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Old 12-22-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Waterstones sells an ebook every 90 seconds!

From an article in the Sunday Times - Waterstones sells an ebook every 90 seconds! Wow. Good news for me!

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:28 AM   #2
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Yes it is... and good for ebooks in general
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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I took up ninety seconds of Waterstones' time yesterday to buy an ebook. It got lost. Wrote to them for advice. No reply after over 24 hours. Neil
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:28 AM   #4
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Yes it is... and good for ebooks in general
Indeed! I wonder how many others are selling then because this figure is higher than I thought it would be.

Neil, it's probably still winging its way round cypber-space.

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Old 12-22-2009, 10:40 AM   #5
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hmm one every 90 seconds so

86,400 seconds in a day = 960 books a day or 6,720 a week or 349,00 a year

That seems low to me???

According to waterstones themselves and I quote "300 million books* were sold in the UK in 2005" Thats the most recent statement on their own site I can find

SO 300 Million sold in paper Vs 349k as ebooks so that is 0.11%.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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But who is staying up late to buy books between 2 am and 3 am?
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:57 AM   #7
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***Neil, it's probably still winging its way round cypber-space.***

I eventually found it, Sibel. I was told it would download into Digital Editions, it actually went into the Sony Store -- not as a new title, but buried among about 500 other books I have there. These stores must get their shinola together. Neil
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From an article in the Sunday Times - Waterstones sells an ebook every 90 seconds! Wow.
Which one?
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:51 PM   #9
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But who is staying up late to buy books between 2 am and 3 am?
I expect they average it out to 1 every 90 seconds. I don't think it is literal.

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Old 12-22-2009, 03:08 PM   #10
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***Neil, it's probably still winging its way round cypber-space.***

I eventually found it, Sibel. I was told it would download into Digital Editions, it actually went into the Sony Store -- not as a new title, but buried among about 500 other books I have there. These stores must get their shinola together. Neil
Sounds like another case of the new Sony software stealing the .acsm file association that is used to download epub ebooks. You can manually reset it back to Adobe DE in Windows Explorer.
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hmm one every 90 seconds so

86,400 seconds in a day = 960 books a day or 6,720 a week or 349,00 a year

That seems low to me???

According to waterstones themselves and I quote "300 million books* were sold in the UK in 2005" Thats the most recent statement on their own site I can find

SO 300 Million sold in paper Vs 349k as ebooks so that is 0.11%.
Yeah, but Waterstones wouldn't sell all 300 Million. Do you know their share of the market? Then you could have a ballpark deadtree comparison. Sales rate has to be lower than the US, certainly.
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If the Kindle makes up 60% of the US eBook reader market, I wonder if Amazon's eBook sales make up 60% of the US market.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:27 AM   #13
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Thanks for the advice, Tech_au. I'll give it a whirl. Still no reply from Waterstones' customer 'service', by the way. forty-eight hours and counting ... Neil
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