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For those who can afford Christmas this year, and in a recession of this magnitude that doesn’t include everyone, 1 in 5 gift recipients could find an eReader device under the tree.

In a study by Gadgetology, commissioned by electronics website Retrevo, 21% of respondents stated that they would be buying an eBook reader this season. If the study is any guide, it appears that Kindle could be the big winner of such a buying spree, with 62% of prospective buyers leaning toward Amazon’s reader, versus 32% who expressed interest in buying one from Sony, and only 6% shopping among the multitude of other readers hitting the market this year.

Other findings from the study:

  • More men than women planned to purchase an eReader this Christmas (26% to 17%).
  • 69% of prospective buyers were under the age of 35. Only 10% of those above the age of 45 planned to buy one.
  • Those with household incomes of $100K-$200K (33%) were twice as likely to state they would be buying an eReader, than those in the $50K to $100K bracket (16%). No word if those making less than $50K could afford one.
  • Prospective buyers in the Northeast region of the U.S. outnumbered buyers in the West by a margin of 2:1.

You’ll find more info on the study at Retrevo, as well as some fairly cool graphs to illustrate the above statistics.

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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.

Barnes & Noble, noticeably behind other retailers when introduced to the Stats last week, apparently is working rapidly to make up lost ground, with a near 4% week-over-week jump in titles offered, the largest increase yet for this feature on Kindling Romance.

Amazon.com (Kindle) 19,106 titles (18,902 last week) 1.08% increase
Formats:
DTP format for the Kindle, iPhone, and iPod

All Romance eBooks 18,379 titles (18,192 last week) 1.03% increase
Formats: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.

Books On Board 13,935 titles (13,793 last week) 1.03% increase
Formats: ePub, Secure Adobe Editions (ADE), eReaders, MSReader, Mobipocket.

The eBook Store (Sony) 11,556 titles (11,456 last week) 0.87% increase
Formats: EBL for Sony Reader and PC

Fictionwise 11,187 titles (11,145 last week) 0.38% increase
Formats: Gemstar/Rocket eBooks, Adobe Reader, MobiPocket, MS Reader, eReader

eBooks.com 9,334 titles (9,182 last week) 1.65% increase
Formats: MS Reader, Mobipocket Reader, Adobe Digital Editions

Barnes and Noble 4,476 titles (4,304 last week) 3.996% increase
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.

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Romance readers who love eBooks could hit the jackpot in August and September with contests giving away Kindle and Sony eBook readers, plus tons of other goodies.

3 Sony eBook Readers from The Long and the Short of It Romance Reviews

Contest URL: http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com/2009/08/announcement-end-of-summer-event.html
Contest Dates: August 3-30, 2009. Winners announced August 30 at 9pm Eastern.
Contest Requirements: This is a scavenger hunt contest. Entrants need to visit websites and answer simple questions (clues are provided through August 28th)
Prizes: 3 Sony eBook Readers, each pre-loaded with numerous romance novels.
Miscellaneous: The website will hold a special two-day chat with additional prizes August 29-30.

Kindle eBook Reader from  Sapphire Blue Publishing

Contest URL: http://www.sapphirebluepublishing.com/info/index.php?id=54
Contest Dates:
Ends September 15, 2009
Contest Requirements:
Sign up for the publisher’s email newsletter
Prizes:
Amazon.com Gift Certificate equal to the cost of a Kindle, plus tax.
Miscellaneous: Winner will be notified by email and announced on the publisher’s website.

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Lyrical Press End of Summer Event

Contest URL: http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com/2009/08/announcement-end-of-summer-event.html
Contest Dates: August 24-28, 2009
Contest Requirements: Not specified.
Prizes: Not specified, but apparently there will be a lot of them from multiple Lyrical Press authors.
Miscellaneous: This is billed as a week long event where you will have a chance to meet and chat online with lyrical press authors, and even have an opportunity to pitch books to editors. The event page suggests there could be giveaways daily, and one large giveaway session on August 29.

Gift Basket with Ten eBooks and a Gift Card from Liquid Silver Authors

Contest URL: http://www.alannacoca.wordpress.com (Contest will go live here on 9.7.09)
Contest Dates: September 7, 2009
Contest Requirements: Visit Liquid Silver Book authors’ websites and leave comments at each stop on the tour.
Prizes: Gift basket of ten eBooks and gift card
Miscellaneous: The tour starts at 8:00 am on Monday. The winner will be chosen at random and posted at http://www.alannacoca.wordpress.com

Autographed Copy of Guarding the Coast by Samantha Gail, Plus Gift Box of Gold Coast Candles

Contest URL: http://www.samanthagail.com/
Contest Dates: August 1-31, 2009.
Contest Requirements: Send an email to the author with the words “August Contest” in subject line.

