This survey includes seven 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.
A relatively slow week…
…for the online book retailers in terms of new titles added, which isn’t surprising since the beginning of the month additions to inventory have already been factored in. Though the stats feature has only been running since 7.11.09, and it’s too early to point toward long term trends, here are some raw numbers for the two major combatants in the eBook wars:
During the last nine weeks, Amazon has added 1942 new romance titles to its Kindle Store, an increase of 11.07%. Sony, meanwhile, has added just 752 romance titles, an increase of 6.82%.
Amazon.com (Kindle) 19,477 titles (19,421 last week) 0.29% increase (56 new titles)
Formats: DTP format for the Kindle, iPhone, and iPod
All Romance eBooks 18,617 titles (18,546 last week) 0.38% increase(71 new titles)
Formats: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.
Books On Board 13,620 titles (13,493 last week) 0.94% increase (127 new titles)
Formats: ePub, Secure Adobe Editions (ADE), eReaders, MSReader, Mobipocket.
The eBook Store (Sony) 11,786 titles (11,781 last week) 0.04% increase (5 new titles)
Formats: EBL for Sony Reader and PC
Fictionwise 11,359 titles (11,322 last week) 0.33% increase (37 new titles)
Formats: Gemstar/Rocket eBooks, Adobe Reader, MobiPocket, MS Reader, eReader
eBooks.com 9,502 titles (9,334 last week) 1.80% increase (168 new titles)
Formats: MS Reader, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions
Barnes and Noble 4,540 titles (4,523 last week) 0.38% increase (17 new titles)
Formats: iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, PC, Mac
Note: In many cases, figures will include eBooks that also have print editions. Breaking out electronic-only editions from the totals isn’t feasible.