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?


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]



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.