Amazon released a statement announcing the Q3 earnings today. Net sales were up 44% to 10.88 billion dollars.
From the press release:
“September 28th was the biggest order day ever for Kindle, even bigger than previous holiday peak days – we introduced Kindle Fire for $199, Kindle Touch 3G for $149, Kindle Touch for $99, and our all new Kindle for only $79,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “In the three weeks since launch, orders for electronic ink Kindles are double the previous launch. And based on what we’re seeing with Kindle Fire pre-orders, we’re increasing capacity and building millions more than we’d already planned.” [Emphasis added]
“Millions,” he said. That’s a lot of tablets. Already the rumors are starting that the Kindle Fire will outsell the iPad 2. And don’t forget the huge sales of the new Kindles.
But, ironically, investors weren’t happy because net sales were predicted to reach 10.95 billion – and didn’t. I guess you really can’t please everybody.
On the self-publishing front, three of the so-called “Big Six” publishers announce plans to give authors access to sales data. Melville Books calls it war with Amazon.
Why else is this important? Well, back in the spring, authors’ sales data and royalty statements were somewhat of an issue, as Kristine Kathryn Rusch indicates in her piece on book royalties and the follow-up update. (Note: I haven’t heard of any updates on this story – If anyone has, please share in the comments.)
If you have privacy concerns about the Amazon Kindle Fire’s new Silk browser, this article from the EFF should interest you.
If you have been waiting for the price to be right on a Barnes and Noble Nook, now may be the right time to buy! There are some great bargains available.
Barnes and Noble is selling the Nook Touch (refurbished) for $79 on their website. The Nook 1 is selling new for only $89. You can also find the items, including manufacturer refurbished Nook Color eReaders, at Barnes and Nobles’ eBay store.
Kobo has announced their new color reader, the Vox. It is available for pre-order and will be shipping on October 28. You can read the press release here. Kobo is also having a contest in which you can win a Vox.
According to this article from SlashGear, Amazon has added Kindles to their electronics trade in program.
What do you do if your beloved eReader is [Gasp] lost or stolen? This article from Mashable has some tips.
Barnes and Noble is expanding their Marketplace, “adding over one million new products to the catalog,” according to today’s press release.
For self-publishers, Amazon has announce Kindle Format 8, which has HTML 5 support. Read Mike Cane’s take on the news here.
A reader on the Amazon message boards shared this link to an ad from Australian retailer Big W advertising a Kindle pre-order shipping on November, 7, 2011. I have also heard that it can be ordered from the Dick Smith stores in Australia.
Because it is international, this version is the same as the $109 Basic Kindle – there are no special offers. Also note that it is not the Touch version.
Does this mean that the rest of the world is probably not far behind?
(International users should check the Kindle page. I had heard that there are international landing pages for the basic Kindle available now, but since I am accessing the site from within the US, I can’t see them….)
Ever since the Agency Pricing model took effect, most readers of eBooks have seen the prices of eBooks skyrocket. (Case in point: the enhanced Kindle version of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 is currently listed for pre-order at $18.99. The hardcover sells for only $19.98.) That leaves many Kindleowners looking for bargains.
Besides the top 100 paid Kindle books, Amazon lists the top 100 free books available in the Kindle Store. However, many people don’t realize that Amazon also lists a Kindle Daily Deal, where a Kindle book is available for a day at deeply discounted prices. The deal varies and can be fiction or non-fiction with selections generally priced between 99 cents and $2.99.
Generally, these books are quite a bargain. I have found $13-15 ebooks listed for less than $5.00. Today I picked up The Phoenix Apostles mystery for only $1.99.
As its name implies, the book selection changes daily.
Yesterday, Amazon announced an update for the Kindle Keyboard. This updates document and Whispersync features as well as Amazon Local offers for those who have Kindles with Special Offers.
From the Amazon forums:
We’re excited to let you know that we’ve started delivering a new, free software update for Kindle Keyboard over Wi-Fi, which will bring software enhancements and new features, including:
–Download your archived Personal Documents on Kindle Keyboard: You can now view and download your archived personal documents to your Kindle Keyboard conveniently anywhere at any time. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library until you delete them from the Manage Your Kindle page at http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.
–Whispersync for Personal Documents on Kindle Keyboard: Just as with Kindle books, Whispersync automatically synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations for personal documents (with the exception of PDFs) across the Kindle devices. Learn more about Kindle Personal Document Service on http://www.amazon.com/kindlepersonaldocuments.
–AmazonLocal deals – Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers users in many regions can now view, purchase and redeem AmazonLocal deals directly from Kindle Keyboard – no computer, no printer, no hassle. AmazonLocal offers savings up to 75% off products and services from businesses in your city, national chains and online merchants. Learn more about AmazonLocal on http://www.amazonlocal.com.
To receive the update, turn your wireless on and connect to an available Wi-Fi network. From the Home screen, press Menu and select “Sync and Check for Items.” The software update will automatically download in the background and install the next time your Kindle goes into sleep mode. You can also manually download the update to your Kindle. You can learn more and download the update at http://www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates.