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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Kindle 3 is Amazon's all-time bestseller

By Hayley Tsukayama

In five months, the Kindle 3 has shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, unseating the last book of the popular Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

In a press release, Amazon announced that on its peak day, Nov. 29, consumers broke more records and ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide -- a mind-blowing 158 items per second.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive, credited the Kindle's $139 price point, e-ink display and long battery life with the great sales figures.

The release also has some random facts about Amazon's sales this year. For example, Sunday was the biggest mobile shopping days for iPad, iPhone and Android users, but it was Friday for BlackBerry users.

Amazon moved more merchandise on its peak day this year than it did on its peak day last year, when the company sold 9.5 million items worldwide, or 110 items per second on Dec. 14.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 27, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Gadgets, Shopping  
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The $139 Kindle dedicated e-reader meets the sweet spot. I wish it were $99, but even so, I think people who are really into reading would rather have it than the iPAD. The dirty little secret is that the basic, no-frills $499 iPAD is a very limited device. To get it to be even a netbook replacement you have to spend over $1000, and that isn't counting the cost of necessary apps and a never ending data plan. And you'll never type a long letter, memo, or book on the iPAD with its virtual keyboard, so it is not really a serious notebook replacement. So, while the iPAD has a Kindle app, I don't think it is (at the price point necessary to get decent functionality out of it) a Kindle killer. Nor does the Kindle approach being an iPAD, but of course, it wasn't designed to be one. At what it does, the Kindle excels. Apparently millions of other people think so. Now if we could just get kids to read instead of playing mindless video games...

Posted by: moonwatcher2001 | December 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I had myself talked into a Kindle. Then I priced the downloads and talked myself out of it. Other than the portability issues, why would I spend $139 for a reader that downloads books at an equal (or in some cases higher) price than the actual hardback copy? When the download prices make it more economical to buy Kindle editions I may reconsider but not at this time.

Posted by: yellerdog | December 28, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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