After Amazon and Barnes & Noble announced strong holidays driven by sales of eReaders and digital books, Apple announced that they sold 7.3 million iPads during the 4th quarter to bring total sales of the device up to 13.8 million since its release last April.
Total Kindle sales have been estimated at 4.4 million, but according to a recent Codex survey, 40% of books purchased on the iPad are through the Kindle store (presumably because it’s superior to the iBookstore in functionality and selection at this point).
B&N announces PubIt! a platform that allows authors and small publishers to upload digital content directly to their Nook device.
*nice to have some non-proxy B&N news.
Not to be outdone by the WSJs new weekend book review, the New York Times Book review has an interactive Literary Map of Manhattan detailing where 99 fictional New Yorkers did their thing.
Also, there is an article in said WSJ about the shrinking economics of digital publishing, which mentions (albeit unsourced) that Freedom had sold 35,000 digital editions through its first two weeks; a little more than a third of the 94,857 physical editions it sold in that time frame according to Nielsen BookScan.
Design consultancy IDEO presents three concepts for the future of the book.
Kindle is now listed at $189 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble is selling the new Nook Wi-Fi for $149.
Read more at Galley Cat.
Meanwhile on the otherside of town, Apple announces they’ve sold 3 million iPads in the first 80 days on-sale.
regarding all things e-reader. Sue Halpern has a piece in NYROB weighing the virtues and flaws of the iPad.
Graphic by way of amnesiablog.com, in case you can’t tell.
Google sets a June-July launch date for its long delayed digital bookstore. The store will only sell books that aren’t tied up in Google’s settlement with authors and publishers.
… and remember this?