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 …