Textunes Sold 50,000 E-books in Germany in 09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary


By Siobhan O’Leary

As in the US, there has been a disappointingly paltry revelation of hard figures in Germany when it comes to e-book sales. However, Berlin-based startup textunes, which teams with publishers to make e-books available for use on mobile devices (particularly the iPhone and iPod Touch), has just announced that it sold 50,000 e-books in the last twelve months (80% of which were sold in the last six months). As reported in Buchreport, prices for these e-books ranged from €.79 to €24.99 and the number of books downloaded in that period jumps to 350,000 if free reading samples are included. The textunes app is currently installed on 100,000 of the 2 million iPhones in use in Germany.

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.