Should publishers invest in creating stand-alone apps for individual titles? Or, with the enhanced titles available within bookseller platforms, are they a losing proposition?
German Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, as well as Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom, have launched Tolino, a new ebook platform to compete with Amazon.
By focusing on movie tie-ins and visual curation, UK app developers of The Nudge List hope to attract book buyers not accustomed to using traditional book sites.
Agency pricing is all but dead and in the UK its aftermath has taught the industry with some hard lessons. It left many fearing even greater dominance by Amazon.
In the UK, Vintage Books and Aimer Media have launched the Murakami Diary app, which offers 6 new exclusive short stories by Haruki Murakami for £1.99.
Several newspapers suggest that disappointing sales of ereaders over the holidays in deference to booming tablet sales marks the end of the ereader boom.
News out of Japan suggests Apple will launch Japanese-language ebooks in January, with a selection of 80,000 titles from publishers including Kadokawa, Shogakukan, and Kodansha.
For long-time ebook buyers indoctrinated in Amazon’s convenient ecosystem, trying to make the switch to a competitor can lead to frustration and disappointment.
Surprisingly, Apple leads Brazil’s ebook sales, but by 2014 Amazon should dominate, with Kobo, Google, Saraiva and others behind. We explain why.
Apple’s Brazilian store is selling more ebooks than Amazon, Kobo and Brazilian retailer Saraiva; Groupo Editoral Record hits 70, and Amazon signs up retail partners.