Amazon offers Hachette authors 100% royalty

Amazon offers Hachette authors 100% royalty

I’ve previously said this:

“Hachette (a publisher) and Amazon (a retailer) are in the midst of a turbulent negotiation. It’s like Godzilla battling Mothra…and unfortunately, in that scenario,we readers are Tokyo.”

Well, there is another group that might be considered collateral damage…authors.

Those aren’t the only ones affected, but let’s focus on that for a minute.

Essentially, fewer Hachette books are probably being sold right now, because they are not as available through Amazon.

Authors traditionally get paid a percentage (called a “royalty”) when a book sells.

It could be a percentage of the purchase price, or a percentage of the list price of the book.

How much of a percentage?

That varies.

In p-books (paperbooks), a brand name author (Stephen King, Anne Rice) might get 25%, more authors might get 10 to 12%, and it can go down from there.

For e-books, the royalty tends to be higher. Independent authors who go through Amazon get 35% or 70%…the latter if they follow certain guidelines, including the price of the book and participating in Amazon’s special features (like text-to-speech).

In my last post on this:

Hachazon War: the Battle of Petition Hill

I wrote about some authors condemning Amazon, and some supporting them.

Well, according to this

New York Times article by David Streitfeld

Amazon is offering authors a higher royalty while this dispute continues.

Are they going to give these traditionally published authors the same royalty as the indies…35%?

Nope, higher.

70%?

Nope, higher.

Try 100%.

O N E  H U N D R E D !

That’s right…Amazon is offering to give the authors every single penny the retailer gets when it sells one of their e-books (published by Hachette).

What’s that dull thumping sound I hear?

Oh, it’s Amazon investors…fainting. ;)

There are costs of sale for Amazon, so they would clearly be losing money on each of those e-books. They have to pay something for maintaining the infrastructure, the administrative cost of collecting sales tax (where they do that), other accounting, providing Customer Service, and so on.

This is getting heated, and public.

This

Mashable post by Jason Abbruzzese

has Hachette’s response to the offer (it’s not favorable).

Amazon’s response to that?

I quote in part:

“We call baloney.”

The company that sells

close to a thousand thesauruses (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

went with a schoolyard epithet. ;)

What do authors think about the offer?

In that same article,

Douglas Preston (at AmazonSmile)

is quoted as saying,

“To take that money would really violate my moral and ethical principle.”

Preston mentions wanting to pay back advances before the author would take any of the millions of dollars this might mean.

Let me explain that part.

One of the big arguments for tradpubs (traditional publishers) is that they pay authors advances.

What that means is that, if they are reasonably sure your book will sell (because you have a solid track record, or are perhaps a celebrity, or they like your topic), they will pay you the royalties first…often before the book is even done being written.

That’s an “advance” on the royalties.

That’s often what enables an author to complete a book.

Let’s say you are a brand name author…you are likely to earn millions in royalties from next book (and the publisher is going to make many times that).

They could give you $100,000 for you to live on for a year to write the book…but you would have to pay them back out of the first sales of the book.

My understanding is that authors are almost never asked to give back an advance even if a book doesn’t sell…but that has happened.

When you publish a book yourself, you don’t get an advance from a publisher.

One new technique is crowdfunding, though.

People pay indie authors in advance for a book…they buy it before it is published.

In exchange, they often get something extra: e-mails from the author, or maybe a special additional short story. There might be a “meet the author” party.

Those early buyers may even pay considerably more than the general public eventually will.

That’s one of the threats to tradpubs.

One thing about which I’m not quite clear.

It sounds like Amazon is proposing that Hachette also give up their part of the book sale in some of the articles I’ve seen…in others, it makes it sound like it is Amazon unilaterally giving up their part.

Obviously, that makes a difference. :)

If the book is list priced at $10, we’ll say that Hachette would get $7 of it.

Amazon sells it for $8.

Amazon sends that $8 to the author (under the new proposal).

Do they also send $7 to Hachette?

If they don’t, clearly, Hachette would have to agree…and this letter would put the ball in Hachette’s court.

If they do send the money to Hachette, Amazon directly loses $15 instead of making $1.

Yep…an expensive proposal.

I think there is a lot at stake here.

This could change the landscape.

