Peter Kafka

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Amazon Says Kindle Selling Faster. Than What? Good Question!

Amazon, which seems to specialize in not disclosing any real numbers about its Kindle business, is at it again. Via press release, the retailer says that the e-reader’s sales are…growing! Specifically: “Kindle device unit sales accelerated each month in the second quarter–both on a sequential month-over-month basis and on a year-over-year basis.” One slightly more helpful data point from Jeff Bezos, via the same release: “The growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189.” Your move, Barnes & Noble, Nook, et al.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik