This AP story doesn't say much new, but it does indicate that electronic book sales have seen "double-digit increases" since Kindle was released. Even Sony Reader downloads have increased, probably as a result of the elevated exposure that Kindle is giving the whole e-book market.
LINKMore than four months after Amazon.com released the Kindle, no one is sure whether the wireless portable reading device is hot. But publishers think it has helped the tiny electronic market.
Amazon.com has declined to give sales figures -- at least 2,000, judging from the number of customer reviews -- but has said that supply isn't keeping up with demand.
Publishing officials say they have seen double-digit increases in e-book sales since the Kindle's release, including renewed interest in downloads on the Sony Reader.
"Publishers have told me that, in some cases, the Sony numbers were double or triple what they had been," says Michael Smith, head of the International Digital Publishing Forum, which tracks e-book sales.
Selling through Amazon.com for $399, Kindle is thinner than most paperbacks and weighs 10.3 ounces. It can hold some 200 books, along with newspapers, magazines and a dictionary.