eBook Readers Live in a Different Universe of Books

Bezos Kindle TouchAmazon’s released their list of 2011’s best-selling books, revealing that 40% of the best-selling ebooks didn’t even make it onto their list of the best-selling print books!

The #1 and #2 best-selling ebooks of the year weren’t even available in print editions, while four of the top 10 best-selling print books didn’t make it into the top 100 best-selling ebooks. “It couldn’t be more clear that Kindle owners are choosing their material from an entirely different universe of books,” notes one Kindle site, which points out that five of the best-selling ebooks came from two million-selling ebook authors — Amanda Hocking and John Locke — who are still awaiting the release of their books in print. And five of Amazon’s best-selling ebooks were Kindle-only “Singles,” including a Stephen King short story which actually outsold another King novel that he’d released in both ebook and print formats. And Neal Stephenson’s “Reamde” was Amazon’s #99 best-selling print book of 2011, though it didn’t even make it onto their list of the 100 best-selling ebooks of the year.

“People who own Kindles are just reading different books than the people who buy printed books,” reports the Kindle site, which adds “2011 may be remembered as the year that hundreds of new voices finally found their audiences.”

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  • Anonymous

    Look at that mans crazy eyes, I guess that’s what you get when you’re eyes can only see thru a little screen… What’s wrong with a good old fashion library?

  • JaceD

    Look at that mans crazy eyes, I guess that’s what you get when you’re eyes can only see thru a little screen… What’s wrong with a good old fashion library?

  • http://twitter.com/loucabron Lou Cabron

    It’s actually 60%, not 40% (of the ebooks that didn’t even appear on Amazon’s best-seller list for printed books). 

    And here’s a cool graph showing the 10 books with the highest *combined* sales (in both print and ebook formats).

    http://beyond-black-friday.com/Amazon_2011_best-sellers.htm

  • http://twitter.com/loucabron Lou Cabron

    It’s actually 60%, not 40% (of the ebooks that didn’t even appear on Amazon’s best-seller list for printed books). 

    And here’s a cool graph showing the 10 books with the highest *combined* sales (in both print and ebook formats).

    http://beyond-black-friday.com/Amazon_2011_best-sellers.htm

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    That guy’s got the Crazy eye

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    That guy’s got the Crazy eye

  • Simiantongue

    My kindle is cool. I read a lot. But in many cases it’s just not as convenient as a printed book. The whole ebook tech seems to be focused somewhat towards people not being able to share the book they buy. If I go to Barnes and Noble and buy a Stephen King book I can pass it on to my brother when I’m done and he passes it on eventually too. Can’t do that with ebooks really.

    I’ve never had a problem with a printed book I drop by mistake either, it’s always readable no matter how many times it gets knocked off the table.

  • Simiantongue

    My kindle is cool. I read a lot. But in many cases it’s just not as convenient as a printed book. The whole ebook tech seems to be focused somewhat towards people not being able to share the book they buy. If I go to Barnes and Noble and buy a Stephen King book I can pass it on to my brother when I’m done and he passes it on eventually too. Can’t do that with ebooks really.

    I’ve never had a problem with a printed book I drop by mistake either, it’s always readable no matter how many times it gets knocked off the table.

  • Simiantongue

    My kindle is cool. I read a lot. But in many cases it’s just not as convenient as a printed book. The whole ebook tech seems to be focused somewhat towards people not being able to share the book they buy. If I go to Barnes and Noble and buy a Stephen King book I can pass it on to my brother when I’m done and he passes it on eventually too. Can’t do that with ebooks really.

    I’ve never had a problem with a printed book I drop by mistake either, it’s always readable no matter how many times it gets knocked off the table.

  • Arcana Books

    Yep.A Bezo-Soros monopoly of what you can and you can’t read.Like the 2000 satellite TV channels all rigged by the deadbeat Murdoch.Paying good money for Amazon protected PDF file is dumb as it gets.Free Kindle texts yes.Good money for wipe out PDF’s  big no..no.

  • Arcana Books

    Yep.A Bezo-Soros monopoly of what you can and you can’t read.Like the 2000 satellite TV channels all rigged by the deadbeat Murdoch.Paying good money for Amazon protected PDF file is dumb as it gets.Free Kindle texts yes.Good money for wipe out PDF’s  big no..no.

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