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More than 130,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store

27 April 2012

From Amazon’s press release announcing first quarter results:

“I’m excited to announce that we now have more than 130,000 new, in-copyright books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store – you won’t find them anywhere else. They include many of our top bestsellers – in fact, 16 of our top 100 bestselling titles are exclusive to our store,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you don’t even need to buy these titles – you can borrow them for free – with no due dates – from our revolutionary Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is heavily used by Kindle owners, and it has extremely unusual features that both authors and customers love. Every time you borrow a book, the author gets paid – and we have an inexhaustible supply of each title so you never have to wait in a queue for the book you want. Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world by far, and I assure you we’ll keep working hard so that the Kindle Store remains yet another reason to buy a Kindle!”

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  • Kindle Fire remains the #1 bestselling, most gifted, and most wished for product across the millions of items available on Amazon.com since launch. In the first quarter, 9 out of 10 of the top sellers on Amazon.com were digital products – Kindle, Kindle books, movies, music and apps.
  • Amazon launched Kindle Touch Wi-Fi and Kindle Touch 3G on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es. The full line of Kindle e-ink readers is now available in over 175 countries around the world. Kindle Touch 3G is the most full-featured e-reader with an easy to use touchscreen and the unparalleled convenience of free 3G – no hunting for Wi-Fi spots, simply think of a book and download it. Kindle remains the bestseller on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it and Amazon.es since their launches.
  • Amazon introduced a new version of its popular Kindle for iPad app, which is the #5 free iPad app of all time and the #1 free books app on iPad. Millions of customers are using the new Kindle for iPad app, which is optimized for the high resolution display of the newest iPad.

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Worldwide Media sales grew 19% to $4.71 billion. Excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, sales grew 19%.

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11 Comments to “More than 130,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store”

  1. I’m not looking forward to a world where half the books I want to buy are exclusive to one store or the other.
    At the moment I search for books in the kindle store and then switch over to SmashWords to buy them. (SmashWords don’t have to charge me 23% VAT.) But ever since the select program was launched by amazon I’ve come across quite a number of books that are exclusive to Amazon.
    Mostly it results in a lost sale for the author.

    • Amazon do not charge 23%, Lance. They are based in Luxembourg precisely to avoid having to charge the higher VAT rates. The Amazon VAT charge is only 3%.

      Ebooks sold by other vendors, based in their home EU countries, are forced to charge the full rate, which is why Amazon continues to have a clear price advantage.

      Yet for some reason Amazon throw away that advantage and impose a $2 surcharge per sale on buyers outside the Kindle-zone countries.

      A 2.99 ebook in a Kindle zone country will cost 3.08 with VAT. The same book in a neighbouring EU country without a Kindle store will cost the buyer 2.99 plus 2.00 surcharge plus 3% VAT – 5.04.

      For anyone in the EU the only Kindle devices available are the old b&w ereaders, and these are substantially more expensive than rival devices like Kobo.

      • I’m sorry to disagree but amazon add 23% to the price of kindle ebooks for me. A $2.99 book is listed as “$3.68 includes VAT and & free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet”. I’m buying via the web and reading on the kindle app on my PC and iPhone. Maybe it’s different if you buy via a kindle reader.
        Until about Christmas I was charged the 16%(as it was then) Luxenbourg VAT. But since the start of the year when the Irish VAT went up to 23% I’ve been charged the 23% rate.
        Maybe amazon opened an Irish call centre or something.
        At least I’m not charged the $2.00 surcharge like people in many other countries are.

  2. You’re not the only one. I don’t get charged VAT, but I want ePUB and Amazon is restricted to .mobi. I could convert them, but 905 of the time I end up scrambling the file. Too much hassle. Several autors have lost me as a customer because they started making their books available only on Amazon.
    I may be just one customer and only represent a fraction of their sales lost, but how many other readers like me are out there?

  3. I feel like I’m in between on this one. While I can understand how someone might be frustrated at the exclusivity, it’s only for 90 days. I had an author who’s books I wanted, but they were on select and I had a nook. He took them out after the 90 days so now I’ll buy them. I know he didn’t personally chose to exclude me. He’s just trying to grow his business. Plenty to read while I’m waiting. 🙂

    • After we pulled several of Mrs. PG’s books out of KDP Select, we have seen some nice sales from Nook. Right now, those sales are high enough that it will be hard to justify putting them back onto Amazon exclusively.

      • I’m somewhat in a similar boat. Although I don’t make many sales, I sell on both sites nearly equally right now, and Kobo (via smashwords) has been yielding sales also.

  4. I’m so torn about this. I love reading on my nook, and I’m sad about books that are exclusive to kindle that I can’t read.

    As an author, I fully understand why people use KDP select. In the last three months I’ve had plenty of sales from Amazon but not one single sale from BN, and that’s even wtih a brand-new book out. I’m not exclusive to kindle but I might as well be!

  5. Are any of them actually worth reading?

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