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.
This week, Sony announced that it’s developed e-reader apps for iPhone and Android that will allow users to buy and read e-books from the Sony Reader store and keep reading progress synced between the apps and their Sony Reader E-Ink devices. These apps, according to Sony, will be “available in December,” a part, one would think, of a push to make Sony readers into attractive holiday gifts that play nice with other gadgets.
Perhaps the biggest news here is these apps make the Sony e-book store accessible and useful to consumers who don’t own Sony E-Ink readers.
But this is the same kind of app that Kindle and Nook users have had for, well, a really long time in e-book years. So what do you think–is this too little too late or is Sony merely adding a good feature to an already popular product?
Rumors have been going around over the past few days that Sony is about to refresh its Reader line of E-Ink e-readers. The company, which pioneered the e-reader, must be feeling some heavy pressure to compete with the recent wave of new devices and lowered prices from Apple, Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. According to Sony Insider, we’re likely to see two new touchscreen models at unannounced but competitive prices pretty soon.
The PRS-650 will come with a 6″ screen, while the PRS-350 will be 5″. Both models should have better contrast and faster page turns, and the higher-end model will have Wi-Fi, and maybe 3G, connectivity, while the other one most likely won’t have any connectivity at all. Both will also have a revamped user-interface.
Months ago, Sony said it’s not trying to compete on price, but trusting in the quality of its products to carry sales. Let’s hope, though, that they’re at least keeping their competitors’ under $150 price point in mind.