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Apple Counts 600,000 eBook Downloads on iPad

ipad23.jpg At an Apple event this afternoon, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company has counted 600,000 downloads of eBooks for the iPad. To date, the company has sold 450,000 iPads.

Yahoo News has the scoop: “‘We’re making (iPads) as fast as we can,’ Jobs said at the start of an event at Apple headquarters here during which the company is to unveil the latest operating system for the iPhone.”

As we noted earlier this week, Apple seems to be avoiding Amazon’s habit of not unveiling sales statistics–making it easier for the publishing industry to map the rapidly growing field of eBooks. Nevertheless, Apple has not revealed how many eBooks were actually sold and how many were free downloads.

UPDATE: The Huffington Post notes that iBooks will now be available on the new iPhone operating system. Read more about the Apple presentation here.

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