French Publishers Launch E-book Distribution Platform

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported today that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform in mid-June, with full operation of the system expected in September of this year. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Distributor Epagine is also involved. …

China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: China Mobile — the world’s largest cell phone carrier — has announced that it was building China’s largest online digital bookstore. The company plans to offer its subscribers 3G wireless access to online publications including digital books, comics, newspapers and magazines — some 60,000 titles in all — and hopes to attract some 200 million users …

Is the EU’s 18% Tax on Spanish E-books Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the launch of Libranda, Spain’s new e-book distribution platform. Along with the announcement is the news that e-books will be charged at the same tax rate as computer software — 18% — instead of the lower 4% rate that is typically applied by “cultural products,” such as books. The Spanish government wants to …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

Google & Verizon Developing iPad Competitor

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Google is in a great position to compete with the likes of Amazon and Apple — Google Books is, after all, a tremendously rich repository of literature, probably more so than anyone truly knows. The one thing they are lacking is a device that will work as a proper e-reader, one to compete with the iPad and …

Santillana Launches Interactive eTextbook Platform in Catalonia

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Tuesday at the Seville Book Fair, leading Spanish educational publisher Santillana announced the launch of a new “web-book” model of textbooks.  The online textbooks are enhanced with images and links and interactive features, and are designed to display on electronic blackboards and laptops in the classroom.  Students will be able to access the web-books online from home …

What Booksellers Want

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Thursday in New York City, a panel of three independent booksellers told a room full of marketers and publicists that free pizza will get teens to read (and buy) a book, that promotional posters and bookmarks are mostly just clutter, and why they aren’t selling e-books in their stores. The event, called “What Booksellers Want,” was …

Can Publishers Transform into Transmedia Storytellers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It’s getting lots of buzz, but transmedia storytelling is expensive, requires people with skills (animation, computer programming)  that publishers don’t traditionally have on staff, and requires one to work more like a theater troupe than a corporation. Can traditional publishers make the jump into this new, potentially profitable medium? Read our lead story and tell us what …