Amazon: Kindle is a bestseller ... but we're not giving you the numbers

Amazon is blowing its own PR trumpet and announcing that its Kindle ebook reader was the number one best selling product for November.

Amazon is blowing its own PR trumpet and announcing that its Kindle ebook reader was the number one best selling product for November.

Amazon.com today announced that November is already the best sales month ever for Kindle, even before Cyber Monday. Kindle continues to be the most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across all product categories on Amazon. The latest generation Kindle – just released in October – is $259 and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle.

"Kindle is a great gift for anyone who loves to read and it's flying off the shelves faster than any other product Amazon sells," said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "We're seeing lots of people buying from one to a handful of Kindles as gifts for friends or family, as well as many businesses and other organizations buying Kindles in large quantities for their employees or customers."

Kindle is the revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. The latest generation Kindle with Global Wireless enables readers to wirelessly download content in over 100 countries and territories.

While I don't dispute the claim that Kindle is the bestseller that Amazon claims it is, I and other pundits and analysts would like to see some numbers. It would be good to know how many Kindles were sold this year, along with some basic book download stats.