According to our poll, the Kindle store is (very unsurprisingly) the most shopped e-bookstore right now, with 36% of respondents saying it’s their top choice for e-books.
What is slightly surprising, however, is that in second place is the “other” option, which allowed respondents to enter their own text. Almost 24% picked this option, and the most popular responses among them were Kobo, iFlow Books and Books on Board.
Update: In response to a request, here are the other stores named more than once by respondents to the “Other” category: AllRomance, Ellora’s Cave, and publishers’ own Web sites and e-bookstores.
Nook came in 3rd, followed by iBooks, with Sony dead last, beaten even by the three-day-old Google Ebookstore.
Of course these results are by no means definitive, representing a random sampling of PWxyz readers who felt like responding over a 24-hour period. But this poll may point toward a few likely facts: B&N probably has less of a share of the market than it wants to (though that may change as the Nook Color takes hold); most likely, relatively few serious e-book readers use the iBookstore; and readers are interested in exploring the Google store and incorporating it into their reading and buying habits.
With the launch of Google E-books this week, the e-book shopping mall seems to have enlarged quite a bit. We’re wondering if you’ve been poking around in there, maybe buying some e-books. And, for that matter, we’re wondering which e-bookstore(s) you buy from in general. Are folks out there sticking to one store–maybe because it’s tied to a device–or shopping multiple stores? We’d love to hear from you. Take the poll below and leave a comment or two!
Hot on the heels of Google’s unveiling of the Google E-bookstore, Amazon has announced the coming launch of a revamped version of Kindle for the Web, which it previously launched as an e-book preview service. The new Kindle for the Web, which Amazon demonstrated today at an event for Google’s upcoming Chrome operating system, and which Amazon says will launch “in the coming months,” will allow Kindle users to buy and read Kindle books anywhere the have Internet access. This kind of browser-based e-reading is one of the primary features of Google’s E-bookstore as well.
Amazon will also enable booksellers, authors, bloggers, and, really, anyone with a Web site, to sell Kindle books through their site and earn an affiliate fee, much the same as Google is doing with indie booksellers.
The e-book war rages on, with Amazon and Google partnering on the one hand–Amazon will be a launch partner on Chrome OS–and competing on the other with matching e-bookstore functionality.
The results of a survey on holiday electronics spending conducted by ChangeWave Research are bustling around the Internet this morning. In August, ChangeWave asked 2,800 people about the electronics they owned or planned to buy; in terms of e-readers, the survey found that while more people owned Kindles than iPads, the iPad’s share of the market is growing, while the Kindle’s is diminishing, and iPad users are happier overall with their device than Kindle users.
Since ChangeWave last asked consumers about e-readers in August, Amazon’s Kindle “is hanging on to a rapidly diminishing lead (47 percent, down 15 points) over the Apple iPad (32 percent; up 16 points) among current e-reader owners. However, the iPad’s share of the overall market has doubled” since that August survey, the company says.
One annoying thing MSNBC points out is that Kindle owners are more likely to read books on their devices while iPad owners are more likely to read periodicals and blogs, which the site attributes to the fact that Amazon has many, many more books in the Kindle stores than Apple does in the iBookstore. This reasoning doesn’t make sense because iPad owners have access to the e-bookstores from Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and anyone else with an iPad app.
ChangeWave, however, points out that the e-reader fight has become a two-horse race, an observation with which this blogger agrees.
Amazon announced this morning that customers can now purchase Kindle books as gifts for anyone with an email address, whether or not they own a Kindle device. To give a Kindle book as a gift, you just find the book on Amazon, select “give as a gift,” input the email address of the person you’d like to give it to, and pay. Your recipient instantly gets an email with a link to download the e-book to their Kindle or Kindle app.
It’s an easy way to stuff your loved ones last-minute virtual stockings.
We don't understand what's going on here, but we're sure it's cute.
Today Amazon sent around a press release announcing a new piece of “active content” for Kindle. It’s another word game (seems like all the Kindle games are) called Panda Poet, and we want to share it with you not because it seems like a terribly exciting game, but because it’s just darn cute!
Here’s a little quote from the game developer’s description of the game:
With Panda Poet you use the letters on the game board to form words. Words formed from letters in open spaces create pandas. Words formed from letters near pandas make existing pandas grow.
What on earth does that mean? No idea. But who wouldn’t want to “make existing pandas grow”? Sooo cute!
Panda Poet was made by developer Spry Fox, and it costs $2.99.
On Friday, Amazon made two big announcements about the Kindle. The first is the coming availability of Kindle newspapers and magazines on Kindle apps and not just on the Kindle device itself. This is long overdue–many readers no longer use their Kindles much, but still read most of their e-books through Kindle apps on their iPads or other devices. It’s about time.
The other announcement–that Amazon will be bringing 14-day e-book lending to the Kindle–is perhaps a bit more controversial. A similar feature was, you’ll recall, one of Barnes & Noble’s big selling points for the Nook. So, starting later this year, Kindle users will be able to “lend” e-books to other Kindle users for two weeks, during which time the original owner won’t be able to read the e-book.
But what does it mean to “lend” an e-book, which is a file, not an object? Does e-book lending replicate the gesture of trust and friendship implicit in lending a print book? What do you think? Does e-book lending add value to your Kindle? Do/ will you borrow or lend e-books?
Amazon just announced the availability of the beta version of a Kindle plugin for Adobe InDesign, allowing users to create Kindle books directly from InDesign files. This is an extremely significant move, because it allows anyone able to afford Adobe InDesign (and, frankly, you can download a trial version for free here) to publish Kindle Books easily. (To be fair, using InDesign ain’t easy.)