Is The Kindle Lighting the Fire Under the Impending eBook Revolution?

Marc Gascoigne from Angry Robot wrote in to tell us about this interesting statistic gleaned by Tech Crunch from the recent launch of the super size Kindle DX:

The most startling thing Jeff Bezos said today at Amazon’s launch of the Kindle DX, it’s large-format Kindle optimized for textbooks and newspapers, was this statistic: For books that are available on the Kindle, sales are already 35 percent of the same books in print, up from 13 percent just a few months ago. In other words, if a paper book sells 10,000 copies on Amazon, it will sell an additional 3,500 digital copies on the Kindle. Let me repeat that, digital books via the Kindle are selling at 35 percent the level of physical books 18 months after launch.

That is an amazing ramp up.

So, is the eBook finally revolution upon us?

5 thoughts on “Is The Kindle Lighting the Fire Under the Impending eBook Revolution?”

  1. I’m not seeing anything close to 35% yet with GUD, but perhaps it’s a magazine vs. book thing (mags not really being handled through Amazon directly anyway, so not strongly tied to the Kindle versions).  Or maybe it’s just we’re smaller so we’re more likely to be a statistical outlier…

    We’re doing pretty well over at Fictionwise, though.  Any idea how their numbers run overall?

  2. Maybe in the USA, if those numbers are true.  Be interesting to know how big a chunk of the sales are for the phone buyers, as opposed to those, too.

  3. @Kaolin Fire: No idea on the numbers.

    @Blue Tyson: I wonder, too, how they cut this statistic.  It sounds high to me.

    @E_I: I would be too.  Plus the huge price tag makes it prohibitive for many consumers.

  4. There’s no way those numbers are right. As a Seattle independent bookseller, I live in the shadow of Amazon headquarters and there’s no way the kindle’s available books  have sales of 35% books in print.

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