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The media can blather on all day about how the Kindle is trampling Sony in the eReader wars, but is this an accurate reflection of the formats and devices romance readers use?


I’d love to see a spoof a la the “I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC.” commercials. Are you a Kindle or a Sony, and what would those two look like if made human?

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Blogger David Rothman of TeleRead: Bring the eBooks Home offers a current guestimate of the number of Kindles vs. Sony eReaders now sold in the U.S.:

Of U.S. dedicated e-reader sales of a bit more than a million a year, Kindles make up 45 percent, according to the Cleantech Group. Sony is 30 percent, while rivals are just 25 percent.

In some ways this parallels the eBook Stats reports here on Kindling Romance each Friday, which show Sony is well behind the Kindle in terms of romance titles available, 18.7K titles in the Kindle Store as opposed to 11.4K titles at Sony’s The eBook Store.

The same blog post predicts 29 million eBook reader devices, all brands included, will ship in 2013. Hyperbole or no, eBooks are gaining critical mass with consumers.

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Each Wednesday, Kindling Romance posts a sampling of the bestseller lists in eBook romance culled from across the Internet. Both publisher and retailer-only websites are included, as are books that have print versions in addition to eBook format. Lists should be considered a snapshot of the rankings on each site at the time gathered. Live rankings are more fluid than old school print bestseller lists and may have changed by the time you read this.

Though they sometimes appear in bestseller lists, eBooks that are free to readers (List Price $0.00) are not included, as they are not actually for sale.**

Websites are listed in alphabetical order.

allromanceblogALL ROMANCE (allromanceebooks.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer
Editions: eBooks only, though some books on the list may have print editions available elsewhere.
Formats/Devices Available: Adobe PDF eBook, MSReader, HTML, Mobipocket, Palm DOC/iSolo, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Rocketbook, Open eBook.

  1. Man to Man by G. A. Hauser, Phase Books. #2 on this list last week
  2. Three for Me? by R. G. Alexander, Samhain. #1
  3. Bottled Up by Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press. #4
  4. Three of a Kind by Sean Michael, Torquere Press. #6
  5. The Alpha by Cynthia Carole, Purple Sword Publications. #7
  6. Dude Looks Like a Lady by Jack Green, Phaze Books. #9
  7. Notturno by ZA Maxfied, MLR Press. #8
  8. Fire Season (Tales of the Darkworld Book 3)
  9. Extinction by Carol Lynne, Resplendence. #3
  10. The Sheikh and the Servant by Sonja Spencer, Dreamspinner Press. #5

amazonblogKINDLE BOOKSTORE (amazon.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer
Editions: Mixed. Sells books that are eBook only, as well as digital versions of print books.
Formats/Devices Available: Kindle, iPhone, iPod

  1. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s. Print edition available. (#11 in Kindle top sellers**) #1 on this list last week.
  2. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning, Delacorte. Print.(#12) #3
  3. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning, Delacorte. Print. (#13) #2
  4. Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann, Ballentine. Print. (#14) #8
  5. A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James, HarperCollins. Print. (#15) #4
  6. Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson, Zebra. Print. (#21)
  7. Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian, Dell. Print. (#24) #10
  8. Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark, HarperCollins (#25)
  9. Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian, Dell. Print (#26)
  10. Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian, Dell. Print (#27)

bn_logoBARNES & NOBLE (barnesandnoble.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer
Editions: eBooks and Print.
Formats/Devices Available: iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, PC, Mac

  1. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris, Penguin. Print edition available. #3 on this list last week.
  2. Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Penguin. Print. #6
  3. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s. Print.
  4. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, Penguin. Print.
  5. Hell on Heels by Julie Kenner, Kathleen O’Reily, and Dee Davis, Penguin. Print. #1
  6. Black Hills by Nora Roberts, Putnam. Print. #8
  7. More than Friends by Maureen Child, Penguin. Print. #4
  8. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward, Penguin. Print.
  9. Til There was You by Lynn Kurland, Penguin. Print. #9
  10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Penguin. Print.

ebooksonylogoblogSONY (ebookstore.sony.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer
Editions: eBooks only, though some books on the list may have print editions available elsewhere.
Formats/Devices Available: Sony Reader, Windows PC with EBL software, (no Mac Support).

