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Old 09-02-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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iPhone readers QUADRUPLED from April to July

Flurry saw a 300% increase in the number of people reading on their iPhone/iTouch. They recorded, by the end of July, nearly 3 million users. They also reported that ebooks by themselves have a 14% share in the App Store, second only Games (19%). I guess this means that the Ithing really is the biggest reader.

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Old 09-02-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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reading on the Iphone or in my case the Ipod Touch is ok. Comparable to what I used to do on my Dell 51v. But it's no comparision to e-ink. what it does mean is that people would rather carry a convergence device, a phone, rather than a seperate reader.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #3
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Number of e-reader app downloads doesn't equate to number of books sold for those free apps. For example, lots of people will download both Stanza and the Amazon Kindle app. A lot of those will try out a free book to see how they like the experience. Some of those will never go any farther, some will actually delete the apps. Some unknown percentage will become e-book readers. I started on a Palm Pilot with a free app and have never looked back. I am on my second Kindle and as soon as the iPod Touch gets a camera I will upgrade my Palm to that as well.
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I think it's going to rise some more, stay reasonable stable, and then slowly falling...
There are a lot of people wanting to learn about ebooks because it is new, and once they bought the device and get over the honeymoon, will stop buying books.

I also think books will lower even more in price, and at this rate illegal copying and distributing of copyrighted ebooks will rise as well.

Usually graphs like that have a bell curve, with the end of the curve probably in eternity, as some papyrus scripts of 4000 years ago still are found and read in museums,so I believe that these ebook devices will have their time,and probably 50 years from now end up in a museum or so... :-)
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:36 PM   #5
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Number of e-reader app downloads doesn't equate to number of books sold for those free apps. For example, lots of people will download both Stanza and the Amazon Kindle app. A lot of those will try out a free book to see how they like the experience. Some of those will never go any farther, some will actually delete the apps. Some unknown percentage will become e-book readers. I started on a Palm Pilot with a free app and have never looked back. I am on my second Kindle and as soon as the iPod Touch gets a camera I will upgrade my Palm to that as well.
That's not what they said. Let me try this again. Sales of ebooks themselves make up 14% of the App Store, not reader app sales. And that 3 million isn't sales of reader apps, it's the number of users.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:02 PM   #6
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They may be right, but their methodology does invite a few questions.

From what I can tell, Flurry only gathers data from app developers who opt in. I can't really tell from their brief blurb which apps they're tracking.

As to the "14%" figure, that only reflects how many apps that are available are ebooks, not how many ebooks are actually downloaded and/or purchased by iPhone users:

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According to Apptism, an App Store tracking service, eBooks represents the second largest application category in the App Store with 14% share, only behind Games, which comes in at 19%.
Emphasis added. There's no mention of sales counts or revenues here, just tons of people listing their ebooks for sale as applications.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:18 PM   #7
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I have read 6 books on the iPod Touch and it has been quite convenient since I always have the device with me but I am going out to buy an eInk device this afternoon because it just does not compare.

I will still continue to read on my Touch from time to time, especially at night so I won't disturb my partner with a reading light.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:21 PM   #8
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I have read 6 books on the iPod Touch and it has been quite convenient since I always have the device with me but I am going out to buy an eInk device this afternoon because it just does not compare.
Thats the sort of situation I found when using the mobipocket app for my blackberry, the convenience of it got me reading more than I had been for a while, but then the next step was to buy a proper ebook reader.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #9
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Using my Iphone, my available reading time has more than doubled. I really enjoy it and I can read in any lighting situation. Whereas with an Eink device I reckon I would have a few problems with lighting problems. I just wish we could get around the geographical problems and see the kindle app available world wide and all the books as well.
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That's not what they said. Let me try this again. Sales of ebooks themselves make up 14% of the App Store, not reader app sales. And that 3 million isn't sales of reader apps, it's the number of users.
If those numbers are ANYWHERE near accurate, that would certainly provide the Apple folks with plenty of reason to start selling a better ebook reading device!
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:30 PM   #11
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:17 PM   #12
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i'm proud to say i'm one of those who read a lot on the iPhone.
Same here. Everytime I get a bit of downtime, I read.

Already have a tool chain for purchased ebooks (usually .lit):
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The only thing that actually requires manual labor is the downloading of the actual ebook and cover/metadata updating (sometimes, I don't like the info retrieved from automated sources). The rest is all done with batch scripting, etc. After the process is done, I don't even have to copy them right away to the iPhone. I can just open the Calibre catalog from practically anywhere and download whatever I feel like reading.

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Old 09-02-2009, 11:44 PM   #13
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I have read 6 books on the iPod Touch and it has been quite convenient since I always have the device with me but I am going out to buy an eInk device this afternoon because it just does not compare.
Similar for me. I don't have an iPhone, but do read a fair amount on my Treo (windows smart phone) using the Mobipocket app. It's great for short spurts of reading (waiting in line, sitting in a waiting room, etc) when I don't have a larger reader with me, but it could never be my only reader (hurts my eyes after a while).
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Similar for me. I don't have an iPhone, but do read a fair amount on my Treo (windows smart phone) using the Mobipocket app. It's great for short spurts of reading (waiting in line, sitting in a waiting room, etc) when I don't have a larger reader with me, but it could never be my only reader (hurts my eyes after a while).
Same here, I have a Samsung i760 phone with the Mobi software on it. I usually have one of my readers in most situation but I use my i760 eating at the food court in the mall, standing in line at grocery store, and just small time period of waiting unexpectedly since I always have my phone!
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:44 AM   #15
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Is there a way to synchronize iPod reading with reading on a dedicated eBook reader (in my case, the CyBook Gen3)?

I'm planning to buy an iPhone, and it would be great to read with it when I'm standing in line, sitting in a bus, or something, and then carry on from the same point on the CyBook when I get home...
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