Julianne Pepitone, CNNMoney.com (January 27, 2011)
"OK, bookworms, now you can declare Armageddon: Kindle e-books have overtaken paperback books as the bestselling type of content in Amazon's bookstore.
"Amazon made waves when it announced in July that Kindle content was outselling hardcover books. But industry analysts quickly dismissed that milestone, pointing out that paperback books sell far more copies than pricier hardcovers.
"E-books have now vanquished their paperback rivals as well.
" 'This milestone has come even sooner than we expected -- and it's on top of continued growth in paperback sales,' Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a prepared statement.
"In fact, for every 100 paperback books sold, Amazon has sold 115 Kindle books since the beginning of the year, the company said...."
The Lemming hasn't bought a Kindle or other e-book: yet. There's something to be said for the codex as a data storage and retrieval technology. But the Lemming doesn't think it's an either-or situation. There's plenty of room for online research and reading, ink-on-thin-sheets data storage units, and e-books. (July 2, 2010)
In the Lemming's opinion.
On the other hand, what's happening at Amazon probably isn't the best news that old-school publishers have seen recently.
On the other hand - the Lemming's written about technology and getting a grip before:
- "Technophobic Movies: A Top (Bottom?) Ten List"
(January 27, 2011)