How Can E-Books Revolutionize Literacy and Publishing in Africa?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

E-books can reach people in Africa who might otherwise never get books. Some even say the Internet represents “Africa’s Gutenberg Moment.” By Edward Nawotka Today’s editorial by Tolu Ogunlesi looks at a recent literacy campaign in Nigeria to inspire more people to read. The government led campaign is the latest in a long line of similar campaigns, many of which …

Creating Free Content to Sell More Content: A Good Idea or Not?

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At the Mediabistro eBook Summit, held yesterday in New York City, book marketing dominated the morning sessions. But nobody was talking about print advertising or book tours. Instead, well-trodden topics like social media, online audience building and reader demographics were discussed in light of the growing e-book sales in the United States. As an e-book publisher, Brendan …

Does Java-based E-Reading Still Have Potential in North America and Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Wattpad’s global growth, particularly in Southeast Asia, where the majority of users continue to rely on feature phones running Java-based e-readers. This market has been largely abandoned in the North America and Europe in favor of catering to smartphone users demanding advanced features. Wattpad offers free ebooks, which is part of the …

By Sticking with Java, E-Book Publisher Wattpad Exhibits Huge International Growth

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• In August, Wattpad published usage analytics for downloads and readers of the company’s ebooks. The report covers desktop usage, as well as some 1,000 different phone models from 600 carriers in 160 countries (excluding China). • While English-language books and readers using smartphones remains the strongest segment, growth among Southeast Asian readers using Java-based feature phones is nearly as …

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 …

What’s the Buzz: Wattpad in India; LeWeb Conference in Paris; Hans Georg Heepe Obituary

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Siobhan O’Leary Wattpad, which has dubbed itself “the world’s most popular ebook community,” is making headlines with the announcement that its mobile application will now be available on India’s largest cell phone carrier, Bharti Airtel. Paul Biba of Teleread said, “As mobile Internet users significantly outnumber broadband users in India this dramatically expands Wattpad’s reach.” This …