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Digital Books: Kindle Books Now Outselling Paperbacks, Says Amazon

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Downloadable digital book sales have overtaken paper books on Amazon.com. There are now 115  ebooks sold for every 100 paperback books.

Previously it was reported that Kindle book sales had overtaken hardcover book sales. In reporting its latest massive earnings, Amazon says it’s now selling three times as many ebooks as hardcover books.

Free Kindle books are excluded from these new figures, and they include sales of books where no Kindle edition exists. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earlier predicted that this print–to–digital takeover would soon come. It’s arrived sooner than expected for the company.

Amazon also reported that they have sold millions of third-generation Kindle devices for reading the books, although did not report exact sales. The company offers a Kindle app across different eReader platforms, including iPad and Android supported devices, so sales would have seen an increase from those.

It is expected that by 2014, half of all trade books sold will be digital eBooks.

via cnet
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  • http://twitter.com/evanhadkins evanhadkins

    I think ereaders will probably be what we use to read novels on the train. I don’t think we will use them to store stuff – I don’t see them becoming our bookshelf (unless they change in some way).

    I’m waiting for the development of a common platform – I don’t want to have to buy different ereaders to read different books (why does this always happen – the playing time of records, VHS and Beta, apple and Microsoft . . .?)

  • http://www.the9billion.com jjprojects

    I’ve become pretty keen on listening to audio books on an iPad. I’m tending to read more longer articles and posts from the web too, not having to be at a computer to read them. Happy to say I hardly ever print things out these days :)

  • Assereto

    Kindle is OK for now, but there are obviuos features still missing. For instance only characters, no picture of graphics. I rathe limited y you read mathematics.

  • http://www.the9billion.com jjprojects

    I’m liking my iPad. It has just about everything I need to use. One gripe I have is that it’s hard to read the screen outdoors. There’s a lot of reflection on the screen. Not so great for reading in the park, for instance. I understand Kindle is much better for this?

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