1 Year The contract term for which best-selling author Gavin de Becker's expanded and updated e-editions of two of his books, "The Gift of Fear" and "Just 2 Seconds," will be available exclusively in Amazon's Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). This is the first time "The Gift of Fear" has been available electronically, and both books will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for one year.
Source: Amazon.com Inc.
299 The number of customers (out of 353 recent purchases) who opted to take a book for free instead of paying $0.99 or more for it, an option offered through Smashwords' "honor system" payment choice. Fifty-four customers paid for a book. Among those who voluntarily paid for a book, payments ranged from $0.99 to $12.42. The average price paid was $3.20.
Source: Smashwords blog (blog.smashwords.com)
30 The number of sites hosting an Espresso Book Machine, the automatic, book-at-a-time book manufacturing device created by Jason Epstein and Dane Neller, founders of On Demand Books. Nineteen of the locations are in the United States.