has announced that Kindle has become the most gifted item in Amazon’s history.

On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. The Kindle Store now includes over 390,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases.

“We are grateful to our customers for making Kindle the most gifted item ever in our history,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of “On behalf of employees around the world, we wish everyone happy holidays and happy reading!”

On Amazon’s peak day, Dec. 14, 2009, customers ordered over 9.5 million items worldwide, which is a record-breaking 110 items per second.

Amazon Worldwide 2009 Holiday Facts (includes,,,, and

  • Amazon shipped to over 178 countries.
  • One of our most remote shipments contained the EMU Australia Toddler Boot and was delivered to Atqasuk, Alaska.
  • On the peak day this season, Amazon's worldwide fulfillment network shipped over 7 million units.
  • Amazon shipped over 200,000 units to APO/FPO addresses.
  • Amazon shipped more than 99 percent of orders in time to meet holiday deadlines worldwide.

Here're some 2009 holiday fun facts:

  • Amazon customers purchased enough fruit cake to equal the weight of a 1967 Volkswagen Bug.
  • Amazon customers bought enough gingerbread house kits that if stacked on top of each other would be as tall as the Sears Tower.
  • If all the computers customers purchased this holiday were stacked one on top of the other, they would be more than twice as high as Mt. Everest.
  • Amazon customers bought over 50 times more Light Therapy devices this holiday season than there are sunny days in Seattle the entire year.
  • For the holiday time period alone, Amazon customers purchased enough shoot-and-share camcorders to supply 50 years' worth of non-stop YouTube watching.
  • Amazon customers bought enough Levi's jeans to clothe everyone at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
  • Amazon customers purchased so many Blu-ray disc players that if you lined them up side to side, they would stretch for more than 27 miles.
  • During the 2009 holiday season, Amazon customers bought enough 8 GB iPod touches to play 442 years of continuous music.
  • In 2009, Amazon customers purchased enough heart rate monitor watches to put one on the wrist of everyone who finished the New York City marathons in 2008 and 2009.
  • Amazon customers purchased enough Frustration-Free Package items to eliminate over 32,000 pounds of frustrating plastic materials, such as plastic clamshells.
  • The last One-Day Prime order that was delivered in time for Christmas, was placed on Dec. 23 at 9:17 p.m. Pacific and shipped to Boca Raton, Florida for delivery on Dec. 24. The item was a pair of Yellow Gold 8-8.5mm Freshwater Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings.
  • The last Local Express Delivery order that was delivered in time for Christmas, was placed by a Prime member and went to Seattle. It was a Kindle that was ordered at 1:43 p.m. on Christmas Eve and delivered at 4:57 p.m. that evening.

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