Monday, June 9, 2008

Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader to Sell 1 Million Units Combined in 2008?

Evan Schnittman over at the Oxford University Press blog has an interesting post from earlier today that estimates Amazon and Sony are on track to sell a combined one million ebook readers in 2008. If correct, or if even half-correct, Schnittman's calculations offer clear evidence that the ebook market has entered a hyperbolic growth phase.

Schnittman's estimates are based on quotes from executives from Prime View International, the Taiwanese manufacturer behind the 9 inch displays used by Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader.

What does the news mean for indie authors? Simply put, if you're not working today to build your digital publishing presence, you could be missing out on an important future sales channel for your works.

(Hat tip to Tim O'Reilly who wrote about this for O'Reilly Radar here)


Longhorn Dave said...

So what is your take on the Kindle. do you own one yet and is it worth the money.

I just tried reading an ebook on my iphone. Not great. I won't bee reading Tolstoy on my iphone any time soon.

Mark Coker said...

Dave, I own a Kindle and think it's great for reading long form fiction. One of its killer features is the ability to increase the font size - very simple yet very powerful. It still has some ways to improve. The controls are clunky, and it could benefit from further improvements in its eInk technology that could provide higher contrast between the words and their background.