When it’s ‘impossible for suppliers to reach their consumers without’ platforms the publishers’ association argues, market power ‘warrants close scrutiny.’
In a Times report on counterfeited book sales online—and a ringing response from Amazon—a long-growing publishing retail debate moves into the spotlight.
In the Russian market, some see online retail as a key to future sales growth, while major chains are seeing good book sales in physical stores.
Talking, among other things, of developing an loyalty program for consumers based in blockchain tokens, a spokesman for Poland’s Merlin.pl talks about its latest move to gain dominance in the market.
E-books represent just 0.25% of the Russian book market and growth has been hampered by piracy, legal issues, and reticence, still consumer demand is growing.
Despite a tech-savvy population of avid readers, Singapore has been overlooked by the global e-booksellers and local solutions are slow in developing.
At this year’s Paris Book Fair, France’s 3rd largest online bookseller, Decrite.fr plans to launch ‘tea,’ an open source, multi-platform e-book ‘alternative.’
Feel free to install it on the web browsers of those colleagues who are too smug about how much money they save shopping at Amazon.
‘We suggest that Amazon pay an affiliate fee to such bricks and mortar stores,’ said bookseller Roxanne Coady in response to Amazon’s Price Check campaign.
Spain’s biggest bookseller Casa del Libro, France’s Fnac, America’s Amazon, and several smaller competitors have turned Spain into an e-book battleground.
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