Where have all the books gone?
I regularly purchase and download more than 10 books a day to my Kindle account. Because I’m an inventory freak, I maintain a spreadsheet of the books. To update the spreadsheet, I visit the Manage Your Kindle page several times a week to copy the book titles and price. Recently though, my MYK page has not ordered the books by most recently purchased.
The first page of books on my account is from today. The second page has books from January 16. The next few pages are in order backwards until January 7. Then books purchased January 23 – 16 appear until going back to books purchased on January 7. All goes well for many pages showing books purchased January 7 – December 15. Then books from February 1 – January 23 appear before going back to books from December 15.
Is this a unique situation for me because I have so many books? Are your books out of order too? If you have the technical answer, please share with all of us.
 
Digital Book World Conference
The Digital Book World conference was held in New York City the last week in January. We weren’t there to hear any of this firsthand, but the participants at the conference had some interesting items to share:

There were more books published this week than there were in all of 1950. –David Houle, author and futurist

74% of book buyers have never bought an eBook, though 14% of these people own either a tablet or an eReader. –Kelly Gallagher, VP, publishing services at R.R. Bowker

Macmillan was so outraged by [a specific piracy] and other examples of piracy that in the last six months the company has issued 12,000 take down orders on 297 titles and has hired a dedicated anti-piracy staff to monitor the Web. –NYU Pub Posts

….about a third of buyers are driving about two thirds of overall [ebook] purchases. These power readers buy at least 4 books a month. –Kelly Gallagher, VP, publishing services at R.R. Bowker

 
Not Surprising News
Tuesday Barnes & Noble announced that they will not carry books released by Amazon Publishing in its bookstores, including books from the new imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New Harvest, that just signed to publish and distribute books released by Amazon’s publishing company.
Independent bookstore owners are not likely to carry the books, either. Vivien Jennings, owner of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kan., said “If Amazon wants to publish books, let Amazon sell them.” You can read the complete article here.
 
Cheap Non-Fiction Read
The Power of Your Past: The Art of Recalling, Recasting, and Reclaiming (53 cents) Most of us don’t use our yesterdays very well. With our cultural obsession with living in the moment, we neglect to engage in creative reflection on our personal histories. John Schuster systematically demonstrates that our pasts are the biggest, most accessible, and most under-utilized of resources for anyone wanting to make positive changes. He offers a balanced, practical and accessible approach through an actionable three-phase model: Recalling, Reclaiming, and Recasting. He provides exercises that link past events to achieving sounder interpretations and illustrates the process with inspiring histories of those who have experienced transformative results through embracing their own professional and personal pasts.