Monday, September 27, 2010
Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM
"Konrath has just passed the 100,000 eBooks sold mark, and he has shared his numbers as to on which platforms the books were sold. To put the most important number up first, Konrath sold 78,412 of the 100,000 eBooks on Kindle."
Joe Konrath revealed his ebook sales, and he says that he only sold 400 ebook copies in the iBooks store, and over 70,000 in the Kindle store. He blames the iBookstore, and I can't say as I blame him. It's really a horribly experience there, and I have never purchased a book there. They hardly ever have anything I want to read (I read mostly literary fiction), and when they do, Amazon almost always has it cheaper (either as a paperback or ebook). Worse, discovering new works is next to impossible. There's just no decent recommendation service in the iBookstore. It's painful to navigate, and the only convenient thing about it is that it's linked to my iTunes account so purchasing books is easy. But so is purchasing books from the Amazon web site. I think Apple has a real problem here, and they need to address it soon. In my opinion, they should stop spending resources on side projects like Ping until they get this problem fixed. Otherwise, they're not going to sell many books. Of course, they make more money from selling iPads at this point, but that probably won't last forever. They need more content in the iBookstore, and they need a simpler interface and a discovery system. Have you ever purchased anything from the iBookstore?