Posts tagged: ebook

Ebook Sales In Relation To Kindle Sales

By , February 7, 2010

I’ve been puzzling over something and maybe my numbers are off, but if Amazon says it sold half a million or a million Kindles (something like that, right?) and it only takes sales of 2000 or so to crack the upper reaches of the kindle chart, what the hell are people reading? Because in books, there are usually hits just  like in other media, where you get a book that’s embraced by a wide swath. Are early adopters that varied in their tastes, are Kindle owners shopping in a number of different stores, are they not buying at all? All of the above? I’m not really familiar with how book sales usually look so I can’t tell if this ratio that I think seems abnormal is actually par for the course.


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Kindle TTS Debacle Resolved… For Now

By , March 19, 2009

As soon as you look away from somthing, it changes. Certainly, a  lot has happened on the Authors Guild / Amazon issue since my last post. That’s what I get for not paying attention!

Amazon Backs Off Text-to-Speech Feature in Kindle

I don’t think Amazon would have done this if there wasn’t a legal reason to do so, though it could merely be an issue of not wanting to worry their suppliers. While the complaint was made by the Authors Guild, I can’t imagine that publishers were particularly happy with Amazon either. The AG had the advantage of having a better profile with the internet public, as opposed to those rather faceless corporate publishers – and at least in Net-land, opinion tends to sway against any kind of protections on content. It’s more difficult to dismiss the concerns of ’Greedy Writers’ than it is ‘Greedy Media Companies’.

An issue that is still hanging wide open has to do with access to books by the blind. Needless to say, the National Federation of the Blind liked the TTS feature, although there are much better devices available that allow a blind person to access any book the want. Their position is that  “The blind and other readers have the right for books to be presented to us in the format that is most useful to us”.  As legally dubious as that may be, the Author’s Guild’s response is pretty dubious and noncommittal as well – ‘We can work it out’. In all actuality that’s something that publishers will have to do and the AG has not much involvement in the matter.


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