Hocking is the second author to use Kindle Direct Publishing to reach
SEATTLE, Nov 09, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
(NASDAQ:AMZN)--Amazon.com, Inc., today announced that David Baldacci,
Amanda Hocking and Stephenie Meyer are the latest authors to join the
Kindle Million Club, selling over 1 million paid copies of their books
in the Amazon.com Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore).
They join 11 other authors in the Kindle Million Club: Stieg Larsson,
James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne
Collins, Michael Connelly, John Locke, Kathryn Stockett, Janet Evanovich
and George R.R. Martin.
As with John Locke before her, Amanda Hocking sold the majority of her 1
million Kindle books independently using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
Since its launch in 2007, KDP has provided a fast, free and easy way for
authors and publishers around the world to make their books available
in the Kindle Store. In addition to the more than 2 million books sold
by John Locke and Amanda Hocking, 12 KDP authors have sold more than
200,000 books and 30 KDP authors have sold more than 100,000 books.
"Our customers love reading all kinds of books on their Kindle, and it's
thanks to them that the Kindle Million Club keeps growing so quickly,"
said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "It's exciting
to see both long-time Amazon best-selling authors from the traditional
publishing world and independently published authors join the club."
"I'm thrilled to be a member of the Kindle Million Club," said David
Baldacci. "EBooks are leading the way in more people reading and it's
great to be part of this revolution." David Baldacci is the
internationally best-selling author of more than 20 novels that have
been translated into over 45 languages and sold in more than 80
countries. His most recent books include the best seller "The Sixth Man"
and the Kindle Single "No Time Left." His newest novel, "Zero Day," was
published on October 31.
"I'm so grateful to everyone who has bought one of my books, and to
Amazon, for giving me a place to share my books," said Amanda Hocking.
"None of this would have been possible without you. Thank you!" Amanda
Hocking got her start independently publishing her books and is now the
best-selling author of 10 books, including the My Blood Approves series
and the Trylle Trilogy, which has been optioned for films. Hocking has
been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment
Weekly, Huffington Post and Forbes.
"I know for a fact that this is the most awesome club I've ever been
allowed into," said Stephenie Meyer. "Of course I owe it all to the
readers - thanks for continually making me cooler than I actually am.
And thanks Kindle, for making it so much easier to bring 25 books with
me on vacation." Stephenie Meyer is the author of six novels, including
the best-selling Twilight Saga series. "Twilight" was named an
Amazon.com Best Book of the Decade So Far, and the series has become a
global phenomenon that has been published in 50 languages around the
world with over 116 million copies sold worldwide. The movie version of
the final book in the Twilight Saga, "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," hits
theaters November 18.
Kindle books are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" - on Kindle, Kindle
Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire, on the web with Kindle Cloud
Reader, and free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PCs,
Mac, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry and Windows phones.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. The new latest generation Kindle is the lightest, most
compact Kindle ever and features the same 6-inch, most advanced
electronic ink display that reads like real paper even in bright
sunlight. Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an
easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages,
search, shop, and take notes - still with all the benefits of the most
advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch 3G is the top of the line
e-reader and offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch,
with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle Fire is the
Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games and
web browsing with all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud,
Whispersync, Amazon Silk (Amazon's new revolutionary cloud-accelerated
web browser), vibrant color touch screen, and powerful dual-core
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