Tech Takeover: Amazon’s E-Books Outsell Paperbacks

For the first time, online retail giant Amazon has announced that it has sold more e-books for its Kindle, than paperback books. The e-book surge came in the last quarter of 2010 in the US.

Back in the summer of 2010, Amazon announced that e-book sales had surpassed that of hardback books; now with this new announcement it seems digital is the most used method of reading in the US. The online shopping site also revealed that for every 115 e-books that were downloaded, 100 paperback books were sold.

What makes it more interesting is that the figures excluded free downloads, so the difference in e-books to paperbacks would be significantly more, according to BBC News. However just because e-books are outselling paperbacks it does not mean that they are getting weaker, the sales on paperback books are still growing but Kindle and e-book sales have been more successful than expected.

Retail Week has reported that the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did not expect e-books to overtake paperbacks until the second quarter of this year so it was quite surprising. “Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year, so this milestone has come even sooner than we expected”.

I can only see the digital sales of books rising and this trend will sweep across the world. In the next 10 years will paper books be extinct? Tell us what your method of reading is and if you have scrapped paper for plastic.