It’s on CNN now, but the tech blogs all reported it earlier. Amazon e-books are selling better than hardcovers. This doesn’t even count the e-books that are free on the Kindle. Is this signaling a sea change in reading? Not yet, I think. Is this really an apples-to-apples comparison? The article admits that the figure trails far behind that of paperbacks. In addition, Amazon’s books are capped at $9.99 while most hardcovers sell more than that. So I take this with a grain of salt.
Still, it proves the popularity of the Kindle with readers. Not just the device either, but the entire platform. I’d like to see sales figures across platforms: Kindle, Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android. Despite what people say about DRM, the Kindle’s cross platform ubiquity solves the issue that most people have with DRM: portability. It doesn’t matter if it’s DRM-ed if no one notices. Despite all the hoopla by the publishers, Amazon might be the key to this whole e-book thing, not Apple.
As an aside, I finally jumped on the e-book train. Books-a-million was selling a Sony Reader PRS-505 for $89. So I caved and I bought it. It just arrived today, I’ve loaded it with some public domain books from Project Gutenberg, and I will be testing some PDFs that I have to read for school as well. My first impression is that the screen is readable, but it takes way to long to turn a page. I’ll update with more impressions. Anyone else have any experience with this Sony Reader or any other e-book readers?