Deutsche Telekom To Enter the E-book Business

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

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 …

Japanese E-book Moves: Multiple Collaborative Platforms Planned

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Japan’s e-book market, which has been strong on the manga side and for user-created content but nearly non-existent when it comes to traditional prose books, looks like it’s preparing to expand.¬†Last week saw the announcement¬†of a new e-book platform under development from NTT DOCOMO, the country’s largest mobile operator, and Dai Nippon Printing, a large printing company …

Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck Team for E-book Distribution in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German media giants Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck are teaming up to create an online direct to consumer e-book distribution platform focused on German-language e-books from their own programs, as well as from third parties. According to The Bookseller, the partners have not yet announced a launch date but have submitted paperwork to the European Commission in Brussels for …

Is the EU’s 18% Tax on Spanish E-books Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the launch of Libranda, Spain’s new e-book distribution platform. Along with the announcement is the news that e-books will be charged at the same tax rate as computer software — 18% — instead of the lower 4% rate that is typically applied by “cultural products,” such as books. The Spanish government wants to …