It might drive authors to do much more independent publishing.

It could cost Amazon a lot of goodwill with the public (although not, apparently, with my readers, based on a poll I did not too long ago).

It could cost Hachette marketshare.

However, on that last point, it’s worth noting that Amazon is going to have to negotiate with the others of the Big 5 publishers. Right now, I’m guessing they may be trying to wait to see what happens with this one. Contracts expire at some point, regardless, so it’s going to happen.

I do find this all quite interesting…but I am looking forward to writing about something else tomorrow! :)

What do you think? How will this change the literary landscape…or is it just a bump in the road? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

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“Back to School” Kindle Fire sale…in July?

“Back to School” Kindle Fire sale…in July?

I don’t even think that if they mean summer school that makes sense. ;)

Still, it’s a good sale, even if I don’t understand the way Amazon labeled the sale. They actually have that label in more than one place…maybe people are shopping now for the fall year? Maybe it’s for modular schedules? Oh, well…

Back to School store (at AmazonSmile)

You can get $50 off some Kindle tablets (and $30 off some) and 20% off some accessories:

Kindle Fire HD 7″ (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

From that page, you can choose the configuration you want:

  • 8 GB, with or without Special Offers, $20 off (as low as $119)
  • 16 GB, with or without Special Offers, $40 off (as low as $129)

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile)

  • 16 or 32 GB, with or without Special Offers, with or without 4G, $30 off (as low as $199)
  • 64 GB, with or without Special Offers, with or without 4G, $50 off (as low as $259)

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (at AmazonSmile)

  • Any configuration $40 off (as low as $339)

What do I have? The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ with 16GB and Special Offers without 4G, but different people will have different use cases.

I don’t put a lot of movies and such on my device at a time, so the memory has never been an issue for me.

I tried using 4G for a year…it wasn’t worth it for me (you have to pay for a data plan for that). There’s just too much wi-fi in my area to make it a big issue.

I like having the Special Offers…and that’s especially true on the Fire. They do these Limited Time Offers (often, they sell out in seconds…and you get maybe an hour’s warning that it’s going to start)…we’ve literally saved hundreds of dollars that way.

I prefer the HDX over the HD for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Mayday, the live onscreen help option.

I’ve had a Kindle Fire with a bigger screen…I didn’t find that the extra weight and awkwardness of carrying it was worth it for me. I do have the

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

so it’s easy to throw it on a big screen if I want to do that.

Weirdly, I can’t easily find which accessories are 20% off. There would normally be a link or a section promoted on the main accessories page.

This is advertised as a limited time sale, and may not apply in your country. As always, check before you click or tap that Buy button.

To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile) is now for sale legally as an e-book…and at time of writing, it’s only $3.95!

Definitely think about this one as a gift (the price will likely go back up…this is probably a result of price competition at launch)…you can delay the delivery to a date you choose. It’s also a good one for your guest Kindle.

Right now, it’s number 113 paid in the Kindle store. I’ve said I think it may be one of the bestselling e-books of the year, and I’m sticking with that. I think it will have legs (keep selling for a long time), and again, should see an upsurge at gift-giving times.

There was a time when a lot of people were surprised by how expensive older books could be for the Kindle, but I’d say there are some bargains out there now.

I ran a search for literature classics prices from $0.99 to $3.99, and tried to filter out public domain titles:

Under $4 classics (at AmazonSmile)

I did this using

eReaderIQ

which I consider the most valuable resource on the web for Kindleers (I am not associated with that site except as a user, although we have had some correspondence).

Some titles standing out to me in the search:

  • Marathon Man by William Goldman for $2.51 (I wouldn’t consider this a classic, but the publishers get to define the categories for marketing reasons)
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for $3.50
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston for $1.99
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for $2.50
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath for $2.99
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner for $2.50
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (that was one of the most wanted on Kindle for a while) for $2.99

If you’d pay that much for a new book and you haven’t read one of these (or you want to re-read it…or give it a gift), why not pay for one that has stood the test of time?

I can tell that, at least in this case, excluding public domain didn’t work very well. :) Many of the books in the search results are in the public domain (not under copyright protection). You can often find those free: but it can be nice to have, say, 10 books in a series in a single volume. That kind of thing is showing up a lot.

