Barnes & Noble has been struggling to launch its digital business in the UK and other Western, English-speaking countries. Kobo has been executing a careful but aggressive international expansion plan that will have it selling devices in 24 countries by the end of next year. Apple’s hip products are sold in retail stores in 14 countries and are used all over the world.
Amazon has its sights set on besting them all. It announced yesterday that it would begin selling its Kindle Fire HD tablets in 170 countries around the world. It will start shipping to some of those countries on June 13.
While the move represents a daunting logistical challenge for Amazon, it could represent a huge opportunity for publishers ready to distribute their ebooks to the developing world.
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Open Road’s Directions (paidContent)
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Simon & Schuster Partners on New Shakespeare Apps (DBW)
Perhaps taking a cue from Sourcebooks, which is selling The Shakespearience interactive Shakespeare apps, Simon & Schuster has partnered with Folger Shakespeare Library to create a set of interactive Shakespeare apps of its own.
What It’s Like to Work in Biz Dev at a Publishing House (Pub Trends)
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Ruckus Gets Grant to Build New Collaborative Reading Technology (DBW)
Children’s reading platform and publisher Ruckus Media has gotten a grant from the National Science Foundation to create technology that would allow parents to read digitally together even if they were not in the same location.
When Children’s Print Goes Digital (DBW)
StorySticker is a new technology that allows parents to record themselves reading a print children’s book and then attach that digital recording to a specific print edition that can be read at bedtime over and over again, even if mom and dad aren’t around.
Shindig and DBW Partner to Bring Exclusive Event to the Web (DBW)
The DBW/Workman/AAP networking and panel discussion event next month on women in publishing careers sold out in two days. Limited space and high interest were the culprits. So, we partnered with Shindig to bring you the next best thing. Participants will be able to ask questions of the panel, network with each other and get an exclusive Q&A.
Tolino Now Carries Self-Published Ebooks (The Digital Reader)
Tolino, the new e-reading and ebook retail company from Germany will now carry self-published ebooks from Holtzbrinck-owned ePubli.
Alternate Routes for E Ink (The Digital Reader)
The company best known for its e-reader screens needs to diversify as e-readers are slowly (and depressingly) headed the way of the dodo.
In Case You Missed It: Your Self-Publishing Questions Answered (The Book Designer)
The Book Designer gets an avalanche of questions on self-publishing every day. Here is a bevy of answers. Authors, self-publishers, indie publishers, big publishers: Build better ebooks! Related: Avoiding Ebook Casualties – The Importance of Quality Assurance.
Borders: From the Department of Sad (PW)
One set of Borders creditors that won’t get paid out anything in its bankruptcy: Gift-card holders. Borders had about $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards when it went belly up. That’s a couple million books that will never get bought.
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