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Amazon sells nearly two e-books for every one hardcover

By Matthew
Jul 19, 2010
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  1. The shift to digital books is well under way, according to an update by Amazon this week. The mega-etailer said that in the last three months, Kindle book sales have far outpaced those of the traditional variety.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,346   +396

    I don't think this is overly surprising, considering we're talking about hardbacks. Frankly, hardbacks are a pain - they're big, heavy and expensive. Unless you want to build up an old-school library, most people I know wait for paperback versions of their books. So makes sense that the first casualty of e-readers would be those.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,059   +84 Staff Member

    :) Well, I happen to prefer hardbacks, and I generally opt for them when possible.
  4. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 349

    I like hardbacks as well, but they are very expensive. I've bought my favorites and the classics in hardcover, but generally opt for paperback for most others.

    I don't really get the e-craze though. Somehow, I kind of like having a physical object to show for my money. It gives more of a sense of ownership, at least to me.
  5. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    SAVE THE TREES! BUY E-BOOKS!

    Anyway those figures aren't surprising. Technology is doing things ranging from helping people not have to press light switches to making it so we don't have to turn the page.
  6. Well, if they said they sold 143 ebooks for each set of 100 hardbacks, that really isnt nearly 2. Although the kindle figure, which is, is quite impressive.
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,059   +84 Staff Member

    Both figures represent the same comparison -- ebooks (aka, those purchased by Kindle owners) versus hardcovers -- in different durations. The 143 to 100 looks back three months, whereas the 180 to 100 only looks back one month.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,527   +315

    The best thing about Amazon's e-books in particular is that they have built a platform around Kindle, so it's no longer about the reading device but you can buy a book once and read it on your PC, smartphone or iPad.


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