Another sign that Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader should beware: iBooks is the most popular free application for the iPad and iPhone.
According to Distimo, a start-up dedicated to analyzing app stats, iBooks has made the top ten list of free apps available on iTunes consistently from July to September. This constant hovering in the most popular category is a ranking Distimo believes may be “influenced by the fact that Apple pushes this application to iPad users.”
Games are still less popular on Apple’s tablet computer the iPad than the iPhone, Distimo notes. In the Q2 version of the report, half of the top ten paid iPad apps were “productivity tools,” such as note taker app Penultimate and presentation app Keynote.
In the just-released Q3 report, the trend continues: there is still just one game — old school classic RealSolitaire — among the ten most popular free applications for iPad, compared to four in the Apple App Store for iPhone.
The iPad top ten is now dominated by news and info apps including ABC news (#4), Weather Channel Max (#5) and USA Today, coming in at number #10.
Mirroring the Apple App Store for iPad, Netflix and iBooks are also now in the ten most popular free apps in the
Apple App Store for iPhone, coming in at #3 and #4, respectively.
Games, however, are still the dominant apps category across all markets.
Conclusion: if you want to make money with apps, make games for iPhone and productivity/news apps for the iPad.
The full 20-page report is available for download here.