Saturday, 7 January 2012

The eNews - Kindle once again tops the Christmas eReader sales

Four million Brits unwrapped an Amazon Kindle on Christmas morning this year.

In April Amazon announced that customers were choosing Kindle books over hardcover books at a rate of more than two to one, even as hard cover sales continued to grow. Since then 242 Kindle books have been sold for every 100 hardcover books.

The Kobo too experienced record sales over the festive period but are still unable to get anywhere close to Amazon's big hitter, the tremendously user friendly KIndle. The Kobo eReader is a fine device but it is discovering, as did Sony before it, that an eRaeder not only has to compete with Amazon in terms of hardware but also with the Amazon Kindle store which makes dowloading eBooks simplicity on the Kindle. In the UK the Kobo is closely linked to W H Smith's eBook market and it's been chopping and changing so much that it could hardly be called user friendly.

Harper Collins saw one hundred thousand eBook downloads on Christmas Day. Over 100,000 eBooks published by HarperCollins UK were downloaded on that single day. This was both a record high as well as over  times as high as the average daily downloads during December 2011.

And in other eBook news the most pirated eBooks over the festive period were:

  1. 1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You
  2. 7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Shoulders
  3. 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Abs, Chest
  4. Kindle Library (4,687 Ebooks – Mobi)
  5. Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets


Anonymous said...

My husband and I love our new Kindle Fire. It's lightweight, easy to use and has a great interface. The first thing I recommend anyone with a new Kindle do is install the nook app. We got our instructions from through google. It basically unlocks all the Android marketplace apps and unlocks the device. I am one very happy Kindle owner!

Oscar Case said...

The way of the book world, books vanishing into the ethernet.