Deutsche Telekom To Enter the E-book Business

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

Deutsche Telekom

By Hannah Johnson

The Financial Times Deutschland reported yesterday that among other new services, Deutsche Telekom will launch an e-book distribution platform in the coming weeks. FTD interviewed Edward Kozel, the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Deutsche Telekom. Kozel did not directly comment on an e-book platform, but he did say, “We are speaking with content providers about selling products through Web portals, either bundled with devices or as individual services.”

Of course one of the challenges with offering paid content to phones is building a system for mobile payments. DT is working to develop an international payment system for Europe and the United States. Kozel said DT is looking to partner with AT&T and Verizon in the United States.

In the same article, the Financial Times wrote that it is no longer enough for telecommunication companies to offer better devices and faster service to their customers. They also have to offer other services, like content.

This is not DT’s first move into e-book distribution. Around this time last year, Deutsche Telekom partnered with German e-book retailer Ciando to launch an e-book platform called BooksOn.de, which was targeted at younger readers.

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.