Germany’s Thalia Bookstore to Launch Dedicated E-Reader in October

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Following in the footsteps of Barnes & Noble in the US, Germany’s largest book chain Thalia is set to release its own e-reader in October. In a statement to the Boersenblatt, Thalia spokeswoman Mirjam Berle announced that further details about the device (including partners secured) would be revealed on September 4th at the IFA conference in Berlin. …

India Gets Its First Homegrown E-reader

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Meet the Wink, India’s first e-reader launched by Bangalore-based digital publisher EC Media International. Launched Thursday, the Wink eReaders are available in Wi-Fi and 3G models priced at INR 11,490 ($247) and INR 14,990 ($323). The Wink supports 15 Indian languages (a good thing in a country with 22 official languages) and has access to the Wink …

Try a Kobo eReader in your Hotel Room

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Kobo and Random House are spreading the word about e-reading to hotel guests. At 10 Fairmont Hotels locations in the USA and Canada, guests can use a Kobo eReader loaded with bestselling Random House titles by authors like Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith…all for free! Guests even get coupons off Random House titles …

What Features Do You Long for in an E-reader?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the launch of Shanda Literature’s Bambook e-reader, which among its notable features — and perhaps for the first time anywhere — promises to provide a means for solar recharging (though it is not yet clear if this is via an adapter or built in). It’s a novel idea: think of putting the …

More Kindle E-Reader Clones Surfacing in Taipei

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Mr. Jung-Wen Wang, president of Yuan-liou Publishing company, is not the only publisher to embrace the e-reader market in Taiwan. However, he is leading the way by providing the market with a unique Yuan-Liou Jin Yong Reader, which comes pre-loaded the complete works of Jin Yong (Louis Cha), the most popular kung fu novelist among the …

Hanwang, China’s Largest E-reader Manufacturer, Cooperates with 40 Newspapers

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: On May 24, while Hanwang e-reader consumers find that they could pay and read Wenhui Pao and Xinmin Evenning News, two of Shanhai’s most popular local dailies, Hanwang, the largest e-reader manufacturer in the country reached agreements with 40 Chinese newspapers. According to Science and Technology Daily based in Beijing, Hanwang is now building a online …

Aussies Get Kobo, Half to Buy E-Readers in Three Years

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Kobo is now available Down Under. REDgroup retail launched its Kobo ereader and e-books platform in Sydney earlier this week, reports Bookseller+Publisher. The reader is available at the group’s Borders website and priced at $199. It is is also available at Borders stores, and is expected to be available in Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls in the …

Stephen King Rejects iPad, Praises Kindle, Furnishes with Books

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here’s something I don’t get to write that often: Stephen King agrees with me (sort of). It the April 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, King devotes his pop culture column — this week’s title is “Inspector of Gadgets” — to the forthcoming iPad. As you might remember, King was himself a pitchman for the launch of …

Does Turning Classics into Video Games Indoctrinate Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s a trend going on: We’re seeing more and more classics being turned into video games. Today’s lead story describes how Nintendo is planning to release 100 French language classics for their Nintendo DS handheld game machine (something they’ve already done in Japan and the UK). Earlier this month we saw the release of a video game …