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Classic e-novels’ sales surge this Christmas

Amazon confirms that Kindles were the biggest selling products this Christmas. Britain seems to have finally accepted the trend of electronic books.

books Updated: Dec 27, 2010 07:36 IST

Britain seems to have finally accepted the trend of electronic books as Amazon confirmed yesterday that Kindles were the biggest selling products this Christmas.

Classics like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen have resurged in popularity because they can be downloaded for free onto electronic readers, reports the Telegraph.

Now, Amazon and the Apple i-Pad can bring back works of many dead literary greats without paying anything because they are out of copyright.

The most popular e-books over the Christmas period were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Even Homer’s

The Iliad

made it into Amazon’s top 20 of free Kindle e-books last week.