Kindle Fire sells millions over holiday season as the #1 ranked item on Amazon

It's now the clear leader in Android tablets

Kindle Fire sells millions over holiday season as the #1 ranked item on Amazon
As it has been every week since Amazon opened pre-orders 13 weeks ago, the Kindle Fire was the best selling device on at Christmas.

The company still hasn't broken down specific figures, merely noting that "customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers" over the holiday season, and that "well over 1 million Kindle devices were bought per week" in December.

Top dog

With the various devices in the family ranked #1: Kindle Fire, #2: Kindle Touch, #3: Kindle on (the Fire is still only available in the US), it seems likely that sales of the $199 device could match the rumoured total of five million devices manufactured in 2011.

This would make it the #2 tablet after iPad, and the clear leader in the Android tablet market.

As for downloads from the Amazon Appstore for Android - which supports all Android devices in the US - the most popular during 2011 were Angry Birds, Tetris, and Pandora Internet Radio.

Starting a fire

"We are grateful to our customers worldwide for making this the best holiday ever for Kindle," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO.

And demonstrating Amazon's power in disrupting the publishing industry, the #1 and #4 best-selling Kindle books released in 2011 were published independently by their authors using Kindle Direct Publishing.

"And in a huge milestone for independent publishing, we'd also like to congratulate Darcie Chan, the author of The Mill River Recluse and Chris Culver, the author of The Abbey for writing two of the best-selling Kindle books of the year," Bezos added.

[source: Amazon]
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