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Publisher: Amazon Kindle not igniting impressive eBook sales

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 9, 2008 in Technology
According to Amazon, the sales of Kindle exceeded their expectations, but eBook publishers are not seeing the same demand in eBook sales. One publisher says Sony sells more eBooks for its Reader than it does for Kindle.
Amazon previously reported it had sold out all its Kindle eBook readers and there was a lot of demand for it. If Kindle is a major success, then its eBooks sales should be equally as impressive. But so far, publishers have not seen an increase in sales of eBooks because of Kindle, according to Silicon Alley Insider.
The Kindle went on sale in November 2007. If it had been really selling well, Amazon would have reported eBook sales were high as well, but so far Amazon hasn’t released any data.
Rosetta Books, an eBook publisher, has seen no clear evidence that its products formatted for the Kindle are generating more revenue than Sony Reader compatible formats in 2008. Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of Rosetta Books, confirmed this but also said we have to wait a year or two to see the overall Kindle effect.
Klebanoff said when theSony Reader was introduced in 2006, it took about three financial quarters for Sony Reader eBooks to sell more than Palm eBook formats.
Smaller mobiles don't have bigger screens like that of Kindle's, but they do have hundreds of functions in addition to the book-reading function, such as phone, diary, web surfing, office applications, music, video players, email, instant messaging and many more in development.
Critics say Amazon can't expect us to carry one device for every function and Kindle is just a waste of money because it only serves one purpose.
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