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More Kindle books sold than print titles on Christmas Day

More Kindle books sold than print titles on Christmas Day


From Book Business Magazine’s News and Trends Section – March/April 2010 issue


    Kindle Books Catching 
Up With Print Books?

    Amazon.com Inc. announced at the end of 2009 that its Kindle 
e-reader had become the most gifted item in Amazon’s history. On its peak day of the holiday season (Dec. 14, 2009), Amazon customers ordered mo

    re than 9.5 million items worldwide—a record-breaking 110 items per second—according to an Amazon press release.

    Amazon also reported that on the same day, Amazon’s worldwide fulfillment network shipped more than 7 million Kindle units.

    On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books (attributed to gift recipients opening their Kindles and ordering e-books).

    “Millions of people now own Kindles,” said Jeff Bezos , founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “And Kindle owners read a lot. When we have both editions, we sell six Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books—free Kindle books would make the number even higher.”

    Amazon Ups 
Royalties
    Amazon.com recently announced a 70-percent royalty option for authors and publishers on its Kindle Digital Text Platform. Beginning June 30, authors and publishers who 
select the new royalty option will receive 70 percent of list price, net of delivery costs.

    The Most Expensive E-book
    The most expensive e-book retails for $6,232, according to The Most Expensive Journal (Most-Expensive.netOpens in a new window). The e-book, “Nuclear Energy,” which includes three volumes of “Energy Technologies,” is sold on Amazon.com.

    What’s In Store …
    A
    mazon: The Kindle Store includes more than 410,000 books, 
including 100 of 112 New York Times best-sellers, according to a company press release.

    Sony: Sony’s e-readers 
offer users access to more than 1 million e-books through Sony’s Reader Store, according 
to the company’s Web site.

    B&N: More than 1 million titles are available for the Nook through Barnes & Nobles’ eBookstore, according to BN.com.

    Wiffle Flackfern ,a specially gifted intuitively trained author ,burst upon the literary scene soon after arriving in America with his new young love Gondolia…who he calls the ‘lift of his life’ . The couple live ‘on virtual campuses’ across the Internet Colleges of the World while working to complete their many advanced certificate courses on really lots of different subjects. Wiffle has attained vast celebrity status and has been come to be known as ‘the promoter’s contingency choice ’ alternative guest lecturer. Wiffle lectures on his specialty The Marriage Capitulation Syndrome at speaking circuits like overflowing cafes and other packed venues across Rhode Island … Wiffle’s claim to fame was his profound series of ‘postcard novels’ that continue to linger on a variety of independent book distributors Top 40 lists. Wiffle lately has authored many pamphlet size books including the famous multi-faceted one part Children’s series .. , How to Metaphorically Cut Your Wife and Kids Umbilical Chords . Wiff (as he likes to be called ) wrote his latest new book 4Better as a chronological compilation of his vast pre-enlightened experiences with his family of ex-wives and ex-children , whom he still bitterly loves , but now on a non-responsive acceptance level. Wiff lives a very modest life in  upscale Woonsocket Rhode Island with his present family of loyal , loving and obedient pets and his newest loyal, loving and subserviant helpmates Dysphagia Dorfblatt-Flackfern and  Rosacea  Rosenshwig-Flackfern. . Whifle can be reached for comment and hopefully bookings at my website www.saveyourbuddy.com

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