News in Short: Bestseller Ebooks outsell print editions 2 to 1; Facebook voyeurism popular in the office


Best-seller Ebooks outsell hardcover editions 2 to 1

Ebooks are outselling their print counterparts “across the board,” according to Steve Kessel, the senior vice president of Amazon Kindle. But in the case of the top 10 bestsellers, ebooks are outselling their print counterparts by a remarkable 2-to-1 ratio.

“This is remarkable when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover and paperback books for 15 years, and Kindle books for just 36 months,” said Steve in a statement. Quoth The Province:

Amazon announced in July that sales of electronic books for the Kindle have overtaken hardcover book sales.

Amazon said it sold more than three times as many Kindle books in the first nine months of this year as in the first nine months of 2009.

Amazon does not release actual sales figures for the Kindle but the company said the latest generation Kindles introduced in July are the fastest-selling Kindles yet and the best-selling products on and

“It’s still October and we’ve already sold more Kindle devices since launch than we did during the entire fourth quarter of last year – astonishing because the fourth quarter is the busiest time of year on Amazon,” Steve said. “It’s clear that this is going to be the biggest holiday for Kindle yet by far.”

Facebook voyeurism popular in the office

According to a report released last week by computer security firm Palo Alto Networks, Facebook fans have an inclination to lurk when they access the social network at their office. Quoth The Province:

While many workers link to Facebook on company computers, 88 percent of the online traffic consists of people watching what friends are up to in the online community, the report found.

Use of social games such as “FarmVille” popular at Facebook accounted for only five percent of the traffic, while a meager 1.4 percent was devoted to posting updates or comments at the social network.

“The risks that voyeurism re-resent include a potential loss of productivity and the possibility of malware introduction by clicking on a link within someone’s ‘wall,’” the report reads. “The small amount of [Facebook posts] should not minimize the risks in terms of what users are saying about work-related subjects such as current projects, travel plans and company status.”