The Eclipse is Complete: Amazon's eBook sales surpass paperback and hardcover combined

by Knowlton Thomas

November, 2007: The Amazon Kindle is born. 

July, 2010: Ebook sales on the Kindle surpass that of hardcover books on Amazon.

January, 2011: Ebook sales surpass paperback sales.

Now: Ebook sales surpass all print sales.

The exponentially accelerated growth of ebook sales is a combination of lower book prices on electronic platforms, superior convenience to print books, quality of experience thanks to E-Ink technology and its kin, and sharply reduced e-reader costs. Now, with the eclipse complete, it cannot be argued that ebooks aren't a legitimate force and here to stay for the long term.

Ebook sales are already up three-fold in 2011 what they were in 2010, but perhaps what's most remarkable is that Amazon is also experiencing its fastest year-over-year growth for print too. Have e-readers not only created a new platform for reading, but resurrected the print reading culture as well?

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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