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Two interesting holiday facts from Amazon: The Kindle was their most-gifted item ever and electronic books outsold physical books on Christmas Day.

(Via Kevin Huffman.)

By Ezra Klein  |  December 29, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
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that is something!

things are changing.
yesterday, when i went to the home of the children i take care of, their opened presents under the tree, were all computer games, and small boxes with complicated things relating to their myriad of electronic stuff.
they are ten and eleven, and i am sorry to say, i understood almost nothing about their presents. luckily, i understand them!

Posted by: jkaren | December 29, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ezra -- there's no comments section on the WSJ piece. what happened?

Posted by: drindl | December 29, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Amazingly the Kindle was also their most highly touted item ever. When you give 1/3 of your homepage over to it every single day you better hope it sells. And yes on Christmas day you get people buying new books for their Kindle which is useless otherwise and last minute shoppers who can hardly wait for the post on the 28th can they?

Posted by: endaround | December 29, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

64 of the 100 Top Kindle Store Bestsellers Are Free:

Posted by: peackles | December 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Of course Kindle books out sold real books *on Christmas Day.* If you get a Kindle for Christmas, you want something to read on it. Now! And Amazon can make that happen.

Who, by contrast, feels the sudden urge to pull himself away from Christmas dinner to have Amazon ship him that copy of "War and Peace" he didn't get from Santa to make sure he gets it by, at best, Tuesday?

Posted by: JEinATL | January 3, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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