Tuesday, December 28, 2010
All I Want for Christmas is an Ereader
For those of you who are regular readers, you know that one of the things I frequently update on is the growing ereader market. In recent news, Google announced that they would be coming out with their own version of the ereader and allowing independent bookstores to sell ebooks through their mother site; therefore, eliminating some of the threat of ebooks causing the downfall of independent bookstores.
In this week's news, ereaders are again taking the market by storm. No one was exaggerating when they said ebooks would be the hottest gift of the season. I know there must have been tons of people across the U.S who received Nook's for the big day, because on December 26th when I went to download some ebooks to my Nook, the site was moving at snail speed and not processing all my requests. When I called the company to ask why my downloads weren't going through, they told me they were having an overwhelming amount of users on the website all at once since the Nook was a big gift this season--they were still able to fix the problem for me though. Pretty good news for any author who has a book in e-format.
But Nook isn't the only ereader doing well this season. Until Christmas, the most sold item in Amazon's history was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but according to Amazon, during Christmas the Kindle 3 outsold their HP sales. Now, none of the actual figures were reported, which in my opinion makes the claim questionable. I also think Amazon is trying to make it sound like a much more epically huge deal than it is. The Kindle 3 outsold the number of HP books on Amazon, not the number of HP 7 books sold total--which they vaguely avoid stating outright. But while Amazon may be trying to make it sound like a much bigger announcement, it is still great news for their company and ereaders. You can check out the article for yourself HERE. Isn't it weird how anything that sells well has to be compared to the sales of Harry Potter? Just a thought.
Overall, what this shows is another indication that ereaders are here to stay, at least until some new technology upstages them. For more info on ebook trends, click HERE.
So I'd like to hear, did any of you, my loyal followers, get ereaders for Christmas? If you did, are you enjoying it so far? What do you think?
Don't forget to enter into the 250 follower giveaway. If we can reach 250 followers by the set date, I will be giving away from free books. So hop to it and spread the word. Til Wednesday! ;-)