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Old 05-30-2008, 05:53 AM   #1
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Curious Kindle description on Amazon

I was reading the description of the Kindle on the US Amazon web site, and was rather puzzled by this line:

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More than 120,000 books available, including more than 98 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
What does "more than 98 of 112" mean? 98 and a half? 99? 100? If it's 99, then why not say "99" rather than "more than 98"?
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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Maybe because the NYT Best Seller list changes frequently?
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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73% of all statistics are fake anyway. Maybe it's 98 books + 1 draft of a cover art?
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:31 PM   #4
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73% of all statistics are fake anyway.
...and you're 99.9% sure of that?
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:07 PM   #5
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Maybe because the NYT Best Seller list changes frequently?
In that case, they can't guarantee that it's always "more than 98", can they?
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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Speaking as a marketeer (not a typo) who has used similar weasel-words in the past: it's a hedge against the number going up to 99 or 100 so you don't have to keep changing the webpage. You can change it once, say, every week or two weeks. Numbers within constantly changing populations are always tricky, because people like statistics and numbers but if they're constantly changing, you're engaged in constant upkeep rather than coming up with the Next Big Thing.

But what happens if it slips below? Curious indeed.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:32 PM   #7
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makes sense to me


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Speaking as a marketeer (not a typo) who has used similar weasel-words in the past: it's a hedge against the number going up to 99 or 100 so you don't have to keep changing the webpage. You can change it once, say, every week or two weeks. Numbers within constantly changing populations are always tricky, because people like statistics and numbers but if they're constantly changing, you're engaged in constant upkeep rather than coming up with the Next Big Thing.

But what happens if it slips below? Curious indeed.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:40 PM   #8
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Speaking as a marketeer (not a typo) who has used similar weasel-words in the past: it's a hedge against the number going up to 99 or 100 so you don't have to keep changing the webpage.
Why not just say:

Most NYT best sellers are available.

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Old 05-30-2008, 03:32 PM   #9
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Speaking as a marketeer (not a typo) who has used similar weasel-words in the past: it's a hedge against the number going up to 99 or 100 so you don't have to keep changing the webpage. You can change it once, say, every week or two weeks. Numbers within constantly changing populations are always tricky, because people like statistics and numbers but if they're constantly changing, you're engaged in constant upkeep rather than coming up with the Next Big Thing.

But what happens if it slips below? Curious indeed.
I think it is likely what you said and it is a goal or commitment to get the vast majority of the new books available. It is like saying we hope to have 80 to 90% available always.

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Or nearly 100 NYT best sellers available?

Or most? Majority of?

I would think it would be partly the whole "more than 98" sounds like more than "99" would.

Or something.
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Speaking as a marketeer (not a typo) who has used similar weasel-words in the past: it's a hedge against the number going up to 99 or 100 so you don't have to keep changing the webpage. You can change it once, say, every week or two weeks. Numbers within constantly changing populations are always tricky, because people like statistics and numbers but if they're constantly changing, you're engaged in constant upkeep rather than coming up with the Next Big Thing.

But what happens if it slips below? Curious indeed.
Why not say "at least 98 of the ..."
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I question why not have ALL the best sellers
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:43 AM   #13
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Why not just say:

Most NYT best sellers are available.

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From your lips, er, fingers to the clients' ears, my friend. People like numbers. What can I say.
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I question why not have ALL the best sellers
I'm guessing because they can't force a publisher to provide an ebook of a given title.
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When Amazon negotiates with a publisher for an eBook title(s), does Amazon pay a one time fee for rights to sell the eBook or does the publisher get a percentage of each Kindle book sold?
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