The technology age that many of us have been predicting is now upon us. Amazon reports that, for the first time ever, they sold more ebooks on one day than real books.
In a press release that seems designed to advertise the Amazon Kindle, the company reports that the Kindle Store now includes over 390,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York Times bestsellers and new releases.
My guess is that, in another twenty years, printed books will be difficult to purchase. Electronic distribution is cheaper and faster. I suspect is that ebooks have been slow to catch on simply because so many of us are accustomed to reading on paper. We are not comfortable with the transition. As a new generation of readers comes along without the old habits, I suspect that sales of printed books will slow to a trickle.
The Amazon press release goes on to give lots of facts about Amazon's holiday season. One statement that caught my eye was the most popular software products sold this season by Amazon: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007; Adobe Photoshop Elements 8; and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition.