Friday, 12th March 2010
Organization of Books Will be Key to iPad Bookstore; Barnes & Noble Will Offer a Reader App for the iPad
From a Forbes Article:
Note: AppSlice is a new site (closed beta at the moment) that helps users "discover more apps" for there iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The information about the bookstore was "uncovered" by Busted Loop, a San Francisco company that's the parent of AppSlice.
AppSlice's findings point to a highly organized approach to bookselling. Apple has designated about 20 "top-level" categories for books, including "Fiction & Literature", "Reference," "Romance," "Cookbooks" and "Comics & Graphic Novels."
Below those categories lie more than 150 sub-categories, including some very specific genres, such as "Manga" under "Comics & Graphic Novels," "Special Ingredients" under "Cookbooks," and "Etiquette" under "Reference." Some sub-categories, such as "Fantasy" and "Science Fiction & Literature," even have sub-sub-categories ("Historical" and "Paranormal," for example.) There are also two sections for "Erotica" books; one under "Fiction & Literature" and one under "Romance."
The system represents much more "detailed categorization" than Apple's App Store, says Kastelein. The App Store contains about 20 top-level categories such as "Entertainment," "Sports" and "Photography," but only has sub-genres for its game section, he notes.
A bit more from this AppSlice Blog Post:
The eBook category for "Sports and Outdoors" has the most sub-categories, owing to separate classifications for 15 different sports (including "Mountaineering"). Other categories with extensive sub-categorization are "Fiction & Literature" (13), "Reference" (12), and "History" (11). The "Computers & Internet" category is also among the most segmented with 9 sub-categories including "Digital Media", "Network", and "Programming".
Sources: mediabistro, Busted Loop, Forbes, AppSlice Blog
Barnes and Noble Will Offer App for the iPad
B&N has confirmed that they will be adding a reader app to the iPad. According to their website the app will give readers access to the ebooks, magazines and newspapers in their bookstore as well as to existing content in readers’ digital library (including content that was downloaded to the Nook). The app will be released “around the time of the iPad’s expected availability”
The complete news release is linked to in the TeleRead post.