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Kindle E-Book Sales Surpass Print Sales In UK 207

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the big-brother-is-quite-pleased dept.
twoheadedboy writes "Book lovers are increasingly turning to e-books, and in the UK Amazon has announced it now sells more e-books than physical copies on Kindle books surpassed sales of hardbacks in the UK back in May 2011 at a rate of two to one and now they have leapfrogged the combined totals of both hardbacks and paperbacks."
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Kindle E-Book Sales Surpass Print Sales In UK

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  • Re:kindle...? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Altanar (56809) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @04:21AM (#40903129)
    File formats supported: "Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion." Kindle has supported non-latin scripts since the Kindle 3 model that came out in 2010.
  • Re:kindle...? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Havenwar (867124) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @04:31AM (#40903159)

    I actually don't know how most people put media on their kindles, but I use calibre. []

    It converts from epub to mobi without any issues as far as I've seen. The main achilles heel is pdf's as far as I'm concerned... sure, the kindle gladly displays them, but you can't change font size or anything but have to rather zoom in on parts of static pages, which is very annoying. Of course this isn't a problem with kindles, but rather typical of the PDF format.

  • Re:kindle...? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Havenwar (867124) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @04:56AM (#40903263)

    In my experience PDFs convert badly, partly because many times they are badly made - the text might be encoded as images rather than text, or there might be security added so that you can't select text or such. Of course this depends on where you get your PDFs from, but as a generalization of the pdfs in the ebook scene it seems to hold accurate.

    But like I said, this is a problem with PDFs, not with the kindle.

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