Fnac have sold 12k FnacBook since November

I came across this interesting little tidbit the other day. Fnac are a French retail chain, and back in November they started selling their own ereader (alongside the ones they already carried). According to the magazine Challenges, Fnac have sold 12 thousand of the FnacBook since November.

That's really not much, is it? I tried to come up with a way to convince you that this was a decent number of units sold, but really it's not. Sales have been lackluster, and I don't think they'll improve. The ereader market in Europe is crowded, and it's being encroached by tablets. (Why do you think Samsung pulled out?)

via Actualitte

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

5 Comments

  1. Mike Cane29 January, 2011

    Donna Dubinsky of Palm once famously said: “Anyone can sell 50,000 of anything.” So this is a FAIL. Pandigital probably sold more. Hell, the damn Sharper Image crap Literati probably did too.

    Reply
  2. Phildo31 January, 2011

    I think you are drawing conclusion a bit fast, if I may.
    First, the US are not France, for better or worse.
    We are of course less people than in the US.

    Second, the eBook is really starting this year, and we do not have a real 3-4 years experience as in the US.

    Third, there are no large library chains as in the US (or in other European countries). FNAC is a cultural chain shop, which sells books, dvd, tv, computers, etc.

    Four, the book market is not the same here. The price of the book is protected and unique. This was done to protect the book industry, and it succeeded very well. The drawback is that the publisher try to have the most expensive prices they can, even for ebooks, which is not tolerable.

    Five. The offer of ebooks is poorer than in the US: you cannot find the book you want. The publishers are just starting to get a bit more nervous about providing there book in digital format.

    Six. There are questions about the device itself, which is slow and not very attractive. It reads epub well, but not PDF (and FNAC sells lots of book in PDF format only).

    12000 is not a bad figure for a starting market.

    Samsung is a hardware manufacturer and cannot be compared to FNAC.

    Reply
  3. […] <Fnac via Nate (The Digital Reader)> […]

    Reply
  4. […] musimy przypomnie?, ?e we Francji OYO sprzedawany jest pod dwoma markami: OYO i Fnac. Wed?ug The Digital Reader od premiery urz?dzenia w listopadzie sprzedano we Francji tylko 12 tys. Fnaców. Bior?c pod […]

    Reply
  5. […] the numbers are actually worse than that. When I last reported on this e-reader back in January, Fnac had announced that they had sold 12k. This means that they only sold around 2k units in the […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top
%d bloggers like this: