Doubleday has announced that the first week sales of Lost Symbol has reached over 2 million copies. There are some interesting numbers to ponder for you AMZN fans:
Doubleday has announced that 5% or 100K of the original sales were Ebooks. Well, this is certainly interesting. If you assume that all the Ebook sales were Kindle sales then we may be able to finally get some real numbers on how many Kindles are really out there. Amazon won't say and I think for good reason because I bet the number is a lot closer to 100K than it is to 500K or even the Mahoney fantasy number of 1 million. (Oh, and on that subject, Amazon charged the Kindle customers $9.99 but had to pay Doubleday somewhere in the neighborhood of $13.00, not what I would call a brilliant business strategy.)
Another interesting point on this 100K number is that Amazon has said themselves that they sold more Ebook copies of Lost Symbol that paper copies. That means that Amazon sold less than 100K paper copies for a grand total of 200k copies. I think this leads to a very real possibility that Amazon's Kindle sales are eating into Amazon's paper sales and little else. 1.8 million copies were sold somewhere other than Amazon!
"Another interesting point on this 100K number is that Amazon has said themselves that they sold more Ebook copies of Lost Symbol that paper copies. That means that Amazon sold less than 100K paper copies for a grand total of 200k copies."
Wrong wrong wrong. AMZN sold more Kindle books only on when it came out. They sold many times more in the weeks before that. To say they only sold 100k hardcovers is as ignorant as saying they sold more Kindle copies than hardcover.
Hardcover sales = pre-orders
Kindle sales = once its released
I assure you, the hardcover version has far outsold the digital version at AMZN.
Amazon loves to work behind the curtain and not let anyone know what their sales numbers are. You are making the assumption that they did not include pre-order sales when the made the very public announcement that '.. Kindle sales exceed paper copy sales'.
You may be right in your assumption, which then means their announcement for Kindle sales exceeding paper copies was entirely misleading!
And, until we get some real numbers on Kindle sales, Amazon's silence while the 'financial research analsyts' make glowing statements about 5ook or 1 million Kindle sales is unethical.