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eBooks Outsell Real Books on Christmas

December 28, 2009 7:12 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

Bookstores won’t like this bit of news from the holidays. Turns out the Amazon Kindle digital reading device contributed to eBooks outselling real books on December 25.

According to Amazon, it was the first time that has ever happened and occurred on Christmas Day. Amazon says the record is mostly because people received the Kindle as a gift and headed to the online store to make a purchase to fill up their device with all sorts of reading material.

Keep in mind that the numbers are based on the comparison to books vs. eBooks sold through Amazon only; not in physical book stores.

Also consider that this was a one-day occurrence.

However, as some booksellers have pointed out, it won’t be uncommon to soon see digital book sales take over a large share of the market as devices that store them grow in popularity.

— With files from Mashable.com