Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today's Headlines

Maybe It Is Rocket Science:  Popular Science Sells 10,000 App Subscriptions in First 5 Weeks
In a development that should cheer the hearts of magazine publishers, Ppular Science magazine has generated more than 10,000 subscriptions for its iPad app.  It's a fraction of its 1.2 million print subscriptions but it bodes well for the future of magazine apps. Since its launch in April 2010, the magazine has been selling an average of 10,000 to 12,000 single issues per month at $4.99 apiece, the same as its basic newsstand cover price.

Amazon Creates Digital Storefront for Android Apps
The New York Times
Last week the Amazon Appstore debuted selling only Android apps.  In the opinion of New York Times writer Bob Tedeshi, "Those who visit Amazon’s Appstore on their devices get a better shopping experience than they would get at Google’s Android Market."

In 7 Years, Tablets and E-Readers Will Generate 50% of Revenue for Book and Magazine Publishers
Publishing Executive
According to David Renard of mediaIDEAS, "We forecast that by 2020 there will be more than 1.1 billion tablets and e-paper e-readers in use worldwide, and more than 260 million in the U.S. alone. Over the next 7 years, this will represent more than 50 percent of our revenue as an industry"

Most Expensive Country to Buy an iPad 2?  Hungary
San Francisco Chronicle
Residents of the country have to pay $736, according to this report. 

Ranking the Top Three Tablets:  iPad 2, Xoom and Playbook
ABC News
Tech contributing editor Andreas Smith discusses the top tablets.  (Video)

Analyst:  iPad 2 Sales This Year Could Reach 30 Million
TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Wall Street analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company is now predicting that Apple will sell 30 million iPads this year, 10 million more than his original estimate. And, he predicts, Apple will sell 40 million in 2011.

Apps for Android Barely Increasing
Nearly a month after the Motorola Xoom was released, the first Honeycomb tablet, the number of Android tablet apps available in Google’s Android Market has hardly budged.  According to Electronista, developer Justin Williams looked through the Android Market and found there were fewer than 100 Android 3 native apps.

PC Manufacturers Stung by Surging Sales of Tablets and E-Readers
PDF Devices
Sales of tablets and eReaders have doubled and tripled in 2010. These developments have been great news for Apple, Samsung, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, but it has created problems for PC manufacturers.

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