Sunday, March 25, 2012

Steve Jobs on why the Kindle will fail

Randall Stross in the New York Times of 27 January 2008 quoted Mr Jobs as saying that Amazon’s Kindle book reader would never fly:
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is; the fact is that people don’t read any more,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year.”
Philip Stone in The Bookseller of 2 November 2011 reported that:
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies in the US in its first week on bookshop shelves, BookScan US data has revealed. [. . .]
Despite being on sale for just six days in the US, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is already the 18th bestselling book of the year. [. . .]
Earlier today (2nd November), The Bookseller revealed that the UK edition of the book became one of the fastest-selling non-fiction books since records began thanks to a sale of 37,244 copies in its first week on release.
Monitor: Private Eye

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