Amazon’s Kindle Books – the new “thing”

3 Jun

“As yet another sign that the world is going digital, Amazon just announced that their Kindle book sales now surpass all print books–hardcover and paperback combined. The announcement–which is half announcement, half advertisement (it mentions 4 times that the new Kindle with Special Offers is just $114)–mentions that hardcover book sales were surpassed in July 2010 and paperback sales in January 2011. Kindle book sales in 2011 are currently triple what they were this time last year. This year so far, the burgeoning Kindle sales combine with sales from print to give Amazon’s US books the fastest year-over-year growth rate in over 10 years. That includes both units and dollars. Amazon introduced the UK Kindle Store only last year, yet Kindle books there are already outpacing hardcover books more than 2 to 1.”

I was going to make a blog post where I elaborated on this, but I have friends in town and I don’t have the patience to do so right now. Click that link, though.


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