More than 700,000 e-books sold through Waterstone's

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has revealed it has sold more than 700,000 e-books and 60,000 e-book readers since it first started selling them in September 2008. <br /><br />At Waterstone&#39;s supplier conference, held in north London yesterday (24th May), head of e-commerce David Kohn told publishing delegates Waterstone&#39;s believed e-books would account for 8% of the book market by 2013. &quot;It&#39;s something that could be the greatest single opportunity, not just for Waterstone&#39;s, but for everybody here.&quot;<br /> <br />The retailer plans to double space devoted to e-book hardware in its stores, although nottimescale for completion was given. Kohn said he hoped Waterstone&#39;s would sell new innovations in the e-book device market, whether it was tablet devices or a reader that could be sold for less than &pound;100. He said: &quot;Whatever people are reading on that&#39;s what we will be selling.&quot;<br /> <br />Kohn hailed the increase in quality of the books available as e-books over the past 12 months and said e-book sales had grown by 100% during that period. He said he anticipated the same level of growth during the next year. He added though: &quot;We need your help to stay the leading player in the marketplace.&quot;</p><p>Around 200 publishers and sales directors attended the event in north London hosted by Waterstone&#39;s.<br /><br />For a full report from the sales conference, see Friday&#39;s edition of <em>The Bookseller</em>. </p>