Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bestsellers: U.S. Kindle books outselling print versions now.

According to The Bookseller and Amazon statements, Amazon's customers have, during the last 30 days bought more Kindle e-books than hardback AND paperbooks combined for the top 10, 25, 100, and 1000 bestselling books on Amazon.  The Bookseller report is dated Oct 26.

  Back in July, Amazon's announcement that in April-June 2010, for every 100 hardcover books sold by Amazon, 143 Kindle books were bought, brought some strange condemnations that Amazon was attempting to mislead the world into thinking that Kindle versions were selling faster than print books rather than just hardcover books.  I thought they were extremely clear on their wording, in every statement, including the fact that Jeff Bezos, in an interview with Charlie Rose, predicted that Kindle books might also outsell paperback books within a year or so.

So, for the bestsellers, this is apparently already starting to happen.  The Bookseller quotes Steve Kessel, senior vice-president of Amazon Kindle:
' "For the top 10 bestselling books on Amazon.com, customers are choosing Kindle books over hardcover and paperback books combined at a rate of greater than 2 to 1.  Kindle books are also outselling print books for the top 25, 100, and 1,000 bestsellers—it's across the board."

He added: "This is remarkable when you consider that we've been selling hardcover and paperback books for 15 years, and Kindle books for just 36 months." '

  Amazon also announced that more new Kindle devices, the Kindle 3 launching August 27, have been sold in the last two months than were sold during the Oct-Dec 2009 quarter, which was a record-breaking holiday quarter for Amazon last year.

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1 comment:

  1. I suspect that Kindle devices will eventually change the face of publication in 10-20 years. I am a long time publisher, writer for over 30 years and see the change coming, and those not prepared for it will be left far back.


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