52,243)
Books for September: 95.0% (52,571 of 49,491)
Books for August: 94.9% (45,180 of 47,593)
Books for July: 95.2% (46,712 of 49,072)
Books for June: 90.8% (50,056 of 55,143)
Books for May: 93.8% (44,463 of 47,396)
Books for April: 96.6% (45,211 of 46,800)
Books for March: 95.6% (48,578 of 50,788)
Books for February: 97.1% (51,180 of 52,734)
Books for January 2012: 96.9% (49,134 of 50,703)
Books for December: 96.8% (46,619 or 48,151)
Books for November: 96.0% (41,067 of 42,678)
Books for October: 96.2% (37,305 of 38,792)
Books for September 96.1% (33,889 of 35,254)
Books for August: 95.8% (37,440 of 39,100)
Books for July: 96.7% (42,922 of 44,400)
Books for June: 96.4% (45,332 of 47,018)
Books for May: 96.9% (51,840 of 53,484)
Books for April: 96.2% (42,795 of 44,464)
Books for March: 96.1% (38,961 of 40,558)
Books for February: 94.7% (32,379 of 34,206)
Books for January: 95.9% (29,010 of 30,260)
Books for December, 2010: 95.2% (23,419 of 24,593)
Books for November: 96.4% (28,189 of 29.251)
Books for October: 94.6% (22,005 of 23,268)
Books for September: 94.7% (22,338 of 23,592)
Books for August: 95.6% (24,514 of 25,638)
Books for July: 95.3% (24,375 of 25,579)
Books for June: 94.9% (21,774 of 22,945)
Books for May: 94.9% (24,436 of 25,737)
Books for April: 95.9% (23,695 of 24,714)
Books for March: 96.0% (23,703 of 24,699)
Books for February: 96.5% (26,850 of 27,815)
Books for January: 93.3% (11,857 of 12,704)
Books for December: 90.6% (8,948 of 9,879)
Books for November: 94.1% (11,520 of 12,239)
Books for October: 91.2% (6,789 of 7,445)
Books for September: 91.0% (5,104 of 5,608)
Books for August: 96.4% (20,239 of 21,079)

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

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)
April 1, 2014: 63.9% (1,605,139 of 2,512,520)
March 1, 2014: 64.1% (1,577,451 of 2,462,832)
February 1, 2014: 64.2% (1,548,131 of 2,411,705)
January 1, 2014: 64.5% (1,516,854 of 2,351,290)
December 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,474,801 of 2,287,866)
November 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,438,413 of 2,229,223)
October 1, 2013: 64.6% (1,405,220 of 2,175,847)
September 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,342,522 of 2,081,800)
August 1, 2013: 64.4% (1,327,280 of 2,060,431)
July 1, 2013: 64.5% (1,288,838 of 1,998,705)
June 1, 2013: 65.0% (1,282,211 of  1,972,277)
May 1, 2013: 65.0% (1,261,991 of 1,940,274)
April 1, 2013: 65.7% (1,264,685 of 1,924,138)
March 1, 2013: 66.2% (1,265,680 of 1,913,164)
February 1, 2013: 67.4% (1,247,401 of 1,849,479)
January 1, 2013: 67.8% (1,224,368 of 1,805,001)
December 1, 2012: 67.9% (1,183,346 of 1,742,991)
November 1, 2012: 64.7% (1,061,871 of 1,641,362)
October 1, 2012: 61.4% (969,791 of 1,579,329)
September 1, 2012: 60.4% (924,771 of 1,531,069)
August 1, 2012: 59.4% (883,612 of 1,486,649)
July 1: 61.3% (890,148 of 1,451,504)
June 1:  62.1% (874,145 of 1,407,210)
May 1: 62.6% (850,030 of  1,358,922)
April 1: 66.8% (812,423 of 1,215,625)
March 1: 61.1% (773,783 of 1,265,632)
February 1: 60.5% (731,051 of 1,207,522)
January 1, 2012: 61.6% (718,191 of 1,165,654)
December 1: 62.5% (694,766 of 1,112,876)
November 1: 61.8% (653,971 of 1,058,635)
October 1: 64.6% (667,521 of 1,033,611)
September 1: 65.8% (654,521 of 995,265)
August 1: 66.8% (677,646 of 1,015,056)
July 1: 63.5% (622,648 of 980,434)
June 1: 65.8% (641,867 of 974,841)
May 1: 67.4% (631,871 of 937,831)
April 1: 67.5% (606,223 of 897,663)
March 1: 68.2% (592,077 of 868,351)
February 1: 67.7% (561,035 of 828,708)
January 1: 66.8% (532,092 of 796,131)
December 1, 2010: 66.9% (514,086 of 768,865)
November 1: 66.7% (493,644 of 743,692)
October 1: 68.2% (487,833 of 714,863)
September 1:  66% (453,408 of 687,246)
August 1: 58% (382,691 of 659,479)
July 1: 57.3% (359,361 of 627,343)
June 1: 57.1% (340,379 of 596,300)
May 1: 51.4% (261,869 of 509,229)
April 1: 51.1% (243,718 of 476,653)
March 1: 52.5% (236,418 of 450,625)
February 1: 50.8% (210,978 of 415,100)

Books from one penny to $2.98

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
April 1, 2014: 18.4% (461,344 of 2,512,520)
March 1, 2014: 18.1% (446,248 of 2,462,382)
February 1, 2014: 18.2% (439,217 of 2,411,705)
January 1, 2014: 18.1% (426,107 of 2,351,290)
December 1, 2013: 18.0% (410,936 of 2,287,866)
November 1, 2013: 17.8% (395,739 of 2,229,223)
October 1, 2013: 17.6% (381,972 of 2,175,847)
September 1, 2013: 17.9% (372,207 of 2,081,800)
August 1, 2013: 17.5% (361,079 of 2,060,431)
July 1, 2013: 17.3% (346,301 of 1,998,705)
June 1, 2013: 16.8% (330,723 of 1,972,277)
May 1, 2013: 16.9% (326,947 of 1,940,274)
April 1, 2013: 16.4% (315,280 of 1,924,138)
March 1, 2013: 15.9% (304,800 of 1,913,164)
February 1, 2013: 15.8% (293,041 of 1,849,479)
January 1, 2013: 15.7% (283,545 of 1,805,001)
December 1, 2012: 15.5% (270,520 of 1,742,991)
November 1, 2012: 19.2% (315,137 of 1,641,362)
October 1, 2012: 22.7% (358,015 of 1,579,329)
September 1, 2012: 23.5% (359,257 of 1,531,069)
August 1, 2012: 24.3% (361,675 of 1,486,649)
July 1: 22.0% (319,951 of 1,451,504)
June 1:  21.7% (305,794 of 1,407,210)
May 1: 21.3% (288,796 of  1,368,922)
April 1: 23.2% (282,254 of 1,215,625)
March 1: 21.8% (275,556 of 1,265,632)
February 1: 22.2% (268,203 of 1,207,522)
January 1, 2012: 20.7% (241,553 of 1,165,654)
December 1: 19.5% (217,026 of 1,112,876)
November 1: 19.8% (209,435 of 1,058,635)
October 1: 16.7% (172,745 of 1,033,611)
September 1: 15.5% (153,891 of 995,265)
August 1: 15.6% (158,010 of 1,015,056)
July 1: 18.9% (185,041 of 980,434)
June 1: 17.0% (165,687 of 974,841)
May 1: 15.6% (146,540 of 937,831)
April 1: 16.2% (145,638 of 897,863)
March 1: 16.9% (147,076 of 868,351)
February 1: 18.1% (149,809 of 828,708)
January 1: 18.7% (148,681 of 796,131)
December 1, 2010: 18.5%  (142,549 of 768,865)
November 1: 18.4% (136,964 of 743,692)
October 1: 17.9% (127,830 of 714,863)
September 1: 18.5% (127,165 of 687,246)
August 1: 21.1% (139,277 of 659,479)
July 1: 21% (131,432 of 627,343)
June 1: 20.5% (121,981 of 596,300)
May 1: 22.7% (115,756 of 509,229)
April 1: 21.6% (102,948 of 476,653)
March 1: 20.5% (92,180 of 450,625)
February 1: 20.4% (84,721 of 415,100)

Price Point Analysis of New York Times Hardback Fiction Equivalents

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

April 1, 2014

11.84 10.99 12.74 10.99 10.99 7.50 10.99 11.99 11.99 11.47
10.99 10.65 6.49 10.99 10.99 11.99 12.99 5.99 15.49 8.99

Average: $10.85 (+$0.59) 3 titles under $10

March 1, 2014

11.99 11.99 7.50 10.91 12.74 10.65 10.65 11.48 6.49 11.47
9.99 8.99 11.99 8.49 12.99 N/A 5.99 10.99 8.99 10.66

Average: $10.26 (+$1.33) 7 titles under $10

February 1, 2014

10.91 7.50 10.65 10.65 6.59 10.65 11.19 8.49 10.91 10.65
5.99 8.99 7.50 11.39 7.50 8.99 10.65 6.49 6.49 6.49

Average: $8.93 (+$0.99) 11 titles under $10

January 1, 2014

6.49 8.49 7.50 6.06 7.99 7.50 6.49 6.49 6.49 8.99
11.39 6.49 6.49 N/A 8.59 8.99 11.39 6.49 11.49 6.99

Average: $7.94 (-$1.06) 16 titles under $10

December 1, 2013:

8.49 3.29 10.99 10.65 7.99 7.49 11.99 3.99 10.99 10.99

N/A 10.99 8.99 7.99 8.59 10.91 10.65 10.99 3.99 11.99

Average: $9.00 ($-1.48) 9 titles under $10

November 1, 2013:

10.99 10.91 10.91 11.99 10.91 10.99 10.99 11.99 10.99 6.50

10.91 10.91 10.91 10.65 9.99 10.99 10.99 9.01 9.99 7.99

Average: $10.48

October 1, 2013:

10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 9.99 9.45 5.99 10.99

10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 10.99 5.99 9.99 12.8010.99 10.99

Average: $10.40

September 4, 2013:

6.50 10.99 11.99 10.99 11.04 10.99 4.99 10.99 10.99 6.50
9.00 8.00 11.99 10.99 7.48 10.67 11.99 11.99 10.99 12.60

Average: $10.08

August 1, 2013:

11.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 11.99 10.99 9.99 12.99 9.99 9.99

12.99 12.99 11.04 12.99 8.52 12.99 14.99 10.91 11.04 11.84

Average: $11.71

July 1, 2013:

7.99 12.99 11.04 12.99 12.99 11.04 11.04 7.99 11.04 11.04

12.99 12.99 7.99 7.49 11.04 14.99 7.49 12.99 10.99 12.74

Average: $11.09

June 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 8.99 12.99 13.99 12.99 12.99 9.00

14.99 12.99 9.99 9.99 10.99 14.99 10.99 12.80 9.68 12.99

Average: $12.12

May 1, 2013:

