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.
Why Follow Inventory at eBook Retailers?
Inventory can be interpreted as a form of market reach. Liken it to WalMart. As much as you might prefer a smaller store for its atmosphere and more unique offerings, sooner or later a store with fewer items on its shelves isn’t going to have what you need. You may resist, standing by your favorite, but if you want something you want something, and you’ll go to the store that has it. You might even decide to switch stores permanently, or visit your old store less frequently.
That said, the exact nature of each retailer’s inventory is also a factor. In this analogy that might apply to the mix of publishers or eBook formats a store carries. For instance, ePub could overtake all other formats in terms of numbers of downloads, but not be available at the store with the largest inventory. Thus, in the end, the store without ePub might lose out.
Though B&N is this week’s winner in terms of percentages, it added only 80 new titles, while Amazon more than tripled that. What I would love to know is the source of new titles for each retailer, broken down into percentages (i.e. New York publishers, small presses, self-pubs, public domain books).
How much does the Kindle self-pub program add to Amazon’s romance inventory numbers? Is it a meaningful part of the equation, or does Amazon’s continued lead in eBooks available stem primarily from its position in the larger online marketplace?
Amazon.com (Kindle) 19,835 titles (19,576 last week) 1.32% increase (259 new titles)
Formats: DTP format for the Kindle, iPhone, and iPod
All Romance eBooks 18,823 titles (18,728 last week) 0.51% increase (95 new titles)
Formats: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.
Books On Board 13,843 titles (13,670 last week) 1.26% increase (173 new titles)
Formats: ePub, Secure Adobe Editions (ADE), eReaders, MSReader, Mobipocket.
The eBook Store (Sony) 11,872 titles (11,821 last week) 0.43% increase (51 new titles)
Formats: EBL for Sony Reader and PC
Fictionwise 11,500 titles (11,456 last week) 0.38% increase (44 new titles)
Formats: Gemstar/Rocket eBooks, Adobe Reader, MobiPocket, MS Reader, eReader
eBooks.com 9,575 titles (9,502 last week) 0.77% increase (73 new titles)
Formats: MS Reader, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions
Barnes and Noble 4,654 titles (4,574 last week) 1.75% increase (80 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.