By Siobhan O’Leary
New details are starting to emerge about the Berlin-based txtr e-reader (see our coverage here), the most significant of which is that txtr will be partnering with mobile phone service providers E-Plus and Ecotel to make the txtr reader wireless. Users will be able to purchase books from the txtr bookstore via mobile phone networks anywhere and at any time, as well as easily synchronize their saved documents on txtr.com. BuchMarkt reports the official prices for the txtr reader and for mobile subscriptions will be announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 14th.
Eichborn will finish the first half of 2009 with a loss of 916,930 euros — a huge increase when compared with the loss of 78,713 euros in the first half of 2008. According to a company release, reported in the Boersenblatt, the company’s gross income fell by 22.42% to 4.971 million euros compared to the same period last year. The publisher is not expecting a turn towards profitability by the end of 2009, despite a slight uptick in sales so far in the second half of this year.