A Good News/Weird News Scenario

The good news is that Freakonomics is one of Amazon.com’s most popular products in hardcover, on audio CD, and even as a digital download. In hardcover, the other top-sellers include Harry Potter, You: The Owner’s Manual, and so on. On audio CD, it keeps company with a Spanish-language course and a James Patterson thriller. But (and here’s the weird news) in digital form, Freakonomics is nestled among a number of titles that — well, see for yourself. Explanations?


3612

"Freakanomics" rates pretty low on the salacious scale and is therefore a misfit in the downloadable book category; there is that bit about the prostitute and the architect, but ya gotta dig fairly deep to get to it. Now if that apple/orange on the cover were rolled into a room of women & the apporange were inscribed "To the prettiest one" then it would be a fitting e-book, happily in the company of all the other discreetly purchasable bodice rippers. Hail Discordia!

Thomas

It's the "freak" word. Most buyers probably think they're getting a user's manual for sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Andrew

"Men Are Like Fish: What Every Woman Needs To Know About Catching A Man" can't be that bad of company now, can it?Well... nevermind.

Schlarb

nuns in love! instant classic!

David

You're kidding, right? Freakonomics doesn't have anything in common with the hardcover topsellers (Harry Potter, for example) other than the fact that it's available in hardcover. Freakonomics doesn't have anything in common with learning Spanish or James Patterson thrillers other than the fact that they're all available on audio CD. Likewise the only thing Freakonomics has in common with cheesey erotic literature is that Amazon sells it in digital form.So what kinf of explanation are you looking for? Why do people buy erotic literature in digital form from Amazon? Or, why do people buy Freakonomics in digital form from Amazon? Because the mere fact, by itself, that both erotic literature and Freakonomics appear on the the Amazon digital bestseller list does not mean there's a relationship.

Anonymous

Absolutely absurd and weird..economics and sex

Harper

I have to agree with most so far. I hope there is no relation between freakonomics and erotic literature, otherwise I really need to learn much more about human sexuality. I think the books at the top right now tend to break into a few categories. Business, Erotic & Star Wars. Each of them make sense to have in electornic format.Star Wars is probably higher due to its popularity and the tendancy of it's hardcore fans to also be tech savvy. So perhaps they would prefer the more tech friendly format.Business books make sense due to the fact they are easily portible, thus can be downloaded to PDA's or phones for reading during commute and downtime. (It's also a lot tougher to open a book or put on headphones during long meetings.)And erotic seems to me to make the most sense. There is a lack of erotic literature on audio limiting to hard copy or electronic format. So the question could be asked, 'given the proliferation of adult material on the internet, would paper magazine sales go up or down?' Given the bottom line of many publications we see it's down. In my opinion, probably because electronic copies are cheaper, easier (and potentially less publicly embarassing) to find, and more discreet than their older counterparts

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Ed

Consider the folk who buy online titles. Since anyone with access to actual printed books would prefer them, I suggest that the vast majority of Acrobat purchasers are in isolated locations (Antartic researchers, lighthouse keepers, etc.) or English speakers living in countries without access to English language books. I think this explains the mix between popular fiction, business texts, softcore porn and must-read titles like Freakonomics.When Jurassic Park first came out in book form, I lived in Vladivostok and happily read it on my laptop. No one with access to a printed book would choose to do this, however.

Aaron Morris

I dont know. I guess some people just like Dan Brown's books.

Ken Houghton

Not to be obvious, but the list is primarily geek literature: Star Wars books, "variant" sexual practices, and Freakonomics.Makes perfect sense, really.

EmailHosting.com

I never knew that freakonomics was so big. Thanks for the knowledge.You learn something new everyday if you want to.

Anonymous

I don't understand the problem. Econ is sexy!

"A Brown"

It makes perfect sense actually. What do people spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about? Sex and money. More importantly, what do you not want people to know you are spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about? Again, sex and money. The digital book's natural niche is for books that people may feel ashamed about. With a title like Freakonomics, it sounds like a book that combines the two. Savvy marketing indeed.

S

People who read economic titles for fun need to get out more? Sounds about right to me.

Tao of Boxes

Porn is a popular ecommodity because it can be hidden (purchased, consumed and disposed of) far more succesfully than similar hardcopy under the mattress or inside the Economist! Other particularly successful titles will come and go, maybe even rising above the cloud of semi-clad covers for a short while before falling back into the depths of obscurity.What I would like to know is how long that Ebay title has been number 1. Sex and money, I guess, what the web's all about.

deadman

1. I think most people got it in the Freak word. People look for freaky sex.2. There are also a number of mangerial and niche money making books that might suggest people searching to desperate or ususual methods of finding the key to what people search for most sex and money.3. Also one must look for the commonality of e-book things you'd want to have to store personally. or in a less visible format.4. The only thing remaining is just that its up with the top books and popularity (harry potter and Star wars) and what every economic traveler needs on the road who reads e-books a translation book for when in that freaky situation so to speak. yeah every body about covered it. I just like this type stuff and I like answering in comments about this type stuff.

Anonymous

I'm totally with Ken Houghton.....seems like a beautiful case of the obvious answer being the correct answer. Do-it-yourself Business, soft porn, starwars and Freakonomics: (possibly underemployed) geeks, horny geeks, geeks by definition and, well, economists.

Anonymous

To me.... it floored me! In this crazy society in which we live, its like a grain of salt that when examined more closely, ir sucks you in and you feel the book is really a shiny and rare star, capable of illuminating corners we new nothing about. A blast!

3612

"Freakanomics" rates pretty low on the salacious scale and is therefore a misfit in the downloadable book category; there is that bit about the prostitute and the architect, but ya gotta dig fairly deep to get to it.
Now if that apple/orange on the cover were rolled into a room of women & the apporange were inscribed "To the prettiest one" then it would be a fitting e-book, happily in the company of all the other discreetly purchasable bodice rippers. Hail Discordia!

Thomas

It's the "freak" word. Most buyers probably think they're getting a user's manual for sex, drugs, and rock and roll.