Third-generation Kindle is the top selling product in Amazon's history

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Amazon released its holiday sales figures and confirmed that the third-generation Kindle is now the best selling product in Amazon's history. Holiday sales propelled the eReader past the previous reigning champ, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The WiFi and 3G version of the Kindle were the #1 and #2 sellers in the electronics categories, beating out the 8 GB iPod touch. The duo also topped the charts for the best-selling products site-wide on Amazon this holiday season. Christmas day was a banner day for the Kindle with the eReader boasting of a record number of activations, Buy Once, Read Everywhere app downloads and Kindle book purchases. Once folks fired up their brand new Kindle, they purchased The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was the #1 purchased and #1 gifted Amazon Kindle book this holiday season.

Unlike Amazon, Barnes and Noble has not released sales figures for its Nook Color and it will be interesting to see how the sales of the two devices compare. Though they are both eReaders, each device takes a different approach to the digital reading experience. The Kindle is an e-ink device that boasts of superb battery life and easy readability; while the Nook is an Android-based reader with an LCD display. The Nook Color moves beyond an eReader by including a web browser and its Android operating system lends itself to rooting and other modifications. The Kindle, on the other hand, is a dedicated eReader that does one thing and does it superbly. It really is a toss up between the two devices, they are both excellent and the preference of one over the other depends on your intended usage. 

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