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Amazon Sold Over 4 Million Kindles in December

Kindle Fire

Amazon announced this morning via a press release that over four million Kindles were sold in December. As is the way of the ecommerce giant, no specifics were given as to how many of each model were sold, but it did state that the Kindle Fire was the top seller followed by the Kindle Touch and the new standard Kindle.

It wasn’t just Americans, however, that were gobbling up Kindle devices.  The company also reported that “Kindle” (they didn’t specify which model) was the best-selling device on their sites in the U.K., Germany, France and Spain.  Loading up those devices with books also saw a major jump as the gifting of Kindle e-books jumped 175 percent between Black Friday and Christmas day over the same time period in 2010.  And once everyone unwrapped their new e-readers, it led to December 25 being the largest day ever for Kindle book downloads.

Some other interesting holiday facts from Amazon were written in amusing ways, and make you wonder what their shipping bill must be like each month.

  • Amazon customers purchased enough copies of Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” book to create a stack taller than Mt. Everest.
  • The cumulative weight of the Bowflex 552 Adjustable Dumbbells purchased by Amazon customers would outweigh more than 70 adult elephants.
  • If you unfolded and stacked each pair of jeans purchased by Amazon customers this holiday, the height would be 2,500 times taller than the Statue of Liberty.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough sweaters to outfit each of Santa’s reindeer during Christmas Eve deliveries for the next 14,000 years.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough copies of Just Dance 3 to give 15 copies to each person who participated in setting the world record for simultaneous dancing.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough HeatMax HotHands Handwarmers to give a pair to each resident of Iceland.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough Rory’s Story Cubes to give a cube to each person watching the New Year’s Eve ball drop live at Times Square.
[via Amazon]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...