Date:06 August 2012
Amazon UK now selling more e-books than print titles
Amazon has revealed that sales of e-books via its UK store have overtaken those of printed books for the first time. The online giant, which owns the Kindle e-reader, said that its UK store is now selling 114 e-books for every 100 printed hardback and paperbacks. Amazon said the figures included sales of printed books which did not have Kindle editions, but excluded free ebooks.
Sales of e-books were boosted by the publication of EL James book Fifty Shades of Grey, which sold two million copies in just four months.
Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Kindle EU, said: “As a result of the success of Kindle, we’re selling more books than ever before for authors and publishers. We hit this milestone in the United States less than four years after introducing Kindle, so to reach this landmark after just two years in the UK is remarkable. It shows how quickly UK readers are embracing Kindle.”
The Kindle, which costs £89, was launched in the UK in 2010.