Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Kindle version of Dan Brown’s latest novel competes with hardcover sales on Amazon
According to a posting on the Kindle Nation Daily blog, as of 10:30 AM on September 15, 2009, the Kindle edition of Dan Brown’s highly anticipated book, The Lost Symbol, was outselling the hardcover version on Amazon’s website. While it is not likely that the e-book will continue to outsell the hardcover version on Amazon, considering the anticipated book sales and the estimated number of Kindles in existence, the fact that the e-book initially outsold the hardcover version for a period of time is still very interesting. An article from Fast Company notes that this is a sign that the e-book age is approaching and as new e-reader technologies are introduced, e-books could eventually surpass the printed version. Another posting from ReadWriteWeb features some interesting data from Shortcovers, an e-book store and app for Apple, Blackberry, Google, and Palm devices. Shortcovers reports that The Lost Symbol sold more copies in one day than the popular Twilight series did over the last 2 months.