Last month we brought you the news that eBooks sales had overtaken those of paperbacks in the US. Now today Amazon is claiming book lovers are buying more Kindle eBooks than physical books on its website.
Nicholas Kolakowski from eWeek.com is reporting that since the 1st of April Kindle eBooks have sold 105 editions for every 100 print books, which includes both paperback and hardback editions. CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos said the company had great expectations of this happening but “never imagined it would happen this quickly”.
He also said the Amazon Kindle was the biggest selling e-Reader in the world, but the company has never revealed sales figures for the device. The sale figures for the Kindle eBooks did not include free editions, and the Kindle eBooks are now selling at three times the rate of the same period last year.
The news comes shortly after it was announced that the ad-supported Kindle was now the best selling version of the device. The Kindle is beginning to face stiffer competition from other devices, as well as the applications now available for the iPad and Google Android.
Many consumers obviously want the convenience an eReader gives with having lots of books stored on an easy to carry device. It won’t be good news for the many book stores out there in the years to come though.
Do you have an eReader?