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iPad Garners 22 Percent of eBook Sales

ipad_angledSteve Jobs’ presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday revealed some interesting facts about the iPad’s eBook sales and the new features planned for the iBooks app. Engadget reported on Job’s impressive announcement that in the few short months since the iPad’s release, Apple has won 22 percent of the eBook market. In the first 65 days that the “magical” device was available to the public, five million eBooks were downloaded by iPad users. To capitalize on this success, Jobs also announced some great new features set to be added to the iBooks app later in the month. Users will be able to read PDF documents with iBooks, as well as utilize new note-taking and bookmarking functions.

Critics like Sue Halpern of The New York Review of Books Blog, who bemoaned the iPad’s lack of note taking functionality, should be somewhat appeased by these new features. The added functions could also help with the adoption of the iPad as an educational tool, though digital textbooks that fully leverage the multimedia capabilities are not yet on the market, so time will tell.

Versions of the iBooks app will also be released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The viewing screens on these devices may be smaller, but all of the features and functionality of the original app will be included. Soon consumers will have the ability to purchase an eBook just once and view it on a variety of their Apple devices, syncing their bookmarks, etc., along the way.

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