Evan Schnittman, over at the Oxford University Press (USA) blog predicts that sales of Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader sales will reach 1,000,000 units next year.
The math here is really not all that complicated. The screen manufacturer made a claim in their trade paper that sales of their screens were going to climb to 120,000 per month next year. 120 * 12 = 1,444 so a conservative estimate is 1,000,000 units, really.
What was more shocking to me was that the estimates for e-book sales are in the TEN MILLION range next year. TEN MILLION e-books. Wow.
I kinda thought these things had dropped off everyone’s radar since they were introduced and, frankly I still remain unconvinced. But one of the librarians here dropped into my office yesterday and wanted to know what I thought of using something like that packed with a selection of reference books.
That would make a device like that into a mobile reference station. Dang. I like it.