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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 4:53:16 AM PST
Paxton says:
In reply to IBeHookedOnPhonics, I actually have thought the quality of my purchased books is pretty good. Several of the free books (like from Mobileread) have had some formatting issues, but I can't complain about the work people do for free! Are there specific purchased books you are talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 5:55:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 21, 2009 5:56:31 AM PST
Knipfty says:
He is today's counts of books price over $9.99:

______Date_______All Kindle________> $9.99______% > $9.99
_21-Jan-09________226,625_________67,614_________29.84%
_20-Jan-09________225,515_________67,017_________29.72%

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 6:50:50 AM PST
dirtymc says:
Knipfty absolutely great work!!! I mean it. I got into plenty of arguments with naysayers, apologists, and many others who would always lay the absence of statistical data argument. I hope that this helps to finally prove our point that 1.) There are entirely to many books selling for over 9.99. and 2.) there is a gradual increase taking place in the overall price of books. Awesome job keep the good work up. I would like to hear dog's thoughts on this new data or for that matter anyone else opinion as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 9:21:45 AM PST
Mary McManus says:
Yet another example of Kindle's new pricing. Nothing to Fear by Adam Cohen is $16+ in the Kindle version. It is the book about the first 100 days of Roosevelt's administration. So I checked it out of the library and while I'd rather read it on the Kindle and would have purchased it at 9.99, I'm not going to pay over $16 for it. Too bad for Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 3:37:41 PM PST
Maureen H says:
If you did the price sort by publication date and considered only more current books, I bet the percent over $9.99 would go up even higher.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 5:35:35 AM PST
Knipfty says:
He is today's counts of books price over $9.99:

______Date_______All Kindle________> $9.99______% > $9.99
_22-Jan-09________227,486_________67,452_________29.65%
_21-Jan-09________226,625_________67,614_________29.84%
_20-Jan-09________225,515_________67,017_________29.72%

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 9:00:56 AM PST
Esse says:
In looking at Knipfty's results, I was curious as to how many of the books over $9.99 are textbooks or other specialty books the average book consumer wouldn't be interested in. Using Jungle Search, I found approximately 52,000 books that I'd categorize as specialty. That amounts to 23.02% of all books over $9.99, leaving approximately 6% of consumer books over $9.99. I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised. I would have thought more than 6% of consumer books would be over the $9.99 price point based on my own shopping experience in the Kindle store.

If you want to double check my math, I earmarked $32.00 as the price where specialty and consumer books had about an even match after doing a series of price point searches on Jungle Search. If anyone's particularly curious, there were about 14,500 books over $100.00 and 38,400 books between $100.00 and $32.00.

Feel free to correct me if necessary. Math isn't my first language. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 10:14:42 AM PST
Craig S says:
Susan,

I am the OP, and perhaps they dropped the price because they're revising their policy again?

I wound up reading the hardcover from the library, and still hold tight to my mantra of "No Kindle books over $9.99"

Craig

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 10:44:42 AM PST
JD says:
I think it depends on what types of books you read. I did some category searches and this is what I found:

Percentage of books over 9.99 (rounded off)

Fiction 2%
Mystery/Thrillers 3%
Romance 1%
Literary Fiction 2%

Nonfiction 50%
Biography 15%
Computer/Internet 80%

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 10:52:47 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
Personally, I don't have a problem with non-fiction technical books costing over the $9.99 mark for the Kindle edition. Think fiction sells more than non-fiction, so the profit margins are different. It's the fiction that should stay at $9.99 or less - and the Kindle version should cost less than the paperbacks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 11:37:58 AM PST
"Susan, I am the OP, and perhaps they dropped the price because they're revising their policy again?"

