Buenos Aires Book Fair: Is Google Books en Espanol Imminent?

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Digital is a hot topic at this year’s Buenos Aires Book Fair. The event’s professional program opened with a presentation by Bob Stein, of the Center for the Future of the Book, discussing digital innovation and a new pavilion featuring tablets, e-readers and mobile phones highlights opportunities for Argentines to delve into e-books. The American government has erected …

Spain’s Telefónica Moves into Social Networking, Buys Tuenti

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, which took its first steps into the ebook market a month ago (as we reported here), last week laid down $70 million to acquire a 90% interest in Tuenti, Spain’s biggest homegrown social networking site. Tuenti has 8 million users and is especially popular among the young 14-20 age group. The move injects needed …

Spanish E-books Go Mobile with Telecom Giant Telefónica

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

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 …