This doesn't come as a huge surprise, insofar as Princeton was among the first academic presses (that I know of anyway) routinely making sample chapters of its books available online.
Plenty more university-press content due for the Kindle in the pipeline, according to SJ:
This makes me think there is an argument for getting a Kindle. I make my living writing about books from university presses, after all, so it would be convenient to be able to carry them around in digital format.
By the beginning of the fall, Princeton plans to have several hundred books available for sale through Kindle. Yale University Press and Oxford University Press already have a similar presence there. The University of California Press recently had about 40 of its volumes placed on Kindle and is ramping up....
The university presses participating in Kindle were reluctant to describe the specific financial arrangements they have with Amazon (which also declined to discuss them), but said that they were revenue-sharing deals, and that preparing the books for release on Kindle was not particularly burdensome or expensive.
While it's too early to see if Kindle results in a significant sales boost, several press officials pointed to promising signs. Stephen Cebik, Internet accounts manager for the Yale press, said he has started to receive e-mail messages from Kindle fans who find a Yale book not available in that format who want to buy it that way. Erich van Rijn of the University of California Press said that one of its volumes was sold more than a dozen times in a month on Kindle.
And then I remember how much one costs. I make my living writing about books from university presses, after all, so buying one is just not in the cards now. (Organic burritos in bulk from Costco, yes. New digital gizmos, no.)
Give it a couple of years and the Kindle will cost fifty bucks. It can wait.
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