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.

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Keepers

Keepers

Yesterday, I mentioned the book

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

Hopefully, some of you bought it then…you could have saved $7 over today’s price. :)

One of my regular readers and commenters, Lady Galaxy, mentioned that a former student still had the copy they had used in Lady Galaxy’s classroom…close to forty years ago.

That got me thinking…

I have some p-books (paperbooks) where I have held on to the specific copies for years.

Of course, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve held on to all of my p-books (unless I bought them to give them away), but still…these are different. :)

For example, I have one copy of Tarzan of the Apes which I’ve had for longer than Lady Galaxy’s student has had Alas, Babylon.

I have lots of other copies, but this one is special to me (even though it is falling apart).

Clearly, it’s intended to be a copy for kids…and I got it when it was age appropriate for me.

It does have something special in it.

It has an English-Mangani dictionary.

The Mangani are the “apes” that raised Tarzan. I put “apes” in quotation marks, because, if you read the books, they clearly aren’t any of the ape species that we know…and are most likely to be a different species of human (than Homo sapiens…that’s us).

There were rumors of “hairy bipeds” in Africa (as there are in the USA with Bigfoot or Indonesia with the Orang Pendek), and I’d be surprised if Burroughs didn’t intend them to be genus Homo rather than being pongids.

For one thing, they have a language.

Fortunately for us, as far as I can tell, the syntax is pretty much like English. ;)

There are quite a few words in the books…enough so that I’ve been able to translate things into Mangani.

I’ve also in the past made up new compound words. For example, I used “unk-dan-sopu” for a car. “Unk” is Mangani for “go”, and “dan-sopu” is a nut (from “dan” for “rock” and “sopu” for “fruit”). A car reminds me of a nut with a shell (and many cars do have a nut in them…at least, based on the way they are driven). ;) and it goes, so…

So, even though you can find interesting Mangani-English dictionaries on line:

English-Mangani/Mangani-English Dictionary by Peter Coogan

from

Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton site

I still want to hang on to that particular copy.

Yes, despite having several other editions of Tarzan of the Apes.

Part of me feels like that is wrong. That book might have the same impact on a child today that it had on me…am I denying the book to someone else because of my sentimentality?

However, there are two mitigating factors for me.

One is that the book is not in good shape…it would likely fall apart if read enthusiastically while hanging upside down from a tree limb…or while skateboarding through a concrete jungle. ;)

The other is that Tarzan is readily available free as an e-book…legally.

So, I feel like my copy wouldn’t be worth that much to a child, and that the book is widely accessible. You can get e-books free online and through public libraries.

I did give away a Kindle earlier this year

Give a Kid a Kindle

and I may do that again (maybe in the last quarter of the year). There didn’t seem to be much interest in it, though…I didn’t do it just to engage an audience, it felt good to do. However, if the opportunity to get the Kindle isn’t reaching very many kids, it reduces the chances that a kid who could change the world because of having had that vast free library gets it.

I don’t have a lot of copies like that…in most cases, if I could replace the books with e-books, I would. I might even (breathe! breathe! Inhale…exhale…inhale…exhale) donate my books if I could do that.

I’m not quite there, yet, emotionally.

Looking at that, though, it’s interesting that I’m okay with only owning e-book versions of the new books I get. Why shouldn’t it be that once I have an e-book of a p-book I own, I’m okay with getting rid of the p-book?

Maybe some day. :)

What about you?

Are there particular copies of books that you want to keep forever (or pass down to  descendants)? If so, what is it about them that makes them keepers? Is it who owned them, or gave them to you? Is it your specific memories of where you read them? What’s the longest that you’ve owned a specific copy of a book? Do you have any that you “inherited”? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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

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


KDD: “Summer Reads” $1.99 each

KDD: “Summer Reads” $1.99 each

One of today’s

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

is what Amazon is calling “Summer Reads”…50 (!) books for $1.99 each.

Every once in a while, the KDD pulls out the stops like this, and gives a great big selection…woo hoo! ;)

They may call these summer reads, but there is very likely to be something here that you want to read…and something that you want to give as a gift. Remember that you can delay the arrival of a gift to a date you choose: this is a nice way to add in a little extra something on a birthday or other occasion.

