Sunday, August 2, 2015

Amazon knows everything you do on Kindle

... and now, so do I!

OK, actually, as an author, I know much less.

In early July, Amazon decided to share with authors some of their super-secret info that they gather on all Kindle users, namely the ability to track in almost real-time what page of what book you are currently on... and you thought 'page synching' was all about making it easy to read a little on each device without losing your place :)

No no no no, it was all about Amazon collecting data.

Though, unlike amazon, I don't have names and addresses to go with the data I see, it is still telling and chilling all at the same time.

Amazon counts Kindle pages as if the book had been printed in 6x9 book form, so most of mine are 500 pages or so for those around 120,000 words. Not short stories, as most of you know.

What's fascinating to me is watching someone read a book... usually within the same day they pick it up. I don't think I've seen someone yet start reading... then give up. Though I'm sure it'll happen. I don't get many downloads in the black hole Amazon has banished me to, so it's incredibly easy to tease out individual readers.

And most shocking to me, as an author, is seeing someone every few days power-read the first six books (3/4 of a million words) in under 24 hours... then get started on #7.

What shocks me most is how rare it is for someone to take more than a day with each book in the series.

These are not short books!

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