Kindle Books Surpass Print Books on Amazon
Amazon announced today that for its Kindle ebooks are now officially outselling all print books, including paperbacks and hardcover editions. For every 100 print books sold, Amazon sells 105 Kindle books, a trend that the company expects to keep increasing.
The new figures do not inlcude the free ebooks, which would push the ratio of ebooks to print ones even further in the ebooks favor. The numbers do include, however, print books that are not available in a Kindle edition.
Kindle ebooks surpassed hardcover sales in July 2010, then paperback sales in December 2010 and now they outsell both combined. Amazon said it has already sold three times as many ebooks so far in 2011 than it did in the same time period of 2010.
A study last year by the Cleantech Group found that a Kindle has a lower carbon footprint than print books once you replace the purchase of 22.5 new books with ebooks. Now that Amazon is selling so many ebooks, it’s clear people are reducing their reading-related carbon footprints very quickly.
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