Check the price before you click or tap that “Buy button”. These prices may not apply in your country (I have readers around the world), and it’s possible for a book to move in and out of the list. Also, this is a Daily Deal. Come Monday, these prices will likely be higher again.

I’m just going to point some that caught my eye:

  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Perry
  • Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau
  • The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
  • The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume by Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • The Templars by Michael Haag
  • Everything Is Wrong with Me: A Memoir of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong by Jason Mulgrew

Again, that’s only a partial listing. :)

While I could write about several of these, I’ll just call out Alas, Babylon (at AmazonSmile) in particular. 4.5 stars out of 5, 733 customer reviews at the time of writing…that’s a very good score, and indicates contemporary interest in it.

Why do I mention the latter?

The book is about fifty-five years old, having been first published in 1959.

While certainly informed by its period, it still affects modern readers with its post-nuclear war setting.

It’s also been said that it impacted John Lennon’s anti-war stance.

I’m not quite sure why it would be more appropriate in summer than in winter, though. :) Many people actually have read it as school reading over the years.

That’s an interesting question for me: do you look for different things to read in the summer? Traditionally, that’s a time for lighter fare, for “popcorn books” and “beach reads”.

I think the idea goes back to having been in school. Supposedly, during the school year, your mind is focused on heavy studies…and then it needs a “vacation” during the summer.

That never quite worked for me: I read recreationally during the school year, too, and might actually read more intellectual books during the summer. The books that were assigned weren’t always stretching my mind, so I might find more challenging ones on my own…and when I wasn’t as tied up with other school obligations.

Oh, I suppose there might have been some desire to have some lighter books that were easier to pack. ;) However, I generally traveled with one suitcase just for books, and taking hardbacks was certainly something I did.

How freeing e-books are for that! I can easily take a hundred books, and ones that are a thousand pages long, without worrying about baggage overweight charges. ;)

Anyway, take a look at the full list of these books today…

Enjoy!

What about you? Do you read differently during the summer? Do you want something lighter or heavier? Which book(s) on this list would you recommend? Are you buying any of them for gifts for people? I always suggest that, and I do it myself, but I wonder how many people actually buy something in July to arrive in, say, December? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

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Kindle’s 10 most wanted: July 5, 2014

Kindle’s 10 most wanted: July 5, 2014

When I last wrote about this, back in August of 2010, the situation on “backlist titles” being in the Kindle store was quite different.

The backlist books are typically books that are at least a year old, although that’s a bit of a fluid definition. I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager. We would get catalogs (yes, on paper) of books from publishers.

The front of the catalog would be the new titles…often with the splashiest ones first. A new Stephen King, for example, would be in the very front.

The older titles (which still sold) would be in the back of the catalog…they were the “backlist”.

Four years ago, there were about 650,000 titles in the USA Kindle store: now there are 2,663,833.

The books that I listed as being most discussed as wanted (based on my impressions of what I saw in the forums?

So, all three of those are available.

Here are the ones I listed as most wanted back then, based on the list at

eReaderIQ

which I consider the most valuable resource on the web for Kindleers:

  • Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves: available
  • And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmeyer: not available
  • The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny: while that particular omnibus is not available, several Zelazny Amber books are
  • Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutheford: available
  • Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart: not available
  • Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters: available
  • Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman: available
  • Crimes Against Liberty by David Limbaugh: available
  • When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman: available
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: not available

As you can see, great progress has been made. Only three out of those ten are really not available (legally through the USA Kindle store), and then we have the Zelazny Amber situation…which I think we can consider to be unavailable, since I don’t think the ones available are the ones in that omnibus.

What are the top ten most wanted now?

#10: The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende

#9: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (repeat from above)

#8: The Belgariad, Volume 1 by David Eddings: the first one of the three books in this series is available…and can be borrowed through the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library). The other two are not

#7: Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: a number of other Pern books are available

#6: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

#5: The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

#4: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKindley

#3: Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy: these books were available (under the title “Legacy” at one point, but don’t appear to me now)

#2: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

#1: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (hasn’t dropped in rank since I checked in 2010)

Some of you may be thinking that some of these are “classics” and should be out of copyright protection. That’s not the case. If they were, you can bet that there would be versions legally available in the Kindle store. When something is in “the public domain”, the public owns it: anybody can publish it without getting permission.

