Rakuten Kobo discovered that its biggest hurdle was that most of its manufacturing was in China and Taiwan. And e-readers suddenly were selling fast.
Appealing to Amazon, Google, Apple, and other online book retailers, Richard Charkin asks for a change in how quickly publishers are paid in the pandemic.
Rakuten Kobo will use Shelfie’s tech to identify reader preferences for recommendations and to offer ebook editions of print books owned by users.
In the USA, BookExpo includes audiobook events. In Canada, ebook design is stressed in a competition. And in the UK, a bookseller features a self-published novel.
Entering a sector with a checkered track record, Canada’s Kobo and The Netherlands’ bol.com start an ebook subscription model for 9.99 euros a month.
Taking over from Deutsche Telekom as the Tolino alliance’s e-reading tech partner in Germany, Canada’s Rakuten Kobo enlarges its European footprint.