Amazon's Kindle device - the electronic book reader billed as the "iPod of e-books" - has proven to be a massive success for the online retailer.
Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos has been pretty tight-lipped on just how many Kindles the company has sold, but a company source has apparently leaked facts and figures to the Techcrunch blog.
Kindle users have spent a lot of money buying content to load onto their new eBook devices, including digital books, newspapers, and blogs. The device has received positive reviews for its revolutionary electronic-paper display, and wireless connectivity.
The strong popularity of the Kindle has apparently surprised even Amazon itself. The eBook reader initially launched last November at a cost of $399. Once inventory problems were sorted out, Amazon dropped the price slightly to $359 which encouraged a second wave of sales.
It's believed Amazon could be looking at launching a new student-oriented Kindle, aimed at the education textbook market where college textbooks can cost students over $500 a semester.
* TechCrunch: We Know How Many Kindles Amazon Has Sold: 240,000
* Arts Technica: Despite flaws, Kindle a $100m success for Amazon
Posted at 9:41 pm