I subscribe to the App World latest releases RSS feed and for the last few months it has been flooded with eBooks and themes. I understand the large amount of themes but the eBooks confuse me. When did App World become an eBook store? Want to see what I mean?
Here are the top app categories in App World:
- Themes (3024)
- Reference & eBooks (2661)
- Games (1627)
- Utilities (794)
- Music & Audio (562)
Since App World now has more or less 10,000+ apps that means about 1/4th of them are eBooks. WTF? I realize that both the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace both inflate their numbers with eBooks but at least Apple has made an effort to separate out books with iBooks. The crazy part is that you can use a eBook app like Mobipocket Reader, Amazon Kindle, WattPad, or Kobo reader and get access to tens of thousands of books with a whole slew of free books. The controls and features in those apps are much better since they were designed to read books and can include your whole library of eBooks. So who exactly is purchasing all of these books on App World? Do you?
Maybe RIM needs to open their own eBook store like Apple’s iBooks…
PS: I am also wondering what this new trend of radio station apps is in App World. It seems like every radio station is coming out with an app. This company AirKast has put out over 260+ of these radio station apps.