Reading in the Cloud: “Spotify for Books” from The Publisher’s Standpoint

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Based on the Spotify model, streaming e-book subscription platforms are tricky to monetize properly for publishers — though they appear to be inevitable. By Javier Celaya MADRID: Yesterday I offered two different points-of-view on whether the streaming, cloud-based Spotify model was suitable to the book world — the first, from the reader’s angle, and the second one from the author’s …

New Zealand’s Kiwa Media Pioneers Multi-lingual, Multi-media (and Maori) E-books for Children

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AUCKLAND: Looking for an enhanced e-book that you can read in English, Spanish, Japanese, Italian Chinese or . . . Maori? Kiwa Media, a software developer in Auckland, New Zealand has has what you need. Throughout 2010, Kiwa Media has launched some fifteen enhanced e-books for children -– dubbed QBooks –- that function like typical illustrated e-books, …

B&N’s NOOKBooks en Español Gives US Retailer Unique Position in Global E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

  By Emily Williams There has been a lot of talk about digital content in Spanish-language publishing over the past three years, and publishers have started the e-book ball rolling with major digitization and e-distribution initiatives, but one key link has still been missing: the final retail connection with the consumer. The booksellers in Spain seem to be dragging their heels, …

Argentina: A Nation of Offbeat Writers, Exquisite Publishers

In English Language by Emily Williams

• This year’s Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair as seen through the eyes of one of its top literary editors • Photo: Argentina Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010 By Alejandra Rodríguez Ballester (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) “If there is one writer that readers outside of Argentina shouldn’t miss, it’s …

Spanish Content: The Next Frontier in the Digital Race

In English Language, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Spanish is the third most-spoken language on the planet, after English and Chinese, and the international digital battleground for Spanish-language e-book publishing is just heating up. • Several projects — most notably, Libranda — have launched in the past year and are making progress in finally supplying this large, hungry market with digital content. By Javier Celaya To date, …