Waterstones Release Ebook Sales Figures

Just noticed this on The Guardian website:

Four months after Waterstone’s entered the digital era, putting the Sony Reader on the shelves, the first set of sales figures for the electronic book show a market which is finally on the move.

The chain has sold almost 30,000 of the £224 readers since the launch in September, and has seen downloads of electronic books from the Waterstone’s site pass the 75,000 mark.

Waterstones also reports that there was a sevenfold increase in the sale of ebooks on Christmas Day, suggesting many were bought as Christmas presents (like mine!!).  Of course these figures are helped by the fact that the Kindle is still not available in the UK.  One wonders what impact that will have when released over here.  The article also notes that Canongate are planning to digitise their entire catalogue.  Surely won’t be long before all major publishers do the same.

With sales figures such as this, maybe 2009 will be the year of the ebook after all.


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