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Monday, March 28, 2011

E-Readers: Apple Vs. Kindle Numbers

Demographics... the very stuff marketing is built upon.
While Apple at least coughs up some numbers of hardware sold at irregular intervals (usually when they're launching a new version), Amazon has always held their Kindle sales numbers close to their vest. They'll hint that they're really happy with the numbers, but they won't actually provide any hard numbers. Here's some data from a third-party source, and it indicates that Apple is beating up the Kindle as far as the UK market goes.

The numbers in the above link are quite interesting, but it's good to remember they are just talking about hardware. UK readers seem to like computers, but then again computers are already everywhere. As dedicated e-readers fall in price, we'll see their numbers shoot up. Kindle for $99 by Christmas, I betcha.

It's not clear how many books are being sold by platform, but I think the Kindle is the big winner still. The new iPad 2, being thinner and lighter, may help shift numbers in their direction. But it's still expensive compared to a Kindle, and price is definitely a factor.

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