Monday, October 24, 2011

Kindle Million Club

Amazon announced that George R R Martin (Official Website, Wikipedia) is the latest author to join the Kindle Million Club - i.e. he has sold more than one million books in the Kindle format in the Kindle store. 
George R.R. Martin is the Newest Author to Join the Kindle Million Club, Inc., today announced that best-selling author George R.R. Martin is the latest author to sell more than 1 million Kindle books in the Kindle Store ( Martin's most recent novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, "A Dance with Dragons," debuted in the #2 spot on the Kindle Best Seller list and has remained in the Top 50 for more than 100 days. Martin joins Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly, John Locke, Janet Evanovich and Kathryn Stockett in the Kindle Million Club.
This reminds me of the million club in 1998 and 1999 when DVDs first came out. This was a time when not all Hollywood studios had embraced the DVD format, and thus a significant collection of blockbusters was not available on this new format. 20th Century Fox and Disney were two prominent holdouts. This meant that the stupendously successful trilogy of Start Wars was not available on DVD. This was of course before George Lucas did a slow burn-of-death of his franchise with the newer "prequels" to the trilogy.
The Titanic DVD, released in 1999, was the first to sell a million copies, and it took a long time, by comparison, to reach that seven-figure mark.
Things are a little different now, with the Twilight DVD selling more than 3 million copies on the first day of its release, or Avatar selling more than six million copies in DVD and BluRay formats in the first week of their release.
Game of Thrones Author Enters Amazon's 'Kindle Million Club' | News & Opinion | lists all the authors thus far in this club:

The Kindle Million Club

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