NEW YORK (
said its Kindle sales tripled since it cut its price on the device, and e-books have outpaced that of physical books.
Last month, Amazon took $70 off the ticket price of the original Kindle, bringing it to $189. It also slashed the price on its new Kindle DX to $379 from $489. The company, however, still did not provide a number for how many devices have been sold.
This move came after
Barnes & Noble
lowered the price on its Nook e-reader.
"In addition, even while our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format," CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "Amazon.com customers now purchase more Kindle books than hardcover books -- astonishing when you consider that we've been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months."
Amazon is set to report its second-quarter earnings on Thursday.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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