Almost One-Third Of Internet Users Plan To Buy A Kindle

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A whopping 28% of Internet users surveyed by J.P. Morgan in December say they either own a Kindle or plan to buy one in the next year.

The Kindle is already Amazon’s top-selling product, with an estimated more than 5 million sold since August, and with that kind of buyer intent, the e-reader will continue to be a hot item in 2011.

The survey also bolsters the claim of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that iPad owners are buying Kindles: 40% of iPad users surveyed already own one, and 23% plan to buy one in the next year. According to J.P. Morgan analyst Imran Khan, the big price difference between the two devices–$139 for the low-end Kindle versus $499 for the cheapest iPad–really places them in different categories.

Khan also pointed out that overall e-book revenue is exploding, going from 1% of overall book revenue in 2008 to 9% in 2010. It could begin to cannibalise sales of physical books at retailers–one reason why Barnes and Noble is making such a big push with its own e-reader, the Nook. The survey showed that 45% of respondents had heard of the Nook, versus 76% for the Kindle and 84% for the iPad.

Overall, Khan rates Amazon as one of his top Internet stock picks for 2011, citing big opportunities for international penetration and better margins from growth in relatively new sectors like apparel, along with the rise in e-books.

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