Eventually, all books (under the current rules) will fall into the public domain, but it could be a while. That’s especially true for authors who are still living…the current basic term is Life+70 years, at least for books first published in the USA since March 1, 1989. That can be stretched back to 1978, provided that the book had a proper copyright notice (I think we may be the only country with copyright rules which are this convoluted).

The Crystal Cave, for example, was published in 1970…if it followed all the rules (and it will have), it would fall into the public domain on January 1st of 2066, I think.

That doesn’t mean we will have to wait that long, though. :)

As you can see from the number which have been Kindleized since the 2010 list, deals do get made.

That’s the key thing.

Authors retain rights which they haven’t licensed.

If they haven’t explicitly licensed the e-book rights to somebody, no one can legally publish the book as an e-book (except the author)…even if they have licensed other rights.

That’s why you’ll see audiobooks of some of the “missing” title above…the audiobooks were negotiated, the e-books were not.

Prior to about 2005, it wasn’t common to license e-book rights. In the case of The Crystal Cave, it would have been very unlikely for anyone to license the rights back in 1970 for a medium which didn’t really exist yet. :)

In that case, a publisher would need to go to the author (or the author’s estate) and negotiate the rights…and often, negotiate them separately for different markets (although I do believe that global rights sales are becoming more common).

As you can imagine, that can be complex.

Under the current situation, we’ll get a bunch of books falling into the public domain in 2019 (books published in 1923…earlier books are already in the public domain).

However, you can count on there being a push to extend copyrights again.

Now that there is a market for older works (that really wasn’t true until we had media which could both store those works and make retrieval commercially viable), the rightsholders will want to be able to keep control of them.

Copyright terms have only gotten longer over the years…again, in part, I think, because of the improvements in technology.

Works published fifty years ago (1964) have a lot of commercial value still (think of a number of the Beatles’ songs, for example).

In 1964, how much commercial value was there for works published in 1914? Some, but the percentage of popular works from 1914 in 1964 is much lower than the popularity of 1964 works now in 2014.

In one of my most controversial posts, I explored the idea of making copyright permanent, in exchange for a considerable expansion of Fair Use rights:

Should copyright be permanent?

Non-commercial uses, such as academic use in a classroom, would become much easier, while commercial rights would tend to stay out of the public domain.

I have to say, I think many of my readers hated the idea. ;)

Back to the list of the books that are the “most wanted” (to be Kindleized).

You can go to eReaderIQ and start a “watch list”. They’ll send you a free e-mail letting you know if a book you have listed has been Kindleized. There is no charge for that.

I’m not connected to that site except as a user, although we have had some correspondence…

What do you think? Are there any books you are particularly waiting to see Kindleized? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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

** 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.


TKC 309 David P. Vandagriff

David Vandagriff

Contracts Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog

Interview starts at 22:32

“Predatory pricing” sounds good to people who don’t really understand that law very well. But I don’t see anything in Amazon’s behavior that would support that. I think a predatory-pricing antitrust action would would get kicked out of court, because where are the big price increases that Amazon is asking for? The antitrust laws are not designed to protect particular companies or particular groups of companies in a business. They’re designed to protect competition and protect consumers. I think it’s inarguable that consumers love Amazon and that Amazon treats consumers, its customers, extremely well.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“eReaders, wearables endangered species” by Chris Griffith at The Australian – July 3, 2014

Forrester Research World eReader and eBook Forecast, 2012 to 2017 (Global) by Michael O’Grady

“James Patterson and others debate Amazon.com” by the Associated Press at The Washington Post - July 2, 2014

“Authors Weigh in on Amazon, Hachette Dispute” by Hayley Tuskayama at The Washington Post – July 3, 2014

“Authors Take Opposite Sides on Hachette, Amazon Spat” by Lynn Neary at National Public Radio blog (no audio) – July 3, 2014

To Thank Our Readers - Hugh Howey’s petition on behalf of Amazon at Change.org

Tech Tips

Nathan with eBookReader.com shows how to avoid Special Offers page on Paperwhite (Video)

CORRECTION: I stated the URL of the eBookReader site incorrectly on the podcast. It’s actually blog.the-ebook-reader.com

