Books Fail to Crack Top 100 in iTunes App Store

Over at Radar, Ben Lorica analyzes sales and category data for the iTunes App Store and makes an interesting discovery about the store’s book section:

The Book category is comprised mostly of ebooks and while there are over 150 such “apps”, it was the only category not represented in the Top 100 rankings …

As Ben notes, most of the applications in the App Store’s book category are individual ebooks — most drawn from Project Gutenbergwrapped up as stand-alone software packages. The user reviews attached to these ebook apps fall into two camps: critics who cry foul over public domain titles repurposed with a price tag, and advocates who see value in the applications’ low cost (most are $0.99) and easy access.

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