Kindle E-books Are 35% of Total Sales Per Title

The major takeaway from Jeff Bezo’s unveiling of the new Kindle DZ for many tech commentators was his declaration that sales of Kindle ebooks now represent 35% of the total print sales of those same titles at the e-retailer. That’s up from 13% just a few months ago, according to Tech Crunch. Amazon currently carries 275,000 titles for the Kindle.

This makes you think that Kindle owners are buying a LOT of books, since estimates are that the Kindle 2 has sold only 300,000 since it went on sale in February.

How much are ebook sales contributing to publishers’ bottom lines? The ebook news Web site, Teleread, analyzed stats from Association of American Publishers, showing  ebook sales accelerating rapidly in 2008, but estimates they ” will still only represent 1/2 of 1 percent of book industry sales,” for the year, growing to 6% over the next five years.

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