Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The World of Books is Changing

From Amazon's Kindle Newsletter:

Amazon Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Print Books

In November 2007, Amazon introduced the revolutionary Kindle. 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 Today, less than four years after introducing Kindle books, customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than all print books - hardcover and paperback - combined. Since April 1, for every 100 print books has sold, it has sold 105 Kindle books. This includes sales of hardcover and paperback books by Amazon where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the number even higher.

Amazon announces the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America:

1. Cambridge, MA
2. Alexandria, VA
3. Berkeley, CA
4. Ann Arbor, MI
5. Boulder, CO
6. Miami, FL
7. Salt Lake City, UT
8. Gainesville, FL
9. Seattle , WA
10. Arlington, VA
11. Knoxville, TN
12, Orlando, FL
13. Pittsburgh, PA
14. Washington, D.C.
15. Bellevue, WA
16.Columbia, SC
17. St. Louis, MO
18, Cincinnati, OH
19. Portland, OR
20. Atlanta, GA


  1. I wonder how they worked that out? Sales obviously.

    I was in Kingston on tuesday and wandered into waterstones. I wanted to get a copy of grahame greens Brighton Rock. It's just been adapted for film with helen mirren in one of the leading roles. I felt i must read it first before i see the film. I wnat the book to inform my opinion of the film not the film inform my opinion of the book. I love Grahmae green. Read many of his books but no this one.
    Anyway, I did notice in Waterstones they have a big dispaly of electronic readers for sale however not Kindles. They are in competition with Amazon after all. Some of these other forms of electronic book readers are getting quite advanced, or is it me being behind the times?. They even were selling one which can interact with the screen using a stylus to enable you to make your annotations and highlights straight onto the text as if you were annotating a "real," book and then save it.

    What will happen to personal home libraries and book shelves which are part of the comfort and interior design of many homes with actual books on display? Perhaps you will be able to buy a wall screen which simulates a library and you can change the books on it or shuffle them around now and then to make pretty patterns.

  2. Tony, I still buy all my non-fiction in hardcover or paperback, but as for novels, they are all on my Kindle. I love the fact that you can get a sample sent to your Kindle. In that way, I'm willing to give new authors (to me) a chance. I think the biggest losers here are the bookstores. The second largest chain, Borders, is in bankruptcy, and Barnes and Noble put itself for sale.