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Overdrive – traffic and ebook checkouts surge over Christmas holiday

traffic-chart.jpgFrom Overdrive’s Digital Library Blog:

If you need any evidence of the popularity of eBooks in the library, all you need to do is look at what happened over the past week. Despite some issues caused by a surge in activity, traffic, checkouts, and new user registration records were smashed over the Christmas holiday–all thanks to eBooks.

For the first time ever, eBooks out-circulated audiobooks at libraries’ ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. Audiobooks are still very popular and increasing in circulation, but this momentum for eBook downloads shows that the format has gone mainstream at libraries.

Library eBook circulation has steadily grown over the past month, starting on Nov. 26, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday. (Like Christmas, many people had new devices, thanks to Black Friday deals, plus they had time to use them.)

To show you what happened in one month, we’ve compared usage from Nov. 26-28 (around US Thanksgiving) to Dec. 25-27 (around Christmas).

eBook checkouts increased a staggering 93%
Visits to ‘Virtual Branch’ websites were up 60%
Pageviews were up nearly 70%

Needless to say, Christmas and the days following were the three biggest for library downloads ever. As a whole, 2010 was even more impressive. We’ll have the full stats for 2010 coming next week, so stay tuned.


Boy saves allowance for whole year, helps buy brother Kindle for Christmas

From Reddit comes the heartwarming story of a 27-year-old man whose 13-year-old brother saved his allowance all year to chip in (with other members of the family) toward buying him a Kindle for Christmas. The 13-year-old is the only child of the family who still lives with his parents, and since his father suffered congestive heart failure and has to remain bedridden most of the time, the boy has to do most of the work around the house. The family has gone through financial hard time since then, due to medical bills.

Money has obviously been tight, so my youngest brother often doesn’t get an allowance at all. He gets a few dollars every so often from my mom and he had managed to save about in a year.

My sister told me she got it in her head to buy me a Kindle for Christmas and my mom and 19 year old brother pitched in as well but they were still short. My youngest brother offered his entire savings to chip in so they could afford it.

The post on Reddit has earned 60 comments, many heartwarming in their own right, and hundreds of views so far. I hope that Redditor does something extra-nice for his brother next year.

(Found via eBookNewser.)


Kobo shows record growth over Christmas holidays

Kobo_Logo.pngFrom the press release:

Kobo, the only pure-play global eReading service built on an open platform, today revealed its Holiday 2010 momentum. This Christmas, readers around the world received new eReaders and iPads and other eReading devices under their tree. Over a million people connected to Kobo, and hundreds of thousands of devices were activated each day since Christmas Eve, fuelling the highest eBook download rate in the company’s history. People around the world chose Kobo this Christmas, with the popular easy-to-use Kobo Wireless eReader, dozens of compatible eReaders, top-rated applications for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and one of the largest catalogues in the world with over 2.2 million eBooks, newspapers and magazines.

“Earlier this month we predicted that Christmas would be a record breaker for Kobo, and we have exceeded our expectations driving several ebook downloads per second since Christmas Eve, or an equivalent number hardcover books stacked as high as 50 Empire State Buildings ” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “I would like to thank our customers for choosing Kobo to start building their digital library this Christmas. Our success this holiday season is a pre-cursor to a New Year with people reading more than ever thanks to eBooks and Kobo.”

Kobo’s holiday growth also included:

· Total registered users nearly doubling from the six weeks prior

· A 50X increase in purchases from previous Holiday weekend last year

· A 5X increase in purchases from the previous biggest weekend (also in December)

· Customer purchases from over 130 countries, with some of the biggest gains outside of US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, occurring in Germany, Netherlands, and Singapore

· A significant increase in device mix, with eReaders and Tablets accounting for the largest percent in sales

Kobo became the first eReading service to launch an eBook gifting and gift card program and for the first time in history, eBooks “arrived” digitally in people’s email accounts this Christmas morning. The top three most popular eBooks gifted this holiday were:
· “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

· “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

· “Room” by Emma Donahue

Top three Kobo eBook title sales by country:

1. “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

3. “Room” by Emma Donahue

United States
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

3. “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown

United Kingdom
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Confession” James E. Mcgreevey

3. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson

3. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

Rest Of World
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “Dead Or Alive” by Tom Clancy

3. “The 4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss


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TeleRead traffic doubles on Christmas day – a lot of ereaders as presents?

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Now you tell me that this means.

The graph shows Google Analytics data for December 23 to 25 (with the numbers deleted). Note that it gradually goes down as Christmas approaches and is at its lowest point on December 24.

Now look at the huge spike on Christmas day. Almost double the numbers of the day before. The only thing I can think of is that a lot of people got ereaders for Christmas and started Googling around to find out more about them.



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So, by Friday afternoon, tens of thousands of last-minute shoppers had only the malls and shops around the region to find the perfect DVD, sweater, book, video game or gadget to pick up and slide, just in time, under the Christmas tree.
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UK News Corp papers issue promotional Christmas Day iPad editions

Robert Andrews at PaidContent has a brief piece on News Corp’s UK papers The Times and The Sun getting excited about using the iPad to “break with a century-old British tradition of not publishing an edition on Christmas Day,” in the hope of catching the attention of Christmas recipients of new iPads.

But these iPad editions were, Andrews points out, little more than self-promotion vehicles, containing largely Christmas stuff and editorials about how awesome the iPad and paywalls are. What little news content they did contain was often outdated by the newspaper websites, which were updated throughout the day whereas the iPad edition was not.

As Andrews says:

Their editors excitement about belies the reality that proprietors see these iPad editions as analogous to print, not to their other digital activities – despite the UK’s Christmas Day print shutdown, newspaper websites have long been published through the day on skeleton staff.

It continues to be odd to me that papers and magazines insist on pinning their hopes on these dedicated tablet editions when the web versions are better suited to the way most people want to read (and share) news, and are just as readily available on connected devices.


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A Merry Huck Christmas

A Merry Huck Christmas

A Merry Huck Christmas
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Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer both have secrets they’re hiding from Aunt Polly. But can they make it through Christmas dinner with their Holiday cheer intact? ‘A Merry Huck Christmas’ is a prequel short story to ‘The New Misadventures Of Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer: Cruising For A Boozing’

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
This year has been a great year for Getfreeebooks.com, but it wouldn’t have been this great without your support, both authors and readers, to make everything possible. Today will be the last day of posting for the year 2010 as we will take a break and continue again next year.

Again, have a good one and happy reading!


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