“Kindle Paperwhite Tips and Shortcuts Guide” at eBookReader.com – October 28, 2012

Love My Fire blog – with tip on how to load Google Play apps to Kindle Fire

Interview David P. Vandagriff

The Passive Voice blog

“Amazon: Business as Usual” – video of the complete forum discussion on July 1, 2014 at the New York Public Library

“Two Different Worlds” - David Vandagriff’s blog post on NYPL Forum – July 2, 2014

Author Earnings web site on self-published author earnings

Content

Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King – $6.59 on Kindle

Hard Case Crime titles available at the Kindle Store

The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake – $6.83 on Kindle ($10.99 on Nook)

Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas – $5.79 on Kindle

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Hachazon War: the Battle of Petition Hill

Hachazon War: the Battle of Petition Hill

Amazon and the publisher Hachette have had a very public dispute over terms, which I refer to as the “Hachazon War”.

Rather than calming down, I’d say that the coverage, at least, has been escalating.

In a recent

Wall Street Journal article by Jeffrey Trachtenberg (who I think is the best mainstream reporter covering these issues)

Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s top Kindle content person, said that this is in the best long-term interest of Amazon customers, even if it hurts Amazon’s reputation in the short run.

That reputation is important.

Amazon’s ability to launch something like their new

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

(which I have ordered) depends, in my opinion, in large part on the average consumer (not the super techie) being comfortable with Amazon…feeling safe with them.

They may not be reading the details of this dispute, but like an argument overheard through the thin walls of an apartment complex, they can get the gist of it. ;)

Not surprisingly, one battlefield in this conflict is the internet.

Douglas Preston (at AmazonSmile)

a very successful author, has started an open letter to readers, explaining one view of the situation, and asking those readers to e-mail Amazon’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Jeff Bezos, at

jeff@amazon.com

to express their opinions.

It’s an interesting letter, pointing out how authors supported Amazon, and helped it become what it is today.

The part that many casual observers will hear is the list of authors who have signed the letter (and that is growing).

Even someone who just reads a few books in a year has heard of Stephen King. If all they hear is that Stephen King signed a letter “against Amazon”, it will influence many of them to have a lower opinion of Amazon…it’s sort of like name recognition getting incumbent politicians elected.

It’s an astonishing list of names, including at least one who has been published by Amazon’s own traditional publishing imprints. Here are just a few of the long list:

  • David Baldacci
  • Greg Bear
  • Philip Caputo
  • Robert A. Caro
  • Susan Cheever
  • Clive Cussler
  • John Grisham
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Donna Tartt
  • Jane Yolen

That letter has gotten a lot of coverage.

On the other side is this online petition

To Thank Our Readers (on Change.org)

It’s description is much longer than the Preston letter, and it is largely independent writers supporting Amazon (with a particular focus on this dispute).

The petition suggests that this is a fight between the tradpubs (traditional publishers) who have, in the past, controlled publishing, and Amazon, which disrupted that model and enables indie (independent) authors to make a living when they wouldn’nt have been able to do so through tradpubs.

As disclosure, I am an author who benefited through the use of Amazon’s indie publishing platform (now called Kindle Direct Publishing). None of my titles would have been published by one of the Big Five (used to be Big Six) publishers.

However, I don’t think that makes me prejudiced in favor of Amazon. In fact, my sense was that many of my readers were surprised when I first wrote about the Hachazon War, and I indicated that I didn’t like some of the things Amazon was doing.

I would guess that both sides are contributing to the conflict. Conflicts are surprisingly weak organisms: if you don’t constantly feed them, they tend to die pretty quickly. ;)

We now have heard a bit more about what the disagreement.

Grandinetti flat our said it was about e-book pricing (even though p-books…paperbooks…are casualties).

I’ve heard that Amazon may want a bigger cut: 50% rather than 30%, but I don’t know that that is true.

If it was, what would it mean for readers?

Let’s say that a publisher prices an e-book at $10, and Amazon pays them 70% for it. The publisher gets $7, and Amazon gets $3. That’s not all profit, of course…there are costs of sale and of production. Amazon is also likely to discount it, but let’s leave that for now.

Now, let’s say that the split changes to Amazon paying them 50% instead of 70%.

