October 25th, 2010

Amazon sells a lot of ebooks


I'm in the middle of writing what I was thinking of as a longish essay about ebooks. It's turning into something longer than that, alas.

In the meantime, however, check this out:

"Kessel said that, "For the top-10 bestselling books on Amazon.com, customers are choosing Kindle books over hardcover and paperback books combined at a rate of greater than 2 to 1. Kindle books are also outselling print books for the top 25, 100, and 1,000 bestsellers--it's across the board.""

Steve Kessel is described as a senior vice president at Amazon.

I wasn't going to make fun of the article, but then this appeared in the last paragraph:

"We're not sure what to make of the "even while print book sales continue to grow" mention, but it suggests that Amazon is implying that it continues to gain market share across the board."

Not necessarily, dear. It could equally well suggest the economy is recovering, which is what the trade association figures also show.

This, however, I cannot mock:


Wow. Someone else sees the iPad and the kindle as two must-have devices.

This is kind of cool, too:


Hey, don't say -this-, tho: "the process now seems needless, like baking bread from scratch." As a woman who eats a lot of store bought bread, but makes bread starting from wheat kernels when she can, I hesitate over "needless". Even tho it is technically accurate.

Just one sentence earlier is perfect and priceless:

"The transition was far less wrenching than I’d previously expected; in fact, there was really no pain at all."