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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, 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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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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