Enhanced E-books 5X More Popular than Conventional E-books, says Germany’s Textunes

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

• Germany’s textunes reports that sales of its enhanced e-books have surpassed conventional e-books • Managing Director Simon Seeger credits the iPad with some of this growth By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based textunes announced last week that downloads of its e-books have doubled to the one million mark in the past six months, with enhanced e-books emerging as the most popular …

Are Enhanced E-books Actually “Readable”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the popularity of enhanced e-books in Germany. Much of the real potential for e-books, so the pundits believe, lies in their potential for delivering multimedia options to readers. Some call this the “enhanced” e-book, one that comes with “extras” like you might find on a DVD. This could include additional chapters, interviews …

Germany’s Big Publishers Yet To Sign on with Apple’s iPad

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Germany’s largest publishers have not been as quick to embrace the iPad as their American counterparts. As reported in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Apple has not signed on any of the largest German book publishers to its iBookstore just three weeks before the launch of the device in Germany (though they had already landed Penguin, Hachette, Macmillan, S&S …

Textunes Sold 50,000 E-books in Germany in 09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As in the US, there has been a disappointingly paltry revelation of hard figures in Germany when it comes to e-book sales. However, Berlin-based startup textunes, which teams with publishers to make e-books available for use on mobile devices (particularly the iPhone and iPod Touch), has just announced that it sold 50,000 e-books in the last twelve …