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Old 07-21-2009, 01:08 AM   #1
Gideon
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The Land of eBooks - Comparisions in Availability and Pricing of U.S. eBooks

I just finished a rather large chart comparing the prices and availability of ebooks at some of the major stores - Amazon, Sony, Barnes and Noble, BooksOnBoard, and FictionWise.

You can see the chart and full explanation here:
http://blog.gideonaddington.com/2009...and-of-ebooks/

I was motivated to do this because of Sony and Barnes and Noble's insane claims regarding their book selections (and to a lesser extent Amazon's) given that they are including all of the public domain books available through Google - books available to pretty much anyone. Also, I wanted to see what Barnes and Noble was doing and this was the best way to get some answers.

I checked 28 books - the top two from each catagory from the NYT Best Seller lists, and then a group of my recent purchases and things on my wishlist that were not available on the Kindle when I placed them there. So it isn't the most scientific study in the world - but it covers a wide range of material and genres.

Conclusions:
1 book was not available on any platform

Amazon 27/28
Sony 23/28 (big improvement)
BooksOnBoard 20/28
FictionWise 17/28
Barnes & Noble 13/28

Barnes and Noble really sucked here. So you can take a look at the graph as well as more analysis on my blog linked above.
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