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Friday, July 25, 2008

Follow-up on Amazon piece

In a follow-up to the piece yesterday on the Amazon readers, here is a story that appeared in Book Business earlier in the week. It does a nice job of pulling together several other stories and statistics about the e-book market. One of the interesting pieces there related to an apparently recent story in Time, noting:
Time magazine recently reported (in an article titled “Amazon Kindle Sales on the Rise?”): “According to a source at Amazon, ‘on a title-by-title basis, of the 130,000 titles available on Kindle and in physical form, Kindle sales now make up over 12 percent of sales for those titles.’ ” This, Time reported, was double what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cited at a conference just a few months prior.

That is an interesting number. If true, in the months ahead we should see an uptick in the e-book sales figures reported by IDPF. The current figures there are running just over 20% higher than last year. Although, one would like to know the overlap between reported titles in the IDPF figures and titles involved in the Amazon figures.

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