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Amazon now sells more Kindle e-books than print books

May 19, 2011 |  7:35 am

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In a major e-book news, Amazon.com announced Thursday that it now consistently sells more Kindle e-books than print books.

Since April 1 of this year, Amazon sold 105 Kindle e-books for every 100 print books sold, hardcover and paperback combined.

Kindle e-book sales, which do not include Amazon's popular free e-book downloads, have been bolstered by the popularity of the newest, cheapest Kindle. The company says the $114 Kindle -- whose price is low because it includes advertising -- is the bestselling Kindle ever.

The original Kindle introduced in November 2007 cost $399.

Amazon also notes that year-to-date sales of Kindle e-books total more than three times those sold in the same period last year. But what those numbers are is not known.

Although Amazon is quick to share news of the popularity of its e-books, it does not make public actual numbers of Kindles sold or e-books sold.

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Photo: Amazon Kindle. Credit: Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

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