What’s in a Number?

I recently sold the 100th ebook copy of Paraglide. That’s not exactly approaching hotcakes territory, but it seems like a good point to look at some numbers.

My peak on Amazon’s best seller ranking has been in the neighborhood of 36,000. No one seems to know exactly how that number is determined, but I think the concept of “best” may be a bit of an oxymoron in this case. Over on a website called LibraryThing, Paraglide has broken the 1 million barrier–that’s a ranking of the book’s overall popularity where the smaller the number the more popular the book.  We’re currently at 923,161. Whoo hoo!! I don’t know who number 923,160 is, but he or she better watch out.

In all seriousness, I’m actually incredibly grateful that anyone has bought Paraglide at all. The positive comments and great reviews are humbling. I can only hope that people will enjoy the upcoming sequel nearly as much.

One of the more interesting facts in that first 100, is which ereader or electronic format people are using. Here’s the sales breakdown:

Kindle: 58

Barnes & Noble: 26

iBooks/iPad: 15

Smashwords: 1

That means, nearly 60 percent of my readers have used a Kindle vs. a quarter for the Nook and only 15 percent on the iPad. It’ll be interesting to see if that changes as more and more people get iPads.


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