Let’s further say that the publisher’s model is based on getting $7 for that book.

For the publisher to get $7, they have to raise the digital list price to $14.

That is the price you might pay at other retailers.

What does Amazon have to charge the customer to get the same $3 they were getting?

The same $10 they were charging before!

A bigger cut for Amazon means that they can discount more…and at a rate that other retailers might have a hard time matching. As I’ve written before, Amazon doesn’t need to make money on e-book sales (although they’d like to do that)…if the e-book sales inspire other more profitable sales, Amazon does fine.

The way I’ve laid it out above, the readers would pay the same for the book at Amazon, but likely more for it at other places.

This dispute may also encourage more authors to publish independently…like

Hugh Howey (at AmazonSmile)

and other authors who are mentioned on the Change.org petition.

Indie publishing right now is likely to include Amazon, which also benefits the e-tailer.

It’s possible that indies may eventually be able to dispense with retailers at all (selling directly to readers), but we aren’t there yet for most people.

I generally see both sides to an issue, and that is the case here…but I’ll stay with my not liking some of Amazon’s tactics.

What about you? What’s your opinion?

Have more to say to me and my readers about this? Feel free to do so by commenting on this post.

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

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


Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: July 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: June 2014

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 121 (one more than last month) for this month at the time of writing.

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 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,295,250 of 2,661,124). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

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 list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer. However, as I worked through the list this time, I was very disappointed to see a large number of books by Simon & Schuster that had blocked the access. I’ll have to look at that more carefully, and hope it isn’t part of a trend.

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (at AmazonSmile)
by Ben Carson, M.D.
politics & government – commentary and opinion
4.8 out of 5 stars, 2,409 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing

I’ve noticed that faith-based books (this is published by Zondervan) tend to have good customer reviews, but this is really an unusual average for this many reviews. I suppose sales may be up for the 4th of July, but I don’t know that that tends to raise the average of the reviews.

Racing in the Rain (at AmazonSmile)
by Garth Stein
children’s books (really? I would not classify this as a children’s book by any means…the publishers make that choice)
4.6 stars, 618 reviews
$1.99 at time of writing

I read this one in 2012: Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Ella Enchanted (at AmazonSmile)
by Gail Carson Levine
children’s books
4.8 stars, 1,310 reviews
$1.99

This one is a children’s book…and a Newbery winner.

Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages
by Dean Koontz, illustrated by Phil Parks
children’s books
4.7 stars, 163 reviews
$1.99 at time of writing

Koontz might not be the first person you think of when you consider authors that could cross over for kids…but this was (Koontz’ first book for “young readers”) has been well received.

The Lords of Discipline (at AmazonSmile)
by Pat Conroy
literary fiction
4.6 stars, 387 reviews
$2.24 at time of writing

Not an easy book to read, certainly, but one that has stood the test of time.

Some others:

  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree by Jan and Mike (not Stan) Berenstain…even though this is illustrated, text-to-speech is enabled
  • Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart
  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  • Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
  • The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown
  • Topaz by Leon Uris
  • A Season in H*ll by Jack Higgins
  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey

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

Bonus deal for eligible Prime membersKindle First (at AmazonSmile). As an eligible Prime member, you can get (to own…not to borrow, like the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) one of four yet to be published books. This month, those free books include: Inamorata by Megan Chance (historical fiction); As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (young adult thriller); Rain Girl by Gabi Kreshlehner (mystery); and The Empty Quarter by David L. Robbins (thriller).

* 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.


In-Book purchases

In-Book purchases

This piece was inspired by news I heard today about Amazon being “deeply disappointed” that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) was going after them for in-app purchases. The way that IAPs often work is that you download an app for free. Then, you can buy things from within the app to get or do more…you might buy a virtual weapon, more lives, or a new “land” to explore. That got me thinking…what if they did that with books?

Pat: “Hey, Kris! Do you want to go to lunch? I’m buying.”

Kris: “Where are we going…the Emerald City?”

Pat: “Is that a restaurant?”

Kris: “No, I just meant that if you’re paying, we must not be in Kansas any more.”

Pat: “Ha, ha. I just realized that I’m saving a couple of hundred bucks a month on books, so I can afford to splurge a little.”

Kris: “What, did you stop reading?”