12.99 10.99 12.74 12.99 7.99 12.99 10.99 12.99 12.99 12.99
12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 10.99 10.99 12.99 7.49 14.99 12.59

Average: $12.23

April 1, 2013:

12.74 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 9.45
11.99 14.99 14.99 9.68 12.99 12.99 12.99 9.78 11.04 10.67

Average: $12.36

March 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 N/A 10.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99
12.74 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99

Average: $12.92

February 1, 2013:

N/A 12.99 12.74 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.04 12.99

9.99 8.00 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 13.59

Average: $12.38

January 1, 2013:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.04 11.04 12.74 11.43 12.74 12.99

11.99 9.99 12.99 7.50 12.99 8.00 19.99 13.49 13.99 14.99

Average: 12.49

December 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 11.99

12.99 12.99 19.99 9.50 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.22

November 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 19.99 12.99 9.50 12.99

11.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 13.99 14.99 12.80 11.99 12.99

Average: $13.26

October 1, 2012:

19.99 12.99 12.99 9.50 12.99 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 11.99 9.45 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $12.84

September 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 9.99 14.99 12.99 14.99 1.99

Average: $12.49

August 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

July 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 14.99 12.99 12.99

Average: 13.29

June 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99

12.99 9.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 11.99 12.99 14.99

Average: $12.94

May 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 11.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

April 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

14.99* 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 11.9912.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.14

March 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99* 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

9.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

$13.04

February 1, 2012:

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99* 12.99 9.99 12.99 12.99

12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 12.99 14.99 12.99 12.99 12.99

Average: $13.04

* There was also an enhanced audio/visual version of this book for $16.99. I chose to enter it here only in the standard version, since that most closely represents the comparison between paper and e-book versions. It isn’t necessary to pay $16.99: it’s an additional payment for more features

January 1, 2012

Average: $13.14

December 1, 2011

Average: $12.40

November 1, 2011:

Average: $12.45

October 1, 2011:

Avg: $13.09

September 1, 2011:

Avg: 12.99

August 1, 2011:

Avg $13.29

July 1, 2011

Avg $13.09

June 1, 2011

Avg: $12.81

May 1, 2011

Average: $12.84

April 1, 2011

Average: $12.69

March 1, 2011

Average: $12.83

February 1, 2011

Average: $12.25
Agency Model average: $12.86
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

January 1, 2011

Average: $12.52

Agency Model: $12.99

Non-Agency: $9.99

December 1, 2010:

Average: $12.78
Agency Model average: $13.52
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

November 1, 2010:

Average: $12.83
Agency Model average: $13.59
Non-Agency Model average: $9.99

October 1, 2010:

Average: $12.38
Agency Model average: $12.79
Non-Agency Model average: $10.87

September 1, 2010:

Average: $12.52
Agency Model average $12.99
Non-Agency Model average $9.99

Textbooks in the Kindle Store

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
April 1, 2014: 38,577
March 1, 2014: 37,212
February 1, 2014: 36,397
January 1, 2014: 35,793
December 1, 2013: 35,213
November 1, 2013: 35,273
October 1, 2013: 34,585
September 1, 2013:  30,925
August 1, 2013: 29,956
July 1, 2013: 29,070
June 1, 2013: 28,194
May 1, 2013: 27,110
April 1, 2013: 26,35
March 1, 2013: 26,100
February 1, 2013: 25,000
January 1, 2013: 23,256
December 1, 2012: 21,507
November 1, 2012: 19,796
October 1, 2012: 19,095
September 1, 2012: 18,369
August 1, 2012: 17,756
July 1, 2012: 24,629
June 1, 2012: 15,581
May 1, 2012: 14,868
April 1, 2012: 16,509
March 1, 2012: 15,434
February 1, 2012: 14,827
January 1, 2012: 13,828
December 1, 2011: 13,396
November 1, 2011: 13,131
October 1, 2011: 12,788
September 1, 2011: 11,966
August 1, 2011: 10,316
July 1, 2011: 9,852
June 1, 2011: 9,442
May 1, 2011: 9,193
April 1, 2011:  8,952
March 1, 2011: 8,633
February 1, 2011: 8,342
January 1, 2011: 7,926
December 1, 2010: 7,637
November 1, 2010: 7,355
October 1, 2010: 7, 162
September 1, 2010: 6,831
August 1, 2010: 6,661
July 1, 2010: 6,481
June 1, 2010: 6,249
May 1, 2010: 6,117
April 1, 2010: 5,973
March 1, 2010: 5,728
February 1, 2010: 5,673
January 1, 2010: 5,549
December 1, 2009: 4,892
November 1, 2009: 4,768
October 1, 2009: 4,633
September 24, 2009: 4,678
August 11, 2009: 4,381

Free books (including public domain)

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
April 1, 2014: 57,945
March 1, 2014: 58,588
February 1, 2014: 57,648
January 1, 2014: 56,793
December 1, 2013: 57,311
November 1, 2013: 58,238
October 1, 2013: 56,199
September 1, 2013: 57,547
August 1, 2013: 56,113
July 1, 2013: 55,068
June 1, 2013: 55,811
May 1, 2013: 54,033
April 1, 2013: 55,670
March 1, 2013: 54,946
February 1, 2013: 54,567
January 1, 2013: 54,538
December 1, 2012: 50,869
November 1, 2012: 50,938
October 1, 2012: 50,982
September 1, 2012: 52,601
August 1, 2012: 51,680
July 1: 53,728
June 1: 50,470
May 1: 48,904
April 1: 49,826
March 1: 51,860
February 1: 48,207
January 1, 2012: 46,201
December 1: 43,757
November 1: 42,657
October 1, 2011: 42,710
September 1, 2011: 39,540
August 1, 2011: 38,936
July 1, 2011: 38,627
June 1, 2011: 37,415
May 1, 2011: 36,481
April 1, 2011: 33,469
March 1, 2011: 15,931
February 1, 2011: 15,947
January 1, 2011: 16,758
December 1, 2010: 16,708
November 1, 2010: 16,703
October 1, 2010: 16,702
September 1, 2010: 16,726
August 1, 2010: 20,634
July 1, 2010: 20,628
June 1, 2010: 20,590
May 1, 2010: 20,601
April 1, 2010: 20,619
March 1, 2010: 20,143
February 1, 2010: 19788
January 1, 2010: 19,802
December 1, 2009: 19,895
November 1, 2009: 18,547
October 1, 2009: 7,428
February 28, 2009: 7,401

Free books (without public domain)

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
April 1, 2014: 11,864
March 1, 2014: 12,500
February 1, 2014: 11,568
January 1, 2014: 11,091
December 1, 2013: 11,455
November 1, 2013: 11,262
October 1, 2013: 9,726
September 1, 2013: 10,794
August 1, 2013: 9,816
July 1, 2013: 8,921
June 1, 2013: 9,582
May 1, 2013: 7,807
April 1, 2013: 7,761
March 1, 2013: 7,710
February 1, 2013: 7,404
January 1, 2013: 7,261
December 1, 2012: 7,089
November 1, 2012: 7,186
October 1, 2012: 7,259
September 1, 2012: 8,701
August 1, 2012: 7,829
July 1, 2012: 9,660
June 1, 2012: 6,715
May 1, 2012: 5,195
April 1, 2012: 5,622
March 1, 2012: 8,356
February 1, 2012: 6,109
January 1, 2012: 4,102
December 1, 2011: 2,007
November 1, 2011: 1,681
October 1, 2011: 1,449
September 1, 2011: 1,283
August 1, 2011: 1,046
July 1, 2011: 883
June 1, 2011: 707
May 1, 2011: 20,984
April 1, 2011: 17,832
March 1, 2011: 241
February 1, 2011: 240
January 1, 2011: 230
December 1, 2010: 183
November 1, 2010: 171
October 1, 2010: 161
September 1, 2010: 143
August 1, 2010: 621 (125 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
July 1, 2010: 599 (102 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
June 1, 2010: 559 (63 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
May 1, 2010: 556 (57 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
April 1, 2010: 560 (59 without Amazon Breakthrough nominees)
March 1, 2010: 67
February 1, 2010: 52
January 1, 2010: 53
December 1, 2009: 84
November 1, 2009: 64
October 1, 2009: 67

Spanish edition books*

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
April 1, 2014: 90,187
March 1, 2014: 87,752
February 1, 2014: 86,182
January 1, 2014: 83,041
December 1, 2013: 80,061
November 1, 2013: 77,688
October 1, 2013: 76,079
September 1, 2013: 73,649
August 1, 2013: 71,335
July 1, 2013: 68,643
June 1, 2013: 66,070
May 1, 2013: 63,842
April 1, 2013: 61,264
March 1, 2013: 54,839
February 1, 2013: 52,638
January 1, 2013: 51,302
December 1, 2012: 48,905
November 1, 2012: 46,790
October 1, 2012: 44,232
September 1, 2012: 41,659
August 1, 2012: 40,214
July 1, 2012: 38,684
June 1, 2012: 36,891
May 1, 2012: 34,308
April 1, 2012: 32,157
March 1, 2012: 29,480
February 1, 2012: 22,834
January 1, 2012: 22,492
December 1, 2011: 19,928
November 1, 2011: 15,758
October 1, 2011: 16,874
September 1, 2011: 14,805
August 1, 2011: 11,383
July 1, 2011: 10,552
June 1, 2011: 9,917
May 1, 2011: 9,251
April 1, 2011: 8,362
March 1, 2011: 9,244
February 1, 2011: 8,608
January 1, 2011: 8.045
December 1, 2010: 5,839
November 1, 2010: 5,286
October 1, 2010: 4,982
September 1, 2010: 4,723
August 1, 2010: 4,623
July 1, 2010: 4,398
June 1, 2010: 4,078
May 1, 2010: 3,735
April 1, 2010: 3,383
March 1, 2010: 2,841
February 1, 2010: 2,548
January 1, 2010: 2,363
December 1, 2009: 3,483

Books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL)

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%)
April 1, 2014: 547,360 (21.8%)
March 1, 2014: 529,466 (21.5%)
February 1, 2014: 512,403 (21.2%)
January 1, 2014: 491,875 (20.91%)
December 1, 2013: 469,593 (20.53%)
November 1, 2013: 447,147 (20.06%)
October 1, 2013: 428,318 (19.7%)
September 1, 2013: 408,514 (19.8%)
August 1, 2013: 389,380 (18.9%)
July 1, 2013: 369,622 (18.5%)
June 1, 2013: 352,649 (17.1%)
May 1, 2013: 336,351 (17.3%)
April 1, 2013: 319,676 (16.6%)
March 1, 2013: 302,080 (15.8%)
February 1, 2013: 283,641 (15.3%)
January 1, 2013: 264,444
December 1, 2012: 242,716
November 1, 2012: 235,957
October 1, 2012: 216,873
September 1, 2012: 198,009
August 1, 2012: 180,133
July 1, 2012: 168,440
June 1, 2012: 159,937
May 1, 2012: 146,182
April 1, 2012: 131,110
March 1, 2012: 117,652
February 1, 2012: 95,020
January 1, 2012: 69,850 (new measurement)

Books in Kindle Unlimited

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 the Kindle Matchbook program

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%)
April 1, 2014: 81,560 (-27%)
March 1, 2014: 112,354 (+2%)
February 1, 2014: 109,992 (+8%)
January 1, 2014: 101,699 (+14%)
December 1, 2013: 88,869 (+18%)
November 1, 2013: 75,173 (new measurement)

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.

