In a sign of how the world has changed in the last decade, Amazon announced today that less than four years after introducing digital books, Amazon.com customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined.
Amazon begin selling its Kindle reader and Kindle books in November 2007. By July 2010, digital book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six months later, digital books overtook paperback books to become the etailers most popular format.
A new update to Kindle for Android was released today by Amazon which adds some new features and adds support for tablet computers running Android’s Honeycomb, including the Motorola Xoom.
Users who use the Kindle app for reading books won’t see too many differences however newspaper and magazine readers will see a new layout designed for the Honeycomb interface along with dozens of other user interface enhancements that takes advantage of the larger screen
The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1% in the third quarter of 2010 thanks to continued huge demand for the Apple iPad according to a report out this week from the International Data Corporation.
Meanwhile, global eReader sales expanded rapidly in the third quarter of 2010 with total shipments reaching 2.7 million units, representing a 40% gain over the previous quarter.
The latest generation of Amazon Kindle readers are selling faster than at anytime in their history according to a statement put out by the company today.
Amazon says it began shipping the new devices to customers who had pre-ordered today, two days earlier than previously announced.
Amazon has slashed the price of the Kindle DX, a larger and more expensive version of company’s Kindle wireless ebook reader.
Canadians can now order the Kindle DX with high-resolution 9.7-inch electronic ink display, built-in GSM wireless modem and wireless connectivity for $379 USD, plus import fees, down from $489.
In the United States this morning, Barnes & Noble cut the price of its Nook eReader to $199 U.S. the same week the company is to begin shipping its lower cost Nook Wi-Fi reader for $149.
Responding later in the day, Amazon slashed the price of its Kindle from $259 to $189 U.S., a 27% cut. That lower price is also been made available for consumers in Canada.
The New York Times this weekend reported that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the U.S. are working on Apple iPad apps for buying and reading electronic books. The apps are designed specifically for the iPad and will be in addition to apps currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The Amazon Kindle DX, a larger version of company’s Kindle wireless ebook reader, is now available for shipment to customers in Canada.
Canadians can pre-order the Kindle DX with high-resolution 9.7-inch electronic ink display, built-in GSM wireless modem and wireless connectivity for $489 USD, plus import fees, beginning today.