Poll: How do you prefer to read books? Ebooks or on paper?
A May 19, 2011 article by CBC News states that ebook sales have surpassed sales of paperback and hardcover on Amazon.
"We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com in a statement Thursday.
Since April 1, Amazon.com, the company's U.S. site, has sold 105 e-books, not including free e-books, for every 100 print books. Amazon said it does not have any specific stats to share for Canada, where the national site is Amazon.ca. As per Amazon's policy, exact sales figures were not made available to the public.
Jeff Bezos made note that Amazon, based in Seattle, Washington, has been selling print books for 15 years while selling e-books for less than four. Amazon introduced its Kindle e-book reader in 2007.
Kindle e-book sales surpassed hard cover book sales in July 2010 and paperback sales January of this year. Amazon's e-books can be read on Amazon's Kindle e-readers, (which, incidentally, is relatively cheaper than most on the market) as well as on desktop and laptop computers and many mobile devices, including the Apple, Windows, BlackBerry and Android smartphones and tablets.