4/1/2010
Total 476653
Prime 413032
Under $10 346665
83.9%
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$ 0.99 43,993 9.17% 0.01%
$ 1.99 7,704 1.61% 0.00%
$ 2.99 14,560 3.03% 0.00%
$ 3.99 17,390 3.62% -0.02%
$ 4.99 9,758 2.03% -0.01%
$ 5.99 2,691 0.56% 0.00%
$ 6.99 1,800 0.38% 0.00%
$ 7.99 10,927 2.28% -0.25%
$ 8.99 1,312 0.27% 0.00%
$ 9.99 51,857 10.80% -0.26%
$ 10.99 191 0.04% 0.00%
$ 11.99 196 0.04% 0.00%
$ 12.99 308 0.06% 0.00%
$ 13.99 93 0.02% 0.00%
$ 14.99 806 0.17% 0.00%
$ 15.99 114 0.02% 0.00%
$ 16.99 67 0.01% 0.00%
$ 17.99 43 0.01% 0.00%
$ 18.99 21 0.00% 0.00%
$ 19.99 201 0.04% 0.00%
$ 20.99 11 0.00% 0.00%
$ 21.99 11 0.00% 0.00%
$ 22.99 21 0.00% 0.00%
$ 23.99 5 0.00% 0.00%
$ 24.99 50 0.01% 0.00%

4/1/2011
Total 897,663
Prime 831,867
Under $10 739192
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     71,036 7.91% -0.84%
$    1.99     15,994 1.78% 0.06%
$    2.99     50,033 5.57% 0.30%
$    3.99     23,986 2.67% 0.24%
$    4.99     20,374 2.27% 0.48%
$    5.99     10,560 1.18% 0.16%
$    6.99      7,422 0.83% 0.07%
$    7.99     18,354 2.04% 0.20%
$    8.99      4,436 0.49% -0.04%
$    9.99     96,211 10.72% 0.88%
$   10.99         766 0.09% 0.02%
$   11.99      1,383 0.15% -0.01%
$   12.99      2,122 0.24% 0.01%
$   13.99         506 0.06% 0.00%
$   14.99      1,519 0.17% -0.01%
$   15.99         172 0.02% 0.01%
$   16.99         225 0.03% 0.00%
$   17.99         403 0.04% 0.02%
$   18.99         199 0.02% 0.01%
$   19.99         568 0.06% -0.01%
$   20.99           45 0.01% 0.00%
$   21.99         152 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           21 0.00% 0.00%
$   23.99           22 0.00% 0.00%
$   24.99         104 0.01% -0.04%

5/1/2011
Total 937,831
Prime 862,970
Under $10 769,798
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99     74,929 7.99% 0.08%
$        1.99     16,497 1.76% -0.02%
$        2.99     56,878 6.06% 0.49%
$        3.99     22,937 2.45% -0.23%
$        4.99     24,880 2.65% 0.38%
$        5.99     13,387 1.43% 0.25%
$        6.99      5,215 0.56% -0.27%
$        7.99     18,992 2.03% -0.02%
$        8.99      5,053 0.54% 0.04%
$        9.99   103,463 11.03% 0.31%
$      10.99         865 0.09% 0.01%
$      11.99      1,412 0.15% 0.00%
$      12.99      2,271 0.24% 0.01%
$      13.99         490 0.05% 0.00%
$      14.99      1,577 0.17% 0.00%
$      15.99         134 0.01% 0.00%
$      16.99         235 0.03% 0.00%
$      17.99         471 0.05% 0.01%
$      18.99         207 0.02% 0.00%
$      19.99         465 0.05% -0.01%
$      20.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99         172 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99           79 0.01% 0.01%
$      24.99         110 0.01% 0.00%

6/1/2011
Total 974,841
Prime 895,091
Under $10 799,845
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99    81,095 8.32% 0.33%
$        1.99    16,628 1.71% -0.05%
$        2.99    54,630 5.60% -0.46%
$        3.99    22,026 2.26% -0.19%
$        4.99    18,976 1.95% -0.71%
$        5.99    10,685 1.10% -0.33%
$        6.99      7,039 0.72% 0.17%
$        7.99    15,841 1.62% -0.40%
$        8.99      4,226 0.43% -0.11%
$        9.99    90,005 9.23% -1.80%
$      10.99        619 0.06% -0.03%
$      11.99      1,481 0.15% 0.00%
$      12.99      2,112 0.22% -0.03%
$      13.99        571 0.06% 0.01%
$      14.99      1,720 0.18% 0.01%
$      15.99        176 0.02% 0.00%
$      16.99        230 0.02% 0.00%
$      17.99        251 0.03% -0.02%
$      18.99        178 0.02% 0.00%
$      19.99        468 0.05% 0.00%
$      20.99          25 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99        200 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99          29 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99          59 0.01% 0.00%
$      24.99        121 0.01% 0.00%

July 1, 2011

7/1/2011
Total 980,434
Prime 898,735
Under $10 801,631
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 73,957 7.54% -0.78%
$        1.99 18,207 1.86% 0.15%
$        2.99 34,414 3.51% -2.09%
$        3.99 26,942 2.75% 0.49%
$        4.99    8,926 0.91% -1.04%
$        5.99    5,117 0.52% -0.57%
$        6.99    3,725 0.38% -0.34%
$        7.99 14,537 1.48% -0.14%
$        8.99    2,009 0.20% -0.23%
$        9.99 79,377 8.10% -1.14%
$      10.99       491 0.05% -0.01%
$      11.99    1,574 0.16% 0.01%
$      12.99    1,863 0.19% -0.03%
$      13.99       509 0.05% -0.01%
$      14.99    1,555 0.16% -0.02%
$      15.99       453 0.05% 0.03%
$      16.99       201 0.02% 0.00%
$      17.99       138 0.01% -0.01%
$      18.99       118 0.01% -0.01%
$      19.99       271 0.03% -0.02%
$      20.99        18 0.00% 0.00%
$      21.99       186 0.02% 0.00%
$      22.99        32 0.00% 0.00%
$      23.99       111 0.01% 0.01%
$      24.99       125 0.01% 0.00%

August 1, 2011

8/1/2011
Total 1,015,056
Prime 931,713
Under $10 829,823
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     76,233 7.51% -0.03%
$    1.99     17,083 1.68% -0.17%
$    2.99     66,967 6.60% 3.09%
$    3.99     12,921 1.27% -1.48%
$    4.99     27,893 2.75% 1.84%
$    5.99     12,894 1.27% 0.75%
$    6.99      2,715 0.27% -0.11%
$    7.99     18,431 1.82% 0.33%
$    8.99      5,638 0.56% 0.35%
$    9.99   111,705 11.00% 2.91%
$   10.99         473 0.05% 0.00%
$   11.99      1,691 0.17% 0.01%
$   12.99      2,129 0.21% 0.02%
$   13.99         576 0.06% 0.00%
$   14.99      1,768 0.17% 0.02%
$   15.99         252 0.02% -0.02%
$   16.99         230 0.02% 0.00%
$   17.99         128 0.01% 0.00%
$   18.99         249 0.02% 0.01%
$   19.99         468 0.05% 0.02%
$   20.99           46 0.00% 0.00%
$   21.99         166 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           64 0.01% 0.00%
$   23.99           90 0.01% 0.00%
$   24.99           59 0.01% -0.01%

September 1, 2011

9/1/2011
Total 995,265
Prime 908,602
Under $10 803,271
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$    0.99     77,793 7.82% 0.31%
$    1.99     16,614 1.67% -0.01%
$    2.99 56,503 5.68% -0.92%
$    3.99     21,995 2.21% 0.94%
$    4.99     21,595 2.17% -0.58%
$    5.99     11,312 1.14% -0.13%
$    6.99      7,477 0.75% 0.48%
$    7.99     16,948 1.70% -0.11%
$    8.99     14,883 1.50% 0.94%
$    9.99   102,626 10.31% -0.69%
$   10.99         485 0.05% 0.00%
$   11.99         983 0.10% -0.07%
$   12.99      1,374 0.14% -0.07%
$   13.99         316 0.03% -0.02%
$   14.99      1,501 0.15% -0.02%
$   15.99         160 0.02% -0.01%
$   16.99         159 0.02% -0.01%
$   17.99         285 0.03% 0.02%
$   18.99         165 0.02% -0.01%
$   19.99         446 0.04% 0.00%
$   20.99           50 0.01% 0.00%
$   21.99         171 0.02% 0.00%
$   22.99           41 0.00% 0.00%
$   23.99           33 0.00% -0.01%
$   24.99         109 0.01% 0.01%

10/1/2011
Total  1,033,611
Prime 943,545
Under $10 835,590
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99       81,946 7.93% 0.11%
 $        1.99       16,172 1.56% -0.10%
 $        2.99 48,287 4.67% -1.01%
 $        3.99       16,808 1.63% -0.58%
 $        4.99       17,389 1.68% -0.49%
 $        5.99        8,259 0.80% -0.34%
 $        6.99        5,300 0.51% -0.24%
 $        7.99       10,833 1.05% -0.65%
 $        8.99       12,478 1.21% -0.29%
 $        9.99       89,175 8.63% -1.68%
 $      10.99           395 0.04% -0.01%
 $      11.99           804 0.08% -0.02%
 $      12.99        1,285 0.12% -0.01%
 $      13.99           302 0.03% 0.00%
 $      14.99        1,386 0.13% -0.02%
 $      15.99           146 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99           151 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99           144 0.01% -0.01%
 $      18.99             75 0.01% -0.01%
 $      19.99           368 0.04% -0.01%
 $      20.99             22 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99           150 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99             26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99             35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99             66 0.01% 0.00%

11/1/2011
Total  1,058,635
Prime 968,948
Under $10 859,492
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99       84,612 7.99% 0.06%
 $    1.99        7,659 0.72% -0.84%
 $    2.99 19,157 1.81% -2.86%
 $    3.99       10,245 0.97% -0.66%
 $    4.99        7,451 0.70% -0.98%
 $    5.99        3,026 0.29% -0.51%
 $    6.99        2,533 0.24% -0.27%
 $    7.99        8,414 0.79% -0.25%
 $    8.99       11,882 1.12% -0.08%
 $    9.99       70,312 6.64% -1.99%
 $   10.99           348 0.03% -0.01%
 $   11.99        1,144 0.11% 0.03%
 $   12.99        1,068 0.10% -0.02%
 $   13.99           280 0.03% 0.00%
 $   14.99        1,171 0.11% -0.02%
 $   15.99 69 0.01% -0.01%
 $   16.99           118 0.01% 0.00%
 $   17.99           116 0.01% 0.00%
 $   18.99             59 0.01% 0.00%
 $   19.99           234 0.02% -0.01%
 $   20.99             33 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99           153 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99             29 0.00% 0.00%
 $   23.99             28 0.00% 0.00%
 $   24.99             89 0.01% 0.00%

