Amazon says e-books now outselling paper books

NEW YORK Thu May 19, 2011 12:11pm EDT

The Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi e-book reader is shown in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Amazon.com/Handout

The Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi e-book reader is shown in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters July 28, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday that it now sells more digital e-books than paper books and that its recently introduced lower-priced Kindle e-reader is outselling other versions of the device.

Amazon, which does not divulge exact sales figures for the Kindle or e-books, said that for every 100 print books it has sold since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books. That includes both paperback and hardcover books, but excludes free downloads.

Last month, Amazon introduced a Kindle for $114, or $25 less than its next most expensive version, featuring advertising.

The Kindle has been fighting with Barnes & Noble Inc's Nook and Apple Inc's iPad for e-book sales. The Kindle was launched in 2007 and is by far the best-selling device made specifically for reading digital books.

Barnes & Noble is holding a press event on Tuesday in New York to unveil a new e-reader. Last month, Barnes & Noble introduced improvements to its Nook Color.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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Comments (3)
electric38 wrote:
Be sure to visit the Books Should be Free site. This site is excellent for those with a reading disability as it offers the books in audio form also.
It would be good to protest the recent court decision to not allow hundreds of thousands of books to be scanned and put on line. Our courts are becoming the great enslavers of the uneducated.

Thank goodness that these books (from Books Should Be Free) are being translated into various languages so that others around the world can also enjoy them and enhance their quality of life.

Why isn’t our educational system picking up on these tablets and using them in lieu of traditional textbooks? Why aren’t are best teachers and best (most productive) methods being presented using the same wireless technology?

May 19, 2011 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
idlespire1 wrote:
It’s all about the ALMIGHTY $$$$$. I have no problem with authors making some dough…it’s the corp publishers that I wish to an early grave :)

May 19, 2011 12:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
idlespire1 wrote:
It’s all about the ALMIGHTY $$$$$. I have no problem with authors making some dough…it’s the corp publishers that I wish to an early grave :)

May 19, 2011 12:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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