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The (next) tipping point?

May 19th 2011. Mark this date down for posterity. From an Amazon Press Release:

Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995. Twelve years later in November 2007, Amazon introduced the revolutionary Kindle and began selling Kindle books. By July 2010, Kindle book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six months later, Kindle books overtook paperback books to become the most popular format on Amazon.com. Today, less than four years after introducing Kindle books, Amazon.com customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined.

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Joe Kissell tweeted the entire contents of his book. Yep, 140 characters at a time. This is his story:

In fact, I never imagined many people would want to read the entire ebook via Twitter, even though they could (and, in fact, still can — the text is still there for anyone to see). It was a blatant publicity stunt; the idea was to do something unusual enough to attract attention (and sales) from people who would not otherwise have heard of the ebook or of the Take Control series generally.

In those respects, the project was certainly successful.

iSuppli Says…

ISH iSuppli looks at the book business and concludes:

Marking a major inflection point, the book publishing industry has entered a period of long-term decline because of the rising sales of e-book readers, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.

Book revenue for U.S. publishers, including both e-books and paper books, will decrease at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3 percent from 2010 to 2014. This marks a shift from the previous period of 2005 to 2010, when revenue grew slightly.

Of course, putting one’s faith in the judgement of analysts like iSuppli is probably not the wisest thing to do  🙂

Piracy — Or just the end of an era?

Nice piece on ebook piracy by Mark Pilgrim. The focus is on technical books, so the following is key:

So is piracy really the problem? Is it even a problem? David has provided no evidence that his book is, in fact, wildly pirated. It’s not even available yet from dedicated pirate sites. But the larger, more disturbing question is this: who bothers to steal books these days when you can go to Stack Overflow or a web forum or, yes, even Google, type a question, and get an answer?

(via Daring Fireball)