I’ve argued in a number of places,over a number of months, that it’s strange and discouraging (if you’re an ebook believer) that Amazon doesn’t release sales figures for the Kindle.
My basic assumption has been, and continues to be, that in the real world of consumer electronics, you don’t hide sales figures unless they’re awful. Of course, Amazon plays by Amazon’s rule.
Here (and thanks to Charles W. Bailey, Jr. for the link) is what I regard as strong confirmation of my belief:
By Sony’s standards, 300,000 (over more than two years) isn’t exactly blockbuster success–but it’s a number, and a number big enough to mention.
“Observers” say the Reader and the Kindle are neck-and-neck in sales. But, you know, nobody outside Amazon knows the Kindle’s numbers. And that’s not the way consumer electronics or most other consumer fields work…unless companies are ashamed of the sales figures.
And Sony says it’s sold three million ebooks over two years. That is, to be sure, less than one-tenth of one percent of print book sales–but it’s a real business.