Kindle Sales Soared this Holiday Season

Look out tablet and ebook companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS): Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) describes 2011 as the “best holiday ever” for the Kindle family, with customers purchasing well over 1 million Kindle devices per week through December. The company also announces record-breaking holiday sales by businesses selling on the Amazon platform. Amazon’s publishing business also seems to have hit a purple patch – the company announced that a couple of its Kindle Direct Publishing books, already high on the Amazon bestseller lists, also made it to bestseller lists such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

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“We are grateful to our customers worldwide for making this the best holiday ever for Kindle,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO. “And in a huge milestone for independent publishing, we’d also like to congratulate Darcie Chan, the author of The Mill River Recluse, and Chris Culver, the author of The Abbey, for writing two of the best-selling Kindle books of the year.”

Businesses selling on Amazon experienced record holiday growth: the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increased 44 percent year-over-year. For the year, businesses on Amazon sold hundreds of millions of units worth billions of dollars worldwide.

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Amazon customers purchased enough copies of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs to create a stack taller than Mt. Everest.

If you unfolded and stacked each pair of jeans purchased by Amazon customers this holiday, the height would be 2,500 times taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Amazon customers purchased enough sweaters to outfit each of Santa’s reindeer during Christmas Eve deliveries for the next 14,000 years.

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