updated 07:20 pm EDT, Mon August 23, 2010
Performance doesn't hold up to Jobs' claims
Despite Steve Jobs' recent claim that the iBookstore has taken 22 percent of the US e-book market, some authors still report significantly higher sales volume on the Kindle. Author J. A. Konrath has published more than three dozen books on both platforms, with Kindle sales averaging 200 e-books every day. On the iBookstore, however, sales have only reached approximately 100 each month.
It is unclear if Konrath's numbers represent a common experience among the majority of publishers who have embraced digital distribution through both portals. Jobs' comments were made in June, several months after the iPad and iBookstore were both launched.
Although Amazon has maintained its dominant position in the e-book market, analysts expect the iBookstore to continue taking market share. In the meantime, customers can still find a wider selection for the Kindle. Amazon's Kindle app for the iPhone and iPad also serves to bolster e-book sales for the online retailer. [via The Next Web]