Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales - NYTimes.com

Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales - NYTimes.com:

"Amazon.com, one of the nation’s largest booksellers, announced Monday that for the last three months, sales of books for its e-reader, the Kindle, outnumbered sales of hardcover books.

In that time, Amazon said, it sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books, including hardcovers for which there is no Kindle edition.

The pace of change is quickening, too, Amazon said. In the last four weeks sales rose to 180 digital books for every 100 hardcover copies. Amazon has 630,000 Kindle books, a small fraction of the millions of books sold on the site.

I've been reading more e-books, but I don't own a Kindle, or an iPad. They're just fine on my laptop's screen. I still prefer paper, but money and shelf space are both in short supply.

All my e-books are nonfiction. None are about art or graphics, though my shelf is loaded with art and graphics. On my laptop graphic articles, but not books.

Yesterday, I downloaded Street Fighting Mathematics from M.I.T. Press. I've got the C# Pocket Reference, How To Use Twitter For Business, Sexy Web Design ( Preview), The PHP Anthology, Windows 7 Tips & Tricks. Just one design book and it's technical.

Do you read e-books? What's your pattern?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/technology/20kindle.html?th&emc=th

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