People are more moved by a $25 book than their snazzy $40,000 car, which is why they want to meet the author, but not the car's designer.
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) December 30, 2010
Monthly Archives: December 2010
At the bottom of this post, there’s this:
Thanks to Roger, we hear of a rumor that Sony sold 2 million Sony Readers last year. That’s a stunning number.
Am trying to get a hold of exactly where the rumor is from – Can’t find anything on the Internet. Will add an update later. If Sony really did sell 2 million eReaders, then it greatly increases the probability that the 8 million Kindles sold rumor has some truth to it. It would also mean that B&N probably sold 4 million or more Nooks (including Nook Color).
Roger goes on to say, in Comments, that he can’t find the source.
This is the first time I’ve heard this too.
The last time Sony deigned to open its yap to bray was October 29, 2010, when in The New York Times, it was quoted:
Although Sony declined to offer the exact number of e-readers it had sold to date, a Sony representative said the company had “passed the million-unit milestone a while ago.”
Hey, Sony, there are reasons for you to start braying:
1) People like to feel the device choice they made is WIN
2) People like to know how large a group they belong to
3) Readers in general want to know the total device population to stick it to publishers who won’t drop their prices
Before Barnes & Noble wakes up from its server meltdown and joins this party, why don’t you arrive first, Sony?
That would make great change from Howard Stringer foaming at the mouth over the failures of OLED TVs, 3D TVs, and Google TV.
Well, I suppose these things happen.
However, when you blare it’ll be out this month … and given how Sony is being trounced by others, isn’t it time for heads to start rolling in the Reader Division?
With its actual-sales-generating bookstore, Google is now in the position where they don’t have to rely on links to Amazon (or Abebooks, or Bookfinder, or even Alibris/B&N) for revenue anymore. As a retailer, Google makes money just being a better, more reliable and consistent source for books than Amazon has become, one that can be stocked with your inventory in a snap via the simple .pdf or .epub files that every publisher has (or should have).
The new global catalog for books, if you will.
Amazon shouldn’t be cutting itself the pieces of cheese revealed in this post. I’d heard of a few of them, but not all.
Doesn’t anyone run an honest business with a level playing field for everyone?
We’ll see how long it takes for Google to start manipulating things too.