As reported by Venture Beat, books have passed mobile games as the number one app category on the iTunes App Store.
Video games account for 25,079 units, while books now account for around 1500 more – with a total of 26,569 books available to download and read.
Interestingly, only around 9% of those book applications (2301) are available for free, meaning that users are obviously willing to pay for more readily portable literature, that is always available in the palm of their hand, whether on theiriPhone or iPod Touch.
This gap between the two genres could be set to widen, as the iPad will bring the iBookStore with it, which is an online bookstore where users can purchase literature to read on the iPad proper. According to the New York Times website, a ceiling for book prices on the iPad would fall between $12.99 and $14.99, putting the average book’s price at a more reasonable $9.99.
However, what is more reasonable still are the apps that are already available via the App Store for 99 cents or for free. Granted, these dollar and under apps are relegated to the small screens on the iPhone or iPod Touch, but does the added size of the iPad screen justify the increase in price? Let us know in the comments. Also, let us know which you enjoy doing more on your iPhone – reading or gaming.