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?

The Postnational Fantasy Also Available as eBook for Kindle

If you prefer your reading as bits rather than pulp, you may now purchase The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction, my co-edited collection of essays with Masood Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle here. The Kindle edition is the full print edition, but it is in a digital format for reading on Kindle devices or the Kindle app available for iPhone or Android. Currently, it is on sale for only $9.99, which is a substantial savings over the print edition (as of May 9, 2011). I have a full description of the book including its table of contents available here.

Pakistaniaat Is Now Available Through the Amazon Kindle Store

Masood Raja first inaugurated the open access journal Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies almost two years ago. I signed on as the layout editor, and we produced a free downloadable PDF of each article and issue. We also made the journal available here via Lulu’s print-on-demand service for those people and institutions who would prefer a printed version of the journal. Now, Raja has taken the next step for furthering the digital distribution of the critical and creative work in Pakistaniaat with a new Amazon Kindle version of each journal’s issue. You can read about the details and find a link to the Kindle store on the Pakistaniaat Forum site here.

Amazon Nukes Ebooks Remotely

David Pogue on the New York Times reports that Amazon remotely nuked George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from every purchasers’ Kindle ebook reader, because the publisher decided that it did not want those books available in electronic form.  I call “bullshit” on Amazon and the publishers. I will never buy books from an online publisher that retains the right to reverse the sale after money has exchanged hands.

What recourse will Kindle owners have in a situation like this?  Will they sue to have their books returned, and will a judge or jury care since they were reimbursed for the reversal?  This is obviously a special case, because Amazon, in effect, reached into the home of each Kindle owner that bought those books and snatched them back without asking the purchasers if this was okay.  I believe that this will take strong muscle to assert the rights of consumers against big media.  So-called voting with dollars is non-starter when the need (or perceived need) of a product in the market place can be artificially created, inflated, and manipulated by capital within the market.

Read the full article here.