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From Our Flickr Pool: Kindle Trespasses Onto Print Territory

Print or Kindle? No matter how you read, the commute is still the same. Flickr/clarkmaxwell hide caption

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Print or Kindle? No matter how you read, the commute is still the same.

Flickr/clarkmaxwell

The morning newspaper. The evening book. For decades, the train commute has been print territory. That's changing, though. This photo, submitted by clarkmaxwell to the All Tech Flickr pool, shows two passengers sitting side by side, one reading in print, the other reading with a Kindle.

This week, Amazon.com said their e-books have been outselling hard covers for three months, and that for every 100 hardcovers sold, Amazon has sold 143 Kindle titles.

MSNBC pointed out that the statement was likely meant to shock, as Amazon made no mention of how e-book sales compare to paperback sales. Still, Kindle’s growth is impressive. In the first half of 2010, people have bought three times as many Kindle books as they did in the first half of last year.

Neanderthals and Homo sapiens coexisted for thousands of years, until competition drove one to extinction. I wonder how long print and digital will compete, until only one can claim the train ride home.

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