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So, I'm back with my number crunching. Here is a new set of data I'll keep an eye on on a regular basis. First data pull so nothing to compare it to at the moment. I'll do some analysis on my website soon.

Genre Free
$0.01 - $0.99​
$1.00 - $2.99​
$3.00 - $4.99​
$5.00 - $9.99​
$10.00 - $19.99​
Over $20​
Science Fiction 139 3,417 3,553 2,736 6,056 279 92
Fantasy 85 2,955 3,444 2,635 1,262 235 99
Children 308 3,448 4,596 6,718 12,912 238 183
Erotica 65 2,974 6,482 7,195 8,536 240 15
Romance 98 3,505 8,292 18,554 17,748 472 178
Mystery & Thrillers 102 5,289 7,077 5,701 15,096 1,133 314
Horror 84 3,567 3,818 2,499 3,433 139 46
Fiction 8,629 39,137 51,338 55,758 111,071 7,712 4,186
 

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Very interesting. Thanks, Robin!

As someone that writes erotic romance and erotica, I found the comparison between those two categories thought provoking.

First, I guess I never expected the number of titles to be so close, yet erotica is 52% the size of romance. And the numbers stay pretty close until they get to the $3+ range. At that point Romance make a big jump that none of the others really emulate, though fiction does have something similar early on.

The second thing I noticed when I graphed the numbers is that the number of erotica titles continued to rise right up to the $10 mark. Everything else, with the exception of childrens books had a drop at the $3-$4.99 range, and romance and fiction fell at $5. To me, that kind of indicates that erotica and childrens books might have more legs at these higher prices. Particularly the $3-$4.99 range.

I'll admit I'm not a statistician, so I could (and probably am) completely wrong. Most of the groups that sagged at the $3-$4.99 range did bounce at $5. Someone tell me where I've blown it. ;)
 

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Very interesting. Thanks, Robin!

As someone that writes erotic romance and erotica, I found the comparison between those two categories thought provoking.

First, I guess I never expected the number of titles to be so close, yet erotica is 52% the size of romance. And the numbers stay pretty close until they get to the $3+ range. At that point Romance make a big jump that none of the others really emulate, though fiction does have something similar early on.

The second thing I noticed when I graphed the numbers is that the number of erotica titles continued to rise right up to the $10 mark. Everything else, with the exception of childrens books had a drop at the $3-$4.99 range, and romance and fiction fell at $5. To me, that kind of indicates that erotica and childrens books might have more legs at these higher prices. Particularly the $3-$4.99 range.

I'll admit I'm not a statistician, so I could (and probably am) completely wrong. Most of the groups that sagged at the $3-$4.99 range did bounce at $5. Someone tell me where I've blown it. ;)
So far, erotica fans have been willing to pay a bit more for it. I imagine it's because erotica has been for sale in ebook form for a long time before the Kindle ever appeared, and prices and buying patterns were established. Anyway, that's why I decided to write erotica. In other genres it's hard to sell anything shorter than a novel at $2.99, and at $0.99 you just can't make much money unless your sales are exceptional.
 

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I love your posts and data Robin!  As a sort of newbie here, working on a hundred things at once, it's soooo good to see this kind of stuff.  Sometimes I think writers get trapped in the $0.99 or $2.99 debate and bubble where as your data shows, there is no bubble... it'll come down to what all the "big ones" talk about - the writing, the cover, etc.

Thanks for taking to time to share all this info with us!

-jb 8)
 
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