The Morning Coffee – 30 January 2012

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Are Medium & Quora Just the Rebirth of Content Farms? (Elapsed Time)
  • Bezos: With ebook sales up 70% in 2012, Amazon has hit “transition” it expected (paidContent)
  • B&N 'fully committed to retail concept' (The Bookseller)

  • My Mind, She Boggles (Feral Intensity)
  • Public Libraries: ALA Releases “E-Book Business Model Scorecard” (LJ INFOdocket)
  • Think the E-reader is a modern day marvel? Think again (NY Daily News)
  • The Unintended Consequences Of The Copyright Alerts System (Techdirt)

    About Nate Hoffelder (10610 Articles)
    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

    5 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 30 January 2012

    1. Fun with numbers. If publishers are reporting about 30% e-book growth and Amazon is reporting 70% how to account for the disparity ? Is Amazon really selling a greater proportion of e-books sold then last year? Or are that many non-publisher ebooks beeing sold ? Is amazon including interational sales & the publishers not ? Are either of the numbers accurate ?

      • My guess is a jump in self-pub titles being sold.

        • The disparity could indicate a drop in the market share of the reporting publishers.
          Or it could indicate growth of Amazon’s share of ebook sales.
          Either way it’s bad for the old boys.

          • Or it could be international sales (Amazon really pushed hard internationally this last year), which the US publishers wouldn’t see any effect from.

            • 1- Amazon’s financials show an order of magnitude difference between their US and international sales so it would be odd if their ebook penetration were much bigger than their general merchandising penetration.

              2- Assuming most of the increase comes from the international market would make Amazon’s success in the UK (80%+) the global norm and not an outlier. Most of their competitors are counting on the international markets being more competitive than the US. If that is not true…

              However the differential is explained they are clearly outpacing the market, which means they are growing faster than their competitors and *somebody* out there is losing market share to Amazon.

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