A social network for book lovers has launched in Argentina, and it’s said to be gaining users across the Spanish-speaking world.
In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales.
Penguin Random House ‘holds an effective veto on the success of ebook subscription services,” says Shelfie’s Peter Hudson.
Shelfie’s executives in Canada talk about the startup scene in book publishing—and conclude it’s not as hot as it used to be. What are the lessons learned?
Taking over from Deutsche Telekom as the Tolino alliance’s e-reading tech partner in Germany, Canada’s Rakuten Kobo enlarges its European footprint.
Just launched this month by No Shelf Required and Total Boox, Croatia Reads’ ‘free reading zone’ offers thousands of free ebooks to residents and visitors.
Legimi cofounder Mikołaj Małaczyński is optimistic that Poland’s already growing ebook market could further benefit from lower VAT rates proposed by the EC.
In quick expansion, the Russian ebook subscription service Bookmate started life as an e-reader producer, and evolved into a subscription service.
Two earthquake-zone universities in Italy are getting special access to Springer Nature resources, as Kobo announces its partnership with Fnac in Spain.
In a consistent German book market, the Boersenverein reports rising ebook sales by volume, but lower prices are driving down revenue from digital products.