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Rise of the eBooks: Kindle Books Now Outsell Paperbacks

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Here's an interesting factoid dropped by Amazon during their quarterly call: since the beginning of the year, Amazon has sold 115 Kindle eBooks for every 100 paperback books purchases on its site. Are we finally witnessing a momentum shift here?

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Last summer it was reported that Kindle eBooks were already outselling hardcovers on Amazon (143 to 100), and now even that figure has roughly doubled since last July (~300 to 100). I wouldn't be surprise if the tablet boom helpt play a big role in this, as Amazon has Kindle stores on the iOS and Android platforms.

But the Kindle is no slouch either. Amazon mentioned that the third-generation Kindle had become their best selling product ever, outgunning previous sales champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. [Business Insider]

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I will NEVER in my life buy ebooks.

These "ebooks" don't have the sound and scent of a new book.

If I'm reading a book and I am incredibly enticed and the page is about to end, I want that feeling of paper between my fingers, waiting to finish this first half of the sentence and find out what happens next. An ebook is just a button or a finger sliding on a cold glass surface.

And along with the two reasons above, there is the reason that you NEVER own the ebook — you're only licensed it. You can only read it on that device, you can't share it with your friends or family. They have to buy it themselves. The only way I could think of is by letting that person borrow said device.

With an actual physical book, I can SHARE it to my friends and family. I can let them BORROW it. I have the comfort that I OWN the book and am not licensed it.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned.

Heh, said the 19 year old.