Ahead of iPad’s arrival, books soon to pass games in Apple’s App Store: 27,301 and counting

“Mobile app analytics firm Distimo emailed us a chart from the Netherlands that breaks down the 150,000-plus apps in Apple’s store by category. If you’re wondering how the total count leaped from 100,000 to 150,000 so fast, I can explain it in one word: books,” Paul Boutin reports for VentureBeat. “In advance of the iPad tablet computer’s arrival in six to eight weeks, publishers have placed 27 thousand titles in the iTunes App Store’s Books section already, with more on the way.”

“Distimo founder Vincent Hoogsteder says he spotted two more surprise trends in the store: First, the Books category has the largest share of paid applications with 92% of all apps being paid. Second, because of all the books, 75% of all applications are now paid,” Boutin reports. “Only 25% are free.”

Check out the breakdown of apps by category in the full article here.

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  1. Looks to me I will use the iPad heavily on bank transactions. When I go on buying trips in China, it’s allways on the spot bank transfer with a printed bank receipt. Factories use PCs and who knows what kind of keyloggers their computers have, and I’ve never had use for a laptop. So, up till then iPhone will do, a bit tricky but it works.

  2. @Maconymous
    “To call something that just display one book an “app” is kinda dubious counting of other true apps in the App Store. It’s a book, not an app.”

    Most of the book apps that I see are for (text) readers or audiobook players and access to collections. Examples: “Classics” and “Kindle for iPhone” (1 and 2 on the iTunes free app list) and “Free Books” and Free Audiobooks (1 and 2 on the paid apps list). Each of these readers provides a way of reading many books.

  3. Correct: book ≠ app

    However, app = wrapper with logic to display/animate pages, keep track of position, search, connect to dictionary, drop me into a video, spreadsheet with data and charts, or a web browser and seamlessly lets me back into the book at my place.

  4. The problem with the book-in-an-app method that we see on the iTunes Store currently is that it is inconsistent user experience.

    I mean that there are hundreds of “book app engines” that all needlessly reinvent the wheel each time you buy one of these standalone books-in-an-app.

    20 different books from 20 different companies means 20 different apps to learn (and/or be frustrated with 20 different and inconsistent feature sets) as well as 20 sets of different-but-largely-redundant sets of code. Some of these book apps probably use more text in the app source code than the book content has.

    The current situation is equivalent to needing a separate copy of iTunes for each song you listen to. We currently have thousands of book “runtimes” wrapped around usually a free book.

    I’m really thrilled that Apple has felt it valuable to come in can clean up this messy market that it created. People like me want a way more efficient experience of 1 book app, thousands of books, one feature-set to learn.

    I do wonder if books bought through iBook Store will be visible and readable though third party apps though. I’m not against companies coming out with competing book engines with different features. I just want that separate from the book contents.

  5. will i ever buy an app that wraps around a single book? absolutely not, never. i’m sick of having to weed through hundreds of “one-book apps” in order to find what i want on the app store. wish they were all separate from the iTunes store.

  6. Look out! Twentyseven thousand books, oh my. Let’s say that doubles to fifty or even 100 thousand book, no comparison. The river in South America company (amaz-something) has 375 thousand plus, and that old brick building bookseller (Barnes & somebody) has a million (including public domain). For an avid book reader it’s all about the readability of the iPad screen and for that we will have to wait for product delivery.

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