The Future of the Book

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners

By posted at 6:00 am on December 24, 2013 4

coverWith each new holiday season the reach of ereaders expands, as a new crop of Kindles, Nooks and iPads are fired up. The first thing to do is download a few books.

Just a few years after ebooks and ereaders first emerged as futuristic curiosity, they are fully mainstream now. Even among the avid, book-worshiping, old-school readers that frequent The Millions, ebooks are very popular. Looking at the statistics that Amazon provides us, 45% of all the books bought by Millions readers at Amazon after clicking on our links this year were Kindle ebooks. Last year it was 33% and the year before it was 25%, so the trend continues unabated.

So, for all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.

For starters, The Millions published a pair of very highly regarded and very affordable ebook originals in 2013. If you are new to the ereader game, we hope you’ll pick up these titles:

covercoverEpic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever by Mark O’Connell ($1.99)

The Pioneer Detectives: Did a distant spacecraft prove Einstein and Newton wrong? by Konstantin Kakaes ($2.99)

They are also available on Apple and other platforms.

Here are some of the most popular ebooks purchased by Millions readers in 2013 (which you’ll see are very similar to our Hall of Fame and most recent top-ten which take into account books in all formats). Publishers appear to still be having luck pricing ebooks pricing above the magic $9.99 number that has been a focus for many in the industry (all prices as of this writing).

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ($7.50)
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner ($10.99)
Selected Stories by Alice Munro ($10.74)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton ($8.59)
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon ($10.99)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri ($9.99)
Tenth of December by George Saunders ($8.99)
Fox 8 by George Saunders ($0.99)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer ($8.99)
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda ($11.04)
MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood ($1.99)

Other potentially useful ebook links:

Editors’ Picks
Best of 2012
Top 100 Paid and Free
Kindle Singles

And in this fractured ebook landscape, you’ve also got your NookBooks, Google ebooks, Apple ibooks, and the IndieBound ereader app that lets you buy ebooks from your favorite indie bookstore. Finally, don’t forget Project Gutenberg, the original purveyor of free ebooks (mostly out-of-copyright classics) available for years.

Happy Reading!





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4 Responses to “A 2013 Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (And Other Ereader) Owners”

  1. Tony M
    at 5:36 pm on December 24, 2013

    Here’s my cheat sheet for the Kindle. Grab a hammer, smash it to pieces, go to a bookstore.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. josie
    at 9:06 am on December 25, 2013

    Well Donna Tart is over $17 on the kindle for Australia. Go figure.

  3. James
    at 2:51 pm on December 26, 2013

    Judiciously put, Tony.

  4. Judith
    at 10:11 am on January 8, 2014

    I have increased my reading with the Kindle and those sample chapters take me more quickly to the books I want to read. I read everything, about an even mix of books in front of me and books on devices – every device – phone, laptop, kindle, ipad. I keep different books in different places. And my personal library at home hast probably 8000 books…will always love bookstores…Ernest Gaines’ collection of essays is waiting for me down at The Meetinghouse Bookstore, a fabulous place.

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