Are Specialty E-bookstores the Way Forward for E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the partnership between Ciando.de, Germany’s leading e-bookstore, and Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s leading telecoms company, for the launch of BooksOn.de — a new e-bookstore that incorporates many of Ciando’s 35,000 titles, but under new branding. Ciando’s CEO Dr. Werner-Christian Guggemos says it’s all about the target audience: “BooksOn clearly addresses a younger audience. When …

Deutsche Telekom/Ciando Partnership Says “Game On” to German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary It’s “game on” — or is that “books on” — in Germany when it comes to the e-book market. Sensing an opportunity to broaden its customer base given last year’s marked increase in e-book sales, German e-book retailer Ciando.de has teamed up with German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom to launch a second e-book platform called BooksOn.de. The …

Will E-books Kill the Remainder Book Business?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Larry May, director of the Spring Book Show, explains the ins-and-outs of the bargain book business, a lucrative secondary market that most publisher would rather not acknowledge. The business deals in hurts, returns, overruns and books that have been published but gone unsold. But as the industry moves closer and closer to digital …

Team Europe Ventures Promises €6 million for Mobile Start-ups

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based investment firm Team Europe Ventures has announced a new initiative to provide funding to promising Internet and mobile Internet startups over the next three years. The €6 million fund will be split among four to five startups each year (approx. €500,000 each), which will be hand-selected by Team Europe Ventures and a team of partners. The …

Why is Spain So Slow to Launch E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Spanish publishers Maeva and Random House Mondadori are approaching the mobile and e-book markets in Spain. While both are making progress in the mobile market, the e-book segment appears stalled in beta. The market for Spanish-language e-books has potential to be huge, as it encompasses both Spain and all of Mexico, Central …

Digital Case Study: The Mobile and E-book Market in Spain

In Editorial & Opinion, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams This is a continuation of our Digital Case Study of Spain. Yesterday we covered publishers’ online marketing strategies. You can read that article here. Spanish-language publishers have taken their time moving into the e-book market, but that is finally changing. Using two companies as examples — small independent publisher Maevea and Random House Mondadori — we take a …

SXSW Digerati: Publishing Assassins or Saviors?

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Q: What do Israeli Mossad agents on a not-so-secret mission to Dubai and the digerati at SXSW have in common? A: Both groups are assassins disguised as geeks wearing thick black plastic glasses. SXSW: I think saw the future in Austin: It was wearing black plastic glasses. This year’s SXSWi — short for South-by-Southwest Interactive — gave …

Is Thalia Thinking About Publishing E-books?

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary From Barnes & Noble to the German grocery chain Rewe, it is not uncommon these days to hear about retailers (book and otherwise) trying their hand at publishing books. In an interview with WirtschaftsWoche, Michael Busch, who heads up the largest German book chain Thalia, was asked if the chain has plans to publish its own line of …

Biggest E-Book Deal in Germany, Ever

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka According to an announcement from Springer: “The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a …