Do you want to know why it is taking forever to get your iBook approved? Do you wonder how many books are actually approved per day? I was asking myself the same question and because Apple doesn't release any numbers, I monitored the numbers on the iBookstore recently to get an idea.
Here are the numbers (just to get a rough idea, not scientifically proven)
The iBookstore has finally a feature that lets you browse only iBooks (aka Multi-Touch Books). It displays the numbers of all available Paid and Free iBooks. That is what I was monitoring each morning.
When I started to monitor the iBookstore on May15th it had a total of 3,217 iBooks. If you use January 19th as the start date, then Apple would have approved an average of 26 books a day.
Now here is a table where I wrote down the number from the iBookstore each morning of that day. The two columns next to it show the difference (how many approved that day) and the total number of approved iBooks (paid and free)
There are a few interesting conclusions you can draw from the numbers.
* You see a drop over the weekend. Maybe that is proof that the department is located in the US and not in China or India.
* The approval numbers fluctuate but the average is about twice as high as the 26 books from the original start. So they must have hired more staff (or reading faster)
* Interesting that there was a big junk of free iBooks yanked off the bookstore
Another unscientific info about the bestseller ranking from my own stats.
With about 10 sales a day I land in the 30s rank.
WIth about 2 sales a day it ranges from number 50-100
Those numbers fluctuate wildly and I'm sure there are other factors (i.e. total sales) in that calculation.
It would be interesting to hear numbers and experiences from other users.