Feeds

Amazon heralds unstoppable rise of the e-book

Outselling print in the States, hardbacks in Blighty

Boost IT visibility and business value

E-books are now outselling hardbacks and paperbacks combined, Amazon.com claimed today.

It's UK offshoot, Amazon.co.uk, separately said it is now selling more e-books than hardbacks.

Since 1 April, Amazon.com has sold 105 e-books for every 100 print books. Free e-books have been excluded from the total, it claimed.

In the UK, from that same date, for every 100 hardbacks sold, some 242 e-books are sold by Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon Kindle 3

Kindle: easier on your wrist than a hardback copy of Tropic of Capricorn

It's worth bearing in mind that not all territories in which Amazon operates have their own Kindle shop, so a fair few of Amazon.com's e-book buyers are outside the US. But folk not resident in the States tend not to buy print books from Amazon.com.

Some do, but their contribution to Amazon.com's print sales will be a lot lower than overseas buyer's contribution to Amazon.com's e-book sales, making the e-book vs print sales mix less clear cut than Amazon's numbers suggest.

Amazon said that print sales are still rising, which indicates that e-book sales growth isn't yet coming at the expense of dead-tree product. Punters who can't get a copy of X for their Kindle will happily buy the paper version rather than wait.

In the UK, unlike the US, e-books warrant sales tax whereas paper books do not. That might favour paper sales over here, though Amazon's discounts are, in our experience, minimising the digital premium paid to the government.

That's particularly the case if you wait, buying an e-book after the release of the paperback version and not dash in as soon as the hardback appears in the shops. ®

WTF is... up with e-book pricing

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.