Kindle Anecdotes

Amazon hasn’t told the world exactly how well the kindle has been selling. But there’s a bit of anecdotal evidence popping up that it’s actually doing very nicely – and better than the Sony Reader apparently. The latest hint comes from alleyinsider:

Evan Schnittman, head of biz dev at 35,000-title textbook publisher Oxford University Press, says a pal at one of the “biggest trade publishers in the world” called him this week, shocked at how well Kindle-formatted books had sold in December, just after the Kindle’s launch. … he says the sales have turned him from a digital skeptic to a believer, and that he’s now rushing to finalize a deal with Sony to format Oxford’s books for its Reader. 


Of course, kindle lets you buy direct from Amazon, whereas the Reader is a little less direct; and the range and cost of either don’t compare to print yet. But it does suggest that once the industry gets the price/performance mix sweetspot, the market is there. Yes, some of us actually *want* to buy ebooks! 


1 comment so far

  1. Mark Thwaite on

    This is good news for those of us positive about ebooks (and net book culture more generally).

    As the Kindle grows in sales other better e-books will come onto the market, some of the e-ink etc. techology will be fitted back into laptops/pda’s, e-reading will become more generally accepted and e-books easier to get hold of.

    But the locked-in nature of the Kindle experience is a big disappointment. Why free books up only to have them locked back into proprietary formats?

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