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 …

Android Becomes Top Smartphone Platform Worldwide

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Often, publishers and content creators develop for Apple devices first, and then think about expanding development to the Android, Blackberry and other mobile platforms. However, a new report from tech industry analysis firm Canalys shows that Android and Nokia’s Symbian platforms have shipped more devices worldwide. In 2011, as competition heats up in the mobile sphere both …

Don’t Trip: App Lets You Read and Walk at the Same Time

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson We all know what happens when you walk and look at your phone at the same time: accidents happen (seriously, click here to laugh). Well now, you can avoid running into things while you are reading e-books on your smartphone by using the MegaReader app. MegaReader announced a new feature, the “Heads Up Display”. This feature overlays …

Read Library E-books on iPhone and Android Devices

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It appears that library lending is going digital. Overdrive, a global distributor of digital content to libraries and schools, announced its new mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices yesterday. With these apps, users can download e-books and audiobooks from library catalogs directly to their mobile devices. The content automatically expires after the check-out period is over. …

Google Books ‘auf Deutsch’

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Interview by Nicholas Gary Yesterday’s news about Hachette Livre’s deal with Google to scan and sell 40 to 50,000 out-of-print books came as something of a surprise to many. Could the same thing happen in Germany? Annabella Weiss, the manager for Google Books for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, won’t say. But she did speak with Nicholas Gary of Actualitté, about what …

Web 2.0 Publishing with BookRix

In What's the Buzz by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco Gunnar Siewert doesn’t come from a publishing background. He worked at Bertelsmann Music Group from 1992 to 2002, a watershed era of “democratization and digitalization” for the music industry that profoundly affected the founding of his Web 2.0 publishing platform, BookRix. Siewert sees BookRix as a MySpace for literature where writers and readers interact without mediation. Talk …

Enhanced E-books 5X More Popular than Conventional E-books, says Germany’s Textunes

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

• Germany’s textunes reports that sales of its enhanced e-books have surpassed conventional e-books • Managing Director Simon Seeger credits the iPad with some of this growth By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based textunes announced last week that downloads of its e-books have doubled to the one million mark in the past six months, with enhanced e-books emerging as the most popular …

Does Java-based E-Reading Still Have Potential in North America and Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Wattpad’s global growth, particularly in Southeast Asia, where the majority of users continue to rely on feature phones running Java-based e-readers. This market has been largely abandoned in the North America and Europe in favor of catering to smartphone users demanding advanced features. Wattpad offers free ebooks, which is part of the …

Mobile Content Pricing and Business Models in China

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Emma House Emma House attended the Shanghai Exclusive Publishers Trip organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair and Creative Publishing Consulting. She reported on the ereader market in China last week. China is a massive country as we all know, with a vast population living in rural areas. Such areas suffer from a lack of bookstores, limited selection of books, …

Romanian Alexandru Brie Aims to Bring iApp Books to the Masses

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Romanian app developer Alexandru Brie has already produced several bestselling book apps and now intends to bring standalone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform. • He promises a platform that allows “anyone, regardless of their programming skills, to turn their HTML content into a customizable self-contained e-book app.” By Edward Nawotka BUCHAREST: iPhone/iPad e-book frenzy is …