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Offline Rosen Trevithick Reading
08 Jan 2015, 07:15 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Kindle sales have 'disappeared'

Forgive me for being thick, but does 'pc' mean percent?

As other people have said, it makes sense that the ratio of paperback to print books would rise over Christmas. Mid did, but quickly went back to normal after Christmas.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
08 Jan 2015, 07:40 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Kindle sales have 'disappeared'

(08 Jan 2015 07:15 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  Forgive me for being thick, but does 'pc' mean percent?

As other people have said, it makes sense that the ratio of paperback to print books would rise over Christmas. Mid did, but quickly went back to normal after Christmas.

As in 'saw sales of physical books rise 5pc in December' ? I assume so, Rosen. Perhaps that's the new, compulsory, EU standard for describing percentage, or just that the journo's '%' key was jammed with congealed coffee spillage and tuna mayo wrap debris.

Either way, it doesn't say what the 5% rise is on - on November sales? On last December's sales?. If it was the former I think I'd be a little disappointed. If the latter then it's hardly a 'surge'.
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Offline alawston Reading The Cambridge List - Robert Clear
08 Jan 2015, 09:16 PM | Post: #13

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RE: Kindle sales have 'disappeared'

I think this says more about ereader hardware than it does about digital reading. As I said on Twitter earlier today:

@neilhimself I think the crazy growth period is over. Ereaders are now a mature market, with no compulsion to upgrade as with phones.

Neil Gaiman retweeted me. Much squee, but also, my goodness, my phone nearly exploded with Twitter notifications for about 20 solid minutes!
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RE: Kindle sales have 'disappeared'

This post was last modified: 09 Jan 2015 09:30 AM by alexroddie.
(08 Jan 2015 09:16 PM)alawston Wrote: Wrote:  I think this says more about ereader hardware than it does about digital reading. As I said on Twitter earlier today:

@neilhimself I think the crazy growth period is over. Ereaders are now a mature market, with no compulsion to upgrade as with phones.

Neil Gaiman retweeted me. Much squee, but also, my goodness, my phone nearly exploded with Twitter notifications for about 20 solid minutes!
While this is all true, there's a very clear subtext in the article that it's also talking about ebook sales, not just readers — well, it was clear to me anyway!

To an extent, the Kindle device is a victim of its own success. Kindles are simple, inexpensive, and reliable ... so well-designed, in fact, that most people won't need to upgrade until theirs breaks.

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RE: Kindle sales have 'disappeared'

I have a kindle keyboard. It's brilliant. Later on I was given an iPad. I have the kindle app on the iPad. If I'd been given the iPad first I would never have needed or bought the kindle. The fact is I do because I love e-ink and the huge battery life. However, if I'd never owned an e-ink kindle 'd have never believed it would be superior to a tablet with the app. If I was buying both at once and wanted to save a few quid, I'd go for a tablet or phone with the app. When the kindle came out, there were less phones, less tablets and the ones that were around were less capable. I'd lay bets it's the advances in phones and other areas of technology that are causing kindle reader sales to drop. A modern kindle is just another tablet. It is competing in a very full and active market. I'd say it's ready money that lots of people who would have been kindle customers, originally, are now buying an other brand tablet and installing the app.
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