Kindle book sales greater than paperbacks

Kindle book sales greater than paperbacks

Summary: Amazon is riding the popularity of the Kindle, announcing that ebook sales are now outpacing those of paperbacks. There are now 115 Kindle books sold for every 100 paperbacks sold by Amazon.

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Amazon is riding the popularity of the Kindle, announcing that ebook sales are now outpacing those of paperbacks. The company never divulges exact sales numbers, and states that it now sells 115 Kindle books for every 100 paperbacks sold. The margin between Kindle books and hardcover books has now widened to 3-to-1.

The number of Kindle devices sold by Amazon is never discussed, other than the company has sold "millions" of them. A statistic I would most like to see from Amazon is how many of these Kindle books are being sold for devices other than Kindles. Amazon has wisely released Kindle apps for every major smartphone platform and the iPad, raising the number of prospective customers for ebooks into the tens of millions. I suspect more Kindle books are being sold for non-Kindle devices than the genuine reader from Amazon.

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  • RE: Kindle book sales greater than paperbacks

    Those numbers wouldn't necessarily tell much. I have a number of Kindle books on my Kindle DX that are also on Kindle for PC (both my desktop and my laptop) and even a couple of my iPod Touch (too small for my liking, however.) Could they tell if the book was initially delivered to a smartphone that the user doesn't also have a Kindle device? Only Amazon can answer that.
    MikeR666
  • a bunch of lies!

    iPad killed kindle LONG ago - i read it here thats what was going to happen the moment iPad was releasd!
    Ron Bergundy
    • RE: Kindle book sales greater than paperbacks

      @Ron Bergundy Hilarious
      MikeR666
  • Impressive numbers

    Equally impressive is that there are still publishers and authors sticking their heads in the sand pretending that ebooks are just a bad dream. The inevitability of progress.
    oncall
    • The Kindle is not a good fit for many books ...

      @oncall ... particularly anything that requires color and images. The Kindle is mostly good for plain text publications.

      Also, if the user needs to add real notes (not just simple label with a couple of words), the Kindle is not a good fit either. That is why the Kindle is not very popular in academic environments.
      wackoae
  • RE: Kindle book sales greater than paperbacks

    Where is Donnieboy to rail against the lack of sales numbers from Amazon?
    noagenda