Originally Posted by teckstud
That's a bullsheet answer and you know it. 3X means nothing - that is not a number.
Who cares how many units Amazon has sold or "shipped" as Apple likes to say - as long as the product delivers? Who cares?
Who cares? The publishers care. If they find that their textbooks aren't selling, or that newspaper subscriptions aren't selling, or magazines, they will stop doing it.
When you consider that Apple has, by now, sold about 40 million iPhones/itouch's, many of which are still in use, and Amazon, possibly half a million Kindles, well, thats a pretty big gap. If only 10% of Apple's customers are reading books on the devices, that's almost 4 million. It's about ten times the size of the Kindles audience.
Apple's selling devices much faster than Amazon ever will, so the lead just piles up.
We've read reports that book sales from the app store are much larger than all the books sold on either Amazon or Sony's platforms put together. And that's despite Apple having a small fraction of the books either of the others have. What happens as Apple's book "supply" increases significantly?
What happens when Apple's got 50 million devices out there? 80 million? 100 million?
What happens if Amazon releases its program for more devices including netbooks?
I think that the Kindle is dead meat. It may take a year or two until we see that happening.