When the Nook first launched, people called it a Kindle killer. When the iPad was announced, people immediately started claiming it was going to destroy the Kindle. Since its launch, the Kindle has been at the top of most bloggers "death list". And yet, the Kindle is still around. Despite a growing array of vastly more capable devices, the Kindle has managed to hold onto an audience.
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Actually, they've done a fair bit more than that. Amazon has managed to make their little e-reader move in numbers no one could have expected. TechCrunch reports that the total number sold hit 3 million in December. Analysts thought the device would barely nab 2.5 million sales by the end of 2010, which puts Amazon quite a bit ahead of the game.
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It's likely that the Kindle will see a sharp drop in sales this year over last year, but that doesn't make Amazon's accomplishments any less impressive. They've proved that, even in this age of gadgets with "everything", there is still a place for dedicated devices.