NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- On week ago, we asked users of TheStreet how they'd compare Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) new iPad tablet PC and Amazon's (AMZN - Get Report) Kindle, just as the former was being launched for public consumption. Specifically, we wanted to learn if you thought the Apple iPad would bite into sales of the Kindle?
Only two reponses were offered: "Yes -- the iPad has Kindle's best features and then some," and "No -- the devices differ markedly and will have their own fan bases."
Depending on whose projections you believed, Apple either disappointed or exceeded debut sales expectations. Apple said that it sold more than 300,000 iPads that Saturday, including pre-orders of the device. This exceeded the debut weekend projections of some Wall Street analysts, who had expected sales of 250,000 to 350,000 units over the weekend, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, millions of consumers currently own Kindles and, according to surveys, those who own Kindles on average purchase more than three times as many books as those who don't.
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