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  • bbyboomer50 bbyboomer50 Sep 22, 2009 2:52 PM Flag

    Lost Symbol sales numbers are out

    Doubleday has announced that the first week sales of Lost Symbol has reached over 2 million copies. There are some interesting numbers to ponder for you AMZN fans:

    Doubleday has announced that 5% or 100K of the original sales were Ebooks. Well, this is certainly interesting. If you assume that all the Ebook sales were Kindle sales then we may be able to finally get some real numbers on how many Kindles are really out there. Amazon won't say and I think for good reason because I bet the number is a lot closer to 100K than it is to 500K or even the Mahoney fantasy number of 1 million. (Oh, and on that subject, Amazon charged the Kindle customers $9.99 but had to pay Doubleday somewhere in the neighborhood of $13.00, not what I would call a brilliant business strategy.)

    Another interesting point on this 100K number is that Amazon has said themselves that they sold more Ebook copies of Lost Symbol that paper copies. That means that Amazon sold less than 100K paper copies for a grand total of 200k copies. I think this leads to a very real possibility that Amazon's Kindle sales are eating into Amazon's paper sales and little else. 1.8 million copies were sold somewhere other than Amazon!

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