Back in June, Steve Jobs claimed that the iPad had captured 22% of the ebook market since its release in April of this year. J.A. Konrath, a popular fiction author, has recently stated that he is not seeing anywhere close to the figure touted by Apple’s CEO. In a recent blog post, Mr. Konrath wrote:
Publishers might be looking at enriched or enhanced ebooks as their new big-ticket items to replace hardcovers. But the major ebook retailer, Amazon, isn’t set up for video. Kindle isn’t even able to do color yet. That leaves Apple, and according to my numbers Apple is a very small part of the ebook market. I sell 200 ebooks a day on Kindle. On iPad, I sell 100 a month.
Konrath, who is a huge proponent of eBooks, goes on to say that author’s can net 70% of their work’s profits by publishing directly to ebooks; as well as pick their own cover, price, and title. Compare that with the standard 17.5% profit-sharing model publishers typically offer authors who go to print. This is just one authors tale, but you would think that if that 22% figure thrown around by Apple were accurate the numbers would not be this far off.
[Via The Next Web]