12/1/2011
Total 1,112,876
Prime 1021677
Under $10 907,647
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99       90,203 8.11% 0.11%
 $    1.99       17,711 1.59% 0.87%
 $    2.99 29,634 2.66% 0.85%
 $    3.99       23,617 2.12% 1.15%
 $    4.99       23,320 2.10% 1.39%
 $    5.99        4,606 0.41% 0.13%
 $    6.99        4,887 0.44% 0.20%
 $    7.99       13,241 1.19% 0.40%
 $    8.99       10,646 0.96% -0.17%
 $    9.99       71,709 6.44% -0.20%
 $   10.99           466 0.04% 0.01%
 $   11.99           598 0.05% -0.05%
 $   12.99        1,038 0.09% -0.01%
 $   13.99           317 0.03% 0.00%
 $   14.99        1,234 0.11% 0.00%
 $   15.99 78 0.01% 0.00%
 $   16.99           109 0.01% 0.00%
 $   17.99           132 0.01% 0.00%
 $   18.99             50 0.00% 0.00%
 $   19.99           278 0.02% 0.00%
 $   20.99             25 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99           168 0.02% 0.00%
 $   22.99             31 0.00% 0.00%
 $   23.99             25 0.00% 0.00%
 $   24.99           104 0.01% 0.00%

1/1/2012
Total 1,165,654
Prime 1073539
Under $10 955,187
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99     99,225 8.51% 0.41%
 $        1.99     16,088 1.38% -0.21%
 $        2.99 38,295 3.29% 0.62%
 $        3.99     24,602 2.11% -0.01%
 $        4.99     18,289 1.57% -0.53%
 $        5.99      4,438 0.38% -0.03%
 $        6.99      5,002 0.43% -0.01%
 $        7.99     11,495 0.99% -0.20%
 $        8.99     12,412 1.06% 0.11%
 $        9.99     68,467 5.87% -0.57%
 $      10.99         421 0.04% -0.01%
 $      11.99         549 0.05% -0.01%
 $      12.99      1,010 0.09% -0.01%
 $      13.99         270 0.02% -0.01%
 $      14.99      1,272 0.11% 0.00%
 $      15.99 142 0.01% 0.01%
 $      16.99         102 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         192 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           44 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         279 0.02% 0.00%
 $      20.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         134 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           30 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           36 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         108 0.01% 0.00%

2/1/2012
Total 1,207,522
Prime 1,112,467
Under $10 994,448
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   107,238 8.88% 0.37%
 $        1.99      8,528 0.71% -0.67%
 $        2.99 28,515 2.36% -0.92%
 $        3.99      7,463 0.62% -1.49%
 $        4.99      6,509 0.54% -1.03%
 $        5.99      2,761 0.23% -0.15%
 $        6.99      2,740 0.23% -0.20%
 $        7.99      7,571 0.63% -0.36%
 $        8.99     13,377 1.11% 0.04%
 $        9.99     58,244 4.82% -1.05%
 $      10.99         331 0.03% -0.01%
 $      11.99         476 0.04% -0.01%
 $      12.99         914 0.08% -0.01%
 $      13.99         186 0.02% -0.01%
 $      14.99         988 0.08% -0.03%
 $      15.99 82 0.01% -0.01%
 $      16.99           98 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         194 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           59 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         167 0.01% -0.01%
 $      20.99           15 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         163 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           20 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           58 0.00% 0.00%

3/1/2012
Total 1,265,632
Prime 1,165,368
Under $10 1,044,889
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   113,150 8.94% 0.06%
 $        1.99     10,638 0.84% 0.13%
 $        2.99 43,320 3.42% 1.06%
 $        3.99     18,776 1.48% 0.87%
 $        4.99      8,565 0.68% 0.14%
 $        5.99      3,879 0.31% 0.08%
 $        6.99      3,591 0.28% 0.06%
 $        7.99      8,164 0.65% 0.02%
 $        8.99     14,825 1.17% 0.06%
 $        9.99     62,009 4.90% 0.08%
 $      10.99         375 0.03% 0.00%
 $      11.99         673 0.05% 0.01%
 $      12.99         936 0.07% 0.00%
 $      13.99         249 0.02% 0.00%
 $      14.99      1,005 0.08% 0.00%
 $      15.99 117 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         102 0.01% 0.00%
 $      17.99         210 0.02% 0.00%
 $      18.99           55 0.00% 0.00%
 $      19.99         213 0.02% 0.00%
 $      20.99           12 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         170 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           20 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           73 0.01% 0.00%

4/1/2012
Total 1,315,927
Prime 1,215,625
Under $10 1,089,619
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   118,411 9.00% 0.06%
 $        1.99     12,440 0.95% 0.10%
 $        2.99 53,686 4.08% 0.66%
 $        3.99     30,997 2.36% 0.87%
 $        4.99     10,786 0.82% 0.14%
 $        5.99      5,026 0.38% 0.08%
 $        6.99      4,705 0.36% 0.07%
 $        7.99      8,988 0.68% 0.04%
 $        8.99      5,461 0.41% -0.76%
 $        9.99     71,568 5.44% 0.54%
 $      10.99         654 0.05% 0.02%
 $      11.99      1,281 0.10% 0.04%
 $      12.99      1,835 0.14% 0.07%
 $      13.99         438 0.03% 0.01%
 $      14.99      1,739 0.13% 0.05%
 $      15.99 323 0.02% 0.02%
 $      16.99         236 0.02% 0.01%
 $      17.99           86 0.01% -0.01%
 $      18.99         118 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         395 0.03% 0.01%
 $      20.99           25 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         272 0.02% 0.01%
 $      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           17 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           96 0.01% 0.00%

5/1/2012
Total 1,358,922
Prime 1,261,606
Under $10 1,133,793
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   122,040 9.27% 0.28%
 $        1.99     13,124 1.00% 0.05%
 $        2.99 64,106 4.87% 0.79%
 $        3.99     37,072 2.82% 0.46%
 $        4.99     12,631 0.96% 0.14%
 $        5.99      6,288 0.48% 0.10%
 $        6.99      4,897 0.37% 0.01%
 $        7.99     10,145 0.77% 0.09%
 $        8.99      3,156 0.24% -0.18%
 $        9.99     76,063 5.78% 0.34%
 $      10.99         809 0.06% 0.01%
 $      11.99      1,816 0.14% 0.04%
 $      12.99      2,159 0.16% 0.02%
 $      13.99         565 0.04% 0.01%
 $      14.99      2,010 0.15% 0.02%
 $      15.99 140 0.01% -0.01%
 $      16.99         306 0.02% 0.01%
 $      17.99           78 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           91 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         471 0.04% 0.01%
 $      20.99           24 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         283 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           34 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           27 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         150 0.01% 0.00%

5/1/2012
Total 1,407,210
Prime 1,308,331
Under $10 1,174,668
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   125,811 9.56% 0.29%
 $        1.99     13,076 0.99% 0.00%
 $        2.99 66,685 5.07% 0.20%
 $        3.99     36,204 2.75% -0.07%
 $        4.99     11,225 0.85% -0.11%
 $        5.99      5,903 0.45% -0.03%
 $        6.99      4,569 0.35% -0.02%
 $        7.99     10,524 0.80% 0.03%
 $        8.99      2,717 0.21% -0.03%
 $        9.99     71,733 5.45% -0.33%
 $      10.99         885 0.07% 0.01%
 $      11.99      1,818 0.14% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,140 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         684 0.05% 0.01%
 $      14.99      2,042 0.16% 0.00%
 $      15.99 182 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         302 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99           73 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         108 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         513 0.04% 0.00%
 $      20.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         251 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           29 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           97 0.01% 0.00%

7/1/2012
Total 1,451,504
Prime 1,343,776
Under $10 1,204,888
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   129,323 8.91% -0.65%
 $        1.99     12,780 0.88% -0.11%
 $        2.99 64,315 4.43% -0.64%
 $        3.99     27,128 1.87% -0.88%
 $        4.99     12,335 0.85% 0.00%
 $        5.99      6,307 0.43% -0.01%
 $        6.99      5,118 0.35% 0.01%
 $        7.99     10,689 0.74% -0.06%
 $        8.99      2,871 0.20% -0.01%
 $        9.99     78,303 5.39% -0.06%
 $      10.99         875 0.06% -0.01%
 $      11.99      1,804 0.12% -0.01%
 $      12.99      2,291 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         688 0.05% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,225 0.15% 0.00%
 $      15.99 218 0.02% 0.00%
 $      16.99         332 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99           79 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         104 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         443 0.03% -0.01%
 $      20.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         319 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           44 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           30 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         109 0.01% 0.00%

8/1/2012
Total 1,486,649
Prime 1,379,399
Under $10 1,240,062
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   137,876 9.27% 0.36%
 $        1.99      9,880 0.66% -0.22%
 $        2.99 46,971 3.16% -1.27%
 $        3.99     12,096 0.81% -1.06%
 $        4.99      8,445 0.57% -0.28%
 $        5.99      4,956 0.33% -0.10%
 $        6.99      3,180 0.21% -0.14%
 $        7.99     10,781 0.73% -0.01%
 $        8.99      2,877 0.19% 0.00%
 $        9.99     70,140 4.72% -0.68%
 $      10.99         962 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      1,910 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,371 0.16% 0.00%
 $      13.99         636 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,056 0.14% -0.01%
 $      15.99 192 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         357 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         121 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           82 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         337 0.02% -0.01%
 $      20.99           35 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         364 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           24 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           86 0.01% 0.00%

9/1/2012
Total 1,531,069
Prime 1,421,168
Under $10 1,278,733
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   144,288 9.42% 0.15%
 $        1.99     13,399 0.88% 0.21%
 $        2.99 68,395 4.47% 1.31%
 $        3.99     14,760 0.96% 0.15%
 $        4.99     11,627 0.76% 0.19%
 $        5.99      6,456 0.42% 0.09%
 $        6.99      5,407 0.35% 0.14%
 $        7.99     11,697 0.76% 0.04%
 $        8.99      3,050 0.20% 0.01%
 $        9.99     74,605 4.87% 0.15%
 $      10.99         955 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      1,973 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,119 0.14% -0.02%
 $      13.99         582 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,039 0.13% -0.01%
 $      15.99 212 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         347 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         127 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99           81 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         385 0.03% 0.00%
 $      20.99           19 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         313 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           26 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99           99 0.01% 0.00%

