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Scott - thanks for this. It is very good and useful to see some actual numbers - albeit for just one ebook. There is so much specualtion around about ebooks that is based on some apparently very wild guesses. Hopefully we'll begin to see some more pubishers reveal some actual numbers so the whole industry can do some proper planning and a little less panicking.

Chris

Splendid. Or in other words... that *that* sucker.

This is really fascinating. Thanks for this. How many new ebooks are there available in comparison to printed books in a year? I would have thought this also might have a bearing. And who is the ebook demographic would you say?

Really eye-watering stuff.

http://www.baen.com/library/palaver11.htm

Very similar viewpoint from 2002 that still holds true.

Thanks--excellent info.

I asked a question on the UK amazon boards about what constitutes a "bargain" book. Results were interesting especially compared to the same question over on the US boards (I didn't ask there, several other people have posted that question in the last year.)

Here's the recent question with comments on the UK boards:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx3IRFCNF3E5K2W&cdThread=Tx2Z5I6CH5QLKWU&displayType=tagsDetail

Overall, I'd say that in the UK, book buyers expect to pay more, whereas in the US, the population is quite taken with the 99 cent books that were around in wild numbers for a while. But anything under 5 US dollars seems to be considered a bargain (with some getting stuck at 3 dollars). As for the UK--well the answers were often "relative" to hardback and/or softback.

Very unscientific and all that--but hey, it's always fun!

Maria

It strikes me that - with ebooks presumably getting a large number of 'impulse' buys - so much also depends on the searchable criteria that's associated with the book, the categories that it's filed in and loads of other stuff that publishers have (presumably) thought a little bit about in the past, but perhaps haven't really focused on up to now.

Search Engine Optimisation for e-books, if you like.

So I guess if I were a publisher I would want detailed real-time data from the online retailers - how are people finding the big sellers? What lists are they on? What were the buyers searching for? So you could then optimise your wotsits.

This book introduced me to the brilliant "The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business", which I have lately been reading to my niece, much to her parents' bemusement. And now I have discovered there is a 'plop-up' edition, which has made me happy beyond description.

Which is just to say - I'm glad It Is Just You is still selling, as it's full of lovely little things like that.

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