FORTUNE -- Here's an early indicator of how Christmas tablet sales went, via Topsy Analytics.
Topsy's Twitter search engine will count tweets for whatever phrases you enter. To get a feel for how Apple's (AAPL) iPad did against Samsung's Galaxy Note, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface, I ran the following search with the following results:
got iPad: 120,608
got Note: 46,617 (may include some false positives)
got Kindle: 15,566
got Surface: 4,177 (not shows in attached chart)
"Another way to look at Kindle Fire and Kindle e-Reader is as a portal to Amazon.com."
FORTUNE -- There are two significant new stats in the survey results of 300 Amazon Kindle owners reported Friday by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
20.5 million: CIRC's estimate of the number of Kindle devices in customer hands. It's significant chiefly because the actual Kindle unit sales number is one of Amazon's (AMZN) most closely held secrets. Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2013 12:45 PM ET
The Peter Thiel-backed startup, launching today, offers unlimited reads for $9.95 a month.
By Beth Kowitt, writer
FORTUNE -- Could Oyster be the Netflix for books? It's the question many industry-watchers have been asking since last October, when the New York City-based startup received $3 million in funding led by Founders Fund.
Today's launch of Oyster in Apple's (AAPL) App Store gets us closer to an answer. With Oyster, subscribers get unlimited digital MORESep 5, 2013 10:57 AM ET
Some time with Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite reveals there's much to like in this familiar-looking device. Surprised?
FORTUNE -- Based on first impressions, the best e-reader is about to get even better.
Amazon (AMZN) announced a new Paperwhite e-reader, available for preorder this week and expected to ship by Sept. 30. It will ship in three flavors: $119 with ads, $139 without ads, and $189 sans ads with built-in 3G connectivity. But despite MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 4, 2013 1:47 PM ET
Will consumers buy as many e-books when they can borrow them?
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Amazon's dominance in digital books is under perpetual attack by Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL). Now you can add another threat to the list: the public library. That's what an analyst from Barclays suggested in a recent research report. Consumers will likely avoid buying e-books if they can borrow them from the library for free.
"As MOREJul 22, 2013 10:13 AM ET
More firepower in the startup's bid to transform interactive books.
FORTUNE -- Just five months after digital book publisher Inkling launched Habitat, a set of cloud-based tools that let users create interactive books, the startup has picked up two powerful new partners. Publishing giants Pearson and Elsevier have announced multi-million dollar deals to use Inkling to build digital versions of the textbooks, scientific and technical journals they publish. The news comes MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jul 17, 2013 12:20 PM ET
Barnes & Noble's tablet business is struggling mightily. So what's the book chain to do? Let Google in.
FORTUNE -- Ask Stephane Maes, Barnes and Noble VP of Product, why holiday sales of its Nook tablets were weaker than expected, and he'll tell you it wasn't due to lack of interest. When shoppers looked at the Nook HD, one of the first things they asked was whether apps bought for their MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2013 1:07 PM ET
The iPad's usage share in North America rose in March for the first time since December.
FORTUNE -- Despite increased competition from tablets running Google (GOOG) Android, the presence of Apple's (AAPL) iPad in the Chitika online ad network rose in March to 81.9%, up from 80.5% in February.
According to the report Chitika issued Thursday, the rest of the tablets are all distant also-rans.
In the same one-month time period, it saw the presence of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 18, 2013 2:57 PM ET
Japan has some of the fastest internet connections in the world, but physical media such as books and DVDs still remain popular.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- Despite Japan's "default-setting-for-the future" status, coined by Sci-fi writer William Gibson, time on this rocky archipelago appears to be headed backwards. Kerosene is replacing nuclear energy; deflation, not inflation, is still rife; and, publishers are clinging energetically to print when, in neighboring South Korea, MOREFeb 11, 2013 2:48 PM ET
For what it's worth, iPad tweets outnumbered Kindle 7:1, Google Nexus 18:1, Surface 50:1
FORTUNE -- I can't vouch for the accuracy of the information in this chart. The nominal source -- A.X. Ian -- describes himself on Twitter and other venues as "Purveyor of pseudo-random ideas. Information massage therapist. Always prolific, seldom profound."
But the ratios square with other signs we've been seeing -- including store traffic -- and bode better MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 26, 2012 5:47 PM ET
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