In another deal that expands its international reach, Canada’s Kobo is taking on the ebook customers of South African bookseller Exclusive Books.
In quick expansion, the Russian ebook subscription service Bookmate started life as an e-reader producer, and evolved into a subscription service.
Literacy nonprofit Worldreader was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the year’s most innovative companies for its work using digital books to fight poverty.
Istanbul’s Mephisto Bookstore bustles with business and proves there is hip, happening indie bookselling all over the world.
E-readers and digital publishing continue to foster the market for the hardest forms of erotic fiction, a market traditional publishers fail to serve.
A survey of Colorado independent bookstores reveals ebooks sales are tiny and offer just a pittance of profit — often just 50 cents a book.
There is a state of confusion in the Arab world regarding digital publishing, with educational institutions at the forefront, though take up is slow.
‘We are finally shedding archaic typographic rules, and technology now allows emotion to return to printed text,’ argues Anthony Franco of EffectiveUI.
Worldreader now offers solar-powered charging stations for schools and libraries in Africa; France’s Bookeen is developing a new light-powered e-ink device.
Dani Zacarias of Worldreader argues book donations have a dramatic impact on the developing world and it is both easier and cheaper in the digital age.