10/1/2012
Total 1,579,329
Prime 1,466,890
Under $10 1,322,272
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   147,931 9.37% -0.06%
 $        1.99     16,053 1.02% 0.14%
 $        2.99 87,788 5.56% 1.09%
 $        3.99     20,853 1.32% 0.36%
 $        4.99     14,656 0.93% 0.17%
 $        5.99      7,558 0.48% 0.06%
 $        6.99      6,642 0.42% 0.07%
 $        7.99     13,807 0.87% 0.11%
 $        8.99      3,256 0.21% 0.01%
 $        9.99     84,003 5.32% 0.45%
 $      10.99         972 0.06% 0.00%
 $      11.99      2,052 0.13% 0.00%
 $      12.99      2,189 0.14% 0.00%
 $      13.99         587 0.04% 0.00%
 $      14.99      2,123 0.13% 0.00%
 $      15.99 216 0.01% 0.00%
 $      16.99         339 0.02% 0.00%
 $      17.99         109 0.01% 0.00%
 $      18.99         117 0.01% 0.00%
 $      19.99         509 0.03% 0.01%
 $      20.99           32 0.00% 0.00%
 $      21.99         371 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99           38 0.00% 0.00%
 $      23.99           32 0.00% 0.00%
 $      24.99         109 0.01% 0.00%

Total 1,641,362
Prime 1,522,810
Under $10 1,371,227
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   155,732 9.49% 0.12%
 $    1.99     24,777 1.51% 0.49%
 $    2.99 134,461 8.19% 2.63%
 $    3.99     49,221 3.00% 1.68%
 $    4.99     29,671 1.81% 0.88%
 $    5.99     15,629 0.95% 0.47%
 $    6.99     12,969 0.79% 0.37%
 $    7.99     22,527 1.37% 0.50%
 $    8.99      6,642 0.40% 0.20%
 $    9.99   134,811 8.21% 2.89%
 $   10.99      1,576 0.10% 0.03%
 $   11.99      2,986 0.18% 0.05%
 $   12.99      3,292 0.20% 0.06%
 $   13.99         894 0.05% 0.02%
 $   14.99      2,717 0.17% 0.03%
 $   15.99 319 0.02% 0.01%
 $   16.99         481 0.03% 0.01%
 $   17.99         235 0.01% 0.01%
 $   18.99         237 0.01% 0.01%
 $   19.99         902 0.05% 0.02%
 $   20.99           68 0.00% 0.00%
 $   21.99         431 0.03% 0.00%
 $   22.99           87 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99           86 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         218 0.01% 0.01%

12/1/2012
Total 1,742,991
Prime 1,615,716
Under $10 1,451,437
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   163,634 9.97% 0.48%
 $        1.99     40,111 2.44% 0.93%
 $        2.99 192,449 11.72% 3.53%
 $        3.99   122,419 7.46% 4.46%
 $        4.99     50,073 3.05% 1.24%
 $        5.99     27,780 1.69% 0.74%
 $        6.99     20,681 1.26% 0.47%
 $        7.99     40,348 2.46% 1.09%
 $        8.99     10,692 0.65% 0.25%
 $        9.99   236,101 14.38% 6.17%
 $      10.99      2,423 0.15% 0.05%
 $      11.99      4,346 0.26% 0.08%
 $      12.99      4,614 0.28% 0.08%
 $      13.99      1,299 0.08% 0.02%
 $      14.99      3,439 0.21% 0.04%
 $      15.99 840 0.05% 0.03%
 $      16.99         595 0.04% 0.01%
 $      17.99         354 0.02% 0.01%
 $      18.99         495 0.03% 0.02%
 $      19.99      1,498 0.09% 0.04%
 $      20.99         120 0.01% 0.00%
 $      21.99         383 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99         153 0.01% 0.00%
 $      23.99         136 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         370 0.02% 0.01%

1/1/2013
Total 1,805,001
Prime 1,671,220
Under $10 1,502,267
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   172,149 10.49% 0.52%
 $    1.99     42,262 2.57% 0.13%
 $    2.99 206,531 12.58% 0.86%
 $    3.99   126,369 7.70% 0.24%
 $    4.99     52,158 3.18% 0.13%
 $    5.99     29,128 1.77% 0.08%
 $    6.99     20,656 1.26% 0.00%
 $    7.99     41,417 2.52% 0.07%
 $    8.99     10,775 0.66% 0.01%
 $    9.99   235,662 14.36% -0.03%
 $   10.99      2,195 0.13% -0.01%
 $   11.99      4,123 0.25% -0.01%
 $   12.99      4,319 0.26% -0.02%
 $   13.99      1,207 0.07% -0.01%
 $   14.99      3,600 0.22% 0.01%
 $   15.99 966 0.06% 0.01%
 $   16.99         581 0.04% 0.00%
 $   17.99         377 0.02% 0.00%
 $   18.99         547 0.03% 0.00%
 $   19.99      3,087 0.19% 0.10%
 $   20.99         105 0.01% 0.00%
 $   21.99         418 0.03% 0.00%
 $   22.99         144 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99         136 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         359 0.02% 0.00%

Percentages for February 1, 2013 were corrected on March 1, 2013

2/1/2013
Total 1,849,479
Prime 1,713,256
Under $10 1,534,604
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   178,913 9.67% -0.81%
 $    1.99     45,121 2.44% -0.14%
 $    2.99 214,748 11.61% -0.97%
 $    3.99   130,320 7.05% -0.65%
 $    4.99     54,653 2.96% -0.22%
 $    5.99     31,434 1.70% -0.08%
 $    6.99     21,941 1.19% -0.07%
 $    7.99     42,620 2.30% -0.22%
 $    8.99     10,835 0.59% -0.07%
 $    9.99   230,800 12.48% -1.88%
 $   10.99      2,463 0.13% 0.00%
 $   11.99      4,593 0.25% 0.00%
 $   12.99      4,563 0.25% -0.02%
 $   13.99      1,304 0.07% 0.00%
 $   14.99      3,703 0.20% -0.02%
 $   15.99 1,004 0.05% 0.00%
 $   16.99         659 0.04% 0.00%
 $   17.99         435 0.02% 0.00%
 $   18.99         598 0.03% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,276 0.29% 0.10%
 $   20.99         116 0.01% 0.00%
 $   21.99         458 0.02% 0.00%
 $   22.99         178 0.01% 0.00%
 $   23.99         154 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         395 0.02% 0.00%

3/1/2013
Total 1,913,164
Prime 1,770,452
Under $10 1,564,429
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   187,353 9.79% 0.12%
 $        1.99     49,309 2.58% 0.14%
 $        2.99 227,956 11.92% 0.30%
 $        3.99   133,323 6.97% -0.08%
 $        4.99     58,386 3.05% 0.10%
 $        5.99     35,339 1.85% 0.15%
 $        6.99     25,102 1.31% 0.13%
 $        7.99     45,755 2.39% 0.09%
 $        8.99     12,282 0.64% 0.06%
 $        9.99   224,082 11.71% -0.77%
 $      10.99      3,590 0.19% 0.05%
 $      11.99      7,838 0.41% 0.16%
 $      12.99      6,533 0.34% 0.09%
 $      13.99      2,318 0.12% 0.05%
 $      14.99      4,760 0.25% 0.05%
 $      15.99 1,341 0.07% 0.02%
 $      16.99      1,129 0.06% 0.02%
 $      17.99         719 0.04% 0.01%
 $      18.99         920 0.05% 0.02%
 $      19.99      5,711 0.30% 0.01%
 $      20.99         303 0.02% 0.01%
 $      21.99         280 0.01% -0.01%
 $      22.99         359 0.02% 0.01%
 $      23.99         250 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         482 0.03% 0.00%

4/1/2013
Total 1,924,138
Prime 1,785,986
Under $10 1,573,845
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   193,771 10.07% 0.28%
 $        1.99     50,993 2.65% 0.07%
 $        2.99 240,734 12.51% 0.60%
 $        3.99   138,910 7.22% 0.25%
 $        4.99     60,568 3.15% 0.10%
 $        5.99     37,409 1.94% 0.10%
 $        6.99     25,863 1.34% 0.03%
 $        7.99     47,298 2.46% 0.07%
 $        8.99     12,791 0.66% 0.02%
 $        9.99   235,041 12.22% 0.50%
 $      10.99      3,781 0.20% 0.01%
 $      11.99      9,716 0.50% 0.10%
 $      12.99      6,538 0.34% 0.00%
 $      13.99      2,325 0.12% 0.00%
 $      14.99      4,848 0.25% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,403 0.07% 0.00%
 $      16.99      1,182 0.06% 0.00%
 $      17.99         759 0.04% 0.00%
 $      18.99         922 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99      5,772 0.30% 0.00%
 $      20.99         249 0.01% 0.00%
 $      21.99         277 0.01% 0.00%
 $      22.99      3,212 0.17% 0.15%
 $      23.99         281 0.01% 0.00%
 $      24.99         519 0.03% 0.00%

5/1/2013
Total 1,940,274
Prime 1,801,844
Under $10 1,582,685
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   201,240 10.37% 0.30%
 $    1.99     52,243 2.69% 0.04%
 $    2.99 251,311 12.95% 0.44%
 $    3.99   141,835 7.31% 0.09%
 $    4.99     62,839 3.24% 0.09%
 $    5.99     37,835 1.95% 0.01%
 $    6.99     25,567 1.32% -0.03%
 $    7.99     42,663 2.20% -0.26%
 $    8.99     13,147 0.68% 0.01%
 $    9.99   237,096 12.22% 0.00%
 $   10.99      3,738 0.19% 0.00%
 $   11.99      9,891 0.51% 0.00%
 $   12.99      7,097 0.37% 0.03%
 $   13.99      2,922 0.15% 0.03%
 $   14.99      5,166 0.27% 0.01%
 $   15.99 1,523 0.08% 0.01%
 $   16.99      1,263 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         795 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99         992 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,704 0.29% -0.01%
 $   20.99         403 0.02% 0.01%
 $   21.99         282 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99         325 0.02% -0.15%
 $   23.99         278 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         513 0.03% 0.00%

6/1/2013
Total 1,972,277
Prime 1,828,577
Under $10 1,605,912
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   203,653 10.33% -0.05%
 $    1.99     59,583 3.02% 0.33%
 $    2.99 269,149 13.65% 0.69%
 $    3.99   177,673 9.01% 1.70%
 $    4.99     64,192 3.25% 0.02%
 $    5.99     39,122 1.98% 0.03%
 $    6.99     26,506 1.34% 0.03%
 $    7.99     44,572 2.26% 0.06%
 $    8.99     13,388 0.68% 0.00%
 $    9.99   246,384 12.49% 0.27%
 $   10.99      3,809 0.19% 0.00%
 $   11.99     10,090 0.51% 0.00%
 $   12.99      7,409 0.38% 0.01%
 $   13.99      3,008 0.15% 0.00%
 $   14.99      5,322 0.27% 0.00%
 $   15.99 1,560 0.08% 0.00%
 $   16.99      1,298 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         772 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99         970 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      5,749 0.29% 0.00%
 $   20.99         239 0.01% -0.01%
 $   21.99         287 0.01% 0.00%
 $   22.99         307 0.02% 0.00%
 $   23.99         238 0.01% 0.00%
 $   24.99         513 0.03% 0.00%

