By one recent estimate, Amazon Prime subscribers spend more than twice what the e-tailer’s other customers do.
Prime members drop an average of $1,500 a year, compared with the $625 spent on average by non-Prime members, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
The same research group estimated that about 7 million of the 10 million new Prime subscribers Amazon said it picked up by the end of the holiday season would stick around after their 30-day trial periods expired.
Some of those numbers may seem high, but it’s clear Amazon is keen on continuing to grow its Prime offering. The company signed Woody Allen to an original TV series earlier this month.
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Subscription Ebook Customers Spend Big, Too (Ink, Bits & Pixels)
Recent Nielsen Book data indicates customers of the leading ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited, Oyster and Scribd are among the biggest spenders in the book market, both within and outside those platforms.
Apple Has a Record First Quarter (Pub Lunch)
The tech company surpassed high expectations with its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Sales hit $74.6 billion, up 30% over the same period last year, driven by the iPhone 6.
HarperCollins Head Spared (Another) Day in Court (PW)
HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray won’t have to testify in a second ebook price-fixing case currently before District Court Judge Denise Cote, since he already provided three previous depositions in the Apple case Cote recently presided over.
Related: Brian Murray on HarperCollins’s Global Prospects at DBW15
Postmortems for Blinkbox Books and Bardowl (The Bookseller)
Two digital ventures announced earlier this week they’d be winding down: Tesco’s Blinkbox Books and the audiobook platform Bardowl. Here’s a close look at what might have gone wrong for both companies and what that says (and doesn’t) about publishing start-ups in the year ahead.
Add-ons, Businesses and How to Tell the Difference (Scholarly Kitchen)
Taking the experience of the scholarly content platform Mendeley as a case in point, one observer says it’s sometimes hard to know whether new digital endeavors constitute standalone businesses or just components for existing ones to absorb. Mendeley was seen as a potential disruptor in the academic space before Elsevier acquired it in 2013.
Ebook Sales Down 20% in India (Pub Perspectives)
By one recent estimate, ebook sales have dropped in India by up to 20% over the course of last year. It remains to be seen what mid- and long-term impact global growth in mobile usage might have on emerging ebook markets around the world.
Related: Mobile Boom Spurs Ebook Growth in China
Plenty of “Girls,” Few “Women” on Best-Seller List (Pub Perspectives)
With The Girl on the Train sharing the upper ranks of the best-seller list with Gone Girl, it’s worth asking what matters of branding and gender politics might be at play in those hit titles’ titles, since both books feature adult women protagonists.
Mixed Reviews for Amazon Local Services (The Street)
An Amazon pilot program designed to connect users with professional repair and installation services is getting mixed marks both from service providers and customers.
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