I’m still pondering whether I want a Kindle or Nook. This last month of news stories on the two didn’t
help at all. Barnes and Noble and Amazon issued similar news releases, both claiming their ereader was their biggest selling item in history and both claiming that ebooks outsold traditional books. Read this news release from Barnes & Noble. Every time you read ‘Nook’, substitute ‘Kindle':
“With millions of NOOK eReading devices sold, the line has become the company’s biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history,” reads a press release. “The new NOOKcolor Reader’s Tablet, introduced just eight weeks before Christmas, is the company’s number one selling gift of the holiday season.”
B&N also went on to note that it “now sells more digital books than its large and growing physical book business on BN.com.”
My take-away? Readers love ebooks. Nook and Kindle are the top ereaders so that’s what readers buy. I hope B&N learns that lesson–one Borders didn’t get–before we lose another valued brick-and-mortar book location.