Amazon's Kindle is having a good year.
According to a press release, the e-book reader is not only the most popular item on Amazon.com -- and has been for two years now -- but the e-books have begun outselling traditional hardcovers. For the past month, 180 e-books are sold on the site for every 100 hardcovers. And that doesn't even include all of the free books that readers like me and Gail Farrelly pick up nearly every day.
Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, says the lowered price of the device should be credited. "We've reached a tipping point with the new price of Kindle — the growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189," he said in the press release.
And while you're spending the big bucks on the device, and augmenting your digital library, you're going to want a few accessories to keep your baby safe. (Is it weird to refer to my Kindle as "Baby?" Oh well.) Tomorrow I'll post a review of a few such accessories by Maryland-based company M-Edge.
But for those purists out there, I wouldn't worry yet. The same release brags that authors such as Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson and Charlaine Harris have each sold more than 500,000 e-books. Considering the tens of millions of books each of these authors has sold in total, that's just a drop in the ocean.