This survey includes six of the top eBook venues. The number of books shown for each site is the total that site classifies as romance on their main “browse all romance” page. Venues are listed in order of numbers of books.
The eBook stats feature has only been running a short time, so meaningful historical trends are not possible. That said, among the two noisiest competitors in the market, Amazon and Sony, the rate of increase in romance titles for the Kindle (6.81%), is more than double that of Sony (2.99%), since the first stats reading on 7.11.09. It will be interesting to see if the trend continues, and the gap between the two competing stores widens.
Currently the Kindle Store offers a whopping 64.8% more romance eBook titles than Sony’s The eBook Store. Keep in mind, these numbers are for stores offerings, not the numbers of books available for any particular eReader device.
Amazon.com (Kindle) 18,730 titles (18,508 last week) 1.2% increase
Formats: DTP format for the Kindle, iPhone, and iPod
All Romance eBooks 18,037 titles (17,930 last week) 0.6% increase
Formats: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.
Books On Board 13,752 titles (13,665 last week) 0.64% increase
Formats: ePub, Secure Adobe Editions (ADE), eReaders, MSReader, Mobipocket.
The eBook Store (Sony) 11,365 titles (11,338 last week) 0.23% increase
Formats: EBL for Sony Reader and PC
Fictionwise 11,065 titles (11,030 last week) 0.32% increase
Formats: Gemstar/Rocket eBooks, Adobe Reader, MobiPocket, MS Reader, eReader
eBooks.com 9,182 titles (9,020 last week) 1.8% increase
Formats: MS Reader, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions
Note: In many cases, figures will include eBooks that also have print editions. Breaking out electronic-only editions from the totals isn’t feasible.