7/1/2013
Total 1,998,705
Prime 1,855,614
Under $10 1,627,666
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   213,310 10.67% 0.35%
 $        1.99     62,342 3.12% 0.10%
 $        2.99 278,848 13.95% 0.30%
 $        3.99   193,610 9.69% 0.68%
 $        4.99     66,074 3.31% 0.05%
 $        5.99     40,374 2.02% 0.04%
 $        6.99     27,288 1.37% 0.02%
 $        7.99     45,103 2.26% 0.00%
 $        8.99     13,847 0.69% 0.01%
 $        9.99   284,366 14.23% 1.74%
 $      10.99      4,009 0.20% 0.01%
 $      11.99     10,950 0.55% 0.04%
 $      12.99      7,321 0.37% -0.01%
 $      13.99      3,474 0.17% 0.02%
 $      14.99      5,331 0.27% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,596 0.08% 0.00%
 $      16.99      1,391 0.07% 0.00%
 $      17.99         791 0.04% 0.00%
 $      18.99         997 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99      5,888 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99         427 0.02% 0.01%
 $      21.99         316 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99         315 0.02% 0.00%
 $      23.99         303 0.02% 0.00%
 $      24.99         536 0.03% 0.00%

8/1/2013
Total 2,060,431
Prime 1,913,454
Under $10 1,681,162
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $    0.99   222,737 10.81% 0.14%
 $    1.99     64,606 3.14% 0.02%
 $    2.99 291,135 14.13% 0.18%
 $    3.99   198,365 9.63% -0.06%
 $    4.99     68,727 3.34% 0.03%
 $    5.99     41,493 2.01% -0.01%
 $    6.99     26,838 1.30% -0.06%
 $    7.99     43,276 2.10% -0.16%
 $    8.99     14,083 0.68% -0.01%
 $    9.99   250,215 12.14% -2.08%
 $   10.99      4,366 0.21% 0.01%
 $   11.99     10,785 0.52% -0.02%
 $   12.99      5,311 0.26% -0.11%
 $   13.99      5,063 0.25% 0.07%
 $   14.99      5,243 0.25% -0.01%
 $   15.99 1,700 0.08% 0.00%
 $   16.99      1,496 0.07% 0.00%
 $   17.99         884 0.04% 0.00%
 $   18.99      1,112 0.05% 0.00%
 $   19.99      6,138 0.30% 0.00%
 $   20.99         525 0.03% 0.00%
 $   21.99         452 0.02% 0.01%
 $   22.99      1,217 0.06% 0.04%
 $   23.99         492 0.02% 0.01%
 $   24.99         603 0.03% 0.00%

9/5/2013
Total 2,125,648
Prime 1,975,738
Under $10 1,740,605
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99   231,849 10.91% 0.10%
 $        1.99     66,882 3.15% 0.01%
 $        2.99 306,025 14.40% 0.27%
 $        3.99   205,151 9.65% 0.02%
 $        4.99     70,590 3.32% -0.01%
 $        5.99     50,259 2.36% 0.35%
 $        6.99     26,971 1.27% -0.03%
 $        7.99     46,685 2.20% 0.10%
 $        8.99     14,005 0.66% -0.02%
 $        9.99   259,151 12.19% 0.05%
 $      10.99      7,970 0.37% 0.16%
 $      11.99      7,437 0.35% -0.17%
 $      12.99      4,779 0.22% -0.03%
 $      13.99      4,446 0.21% -0.04%
 $      14.99      4,586 0.22% -0.04%
 $      15.99 1,481 0.07% -0.01%
 $      16.99      1,635 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99      1,117 0.05% 0.01%
 $      18.99         902 0.04% -0.01%
 $      19.99      6,213 0.29% -0.01%
 $      20.99         529 0.02% 0.00%
 $      21.99         596 0.03% 0.01%
 $      22.99      1,651 0.08% 0.02%
 $      23.99         557 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99         651 0.03% 0.00%

10/1/2013
Total 2,175,847
Prime 2,024,990
Under $10 1,777,735
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
 $        0.99    238,423 10.96% 0.05%
  $        1.99      68,359 3.14% -0.01%
  $        2.99    317,934 14.61% 0.21%
  $        3.99    312,151 14.35% 4.70%
  $        4.99      73,574 3.38% 0.06%
  $        5.99      51,850 2.38% 0.02%
  $        6.99      28,129 1.29% 0.02%
  $        7.99      48,784 2.24% 0.04%
  $        8.99      14,346 0.66% 0.00%
  $        9.99    259,306 11.92% -0.27%
  $      10.99        8,826 0.41% 0.04%
  $      11.99        7,401 0.34% -0.01%
  $      12.99        4,852 0.22% 0.00%
  $      13.99        4,469 0.21% 0.00%
  $      14.99        4,961 0.23% 0.01%
  $      15.99        1,490 0.07% 0.00%
  $      16.99        1,727 0.08% 0.00%
  $      17.99        1,525 0.07% 0.02%
  $      18.99           970 0.04% 0.00%
  $      19.99        6,421 0.30% 0.01%
  $      20.99           553 0.03% 0.01%
  $      21.99           595 0.03% 0.00%
  $      22.99        1,625 0.07% -0.01%
  $      23.99           577 0.03% 0.00%
  $      24.99           613 0.03% 0.00%

11/1/2013
Total 2,229,223
Prime 2,073,157
Under $10 1,823,817
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 245,549 11.02% 0.06%
 $        1.99 70,824 3.18% 0.04%
 $        2.99 325,129 14.58% -0.03%
 $        3.99 213,135 9.56% -4.79%
 $        4.99 74,995 3.36% -0.02%
 $        5.99 53,013 2.38% 0.00%
 $        6.99 28,248 1.27% -0.03%
 $        7.99 47,988 2.15% -0.09%
 $        8.99 14,539 0.65% -0.01%
 $        9.99 266,628 11.96% 0.04%
 $      10.99 8,790 0.39% -0.01%
 $      11.99 7,682 0.34% 0.00%
 $      12.99 5,598 0.25% 0.03%
 $      13.99 4,992 0.22% 0.02%
 $      14.99 5,054 0.23% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,275 0.06% -0.01%
 $      16.99 1,834 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,240 0.06% -0.01%
 $      18.99 895 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,502 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99 602 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 691 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 1,839 0.08% 0.01%
 $      23.99 645 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 729 0.03% 0.00%

12/1/2013
Total 2,287,866
Prime 2,130,446
Under $10 1,875,538
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 255,501 11.17% 0.15%
 $        1.99 74,368 3.25% 0.07%
 $        2.99 337,864 14.77% 0.18%
 $        3.99 218,896 9.57% 0.01%
 $        4.99 77,232 3.38% 0.01%
 $        5.99 55,270 2.42% 0.04%
 $        6.99 30,860 1.35% 0.08%
 $        7.99 49,240 2.15% 0.00%
 $        8.99 15,487 0.68% 0.02%
 $        9.99 272,875 11.93% -0.03%
 $      10.99 9,398 0.41% 0.02%
 $      11.99 7,774 0.34% 0.00%
 $      12.99 6,022 0.26% 0.01%
 $      13.99 5,961 0.26% 0.04%
 $      14.99 5,213 0.23% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,364 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,014 0.09% 0.01%
 $      17.99 1,388 0.06% 0.01%
 $      18.99 964 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,732 0.29% 0.00%
 $      20.99 617 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 601 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,212 0.10% 0.01%
 $      23.99 720 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 713 0.03% 0.00%

1/1/2014
Total 2,351,290
Prime 2,193,346
Under $10 1,932,395
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 264,312 11.24% 0.07%
 $        1.99 76,862 3.27% 0.02%
 $        2.99 351,577 14.95% 0.18%
 $        3.99 225,039 9.57% 0.00%
 $        4.99 80,375 3.42% 0.04%
 $        5.99 56,485 2.40% -0.01%
 $        6.99 31,851 1.35% 0.01%
 $        7.99 49,583 2.11% -0.04%
 $        8.99 15,829 0.67% 0.00%
 $        9.99 275,314 11.71% -0.22%
 $      10.99 9,434 0.40% -0.01%
 $      11.99 7,279 0.31% -0.03%
 $      12.99 6,069 0.26% -0.01%
 $      13.99 6,200 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,247 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,405 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 1,986 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,417 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,068 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,682 0.28% -0.01%
 $      20.99 638 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 627 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,177 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 696 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 737 0.03% 0.00%

2/1/2014
Total 2,411,705
Prime 2,254,215
Under $10 1,976,453
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 273,966 11.36% 0.12%
 $        1.99 79,239 3.29% 0.02%
 $        2.99 365,052 15.14% 0.18%
 $        3.99 231,231 9.59% 0.02%
 $        4.99 83,304 3.45% 0.04%
 $        5.99 58,024 2.41% 0.00%
 $        6.99 32,588 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 51,152 2.12% 0.01%
 $        8.99 16,244 0.67% 0.00%
 $        9.99 271,056 11.24% -0.47%
 $      10.99 9,818 0.41% 0.01%
 $      11.99 7,157 0.30% -0.01%
 $      12.99 6,374 0.26% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,351 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,133 0.21% -0.01%
 $      15.99 1,452 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,055 0.09% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,391 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,079 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,754 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 663 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 718 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,279 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 656 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 853 0.04% 0.00%

3/1/2014
Total 2,462,832
Prime 2,300,490
Under $10 2,012,504
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 276,416 11.22% -0.14%
 $        1.99 81,172 3.30% 0.01%
 $        2.99 374,242 15.20% 0.06%
 $        3.99 236,420 9.60% 0.01%
 $        4.99 85,557 3.47% 0.02%
 $        5.99 59,557 2.42% 0.01%
 $        6.99 33,228 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 52,582 2.14% 0.01%
 $        8.99 16,399 0.67% -0.01%
 $        9.99 271,867 11.04% -0.20%
 $      10.99 9,903 0.40% 0.00%
 $      11.99 6,796 0.28% -0.02%
 $      12.99 6,580 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 6,378 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,281 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,573 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,122 0.09% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,494 0.06% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,112 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,907 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 666 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 656 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,359 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 727 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 774 0.03% 0.00%

4/1/2014 N/A

May comparisons are to March.

