KDP Select Books Downloaded Over 100 Million Times, Amazon Schedules Sept. 6 Event

Aug 28, 2012

Amazon.com says its catalog of exclusive Kindle books have been purchased, downloaded, or borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library more than 100 million times. Nearly all of these exclusive books are available for Kindle owners with a Prime membership to borrow for free, as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.

Authors have the option of making their titles exclusive to Kindle by joining KDP Select. So far in August, KDP Select books that enrolled in July earned 77% more royalties from paid sales than the three months before they were enrolled in the program, according to Amazon. This figure only includes books that were available via KDP for the entire three months prior to enrolling in KDP Select.

Meanwhile, Amazon's scheduled September 6 event has the media speculating about what the company will announce. Most seem to think a new Kindle Fire tablet is on the way, but others have suggested that multiple Kindle devices may be getting makeovers-or that a brand new offering might even be on the way.

(http://www.amazon.com/kindleownerslendinglibrary, http://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/KDPSelect)