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Kindles Topping Amazon Charts

Amazon (s amzn) is selling a lot of Kindles, according to a press release issued today. The latest Kindle e-reader is the fastest selling Kindle yet, and when you add Kindle e-books into the mix, Kindle products are the top-selling 15 items on Amazon in the U.S. and in the UK.

E-book sales grew 193 percent between January and August of this year according to the Association of American Publishers, and Kindle e-book sales exceeded this rate according to Amazon. Kindle e-book sales are now out-pacing both hardcover and paperback book sales on Amazon. The top 10 bestselling book titles are selling in e-book form by a factor of 2-to-1 over the paper version.

The Kindle ecosystem is thriving, and these numbers reflect the successful groundwork Amazon has laid for long-term growth. Kindle e-reader devices aside, apps for reading the e-books are now on desktop computers and every major smartphone platform. Devices capable of buying and reading Kindle books may now number in the billions, and that’s a healthy content platform by any standards. So even if the Kindles themselves weren’t selling like hotcakes, the platform (and Amazon’s e-book business) seems to be here to stay.

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One Response to “Kindles Topping Amazon Charts”

  1. Bryan Leonard

    Nothing makes me more tired than press releases that only in percentages.

    Amazon has NEVER given actual figures for any of their sales…and the fact that they ONLY deal in percentages should give everyone pause…but no one ever calls them on the carpet.

    “I sold one last year…and one this year. I have had 100% growth!”

    Psshaw!