No, they dropped it because this is how it has gone from the beginning with a lot of books--they get released at a higher price and then, after a period of time, go down to the $9.99. That period can range from a couple of days to a couple of months. That is new books. Other books HAVE had their prices played around with, being raised and lowered, raised and lowered. SOmeties there is no rhyme or reason to it, but sometimes it is due to a connected movie being released or some such thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 4:06:21 PM PST
Maureen H says:
I think it also relates to how many books are sold. Outlander price increased after a book klub started on Kindleboards.com and more people bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 4:22:15 PM PST
To be fair, I watched the Oprah episode and Jeff Bezos clearly stated that there would be no books priced over $9.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 5:10:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2009 5:10:44 PM PST
Selena says:
I have been watching the various analyses - glad to see people looking at data. So far, nothing surprising or alarming to me re the %s of under and over 9.99. Of course, that is the rub of interpretation! half full, half empty, oh my...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2009 5:03:26 AM PST
TM says:
Bump

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2009 5:37:50 AM PST
Knipfty says:
He is today's counts of books price over $9.99:

______Date_______All Kindle________> $9.99______% > $9.99
_23-Jan-09________228,169_________67,525_________29.59%
_22-Jan-09________227,486_________67,452_________29.65%
_21-Jan-09________226,625_________67,614_________29.84%
_20-Jan-09________225,515_________67,017_________29.72%

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2009 3:31:45 PM PST
dirtymc says:
Bump

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2009 3:54:23 PM PST
Kaytwo says:
I've noticed that Amazon is playing with the prices when books become popular or are recommended by Oprah. For example, I bought Edgar Sawtelle at $9.99 then noticed it later went up. Same thing with Wally Lamb's book but I didn't realize it had gone to $16.

This whole thing really makes me angry - I only like to play games where I know the rules to begin with.

Does this mean we have to buy the books instantly in order to get the $9.99 before Amazon determines their popularity and decides to raise the price? I guess the only thing we Kindle owners can do is boycott books that are over $9.99. What does anyone else think?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2009 3:54:52 PM PST
Kaytwo says:
I've noticed that Amazon is playing with the prices when books become popular or are recommended by Oprah. For example, I bought Edgar Sawtelle at $9.99 then noticed it later went up. Same thing with Wally Lamb's book but I didn't realize it had gone to $16.

This whole thing really makes me angry - I only like to play games where I know the rules to begin with.

Does this mean we have to buy the books instantly in order to get the $9.99 before Amazon determines their popularity and decides to raise the price? I guess the only thing we Kindle owners can do is boycott books that are over $9.99. What does anyone else think?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2009 4:05:20 PM PST
Mike Anisman says:
I totally agree.
On several occasions I have seen a write up on a book and gone to buy it on Kindle.
Than found the price to be more than 9.99. I have than either gone to the Library or bought it from my local used book seller.
I don't like Amazon's price games and wont be subjected to them.

I am almost to the point of putting it on e bay and making a profit selling. I think if I had not touted it so highly it would probably be gone by now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2009 4:13:16 PM PST
Ditto, dirtymc
a.k.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 7:08:28 AM PST
dirtymc says:
Alice and Mike I am happy to hear that there are more kindlers out there that agree with us. Unfortunately it seems that there are those who will ruin the prices for the rest of us by justifying an irrational purchase any way they can. Just check out the forum "what's the most expensive book you have bought?" One blank spend $60+ dollars. Oh my I think I will have a 300+ dollar doorstop soon enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 7:31:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2009 7:32:34 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
Deciding not to spend more than $9.99 on a Kindle book is a personal choice. It happens to by my choice, but I do not feel it is my right to "rag" on someone who wants to spend more. There are some technical, non-fiction books that would make sense to buy at higher prices. Just because I have no use for them, does not make it wrong for someone to buy them.

Also, many have complained that books that were rather cheap to start with, have gone up in price. We all know that sometimes an item is discounted when introduced to build a interest. Sadly, some of us (myself included) did not buy at the cheaper price. That does not mean that Amazon has done anything "wrong".

I personally choose to buy cheaper books and to write publishers if I think the price is to high. There are a lot of books out there that are very reasonably priced and will keep me in reading material for quite awhile - even if I do read about 5 books a week. :) If the price is to high for my taste/wallet I will just wait and buy the paper copy used later.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 7:04:11 PM PST
TM says:
Bump

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 8:28:13 PM PST
Selena says:
There are many reasons why a particular book might be over 9.99. There is nothing magical or constitutional about that price. I have only spent more than 9.99 on two books, but both were "technical" books that are more than the "standard" paper prices and both were substantially less than the paper version. sorry brother mc, I don't think such purchases "ruin" whatever you think is being ruined! : )
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