today, for titles that have a Kindle edition, Kindle book sales are 48 percent of the physical sales.From the Kindle numbers I have seen -- admittedly, those are still somewhat scanty, and come substantially later than physical books-sales data -- I would not characterize that to be the case, and I work in business books, supposedly one of the hot areas for e-books. (Not to say that e-book sales aren't growing well; they are.) Are any of you seeing Kindle editions selling at close to half the sales of the paper book?
I just did a spot-check on my long-time bestselling book on Amazon, which is on a wonky topic that I'd expect would appeal to early adopters and business road warriors -- for the past few weeks, Kindle sales seem to be rising as a percentage of print sales, but only in the 10-12% range.
And the essay question is, of course: how much of that sales growth is entirely due to Amazon's very aggressive Kindle pricing strategy for bestsellers? If they sell Under the Dome for $14.00 in hardcover and $7.99 in Kindle, isn't it surprising that they're still selling fewer of the Kindle editions?