Citing heavy competition in online retail, two major book publishers in Poland have created an online bookstore of their own called Inverso.
“Just Great Bookselling”: Bilbary’s Simple Vision, Big Ambition
Upstart UK e-bookseller and library Bilbary is open access, international and strives to offer a genuine alternative. Innovative? No. Just great bookselling.
KNV to Sell E-reader with Branded E-bookstores
KNV, Germany’s largest wholesaler, will begin selling the iriver Story HD with branded e-bookstores for individual booksellers.
Pearson Gets Green Light on REDgroup Online Acquisition
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission “will not oppose the acquisition of REDgroup Online by Pearson Australia Group.”
Are Seasonal “Pop-up” Bookstores the Answer to Sluggish Sales?
By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Berlin’s Dialogue Books, an English-language bookstore that was open for just six months — and then moved online. In the story bookseller Sharmaine Lovegrove describes the store as a “pop-up” bookstore. Opening short run, pop-up retail locations is increasingly trendy. You tend to hear of them “popping up” around specific events, such as …
The Short, Happy Life – and Digital Afterlife – of Berlin’s Dialogue Books
After operating for six months as a pop-up bookstore, bookseller Sharmaine Lovegrove took her popular English-language store in Berlin online.
Borders Bookstores Bankruptcy News Roundup
By Hannah Johnson The Borders Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and will receive $505 million in Debtor-in Possession (DIP) financing. According to the press release, Borders will continue “serve customers in the normal course” but will close approximately 30% of its retail locations under its Store Reduction Program. Publishers Weekly reports that Borders owes millions of dollars …
Bloggers Credited with Boosting 2010 Sales at UK Online Bookseller Book Depository
By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Back in 2009 we first profiled the Book Depository, a UK-based online bookseller, about their global ambitions. So, some 18 months later, how did the Book Depository – still not a household name when it comes to bookselling –- achieve a rise in sales of more than 70% for the half year to December 2010? “If …
Spanish E-books Go Mobile with Telecom Giant Telefónica
By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds shook hands on a deal that allows the publishers to avail themselves of Telefónica’s technical expertise. The press release implies help with digitizing content (with a strong emphasis on standards that suggests adherence to the epub format), as well as access to Telefónica’s customer base through …
China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy
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 …