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Amazon Kindle  (Source: Wired)
Kindle beat Harry Potter 7 as best selling item

Amazon is the company that helped to really kick the eReader market into high gear when it pulled the Kindle out and tossed it onto the market years ago. Since the Kindle debuted it has gone through several new versions all adding features and making the device even more popular. The Kindle is traditionally one of the most popular gadgets sold at Amazon.

Amazon issued  a statement this week that states in five months the new third gen Kindle has replaced the book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" as the best-selling product in the history of Amazon. It's hard to wrap you mind around the Kindle's sales pace. At its peak day, cited as November 29, Amazon sold 13.7 million units globally. That works out to 158 items sold per second.

"We're grateful to the millions of customers who have made the all-new Kindle the bestselling product in the history of Amazon -- surpassing Harry Potter 7," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO.

"We're seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet. Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions. They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery life, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eyestrain, doesn't interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading. Kindle's $139 price point is a key factor -- it's low enough that people don't have to choose."

Amazon also offered up some cool facts about the Kindle from this Christmas. Amazon reports that on Christmas Day more people turned on new Kindles for the first time and downloaded more Kindle Buy once, Reade Everywhere apps than any other day in history. The best selling items on Amazon this Christmas were the WiFi Kindle and the Kindle 3G. the most purchased Kindle book was "The girl with the Dragon Tattoo."


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Im surprised...
By Silver2k7 on 12/28/2010 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 3
that they sold that many... myself I would prefer a color version, that would read news papers etc.. wich usually contains atleast some elements of color :-)




RE: Im surprised...
By Silver2k7 on 12/28/2010 2:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
wouldn't want to read Daily Tech on a black'n'white monitor.. I guess b&w is ok for books with text only like Harry Potter.

But one would think they would take it to the next level.. like those newspapers with moving images etc wich are in one of the harry potter movies.


RE: Im surprised...
By GulWestfale on 12/28/2010 2:50:25 PM , Rating: 1
Great news for me, my sales are through the roof!
http://www.amazon.com/Sascha-von-Bornheim/e/B003Z6...

As for the screen: it might only be black and white, but the image quality for books is fantastic. Plus, the 3G model let's you check email, wherever you are.


RE: Im surprised...
By GuinnessKMF on 12/30/2010 8:59:48 AM , Rating: 2
... "for books with text only". I weep for our future.

The point is it's cheap, and no frills, no distractions. I hate all the colored hyperlinks that sprinkle news articles online. I want to read the article, that's it. If the only multi-media you have to "improve" the content is a picture of Dr. Evil because somewhere in the article you mention the word laser, I'll be fine with monochrome.


RE: Im surprised...
By Suntan on 12/28/2010 2:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, what I am most interested in would be one like the nook color, for all the "non-reading" capabilities. Also, the "leap-pad" type capabilities it supposedly has, for long trips in the car for the kids. Haven't gotten around to B&N to play with one yet though.

-Suntan


RE: Im surprised...
By Lord 666 on 12/29/2010 4:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
While I prefer the Kindle for ease of use, The Nook or iPad appears to have greater compatibility with text books, specifically secure Adobe based reads that Kindle does not.

For my students (and myself), it would help tremendously if more curriculum can be converted to the agnostic formats that both the Nook and Kindle can support.


RE: Im surprised...
By therealnickdanger on 12/30/2010 7:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
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For my students (and myself), it would help tremendously if more curriculum can be converted to the agnostic formats that both the Nook and Kindle can support.

Yeah, but where would the profit be in that? Can't make getting text books cheap or easy... we might have a revolt on our hands. ;-)


RE: Im surprised...
By torpor on 12/28/2010 2:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
I get my newspaper on my Kindle (the latest generation).

Since most newspapers don't run much color, you don't miss it. Instead, you save money, don't have dead tree editions piling up around your house, can clip and save articles to local memory, get no ink on your fingers, and can adjust the printing to a size you like.

I initially just bought a Kindle to have access to the many, many free classics available on Amazon and the Gutenberg project. The Kindle is a perfectly purpose-built gadget, and that purpose is comfortable reading. I've tried out the major competitors at Best Buy, where they have 'em all lined up together, and nothing else has the lightweight, easy-to-read, good battery life setup that the Kindle has. There really isn't another reader as good for just reading.


RE: Im surprised...
By GulWestfale on 12/28/2010 5:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
^^ what he said.


RE: Im surprised...
By Alexvrb on 12/28/2010 11:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
If I have to choose between "unbelievably good contrast levels, sharp perfect text, and amazing readability" Vs. "some kind of color display", I'll take the black and white. If you don't understand... you haven't used the latest gen Kindles. Their current e-ink displays are badass. They are also super lower power, since e-ink only needs to draw power when you change what is on the screen.

If they can find a way to make affordable, nice looking, color e-ink displays, call me. Until then, b&w is fine for books.


RE: Im surprised...
By AEvangel on 12/29/2010 3:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
They have already...I tried to post the link to th story but silly dailytech wont let me.

The story was back in November on TabletPCreview dot com.


RE: Im surprised...
By Alexvrb on 12/29/2010 8:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yeah DT is weird about posting links. I think it should check to see if you're a poster in good standing and let you post whatever links you want, if you are. I mean if you're just spamming you'll get downrated into oblivion anyway. :P

But anyway it doesn't matter. Current color e-ink stuff isn't good. It blows. It looks washed out, faded, and downright bad. Maybe I should have bolded "good" instead. But the reason I bolded "color e-ink" was because we already have good color LCD devices on the market. But we don't have any good color e-ink displays yet.

Maybe in a few years. It took regular B&W e-ink a while to get to the amazing contrast and clarity levels of the current-gen Kindles et al.


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