New Release: v3.0.3

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update here, although there have been many changes since the last post. Here’s the most important… Support for Foyles UK Support for Diesel US Support for Sony UK Currency Conversion Images added to the ‘My Watchlist’ page Allow alternative email address for Amazon wishlist Automatically mirror Amazon wishlist in your Luzme Watchlist Switched from GetSatisfaction to UserVoice for customer feedback New setting to allow user to opt-out of update emails New setting to allow user to halt email alerts New option to allow user to reset their password Several major changes at the backend, including migration from mysql to...

New Release: ‘Choose Your Stores’

I’ve just uploaded a new release (v2.3.1). The main new feature is the ability to choose the stores you want to follow; if you only want info about Nook books in the US, or Kindle books in the UK, now you can! This was the #1 most requested feature; please let me know how it works for you. Choose the stores you want in your settings page at http://luzme.com/profiles/edit/. Thereafter, you should only see those stores displayed on any book’s page; and you’ll only get email alerts for those stores. Full list of changes: ‘Choose Your Stores’ Added Carina Press Added Powells Added Mills & Boon Added Sony Canada Added Bookstore page, to display all known ebookstores around the world Support for multiple Amazon wishlists Show ‘pre-order’ info Show Amazon Kindle Plus format for AV-enhanced books Improve handling of non-English language...

New: Set your price threshold

I’ve just uploaded a new release (v2.2.7). The major change is that you can now set a price threshold on your watchlist, so you’ll only get alerts when a store decides to sell the book at a price you’re willing to pay. Full list of changes: Price threshold on watchlist Added a ‘terms of use’ page including a privacy statement Added a ‘thanks’ page Upgraded to Bootstrap2 Added microformat markup using the schema.org...

What’s the price of an ebook? £15 at Waterstones!!

I don’t understand Waterstones ebook pricing strategy, I really don’t. They’ve just put up the prices on quite a few bestsellers to £15.85. Does Waterstones really think anyone is going to pay them nearly £16 for the ebook version of Lee Child’s “The Affair”, when you can get the hardback from Waterstones itself for £9.49, or the same ebook for £8.49 from Apple, Google or Kobo; or the Kindle version for £6.79? It’s the same story but even worse with Gary Neville’s autobiography, Red – £15.86 from Waterstones, against £4.99 from Amazon, Apple, Google and Kobo. What extra quality can they possibly be adding to justify charging 3 times as much? Ebook prices change very frequently so these examples may all have changed by the time you read this, but the current prices can be found at : http://luzme.com/author/Lee+Child/book/The+Affair...

FutureBook chart with prices 27 Jun 2011

Here’s this week’s Futurebook chart with Luzme prices. You can see the original live at http://luzme.com/chart/futurebook. Some idle musings on the data: Why, I wonder, is Waterstones the only bookstore not to stock Karin Slaughter’s “The Unremarkable Heart”? It’s been top of the list for 3 weeks now. I notice that Amazon has it 10% cheaper than the rest: a whole 4p! Given that the number #3 “Catch Your Death” is only available at Amazon, that shows how strong Amazon’s grasp on the market is. Apple stand out as most expensive by over a pound on 2 of the titles, Rosamund Lupton’s “Afterwards” and Michael McIntyre’s “Life and Laughing”. I wonder if they...

UK ebook bestseller prices trending down?

I’ve started to do some historical analysis of the ebook price data I’ve been collecting. In honour of the fact that I’m now going to be blogging for the Bookseller magazine, I decided to look at the UK market first. So I took the most recent Futurebook Top 10 from the Bookseller, and looked back to see what the price you’d have paid for this set of 10 over the last 3 months. Here’s the result, a definite trending downwards. What this doesn’t show, however, is the cause and effect – did these books get in the Top 10 because their prices were cheaper than the competition? or did the bookstores/publishers drop the prices because the books were selling so well? I also looked at one other set of books, the 8 books which made up the Richard&Judy selection for Spring 2011. This doesn’t show such a definite trend. but the average cost of the books starts above £5 and ends below it. I’ll do the same for the Summer selection; it will be interesting to compare the two sets of...