originally posted at Minyanville
Amazon says it is selling more e-books for its Kindle electronic reading device than paperback and hardback editions combined.
So it should come as no great surprise to investors that Amazon.com (AMZN) is at the forefront of the trend toward e-books. The company began as an online seller of printed books in 1995 and launched the Kindle e-reader in November 2007.
Amazon said it is selling more e-books for its Kindle electronic reading device than paperback and hardback print editions combined. It now sells 105 electronic books for every 100 printed ones. Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos commented, “We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly.”
This is a trend which has been in place for roughly the last year now. Sales of e-books surpassed hardcover titles in July 2010 and overtook paperbacks six months later. And now its bested both categories combined!
A real positive is the fact that Amazon stated that this trend helped its book business do its strongest growth in more than a decade.
Amazon only released unit sales data rather than comparable revenue figures, and Kindle editions typically sell for lower prices than print titles.
However, the data did suggest that Amazon might be extending its leading market share in e-books. This follows the release six weeks ago of a cut-price Kindle at $114 for US customers willing to accept sponsored screen savers and other advertising.
Publishers, who gathered this week at the annual Book Expo America in New York, think that this trend toward e-books will continue. They believe Amazon and other e-book sellers are likely to benefit from the trouble afflicting Borders and other brick-and-mortar book sellers. Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February.
If you decide to make an investment in Amazon, be sure you have sufficiently evaluated the risk for your investment. Even though Amazon looks to be in a solid growth trend with its e-books business, it’s important to maintain an intelligent risk strategy to earn higher returns.
Buy and protect — it’s the smart way of investing.
by Raghu Gullapani, SmartStops.net contributing editor
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Over eight months the market has steadily climbed up. This climb has been led by the technology sector. Four explosive companies have led the charge.
Apple (AAPL) has led the charge but of late, the charge has stalled. This slowdown in forward momentum is reminiscent of price action last summer. From a technical perspective, the stock has been forming a bull flag and has been holding above its 55 & 210 ema. I would be hesitant to invest more than a feeler at this point until it more clearly resolves to the upside and starts to break above resistance at $360. SmartStops.net indicates the short-term stop is $341.06 and the long-term stop is $339.49
Google (GOOG) has been the laggard in this group for some time now. Lower than expected earnings and the market’s disdain for new CEO Larry Page have led it down. And while it may be tempting to buy on recent news, the technicals don’t bear it out. The stock is trailing the 55 and 210 ema. Smartstop.net projects the short-term stop is $527.77 and the long-term stop is $525.04
IBM (IBM) has shown relative strength, leading the 55 and 210 ema. After a brief pullback the stock looks like it may make new highs. Smartstops.net has the short-term stop at $165.73 and the long-term stop at $158.75
Amazon (AMZN) has been the recent leader in this group after nearly bouncing off it 210 ema. The stock is showing a lot of relative strength and looks to continue to make new highs. Smartstops.net has the short-term stop at $187.85 and the long-term stop at 168.24
The four horsemen were leading indicators of doom. Keep an eye on leaders to protect yourself from volatile markets. Market leaders are known to drop 72% from their peak per Investor’s Business Daily.
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