5/1/2014
Total 2,576,453
Prime 2,404,221
Under $10 2,106,603
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 293,126 11.38% 0.15%
 $        1.99 86,947 3.37% 0.08%
 $        2.99 401,044 15.57% 0.37%
 $        3.99 233,515 9.06% -0.54%
 $        4.99 91,936 3.57% 0.09%
 $        5.99 61,776 2.40% -0.02%
 $        6.99 34,697 1.35% 0.00%
 $        7.99 54,851 2.13% -0.01%
 $        8.99 17,514 0.68% 0.01%
 $        9.99 278,815 10.82% -0.22%
 $      10.99 9,961 0.39% -0.02%
 $      11.99 6,970 0.27% -0.01%
 $      12.99 7,058 0.27% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,988 0.27% 0.01%
 $      14.99 5,450 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,662 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,160 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,405 0.05% -0.01%
 $      18.99 1,181 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,098 0.28% 0.00%
 $      20.99 726 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 698 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,634 0.10% 0.01%
 $      23.99 901 0.03% 0.01%
 $      24.99 828 0.03% 0.00%

Note: these numbers appear to be more accurate than numbers run earlier in the day, when it seems that searching Amazon was producing lower counts than would be expected.

6/1/2014
Total 2,597,112
Prime 2,422,630
Under $10 2,121,022
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 301,021 11.59% 0.21%
 $        1.99 88,333 3.40% 0.03%
 $        2.99 415,189 15.99% 0.42%
 $        3.99 209,623 8.07% -0.99%
 $        4.99 94,762 3.65% 0.08%
 $        5.99 62,434 2.40% 0.01%
 $        6.99 35,976 1.39% 0.04%
 $        7.99 56,787 2.19% 0.06%
 $        8.99 18,236 0.70% 0.02%
 $        9.99 281,246 10.83% 0.01%
 $      10.99 9,351 0.36% -0.03%
 $      11.99 7,042 0.27% 0.00%
 $      12.99 7,059 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 6,890 0.27% -0.01%
 $      14.99 5,576 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,584 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,123 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 1,406 0.05% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,116 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,015 0.27% -0.01%
 $      20.99 703 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 665 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,578 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 854 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 822 0.03% 0.00%

7/1/2014
Total 2,655,727
Prime 2,477,343
Under $10 2,172,079
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 311,255 11.72% 0.13%
 $        1.99 89,893 3.38% -0.02%
 $        2.99 427,848 16.11% 0.12%
 $        3.99 212,706 8.01% -0.06%
 $        4.99 97,481 3.67% 0.02%
 $        5.99 63,729 2.40% 0.00%
 $        6.99 37,002 1.39% 0.01%
 $        7.99 58,427 2.20% 0.01%
 $        8.99 18,326 0.69% -0.01%
 $        9.99 288,137 10.85% 0.02%
 $      10.99 9,602 0.36% 0.00%
 $      11.99 7,017 0.26% -0.01%
 $      12.99 7,169 0.27% 0.00%
 $      13.99 7,033 0.26% 0.00%
 $      14.99 5,601 0.21% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,527 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 1,991 0.07% -0.01%
 $      17.99 1,253 0.05% -0.01%
 $      18.99 1,051 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 6,999 0.26% -0.01%
 $      20.99 684 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 645 0.02% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,650 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 875 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 853 0.03% 0.00%

8/1/2014
Total 2,725,829
Prime 2,546,640
Under $10 2,234,045
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 319,829 11.73% 0.01%
 $        1.99 93,589 3.43% 0.05%
 $        2.99 446,323 16.37% 0.26%
 $        3.99 217,796 7.99% -0.02%
 $        4.99 103,009 3.78% 0.11%
 $        5.99 65,203 2.39% -0.01%
 $        6.99 38,298 1.41% 0.01%
 $        7.99 60,420 2.22% 0.02%
 $        8.99 21,181 0.78% 0.09%
 $        9.99 293,641 10.77% -0.08%
 $      10.99 10,525 0.39% 0.02%
 $      11.99 7,556 0.28% 0.01%
 $      12.99 7,698 0.28% 0.01%
 $      13.99 6,724 0.25% -0.02%
 $      14.99 5,871 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,656 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,292 0.08% 0.01%
 $      17.99 1,830 0.07% 0.02%
 $      18.99 1,183 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,239 0.27% 0.00%
 $      20.99 717 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 744 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,679 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 960 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 915 0.03% 0.00%

Note: the titles in store, $0.01 to $50, and under$10 numbers reflect the updated results when I ran these later in the same day.

8/1/2014
Total 2,801,221
Prime 2,621,516
Under $10 2,304,717
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 330,370 11.79% 0.06%
 $        1.99 97,242 3.47% 0.04%
 $        2.99 462,102 16.50% 0.12%
 $        3.99 224,829 8.03% 0.04%
 $        4.99 111,039 3.96% 0.18%
 $        5.99 66,635 2.38% -0.01%
 $        6.99 39,602 1.41% 0.01%
 $        7.99 62,120 2.22% 0.00%
 $        8.99 21,567 0.77% -0.01%
 $        9.99 301,033 10.75% -0.03%
 $      10.99 11,016 0.39% 0.01%
 $      11.99 8,995 0.32% 0.04%
 $      12.99 8,313 0.30% 0.01%
 $      13.99 7,040 0.25% 0.00%
 $      14.99 6,336 0.23% 0.01%
 $      15.99 1,963 0.07% 0.01%
 $      16.99 2,333 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,024 0.07% 0.01%
 $      18.99 1,372 0.05% 0.01%
 $      19.99 7,337 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 745 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 800 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,649 0.09% 0.00%
 $      23.99 996 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 925 0.03% 0.00%

October 1, 2014 figures are compared to August 1, 2014 figures.

10/1/2014
Total 2,888,225
Prime 2,707,622
Under $10 2,387,727
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 340,476 11.79% -0.01%
 $        1.99 100,267 3.47% 0.00%
 $        2.99 478,906 16.58% 0.08%
 $        3.99 231,562 8.02% -0.01%
 $        4.99 121,967 4.22% 0.26%
 $        5.99 68,437 2.37% -0.01%
 $        6.99 40,450 1.40% -0.01%
 $        7.99 64,121 2.22% 0.00%
 $        8.99 21,724 0.75% -0.02%
 $        9.99 304,463 10.54% -0.20%
 $      10.99 10,974 0.38% -0.01%
 $      11.99 8,869 0.31% -0.01%
 $      12.99 8,136 0.28% -0.02%
 $      13.99 7,108 0.25% -0.01%
 $      14.99 6,295 0.22% -0.01%
 $      15.99 1,864 0.06% -0.01%
 $      16.99 2,341 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,033 0.07% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,358 0.05% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,426 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 783 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 786 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,782 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 988 0.03% 0.00%
 $      24.99 955 0.03% 0.00%

11/1/2014
Total 2,958,430
Prime 2,451,370
Under $10 2,774,474
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$        0.99 347,796 11.76% -0.03%
 $        1.99 103,685 3.50% 0.03%
 $        2.99 501,218 16.94% 0.36%
 $        3.99 239,807 8.11% 0.09%
 $        4.99 124,551 4.21% -0.01%
 $        5.99 69,901 2.36% -0.01%
 $        6.99 41,474 1.40% 0.00%
 $        7.99 67,038 2.27% 0.05%
 $        8.99 22,636 0.77% 0.01%
 $        9.99 310,306 10.49% -0.05%
 $      10.99 10,525 0.36% -0.02%
 $      11.99 8,873 0.30% -0.01%
 $      12.99 8,088 0.27% -0.01%
 $      13.99 7,089 0.24% -0.01%
 $      14.99 6,594 0.22% 0.00%
 $      15.99 1,904 0.06% 0.00%
 $      16.99 2,325 0.08% 0.00%
 $      17.99 2,033 0.07% 0.00%
 $      18.99 1,310 0.04% 0.00%
 $      19.99 7,729 0.26% 0.00%
 $      20.99 811 0.03% 0.00%
 $      21.99 757 0.03% 0.00%
 $      22.99 2,843 0.10% 0.00%
 $      23.99 1,050 0.04% 0.00%
 $      24.99 966 0.03% 0.00%

12/1/2014
Total 3,027,234
Prime 2,838,606
Under $10 2,506,715
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 362583 11.98% 0.22%
$1.99 108674 3.59% 0.09%
$2.99 521098 17.21% 0.27%
$3.99 45528 1.50% -6.60%
$4.99 114694 3.79% -0.42%
$5.99 71988 2.38% 0.02%
$6.99 41674 1.38% -0.03%
$7.99 71196 2.35% 0.09%
$8.99 23645 0.78% 0.02%
$9.99 317601 10.49% 0.00%
$10.99 12673 0.42% 0.06%
$11.99 9143 0.30% 0.00%
$12.99 8215 0.27% 0.00%
$13.99 8006 0.26% 0.02%
$14.99 8317 0.27% 0.05%
$15.99 2180 0.07% 0.01%
$16.99 2540 0.08% 0.01%
$17.99 1869 0.06% -0.01%
$18.99 1362 0.04% 0.00%
$19.99 8056 0.27% 0.00%
$20.99 906 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 933 0.03% 0.01%
$22.99 3057 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1454 0.05% 0.01%
$24.99 1092 0.04% 0.00%

1/1/2015
Total 3,104,667
Prime 2,907,638
Under $10 2,567,412
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 369522 11.90% -0.08%
$1.99 111432 3.59% 0.00%
$2.99 538644 17.35% 0.14%
$3.99 251181 8.09% 6.59%
$4.99 119304 3.84% 0.05%
$5.99 72570 2.34% -0.04%
$6.99 42907 1.38% 0.01%
$7.99 75027 2.42% 0.06%
$8.99 23782 0.77% -0.02%
$9.99 326084 10.50% 0.01%
$10.99 12760 0.41% -0.01%
$11.99 9296 0.30% 0.00%
$12.99 9200 0.30% 0.02%
$13.99 8214 0.26% 0.00%
$14.99 8708 0.28% 0.01%
$15.99 2916 0.09% 0.02%
$16.99 2477 0.08% 0.00%
$17.99 2024 0.07% 0.00%
$18.99 1596 0.05% 0.01%
$19.99 8348 0.27% 0.00%
$20.99 992 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 957 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 3028 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1581 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1094 0.04% 0.00%

1/1/2015
Total 3,178,962
Prime 2,630,162
Under $10 2,976,291
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 376636 11.85% -0.05%
$1.99 114659 3.61% 0.02%
$2.99 557871 17.55% 0.20%
$3.99 258648 8.14% 0.05%
$4.99 123021 3.87% 0.03%
$5.99 76921 2.42% 0.08%
$6.99 45097 1.42% 0.04%
$7.99 87551 2.75% 0.34%
$8.99 24815 0.78% 0.01%
$9.99 308260 9.70% -0.81%
$10.99 13670 0.43% 0.02%
$11.99 11204 0.35% 0.05%
$12.99 10566 0.33% 0.04%
$13.99 8937 0.28% 0.02%
$14.99 10723 0.34% 0.06%
$15.99 3730 0.12% 0.02%
$16.99 2522 0.08% 0.00%
$17.99 1818 0.06% -0.01%
$18.99 1564 0.05% 0.00%
$19.99 8794 0.28% 0.01%
$20.99 1009 0.03% 0.00%
$21.99 902 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 3040 0.10% 0.00%
$23.99 1521 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1051 0.03% 0.00%

