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Kindle Books Outsell Traditional Books on Amazon

Amazon Sells More Kindle Books Than Hardcover Books

According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon now sells more Kindle books than hardcover books in its online store. Over the past three months, for every 100 traditional books sold, Amazon has sold 143 Kindle books. And in the past month alone, for each 100 books sold, Amazon has sold 180 Kindle editions. These numbers exclude free Kindle books, but if they were included, the figures would be even higher.

While Amazon has been around for 15 years, the Kindle and Kindle store have existed for just under three. Amazon credits the success to lower prices for the ebooks (many, even new releases sell for just $10), and the availability of out-of-print books in the Kindle store. Additionally, the recent price drop and wider availability of the device and a number of mobile apps have made the store a popular entertainment destination. Are you on the Kindle train? Tell us how many books you download on a regular basis in the comments!

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Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
This post is wildly inaccurate! Amazon is selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. Big difference from "regular" books. Seriously, I know Sugar isn't a traditional journalism outlet, but this is a pretty big mistake that is very misleading.
scissorz scissorz 7 years
I find that my down time between books has gone away. I am a big epic fantasy fan, so a long series is my norm. I finish a book at 10:30pm and I have the next one in the series by 10:32, so I think that contributes to my buying more. Also, I am less adverse to running 2 books at once on my kindle. Both are always with me, so if I want to read something nonfiction instead I can. I tend to keep 2 books on retainer which is something I would never do
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I definitely purchase more books now that I have a Kindle than I did before. First because I will often download some of the free offerings, decide I like the author, and then purchase everything else that they have written. In addition when reading a series I am able to download the next book immediately after I finish the first one, so I go through books faster. I also find that I read more than I did before as I tote my Kindle pretty much everywhere I go and will pull it out and read even for short waits in line. Storage is also an issue I no longer have to deal with. I used to love purchasing hardback books, but they take up quite a bit of storage space. I know I could donate then or sell them, but there are times that I like to reread a book that I enjoyed. I have also downloaded quite a few of the classics and have begun rereading those.
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