Amazon UK has released the information that it now sells more e-books for it's Kindle reader than it does hard copy books.
A few months ago e-books including free copies overtook paperbacks on the site, now actual sales - not including free books - have overtaken paperbacks and hardbacks combined.
Apparently for every 100 printed books sold through Amazon UK this year they have had 114 titles sold for the Kindle not including free books.
The Independent was getting upset earlier in the week when they noticed this, about Amazon's increasingly dominant position in the world of publishing.
I don't think we need to panic yet because there are still many ways to publish and get hold of books, and frankly the policies of mainstream publishers appear to be a bigger constraint on the ability of people to publish their ideas than those of Amazon. There are also serious rivals to the kindle as ways to read books electronically, such as the iPad.
I hope the competition authorities are keeping an eye on the world of publishing but although Amazon are clearly heading towards the position where they have what is known to economists and competition lawyers as "Significant Market Power" I am not convinced that there is material evidence either that this power has been abused or that government intervention would be in the public interest.
What the raw figures don't show is how many of those Amazon sales are of short stories, often by new authors. It is my belief that a very considerable proportion of Kindle sales represent the creation of an enlarged market with new publishing niches rather than business taken away from conventional bookshops and publishers.
Dare I say it - perhaps even "May you be born at an interesting time" should no longer be seen, as it was in the days of Confucius, as a curse.