We keep hearing that Amazon’s Kindle is a hit, and while we’re sceptical, we’ll play along. Since Amazon hasn’t released statistics on the gadget’s sales, we don’t have much choice.
That said, we wonder: If the Kindle is flying off the shelves, shouldn’t e-book sales be booming as well? We don’t have proof one way or another: The Kindle only went on sale in November, and we haven’t seen any e-book sales stats that include that time period.
We expect to know more soon: In March and April, publishers cut their semi-annual royalty checks to authors and agents, so we may be able to see signs of an uptick then. Until then, we’ve got one decidely anecdotal data point: Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of e-book publisher RosettaBooks, says that so far he’s seen “no evidence” that e-books formatted for the Kindle will generate more revenue for him than Sony Reader-compatible formats in 2008.
Klebanoff warns us not to make to much of this: When Sony’s Reader was released in November 2006, he said it took up to three or four quarters for Sony-formatted titles to eclipse those designed for Palm, which had previously held the lead. Fair enough. But at least it gives us a tiny bit of perspective on Kindle sales.
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See also: Amazon’s Amazing Kindle Sales: Really?
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