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Kindle books overtake paperbacks

July 19 of last year was the day that Amazon’s eBook sales overtook the sales of hardcover books. Half a year later eBook sales overtook the sale of paperbacks. According to Amazon’s latest earnings report, “Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com.” The company had originally said this would happen by Q2 of 2011, but it clearly happened a lot earlier.

Amazon also sold through $12.95 billion worth of goods, representing the company’s first $10 billion quarter.

Press Release below:

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Remove DRM from Your Kindle Ebooks

Instructions from Gizmodo:

Too Smart Guys created the video above (the tutorial portion starting at 2:05), demonstrating how to remove DRM from Kindle ebooks that you legally purchased. To get started, you need the following:

Note: the Python scripts are currently down but Too Smart Guys have been kind enough to provide a torrent you can use to download the files instead.

Once you’ve got all of that installed and ready, open up the unswindle.py script. You may be required to browse to python.exe in order to run it, but either way the goal is to run it with Python. After an extended moment, the Kindle for PC application will launch. You’ll find your Kindle books in Archived Items. Open one up and then quit the Kindle for PC app. At this point you should be prompted to save the DRM-free ebook. Pick a location, and you’re all set.

State of the Kindle: Part 1 a Brief Look at the History of eReaders

History

The earliest eBooks were created by Project Gutenberg, started by Michael Hart in 1971. With the first digital book being the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Project Gutenberg wanted to have 10,000 books digitized before the new millennium. In the 1990s, the introduction of the Internet to the general public made transferring electronic files, including eBooks much easier. U.S. Libraries began providing free e-books to the public in 1998, but the eBooks were mostly scholarly and technical and could not be downloaded.

In 2003, libraries began offering free downloadable popular fiction and non-fiction e-books to the public.In 2009, new marketing models for e-books were being developed and dedicated reading hardware was produced. As of September 2009, the Amazon Kindle model and Sony’s PRS-500 were the dominant eReading devices.

By March 2010,  Barnes & Noble Nook may be selling more units than the Kindle. On January 27, 2010, Apple announced the iPad and agreements with five of the six largest publishers that would allow Apple to distribute e-books. In July 2010, Amazon reported sales of eBooks for its Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2010, saying it sold 140 e-books for every 100 hardcover books, including hardcovers for which there was no digital edition. In July this number had increased to 180 Kindle eBooks per 100 hardcover. Paperback book sales are still much larger than either hardcover or eBook.

Kindle Facts and Figures (history & specs)

Great chart I found on: http://lonewolflibrarian.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/amazons-amazing-kindle-sparked-the-ereader-market-11-15-10/. But, I have to disagree with the fact that the Kindle 3 has an accelerometer. It doesn’t the Kindle DX has one but not the Kindle 3. (You have to turn the screen rotation manually.)

Novermber 19, 2010

Apple:

iPads Wi-Fi 16 GB for $399. Not Jobs approved.

Engadget reviews iPod nano as watch. Review score 3/10. “The Good: extreme nerd factor. The Bad: extreme nerd factor.”

Beatles on iTunes. (7 years too late) I.E.: #21 on iTunes Top 100.

Safari 5.0.3 released. Much improved “Smart Bar.”

Following Daring Fireball’s lead I decided to unistall Flash. And honestly not missing it one bit. (For the record: I’m using Chrome to watch Hulu.

Kindle:

Amazon introduces Kindle book gifting in time for the holidays. SWEET. Since, I now have a Kindle Wi-Fi.

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