By Emily Williams
Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds
The initiative is oriented toward small and medium-sized publishers and its announcement coincides with the launch of Libranda, the e-book distribution platform backed by Spain’s largest publishing houses. Telefónica has been mentioned as a potential partner for Libranda from the beginning (see the Telefónica mobile brand Movistar listed under Stores on the Libranda website), with the telecom giant positioned to become an online bookseller for digital book content, building on its experience and customer base in the mobile space. This new agreement is presumably a move to speed up the digital content creation process and get access to books to sell in the future.
On the do-it-yourself end of the spectrum, meanwhile, Spanish self-publishing leader Bubok announced a partnership with the Canadian e-book community site Wattpad, which allows writers who publish books with Bubok to make their books available on Wattpad’s platform and mobile apps, and connect with the increasingly international community of Wattpad users.
(Here is more background information on Wattpad from TechCrunch.)