Amazon says E-Books for Kindle Now Outselling Printed Books

I bought an Amazon Kindle a couple of years ago. I like to try out new things. A lot of them end up in a sock drawer, but my Kindle has become one of my most prized possessions.

I’ve got 200+ books on my Kindle and I’ve used it while bush-walking and traveling. It holds a charge for weeks. Today, if someone offers me a paper book I’ll kindly thank them and decline – opting to get the eBook version for my Kindle instead.

I like the Kindle better than paper books because I find it easier on my eyes to read. I can adjust the font to a size that is very easy to read without glasses (at 52 my vanity is challenged by small print). I also like it because I can get almost any title and get it without having to go shopping. Unfortunately, there are restrictions on the available titles when you live in Australia, but that can be side-stepped by claiming an address in the United States.

Today, Amazon gave this announcement, “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 Amazon.com. Today, less than four years after introducing Kindle books, Amazon.com customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined”.

What’s a Kindle got to do with website design…. Nothing really. Just thought it was an interesting observation that in a changing world – paper books are being challenged. And yes, most Kindles have limited ability to browse the Internet – someone could actually see your website on a Kindle.

About Mark

Founder of Web Reservation Systems, focused on helping businesses in the Australian Accommodation travel sector get more value from Internet Marketing. Originally, we opened up in 2001 as a supplier of Front Office Software linked to Online Booking facilities. That allowed motels and hotels to add booking buttons to their websites as well as sell through Global Distribution Systems. You could say this was an early 'Channel Manager' because it allowed the property manager to simply control price and availability for a diverse array of wholesale and retails websites. Next, we started building websites to profile our customers (Australian Holiday Guide). That lead to building websites for customers as a favour. Now do about 80 websites a year using BurgundySky and Joomla. For small businesses I recommend using BurgundySky as it is very easy to start and manage. Joomla is also great, but harder to install and maintain for a small business. Our web design business is based in Byron Bay, NSW. Byron Bay is a great place to live and work. I have 2 kids (15 and 17) who are both born here and my wife, Shobhan Oliver) is a successful artist.
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