It happened: Amazon’s ebook sales surpassed paperpacks.
Amazon has yet to disclose the total number of Kindles they have sold, and when you consider you can purchase ebooks from your computer, iPad and iPhone, it won’t be much longer before they sell more electronic than paper and hardcover combined!
Amazon has said,
Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than paperback books. Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books.
“This is across Amazon.com’s entire US book business and includes sales of books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the numbers even higher.
With such a huge surge of Kindle users over the holidays, I can’t help but wonder if the ebook sales will surpass the paper and hardcover sales by the end of the year.
Do you think this is just a fad or a profound change in how interact with literature?
For the times they are a-changin’.
Thanks Mr. Bob Dylan for those wise words.