Peter Kafka

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Amazon Says New Kindle Is "Fastest-Selling Ever"

So how many Kindles is Amazon selling? Go ahead and make up a number, if you’d like–Amazon never provides any real sales data about the Kindle, and it’s not starting now.

Still, for the record: “More new generation Kindles were ordered in the first four weeks of availability than in the same timeframe following any other Kindle launch.” And Amazon (AMZN) customers are now ordering more Kindles than anything else in the store, says Amazon.

Meanwhile, Kindle readers like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” too. Amazon reports that “the most popular” Kindle titles  “are the books in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, ‘Star Island’ by Carl Hiaasen and ‘The Rembrandt Affair’ by Daniel Silva.”


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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