In an encouraging sign for the future of eBooks, the Kindle book of bestseller is outselling the print version at Amazon.com. Dan Brown’s new title, The Lost Symbol, an action mystery about Freemasons in Washington D.C., is flying off the virtual shelves.
The news comes via Bookseller.com, which quotes Kindle eBook guru Stephen Windwalker:
Maybe that isn’t the biggest story of 2009 in the world of reading. But I am having trouble imagining what could be bigger.
The news is especially impressive given that Brown’s latest novel set one-day sales records yesterday for publisher Random House , selling more than any other of their previous titles in the U.S. and U.K.
I wonder when that latest Nora Roberts or Christine Feehan might do the same, with eBook sales blowing away print? Though there are still more male book buyers downloading eBooks than female buyers, which might explain Brown’s book as being the first to reach this milestone, my guess is that it won’t be that long, before a romance novel achieves this feat.