Do Standalone Book Apps Have a Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses Romanian Alexandru Brie’s attempt to bring stand alone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform. As e-books have developed and gained acceptance, there have been two distinct steams of books landing on people’s phones: books packaged as individual apps and e-book reading platforms (such as Kindle, Nook, et al.) that allow …

Are You Developing for Android?

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishers, now that you have all mastered the iBook format and created e-book and apps for Kindle, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry, it’s time to tackle the next rising star of the mobile world: Android. Ok, yes, Android has been around since last year, but only recently has it taken off in the United States. With Android’s open-source …

Why Cell Phones Will Dominate the E-Book Market in China

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group (CPG) -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: China Mobile — the world’s largest cell phone carrier — has announced that it was building China’s largest online digital bookstore. The company plans to offer its subscribers 3G wireless access to online publications including digital books, comics, newspapers and magazines — some 60,000 titles in all — and hopes to attract some 200 million users …