3/1/2015
Total 3,288,124
Prime 3,083,344
Under $10 2,721,649
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 390272 11.87% 0.02%
$1.99 121925 3.71% 0.10%
$2.99 581765 17.69% 0.14%
$3.99 270531 8.23% 0.09%
$4.99 125772 3.83% -0.04%
$5.99 78558 2.39% -0.03%
$6.99 47778 1.45% 0.03%
$7.99 88766 2.70% -0.05%
$8.99 26343 0.80% 0.02%
$9.99 308550 9.38% -0.31%
$10.99 14365 0.44% 0.01%
$11.99 11683 0.36% 0.00%
$12.99 11489 0.35% 0.02%
$13.99 9163 0.28% 0.00%
$14.99 11359 0.35% 0.01%
$15.99 4437 0.13% 0.02%
$16.99 3309 0.10% 0.02%
$17.99 2375 0.07% 0.02%
$18.99 1551 0.05% 0.00%
$19.99 10175 0.31% 0.03%
$20.99 1766 0.05% 0.02%
$21.99 831 0.03% 0.00%
$22.99 2801 0.09% -0.01%
$23.99 1539 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1277 0.04% 0.01%

3/1/2015
Total 3,378,436
Prime 3,171,379
Under $10 2,802,470
Price Point Count Percentage Diff
$0.99 408353 12.09% 0.22%
$1.99 126060 3.73% 0.02%
$2.99 605234 17.91% 0.22%
$3.99 277142 8.20% -0.02%
$4.99 130374 3.86% 0.03%
$5.99 79905 2.37% -0.02%
$6.99 49785 1.47% 0.02%
$7.99 88617 2.62% -0.08%
$8.99 27171 0.80% 0.00%
$9.99 308933 9.14% -0.24%
$10.99 15441 0.46% 0.02%
$11.99 11849 0.35% 0.00%
$12.99 11265 0.33% -0.02%
$13.99 9081 0.27% -0.01%
$14.99 13429 0.40% 0.05%
$15.99 4935 0.15% 0.01%
$16.99 2690 0.08% -0.02%
$17.99 2433 0.07% 0.00%
$18.99 2458 0.07% 0.03%
$19.99 10786 0.32% 0.01%
$20.99 919 0.03% -0.03%
$21.99 1354 0.04% 0.01%
$22.99 2429 0.07% -0.01%
$23.99 1703 0.05% 0.00%
$24.99 1231 0.04% 0.00%

Summary

Hmm…it’s nice to see that there were again more than 3,000 books added per day on average, but it does feel to me like the Big 5 are raising the prices, at least on the frontlist, popular books. The New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents went up again, more than fifty cents. Eight of that group (of twenty) were $12.99; only two of them were $9.99. Last month, there were two at $12.99, and four at $9.99. Checking the price point data, there does seem to be a noticeable decline in books priced $9.99 (but not an increase in $12.99). I hypothesized recently that Kindle Unlimited may cause traditionally published books to rise in price (as ownership becomes more of a luxury, and access more the choice of the majority of readers). Not enough data yet to tell, but this is…interesting. There are rumors in the news
today that HarperCollins and Amazon can’t reach a deal, and that HC may pull out of Amazon (I’ll address that more later). There was also actually a numerical decline in the number of free books (including public domain)…the last time that happened was June of 2014. It wasn’t a big decline, though. We have to be careful about seizing on a statistic or two and thinking it’s the big picture of how our experience as customers will be…having fewer hitching posts in a town didn’t mean less access to stores. Still, we’ll continue to keep on eye on things.

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

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

U.N. Security Council votes on Amazon’s “Independent Nation” status

April 1, 2015

U.N. Security Council votes on Amazon’s “Independent Nation” status

April 1, 2015 (AFD News)

Update: since this article was originally published, both China and the United States of America have used their vetoes on the vote discussed below. China cited concerns from tech company Alibaba, and President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the decision during his appearance on the special live version of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote today on a special resolution naming the internet retailing giant Amazon as an independent nation.

The controversial proposal has been in the news since it was first announced January 12, 2014 (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ 50th birthday).

As outlined by Rupert Mountjoy, II, Amazon’s Vice President for Nationalization, the plan would give Amazon tax immunity and exemption from Federal regulation, the latter enabling the company’s Prime Air delivery by drone program.

To help our readers better understand the situation, we have prepared these

Five Questions about “Nation of Amazon”

Q. Where would the land come from?

A. According to Mountjoy, no land would be used. aNation would be the first country to exist entirely in cyberspace. Instead, Amazon facilities, such as the headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and fulfillment centers around the world, would be declared aNation embassies. Just as the American embassy in France is considered American territory, the headquarters, warehouses, and other locations would fall under aNation’s jurisdiction

Q. Would I need a passport to visit the headquarters?

A. No one is allowed to visit the headquarters now without special permission: a similar process would continue to be followed

Q. Would I have to pay sales tax on items I bought from Amazon?

A. Internet sales are considered to take place where the purchaser is, so you would still be responsible for your local taxes. However, Amazon would not be required to collect those taxes from any country, state, or city from which its customers order products

Q. What makes Amazon a country and not other businesses?

A. Again, according to Mountjoy, Amazon already has more employees than some recognized countries have citizens. It has a central authority and an infrastructure. It already has agreements with many other sovereign nations. Mountjoy said there would be no barrier to other companies of a similar size and scope also applying to the United Nations for recognition

Q. Surely, this can’t be a serious proposal?

A. It’s not…Happy April Fools’ Day! Oh, and don’t call me Shirley… ;)

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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! :) 

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Round up #290: bargain bestsellers, e-book marketshare

March 30, 2015

Round up #290: bargain bestsellers, e-book marketshare

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

E-book marketshare of spending rises 25% in 2014

According to this

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliott

reporting on a Nielsen Books & Consumers survey, new book spending on e-books in the USA rose to 15% of the total in 2014, as opposed to 12% in 2013…a 25% gain.

That’s right…only fifteen percent.

A bit of a shock, perhaps…and remember, they are zero percent of used book sales, although Amazon has looked into that possibility, as I’ve reported before

Judge rules against ReDigi, making Amazon used e-books more likely

While that 15% is based on spending, not surprising, the number of units is higher. The units are how many books are sold/licensed, versus how much is paid for them. Since, on balance, p-books (paperbooks) cost more than e-books, we would expect their unit share to be higher than their spending share.

Interestingly, though, that share is still only 21%.

Let’s see…21 is forty percent higher than 15, so that could be about right.

There are a lot of very important trends (well, data points…we don’t know if they are really trends yet)…I don’t want to take too much away from the article, so I’m going to recommend you read it.

I’ll just point out a couple of things, and then let you read the details:

  • Online bookselling may be losing marketshare
  • Bookstore chain marketshare is way down
  • EBR (E-Book Readership) was down…both for the NOOK and the Kindle

 Amazon’s change in Cloud Drive plans…how it helps you

I have to say, Amazon does not do a great job of explaining things to people when they introduce a new feature, service, or device.

Part of it is most people’s natural skepticism (I have a genetic abnormality…I’m an optimist). ;) They naturally expect that any change is going to be for the bad.

I’ve taught change management before, and this is the biggest tip I can give you there.

Whenever you announce a change, always tell them what is not changing first.

For example, if you restructure your company, your employees will be so concerned that their jobs are going to be eliminated that they won’t hear anything else you say until you address that.

So, you start out with something like, “First, let me assure you: no one here is having their job eliminated, and no one is getting a pay cut. You will continue to do the same work you’ve been doing, which we really value. What’s happening is that management is changing, and some of you may have a different boss…”

In this case, Amazon could have led (on the page, not necessarily in the press release…maybe in an e-mail) with “We have some exciting new plans available for the Amazon Cloud Drive. This will not affect the free storage customers already get for their Amazon purchases, and will actually increase the storage they get when using Amazon’s Personal Documents service…at no additional cost.  New options include…”

That’s right. I’ve seen many threads in the

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

where people were concerned that either Amazon was going to start charging them for storing their Kindle store purchases, or charge them for any amount of personal documents they are storing using the Personal Documents service.

I have confirmed with Amazon: neither of those are true.

This is what I asked Amazon about, which was confirmed:

Under the new system:

Non-Prime member/non-Fire owner without a plan:

Unlimited Kindle Personal Docs. They do not count towards a storage limit, because they count for zero.

No other free non-Kindle Personal Doc storage (they used to have some).

Prime member/Fire owner without upgrading:

Unlimited photo storage
Unlimited Kindle Personal Docs storage
5GB of storage for other things, like spreadsheets and presentations

Note that there is a group that has a loss from this change. If someone is not a Prime member and does not have a Fire, they no longer have free storage for things like spreadsheets.

However, the plus that everybody got is no limit on storage of personal documents.

Meanwhile, in the UK

In the first article, I was talking about the USA.

Well, we also have statistics for the UK…and e-books are doing much better there!

According to this

The Bookseller article by Joshua Farrington

e-book sales are 30% of units in the UK, more than a third higher than in the USA.

Not only that, more money was spent online on books (not just e-books) than in stores…for the first time.

The thrust of the article was concern expressed about Amazon’s dominance (particularly by Tim Walker, President of the Booksellers Association.

According to Walker, Amazon has 95% of e-book sales in the UK…and that is “damaging”.

I didn’t see particular evidence that it was…what was cited were problems that other people were having with e-book sales, but that doesn’t mean cause and effect.

Still, I leave it to you to read the article and decide…

Amazon’s Editors’ Picks…find bargains, but not indies

One of the “aisles” Amazon has is called

Amazon’s Editors’ Picks (at AmazonSmile*)

I haven’t looked at it much.

The first thing that struck me was that every book I saw on the front page was from a traditional publisher.

When I’m looking for discovery for books, I’m not looking for the ones which are featured in People Magazine…I want an editor to tell me about something that’s new to me.

That was a bit of a negative.

Then, I was going to do a price analysis to compare them to the overall Kindle store bestsellers…and noticed that some of them are on really good sales!

If you were looking for a gift for somebody who maybe didn’t read 100 books a year, this might be a good place to find a deal.

Some examples:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: $4.20 (less than half the paperback price)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: $4.99 ($9.60 in paperback)
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: $2.99 ($10.20 in paperback)
  • Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel: $2.99 ($12.33 in paperback)

I’m going to keep that in mind when gift giving occasions arise!

What do you think? Is the e-book marketshare growth slowing down? If so, why? Is it temporary? Will we ever get to more than 50% unit sales being e-books in the USA? Why are e-books a bigger force in the UK? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

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


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