From CNN: Amazon e-books now outselling print books

According to this article on CNN, Amazon e-books now outselling print books – CNN.com, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in a statement that Kindle ebooks are now outselling print books. Apparently, Amazon is still selling a boatload of books, but the ebook sales are slightly higher than traditional print editions.

Personally, I prefer Apple’s iBook Store to Amazon’s Kindle Store. I also prefer my multifunctional iPad to the one trick pony Kindle. I wonder how Apple and other ebook sellers are faring with Amazon’s aggressive push and success with ebook sales?

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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2 comments on “From CNN: Amazon e-books now outselling print books
  1. Grace says:

    Honestly, I think that there’s way too much DRM attached to e-books at the moment for them to be worth buying. Part of the fun of buying a book is being able to pass it on when you’re done reading it to someone else who will appreciate it. You can’t really do that with a Kindle book (I know you can loan it a limited number of times for a couple days at a time). Harper Collins is even trying to put a 26-time cap on libraries loaning e-books, which, quite frankly, is retarded. I’m a fan of technology, but this needs to be fixed.

  2. Jason Ellis says:

    Hi Grace,

    I do agree with you. I should have elaborated on my own iBook usage more in my post. I have bought one ebook (Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances), but most of my reading on there comes from pdf articles and pdfs that I have made of books that I own).

    DRM in ebooks is a problem, just as it was for early mp3 sales models. Consumers deserve control over the products (physical or digital) that they purchase. This is true for the increase in disposable, non-servicable products as well as digital products (ebooks, music, movies, and eproducts–apps, in-game purchases, etc.).

    We have to keep pushing back against the efforts of big media to siphon more money from consumers for products that they purchase. It seems like big media and big business is trying to reconfigure everything as services–in the digital realm, cloud computing will help implement this model even more quickly. Cultural artifacts whether physical or digital–they are equally real and tangible–should not be controlled on a service basis (also true for new car technologies that are only leased rather than sold). It all comes down to control over the things that we spend our money on.

    Thank you for your comment–I will continue to think about this and write more about it in the near future.

    Best, Jason

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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