Sunday, May 22, 2011

Its Official, Amazon now sells more e-books than print books

In a major e-book news, Amazon.com announced Thursday that it now consistently sells more Kindle e-books than print books.
Since April 1 of this year, Amazon sold 105 Kindle e-books for every 100 print books sold, hardcover and paperback combined.
Kindle e-book sales, which do not include Amazon's popular free e-book downloads, have been bolstered by the popularity of the newest, cheapest Kindle. The company says the $114 Kindle -- whose price is low because it includes advertising -- is the bestselling Kindle ever.
The original Kindle introduced in November 2007 cost $399.
Amazon also notes that year-to-date sales of Kindle e-books total more than three times those sold in the same period last year. But what those numbers are is not known.
Although Amazon is quick to share news of the popularity of its e-books, it does not make public actual numbers of Kindles sold or e-books sold.

I am actually surprised it took this long for digital books to outsell print books. I think this is very exciting and it will slowly make its way into schools too. What do you think about this?

8 comments:

  1. I can't imagine ever buying an ebook, I'd much rather have the real thing but maybe I'm just old fashioned?!

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  2. that's good news for those ebook companies...but probably bad for the traditional publishers...maybe the stock prices for those other companies will drop more in the future

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  3. I prefer print. It's easier for me, and I can resell the book when I'm finished. Also, no ads with a print copy. You're still paying near full price for an e-book and yet have to deal with ads? No thanks.

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  4. 2 days ago I have buyed a tablet/ereader with ink screen, interesting info!

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  5. There are still some books that I prefer owning on paper.

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  6. I saw this coming a while ago (:

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  7. What a pity ! I love good ol' fashioned print !

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