KINDLE RACKS UP TREMENDOUS SALES AS EBOOKS GO MAINSTREAM
Sources close to Amazon have revealed that Amazon are very close to having sold an incredible eight million Kindle devices in 2010.
If the figures are confirmed, then it will be proof that the iPad,which sold more than 7.5 million units since it launched back in April, did not necessarily impede sales of the Kindle.
Last year, more than 2.4 million Kindles were sold and Amazon was keen to encourage adoption of the ebook reader even more by cutting the price of the device to £109 (for the non 3G model) and invest in a massive marketing drive.
Although other ebook readers have appeared on the market, Amazon still has the lead thanks to its first-mover advantage and the fact that its Kindle platform is still a proprietary one.
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