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Archives: December 2010

Analyst Estimates Kindle Sales At 5.4 Million In 2010

We know that Kindle is now Amazon’s most popular selling item, but the company is still vague about the details. Today, AppleInsider is reporting that Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Equity Research, estimates that Amazon has sold 5.4 million units this year and Kuo expects Kindle shipments to reach 4.5 million units in the first quarter of 2011.

According to Kuo’s latest report, the iPad is keeping up with the Kindle. AppleInsider has more: “Shipments of Amazon’s Kindle from suppliers in Taiwan reached 1.6 million units in December, matching the month’s estimated iPad production, although Apple is ramping down to accommodate the coming new version, a new report says. Apple has shifted iPad production from an estimated 2.1 million units in November to just 1.6 million in December in order to prepare for the launch of revised new tablet, expected to be announced in January.”

Do you think 2011 will be the year that tablets and eReaders become mainstream?

Russ Grandinetti Explains Amazon’s Ambitious Goals

Russ Grandinetti, VP of Kindle content for Amazon, has ambitious goals for the Kindle store. In an interview with the LA Times, the Amazon executive, said that Amazon’s goal is to make “every book ever written, in any language, in print or out of print, all available within 60 seconds. And we want to make the customer experience great.”

In the interview Grandinetti defends Amazon’s proprietary software. Luckily these days, with a little bit of hacking ingenuity, Amazon books aren’t quite as fixed as they seem.

In the interview Grandinetti makes light of tensions between Amazon and publishers. He told the LA Times: “We disagree over a number of points, but there’s far more that we agree about. Amazon is a customer for publishers that’s helping to grow the book business. We believe the business is growing because we’ve built a store that’s incredibly easy to use.”

How To Read Kindle Books On NookColor

If you upgraded from a Kindle to a NookColor this Christmas, you don’t have to lose your Kindle library. Hackers have figured out a way to run Kindle’s Android based eReader app on the Nook Color.

CrunchGear reports: “To root the device you need one of the Autorooter images and Win32ImageWriter for Windows or Mac OS/Linux tools to write the image to an MicroSD card. Then you upload the Kindle app from the Android store and rock out. This process also adds GMail, YouTube, and a number of other standard Android goodies to your previously stripped-down NookColor.”

According to, you only need five minutes, a NookColor with USB cable, a microSD card larger than 128MB and an SD card reader.

Apple Makes Ambitious iPad Screen Orders

Apple is gearing up for a busy year of making iPads. The computer maker reportedly placed orders with suppliers for 65 million 9.7-inch iPad displays.

AppleInsider has more: “While most market estimates figure Apple will sell 45-48 million iPads next year, the company has reportedly placed orders with suppliers for 65 million 9.7 inch iPad displays. According to a report by DigiTimes, Apple is believed to have placed orders for an estimated 35 million iPad displays from LG and another 30 million split between Samsung and Chimei Innolux.”

With all of the rumors circulating about an iPad 2, perhaps Apple is preparing a new batch of tablets and expecting even more sales than is being predicted.

iCab Mobile Browser: Test Driving Safari Alternatives

Writers reading and working on iPads or iPhones should check out iCab Mobile Internet browser. As you can see by the iPad screenshot embedded above, the browser allows you to do some useful things with online content.

With the browser’s simple tools you can save the page to Instapaper to read offline, convert it to ePub to read on your favorite eReader, or open the page in GoodReader. Once you’ve installed the browser on your device, you can download these useful tools at this link.

Are you looking for a new browser for your iPad or iPhone? In this first installment in an ongoing series, we are testing different iPhone and iPad browsers that you can use instead of the Safari browser on your mobile device. Share your favorite browser in the comments for a future Best iPad Browser post.

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Kids Books And Free eBooks Dominate Books Section Of App Store

Free eBooks for a song lead the Top Paid apps in the books category of the App Store, as of 12:30 pm ET today. Spreadsong’s Free eBooks app, which includes more than 23,000 eBooks for $1.99, is No. 1 and the publisher’s Free Audiobooks app, which includes about 3,000 audiobooks for $1.99, is No. 5. Inkstone Software’s MegaReader, which has 1.8 million books for $1.99, is No. 9.

Kids book apps remain popular in the App Store today. Ideal Binary’s app Grimm’s Rapunzel- 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is No. 2, iVerse Media’s Pocket God Comics is No. 3 and Disney’s Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book is No. 4. Disney’s Lightning was here is currently ranked at No. 6 and Oceanhouse Media’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is No. 10.

The other Top 10 Paid apps include Joe Kwon’s True Ghost Stories at No. 5, which has been in the Top 10 for months, and Matthew King’s Optical Illusions 100+ at No. 7.

Art Publisher teNeues Launches First eBook

Art book publisher teNeues has released its first eBook, a digital version of Swarovski Crystal Palace, which launched in print earlier this month.

The book is about a collaborative project between crystal design company Swarovski and various designers, called  “Crystal Palace—The Art of Light and Crystal.”

The eBook was designed for the iPad and includes 200 illustrations from the print book, but readers can zoom in on the images in the digital book. In addition, the eBook has three background songs from music label California Sunset Records, as well as four videos of Nadja Swarovski working with contemporary designers.

The eBook is not cheap for a digital book in the App Store. It is available from iTunes for $ 18.99 until February 1st, when the price goes up to $ 24.99. Still, it is a bargain compared to the $95 print version of the book.

And teNeues is offering a very generous 20-page free preview, which is available as a free download here.

Sherlock Holmes Tops Kindle’s Top Free eBook List

It seems that new Kindle owners are testing out their devices with public domain works. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is No. 1 today in Kindle’s Top 100 free eBook list.

In honor of this popularity, we are making this classic detective short story collection today’s Free eBook of the Day. Here is an excerpt from the book: “He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp clang of the bell.”

Amazon has the free download here.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

App Store Beats iBookstore For Interactive Books

When it comes to interactive eBooks, Apple’s iBookstore is not living up to the company’s cutting edge reputation. While the iPad is certainly one of the best devices for rich media reading experiences, according to digital publisher Oceanhouse Media, its iTunes and not the iBookstore that offers this interactivity.

Publisher’s Weekly reports: “At this time Oceanhouse Media — the leading publisher of children’s digital book apps on Apple’s App Store, with the exclusive right to make apps of Dr. Seuss’s work — is not planning to sell there. ‘We believe that in order to have an effective digital children’s book you need a level of interactivity that cannot be provided for with iBooks,’ says Oceanhouse Media president Michel Kripalani. ‘Only apps can deliver this high level of interactivity, and much of the work is custom to each specific title.’”

This might explain why children’s books have been dominating the books category in the App Store for some time.

Via TeleRead.

Kobo Sees Record Sales This Holiday Season

eReader popularity was not exclusive to Amazon this year. Kobo is reporting that they had a record year selling their eReaders and eBooks this holiday season.

Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo had this statement: “Earlier this month we predicted that Christmas would be a record breaker for Kobo, and we have exceeded our expectations driving several ebook downloads per second since Christmas Eve. I would like to thank our customers for choosing Kobo to start building their digital library this Christmas. Our success this holiday season is a pre-cursor to a New Year with people reading more than ever thanks to ebooks and Kobo.”

With Amazon and Kobo reporting such successful holiday sales, we expect 2011 to be a good year for eBook sales.