The most significant ebook-related news of August 2013
When we first created this blog, we had decided that its main objective would not only be to share knowledge and expertise, but also to reflect on the challenges the ebook industry faces. This is why I’ve decided to share with you a short list of the most noteworthy ebook-related news, compiled into a monthly blog post. Keep in mind that the news I select is from an ebook aggregator and distributor’s perspective.
Here is the most significant ebook news that caught my attention in August 2013.
- Swedish libraries helped us (re-) discover the ebook lending model and user experience thanks to the founding of Atingo. This event led us to these two other articles: The Swedish Model and Swedes Think Differently. Both articles contain valuable information for anyone interested in ebook lending in Sweden, and food for thought concerning the ebook lending experience in the province of Quebec, which is spearheaded by De Marque (pretnumerique.ca).
- The month of August was also marked by the Quebec government’s Special consultations and public hearings on the consultation paper on the regulation of retail prices of new printed and digital books. Our principal VP Clément Laberge was invited to share his views and recommendations (which you can read about in his personal blog, in French) as did many of our industry partners. Here are some of the articles which were published in English (click here and here) and in French (read this, this and that).
- There’s a renewed interest in children’s literature, a market segment which digital reading has trouble breaking into: opening of a kid’s e-bookstore at Kobo, Samsung announces a tablet designed for toddlers, Kindle Fire is the most popular e-reading device among children, and Speakaboos announces a new round of investments in its interactive storybook service.
- Amazon officially entered the Mexican market by opening a Kindle store and by partnering with Gandhi bookstores to sell their Kindle devices. Mexico has been a large, untapped market since the very beginning of the digital book wave, and it is expected that most major players will dive into the market later this year or during the course of 2014. The 3rd international ebook symposium will soon be held in Mexico.
- Bundling of printed and digital versions of books was also a hot topic in August, especially when two publishers, PM Press and Dzanc Books, announced they would be bundling a free ebook with each physical book purchased from their websites. Read reactions and thoughts here and here.
- Our partner Kobo has been announcing quite a few things lately: they have some new e-reading devices, there’s that previously mentioned e-bookstore focused on children’s literature, a new partnership with popular offline viewing app Pocket, and Rakuten, the company that owns Kobo, recently bought data analysis specialist PopShops.
- We’re keeping our eyes focused on Asia, especially because our CEO Marc Boutet was there a few days ago. Here are a few articles about the Beijing Book Fair and the Sino-European forum on digital edition. Also of note, China Telecom has launched its own e-reading device, Tianyibook , about 2 weeks ago.
Obviously, this is only a sample of the latest news. Is there anything you feel was worthy of note? Feel free to contribute by adding your news items below.
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