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Old 01-20-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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Format Comparison: PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Downloads from Ebook Bundles

Interesting statistics from O'reilly:
http://toc.oreilly.com/2009/01/forma...k-bundles.html

We've been selling PDFs of our books on oreilly.com for several years, but this summer began selling "ebook bundles" of many titles, which include PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions. Here's some weekly data (I can't share the vertical scale) on the relative breakdown of actual downloads from those bundles (PDF, Mobi, and EPUB are Light, Medium, and Dark respectively). PDF is still the format of choice for most people, though EPUB is getting respectable usage, with Mobi in third:


The numbers at the bottom are weeks (200901 is the first week of 2009). This is only among titles offered in all three formats -- the majority of our ebooks are currently still only available as PDF, though we expect to release several hundred more in bundle form over the next few months (not that you should wait to buy of course -- you'll get all the formats as they come available ...).
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The MOBI results presumably don't include sales from the Kindle Store, which sells these in AZW only form. O'Reilly specifically advertises the MOBI version as optimized for the Kindle.

The downloads of ePub are surprisingly high. I wonder how many of these are being viewed via Stanza on iPhones.
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The MOBI results presumably don't include sales from the Kindle Store, which sells these in AZW only form. O'Reilly specifically advertises the MOBI version as optimized for the Kindle.

The downloads of ePub are surprisingly high. I wonder how many of these are being viewed via Stanza on iPhones.
And they also mention they're not DRM protected.

And they don't say it won't work on other readers, just that they haven't tested it:
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Using the Mobipocket ebook with other devices

There are Mobipocket-compatible ebook readers for a variety of devices, including Blackberries. We have not tested our Mobipocket ebooks on any device except the Kindle, and at this time cannot provide support for customers using Mobipocket ebooks on devices besides the Kindle.

But I love this development. The more publishers do this, the more other publishers will notice the ebook community is growing.
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