On Christmas Day, for the First Time Ever, Customers Purchased More Kindle Books Than Physical Books
SEATTLE, Dec 26, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Kindle has become the most gifted item in Amazon’s history. On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. The Kindle Store now includes over 390,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases.
“We are grateful to our customers for making Kindle the most gifted item ever in our history,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “On behalf of Amazon.com employees around the world, we wish everyone happy holidays and happy reading!”
On Amazon’s peak day, Dec. 14, 2009, customers ordered over 9.5 million items worldwide, which is a record-breaking 110 items per second.
Thank you to Gallagher for ruining my day with this…
Let me repeat some things ive posted here so every understands what this means.
Amazon’s Kindle has been around for a few years. It’s name is an overt and blatant nod to the fact that they are participating in the genocide of one of our oldest and most beloved institutions: you know…books.
I’m well aware that the Kindle is meant to make READING easier and more portable. To encourage the spread of books and yada yada yada. The problem is that the Kindle offers 260,000 books.
And if you think about how long we’ve been making books…you’d notice a LARGE FUCKING DISCREPANCY. or should i say…disCRAPency (get it?!?!). There are hundreds of thousands of books, in fact whole sloughs of literary sub-sects that cannot be found on Kindle in anything other than a rudimentary form.
While Kindle sells the 260,000 most popular “books” on it’s little brain-skillet, bookstores who sell BOOKS lose business. Already an over-taxed and diminutive industry as instantly-gratified, triple-chinned quasi-humans refuse to act like people and make use of that thing in their skulls - Kindle siphons more money from people who sell books. Eventually, if idiots continue to eschew literature, these bookstores will go out of business, and with them - all the books Kindle didn’t think was worth burning.
For instance. Poetry. Pablo Neruda cannot be read on a Kindle. (Cus Dan Fucking Brown is more important to people). So when you reduce the world to a new format which is only accessible to what is popular (as in, shit idiots read to feel proud of their marginal literacy), you end up driving the sources for good, intangibly remarkable LITERATURE into extinction.
The Amazon Kindle is destroying literature. If you buy it, you participate in that destruction. Do not fucking participate. Do you REALLY FUCKING NEED that extra few inches of space in your bag that the Kindle saves you? Yes you can carry many books at once, but who the fuck reads more than a whole book on their 20 minute train ride? This is like #6 on my HOLY SHIT THIS IS FUCKED UP list for the century. Seriously. Tell everyone you know. The Kindle is evil. The Kindle is evil. The Kindle is evil.
Support poets and publishers and book stores and literature. Fucking burn the Kindle.
an overwhelming desire to stay in bed; esp. on a snowy (or rainy) day