Amazon gets criticized for NOT releasing sales figures ... it gets criticized FOR releasing sales figures ... it gets criticized for exclusive deals ... it gets criticized for trying to dominate by executing a cross-platform strategy ....
There is no hype around Amazon's accomplishment: selling 1 million Kindle ebooks of a single author. Last week they noted 860,000 copies of James Patterson books had been sold as Kindle ebooks, about 75% of all Patterson ebooks sold to date, according to the ABA. At the time, Amazon also noted four other authors had sold more than 500,000 Kindle ebooks each.
What's really fascinating is the dead silence from every other vendor. Has Kobo, for example, sold a million ebooks across its entire selection yet? Where do Barnes & Noble or Sony Reader store stand? I'm not suggesting they need to report these figures -- it's their right to remain silent about competitive info.
However, the conclusion becomes inevitable, doesn't it?, that Amazon is doing very well in the ebook space, thank you very much. This is not a bad prelude to the news in the coming days of the next iteration of the Kindle 2 format which will lead into xmas sales 2010.