  1. Black Hills by Nora Roberts, Putnam. Print edition available. #1 on this list last week.
  2. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s. Print.
  3. Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale, Hachette. Print.
  4. Bengal’s Heart by Lora Leigh, Penguin. Print.
  5. Burn by Linda Howard, Ballantine. Print. #3
  6. Mastered by Love by Stephanie Laurens, HarperCollins. Print. #10
  7. One Scream Away by Kate Brady, Forever. Print. #2
  8. Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart, Hatchette. Print.
  9. Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris, Penguin. Print. #8
  10. Insatiable Desire by Rita Herron, Hatchette. Print.

fictionwiseblogFICTIONWISE (fictionwise.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer
Editions: eBooks only, though some books on the list may have print editions available elsewhere.
Formats/Devices Available: Sony Reader, Kindle (using unencrypted MultiFormat books and Mobipocket), MSReader, Adobe PDF, Mobipocket, Windows PC, Win CE (Palm Doc), Rocketbook, Franklin eBookMan, Hiebook, Symbian

  1. Bengal’s Heart by Lora Leigh, Berkley Sensation. Print. #2 on this list last week.
  2. The Darkest Prison by Gena Showalter, Harlequin. Print.
  3. Mastered by Love by Stephanie Laurens, HarperCollins. Print edition available. #1
  4. The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh, Berkley. eBook only. #3
  5. A Daring Dilemma by Nina Coombs Pykare, Belgrave House. Print.
  6. One-Click Buy: August Harlequin Presents by multiple authors, Harlequin. Print editions available, though this compilation is unique as an eBook. #8
  7. Heat of the Storm by Elle Kennedy, Samhain. eBook only.
  8. Cast in Silence by Michelle Sagara, Harlequin. Print.
  9. The Tycoon’s Secret Affair by Maya Banks, Harlequin. Print.
  10. Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd, Signet. Print. #10

eharlequinlogoblogHARLEQUIN (eHarlequin.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Publisher
Editions: Mixed. Sells books that are eBook only, as well as digital versions of print books.
Formats/Devices Available: Adobe PDF eBook, Microsoft eBook, Mobipocket.

  1. My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent. eBook only. (Though priced, this title is free at checkout. This list publisher’s list does not extend past 1-10) #1 on this list last week.
  2. Feels Like the First Time by Tawny Webber. Print.
  3. Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child by Chantelle Shaw. Print. #3
  4. The Prince’s Captive Wife by Marion Lennox. Print.
  5. Mistress to the Merciless Millionaire by Abby Green. Print. #10
  6. At the Duke’s Service by Carole Mortimer. Print. #6
  7. One Night, Two Babies by Marion Lennox. Print. #4
  8. The Virgin Secretary’s Impossible Boss by Carole Mortimer. Print. #8
  9. The Innocent’s Dark Seduction by Jennie Lucas. Print. #7
  10. The Tuscan Tycoon’s Pregnant Housekeeper by Christina Hollis. Print. #2

mbamlogoMY BOOKSTORE AND MORE (mybookstoreandmore.com)

Retailer or Publisher: Retailer, though all titles on this list this week are from Samhain.
Editions: eBooks
Formats/Devices Available: Formats determined not by retailer, but by individual publisher. May included PDF, HTML, Mobipocket/Kindle, MSReader, Rocketbook, ePub.

  1. Jesse’s Girl by Karen Erickson.
  2. Luck Be Delanie by Shelli Stevens.
  3. Grady’s Awakening by Bianca D’Arc.
  4. Bridging the Gap by Annmarie McKenna.
  5. Sting of Desire by Lilli Feisty.
  6. Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell.
  7. Three for Me? by R. G. Alexander.
  8. Taste of Temptation by Moira McTark.
  9. Death, The Vamp and His Brother by Lexxie Couper.
  10. Because of You by Mari Carr.

If you do not see your favorite retailer or publisher listed here, it’s possible the site does not offer a bestseller list or even a method to retrieve one, or may only update on an occasional basis. Many sites make “harvesting” and formatting a list a lengthy, tedious job (ex. this post required almost four hours). I will do my best to include at least two publisher-only sites each Wednesday, and rotate them from week to week whenever possible. This week My Bookstore and More has been rotated in, while Lyrical Press (Once Upon a Book Store) has been rotated out.

Lists are retrieved from the individual retailers’ or publishers’ own websites, and are not official reports. At this time, I can find no mainstream news media, such as Publishers Weekly or The New York Times, tracking bestsellers in eBook format. Lists are gathered on Wednesday and reflect the rankings at the time they were retrieved. Please be aware that each site uses its own methods to arrive at or update a bestseller list (i.e. daily, hourly, etc.) and that no Internet server is infallible. Sometimes glitches happen.

For sites that list print and ebooks in the same list, every effort is made to separate out and/or note ebook-only romances. As with Internet servers, human glitches have also been known to occur.

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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.

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