eBooks Sales Comprise 9% of Trade Books in the U.S.

18 October 2010

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The latest sales figures continue to show huge improvement for eBook and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) is saying that for the year-to-date, eBooks are taking 9% of total trade book sales (publishers.org: AAP August Book Sales Report); this is up from 3.3% for the whole of 2009.

At $263 USD, that’s pretty impressive, but it should get better. Gina Centrello (Random House) is predicting (mediabistro.com: Gina's eBook Prediction) that eBook sales may reach as high as 50% by 2015.

Of course, these number are very much U.S. based and unfortunately it's not so easy to come by any numbers for the UK. My guess is that it is much, much lower.

WHSmith is the UK’s first eReader iPad App

17 October 2010

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A few days back WHSmith released their own Apple iPad app, beating Waterstones (Waterstones App is not an eReader) as the UK's first integrated eReader/Store app on the iOS platform.

The overall look and feel of the app is very nice, reflecting the same dark blue colour scheme from their website, and with other aspects of their user interface looking very nice. Navigation and book finding is not too bad, with several sections (bestselling, recommend, categories, etc.) to help you find what you're looking for. However, once you view the books from a particular sections, you only get to see 5 titles at a time.

I've only purchased a couple of free titles but this process is pretty straight forward and if you don't have an account already, they have implemented a quick registration feature to get you started.

One disappointment is that my current whsmith.co.uk account details don't work in the app, you have to create a separate account. This means that whatever books you buy from the website are not available in the app, and vice-versa.

Bugs - Another Rushed Release iPad App

There are some bugs in this initial release, which are severe enough that they make me think WHSmith have rushed this app out the door without proper testing.


The Waterstones Apple App is not an eReader

18 September 2010

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A little while ago I’d heard on the grapevine (I forget where now) that Waterstones, the UK’s biggest bookseller, was going to release their own Apple App.

This wouldn’t be the first time Waterstones would be breaking new ground as they were also the first UK store to start selling the Sony Reader and eBooks in the EPUB format. Pretty cool, even if at the time the selection consisted of just a few thousand titles—this has now grown to more than 30,000 eBooks.

A recent stroll through the app store and I was pleasantly surprised to find it now available (UK only), even if there wasn’t an iPad version available yet (iPhone/Touch only).

The opening screen is pleasant enough, which consist of an image ribbon of Waterstones' own picks along with some links for Bestsellers, Top 50 pre-orders, New Releases and Genres. I only had a very quick look around before logging in to My Account so I could download one of my book purchases and check out the eReader.

This is when I started to get a little puzzled; I couldn’t see my previous eBook purchases.


EPUB: an industry standard ebook format

24 November 2009

For many years the ebook world has been fighting within itself due to the huge variety of different formats; from Mobipocket to eReader and from PDF to Amazon Kindle. But now there is a new format that's set to dominate them all.

Over the last 12 months there has been a huge shift in digital publishing with the introduction of a brand new ebook format called EPUB. It's based on the open standards, XHTML, XML, CSS and the ZIP archive container. As a result almost every publisher has adopted this format, which means that when you buy an ebook, you'll be able to read it on many different devices and for sure this means many new ones in the future - good news for everyone.

If you're interested in trying out some of these ebooks then you should head over to a new site that's launched that deals only in EPUB ebooks; epubBooks.com, and they have lots of books to download for free. The site also has technical resources on how understand and create your own EPUB books along with lots of information on where you can buy EPUB books from. There are also a number of eReader reviews, including Sony Reader, Apple iPhone and the Bookeen Cybook Opus.

If you've been putting off trying ebooks then there's never been a better time than now.

So you want eBooks…bestsellers or free?

31 August 2008

In my last article I talked about the current eBook market from a U.S. perspective and now that the UK is getting it's own dedicated E-Ink reader, we should see an increase in interest here also.

Although the Sony Reader is the perfect digital eBook reader, you don't need a dedicated reader to enjoy eBooks. They can be viewed on your desktop/laptop computer, PDA, mobile phone, Blackberry - well, the list could go on.

Perhaps you are considering purchasing a Sony Reader (Visit the Sony Reader website) when they are released next month but are wondering where you will be able to get eBooks from...not just the commercial, but also the free ones.

Well, let's jump in and get started with the commercial eBook shops.


U.S. eBook Sales 2002 to Q1 2008 Overview

24 August 2008

For my first post I thought I'd take a look at the current eBook sales. eBooks have been around for quite sometime but since seeing the introduction of the E-Ink Readers in the U.S. the sales of eBooks have risen quite considerably.

Below is a chart released by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) which shows the U.S. eBook Sales since Q1 2002.

US 2008 eBook Sales Chart

Note: The data above represent only trade eBook sales via wholesale channels. Retail numbers may be as much as double the above figures due to industry wholesale discounts.


Welcome to eBook News

22 August 2008

Over the last few years eBooks have been gaining great traction over in the U.S., now finally in the UK, eBooks are also starting to enter the mainstream market - mainly due to one particular milestone...

From September 2008 the UK will have their very own eBook Reader, the Sony PRS-505 Digital Book Reader. Sony have partnered with the Waterstones book store, who will sell the eBook Reader in-store while also providing a catalogue of over 25,000 eBooks for download. There will also be tens of thousands of eBooks available from the Sony book store along with a number of other commercial and free eBook sites to be found around the internet.

2008 also saw the introduction of the Apple iPhone, which has several eBook applications for reading both free and commercial eBooks.

Although there are many U.S. eBook centric websites, there really isn't anything for the British eBook lover. So welcome to eBookNews.co.uk, a new blog to help all of us keep up with eBook related news.

I will be reporting on all the most recent eBook news and any of its related technologies. From hearing about the latest eBook gadget to learning more about the technologies behind eBooks to finding out where you can download all those free titles.

I hope you will find the information I present here useful and enjoyable. Please stop by regularly and feel free to comment at any time on the topics I will be posting about.