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View Poll Results: How many purchase from kindle store have you made?
None 13 23.21%
1-2 11 19.64%
3-4 7 12.50%
5-10 9 16.07%
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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How many books from kindle store have you bought?

Just curious as to the "attach" ratio of sales to kindle.

I have purchased three:
Freakonomics
Lord Valentine's Castle
Peter Rabbit (kindle makes a great storage for story time )

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Old 01-12-2008, 12:01 PM   #2
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The Kindle hasn't changed my buying habits.

I've purchased 10 ebooks, but only kept 2 textbooks. I prefer to pay extra to buy LIT format elsewhere, and convert. That way I have an archival copy.
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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I got my Kindle on 11/23 and have bought 25 books. All but one nonfiction. Books like:

Musicophilia
The Places In Between
Zen of Fish
Self-Made Man
Heat
Year of Living Biblically
Garlic and Sapphires
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:47 PM   #4
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I share my account with my sister and niece. Between the 3 of us I/we have bought 64 Amazon books (not samples) since Nov 20. And I've downloaded around 30 more from sites like Manybooks and Feedbooks. I've maxed out my Kindle memory and am using the SD card to store old books and make room for more goodies.

I just about always prefer non-fiction. My sister likes gooey murder mystery fiction like Mary Higgins Clark.

Guess I'm addicted.....<sigh>
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Old 01-12-2008, 02:42 PM   #5
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I probably have 600 books on my Kindle and only two are from Amazon.
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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How many books bought from Kindle Store

I really expected to buy most non-free ebooks from other sources than Kindle since I don't like to be part of a captive audience. But like Amazon gives the best bargains in paper books, I have found that the Kindle Store is often much cheaper than the same ebooks from other sources. This is a big disappointment.

Automatically downloaded digital ebooks really are essentially free -- but of course they can't be since that's how money is made. But there's no excuse for pricing them higher than the Kindle Store -- I'll always buy from the lowest cost store when everything else is the same. But the non-Kindle source should also not impact my labor -- they should send the selected ebooks direct to Kindle, as some of them will do already.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:01 AM   #7
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I haven't bought any books since I got my Kindle a week ago. The main issue with me is the DRM. I would be happy to pay 50% more if it is drm-free.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:53 PM   #8
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I haven't bought any books since I got my Kindle a week ago. The main issue with me is the DRM. I would be happy to pay 50% more if it is drm-free.
For a reference book I would want DRM-free, but a paperback that I would throw away anyway, give me DRM and cheaper prices.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:56 PM   #9
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I've only bought one book from Amazon so far --- but then again, I haven't received my Kindle yet. It *might* get here about Valentine's day. I'm stocking up on free books, so far.
I've been using my Palm devices for ereading for 10 years, however -- and I have over $1000 worth of books I've bought at ereader.com. SO ..... when I catch up reading the tail end of those, I"ll be buying from Amazon full steam. I love romances and mysterys.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:08 PM   #10
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From Amazon:

Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy (yeah, yeah, but I wanted a survey)
Freakanomics
Making Money (Pratchett)
Some compendium of Lewis Carroll's stuff that I've requested a return on because it's not split into paragraphs.
SJ Mercury News sub
Onion sub
Buncha samples

From BAEN Free Library, mostly to test out mobi2mobi:

Interstellar Patrol (Anvil)
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:07 AM   #11
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Buying books from the Kindle Store is addictively easy. I shudder to think how many books I'm going to buy over the next year. I've bought a couple dozen ebooks over the past month, mostly cheaper paperbacks. I've also downloaded a ton of free ebooks from Mobileread and other sites, and made a few ebooks using the Mobipocket Creator and content from Project Gutenberg (they're not really ready for primetime, with no working ToC, or I'd upload them to MobileRead).

Although I've bought a few technical books on the Kindle, I really think I'm leaning towards the physical copy when the ebook is the same price... and we're talking north of $25. This would change if I could get a bigger ereader (something like one of the new Fujitsus shown at CES) where it would make sense to read a technical book.

I'd also like to get an AZW reader for my PC that would be 'keyed' to my Kindle (perhaps tying my Kindle serial # to my Windows license), so I could read my Kindle books on a PC. Shouldn't be a big deal for Amazon to eventually do this, and if the license allows one to share ebooks on up to six Kindles, then this could easily be extended to up to six ereaders regardless of platform.
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:33 AM   #12
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@geoelectric -
The Lewis Carroll stuff can probably be had for free from places like Feedbooks.com and gutenberg.org if it's not here in our book section.

@JohnClif -
Yeah. It's just so darned easy. I just finished my 10th Amazon book. The samples get me.
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Old 01-15-2008, 05:36 AM   #13
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I think I've already bought close to 80 books... Have read 5 of them and simultaneously reading another 4
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:00 PM   #14
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The DRM dissuades me from buying books in advance. That's something I normally do at a bookstore since I don't go shopping that often, but often the mood for some of the books pass before I pick them up. That's fine by me with a paper book because I'll most likely get to it eventually. The mood will come around again. With DRM I have no guarantee for the future. Combine that with the ease and speed of acquiring content on a whim and my purchases are all based on what I want to read right now. The samples make it easy to put a book on my "to read" list when I hear of it without actually spending any money. I probably have 20 or 30 samples downloaded. So next time I need something new, there's quite a bit of variety waiting for me. I don't feel a need to pay for any book before I read the sample.

In that vein, I'm curious how the sampling may start to affect publishing if this kind of system takes off. If they have titles where they see a lot of samples downloaded compared to actual purchases that tells them something. I know many editors and writers strive to pull people into a book early on but I wonder if this sort of thing would make that even more important. I know marketing shapes much of the art we enjoy. I just get concerned the stronger the influence gets.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:29 PM   #15
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@geoelectric -
The Lewis Carroll stuff can probably be had for free from places like Feedbooks.com and gutenberg.org if it's not here in our book section.

@JohnClif -
Yeah. It's just so darned easy. I just finished my 10th Amazon book. The samples get me.
Alisa,

Yeah, I've since grabbed similar from Feedbooks. This was a rather nice collection in that it was all packed together. The Kindle has rather lousy book management, so that was worth a couple bucks to me. However, not being properly split into paragraphs was a deal-breaker. You couldn't tell from the free sample because only the poems were exposed, not the prose.
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