Pat: “Lunch is off. Ooh, what you said!”

Kris: “Sorry. So, what did you do?”

Pat: “I’m getting all my books for free. Even well-known ones and bestsellers.”

Kris: “Well, I know you, and you aren’t pirating them. How did you manage that?”

Pat: “It’s the latest thing: IBPs…In-Book Purchases. I can get the book for free, and then if I want certain things, I can pay for them. I just don’t ever pay.”

Kris: “Pay for things? What kind of things?”

Pat: “Oh, all kinds. Mostly, it’s just stuff to make things easier, and I don’t need that.”

Kris: “I still don’t get it.”

Pat: “Here, take a look at this:

itwasthebestoftimesitwastheworstoftimesitwastheageofwisdomitwastheageoffoolishnessitwastheepochofbeliefitwastheepochofincredulityitwastheseasonofLightitwastheseasonofdarknessitwasthespringofhopeitwasthewinterofdespairwehadeverythingbeforeuswehadnothingbeforeus

Kris: “What in the world is that?”

Pat: “And you’re supposed to be the bookworm! It’s Charles Dickens…A Tale of Two Cities.”

Kris: “Oh, yeah, I see it now. What’s wrong with the formatting?”

Pat: “Nothing. I just haven’t paid to unlock punctuation, spacing, or capitals.”

Kris: “That’s nuts!”

Pat: “You get used to it. It’s not that hard…just takes a little mental discipline.”

Kris: “And you are the master of mental discipline.”

Pat: “As you wish.”

Kris: “How much did you save?”

Pat: “Five dollars for spacing, three dollars for punctuation, and two dollars for capitals…although I could have gotten the whole pack of them for $7.50.”

Kris: “You know you could have gotten this entire book for free, right?”

Pat: “It’s a new edition with a special introduction and illustrations.”

Kris: “How much did you pay for those?”

Pat: “They were free. Of course, the illustrations are behind the text, and the introduction doesn’t have any vowels in it, but it works for me.”

Kris: “You are one sick bird.”

Pat: “Oh, and I finally got around to reading Harry Potter! You recommended it to me years ago, but it was always too much money. Now…free!”

Kris: “What did you think?”

Pat: “I didn’t really get it. Those kids don’t really do much.”

Kris: “Don’t do much?”

Pat: “Yeah. I mean, they can’t really get much done at Hogwarts with all those ghosts and things watching them all the time.”

Kris: “That’s why they have a cloak of invisibility.”

Pat: “Huh. Maybe I should have paid to unlock the cloak after all.”

Kris: “Sigh.”

Pat: “How about the ring in The Hobbit? They wanted ten bucks for that…was it important to the story?”

Kris: “Is bamboo important to a panda?”

Pat: “Got it. I also decided to read Stephen King last week.”

Kris: “What have you read so far?”

Pat: “All of them.”

Kris: “All of them?”

Pat: “Well, the first three chapters of each one…that’s all that’s free.”

Kris: “This is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done.”

Pat: “You’re not going to say that when you’re eating your slice of pizza, paid for by yours truly.”

Kris: “You’re right…I won’t say it. But I’ll be thinking it…”

Pat: “Close enough. I’ve got this new place I want to try. We can get a large pizza for three dollars.”

Kris: “Three dollars? Is that all?”

Pat: “Unless you want to pay extra for a crust…it’s ‘in-meal purchasing’.”

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Snapshot: July 1 2014

Snapshot: July 1 2014

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

Titlesinstore20140701

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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 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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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*

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)

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 the Kindle Matchbook program

July 1, 2014: 67,466
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%

Summary

This is a decent looking month, pretty much “steady as she goes,”…which, being Amazon (at least traditionally), is good for readers. The average number of books added per day rebounded nicely to close to 2,000. The price measurements look fine…NYT bestselling hardback fiction equivalents were up a little, but not too much. There were more free books (both to own and to borrow), and more specialty content (textbooks, Spanish language books).

Data were drawn using http://www.ereaderiq.com. There are a number of possible sources of errors (eRi, Amazon, me), but these are probably pretty good.  The same people now do eReaderIQ.com, and I may switch to that eventually.  However, I’m reluctant to change my methods in order to maintain consistency.

  • 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.