Last week, Open Road Media announced that it has partnered with Barcelona Digital Editions to form Ciudad de Libros/Open Road Español. Roca advises publishers looking to international markets to partner with local, independent publishers to manage distribution and marketing because, “each market needs a different approach, appropriate to its readers.”
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Kobo Goes To India (DBW)
Kobo’s digital reading platform has arrived in India, thanks to partnerships with Crossword, WHSmith and Croma. The company’s timing seems right; results from an Ipsos India survey show that 56% of readers who are aware of digital reading options “would prefer to read digital content on a dedicated e-reading device.”
WH Smith Back Online (BookSeller)
Customers looking for ebooks, however, are being directed to Kobo’s e-tail site where self-published titles are increasingly available. WH Smith certainly lost significant revenue over the nearly four days the site was off line in an effort to stop self-published pornographic ebooks from showing up along side other genres.
Scribd CEO on the Economics of Ebook Subscriptions (DBW)
Subscription services for ebooks are becoming progressively more common. But how does the publisher get paid? Trip Adler, CEO of Scribd answers that question and a whole lot more in his conversation with DBW.
Personalized E-Cookbooks For Tablets From MyRecipes (DBW)
Time Inc.’s recipe portal MyRecipes.com announced its new, personalized digital publishing platform for cookbooks yesterday. Consumers can create tablet versions of their favorite recipe collections with MyRecipes content or their own.
Mackin and Random House Partner on Ebooks for School Libraries (DBW)
School libraries, preK-12, that are current Mackin ebook customers can also purchase Random House ebooks for lending.
Nook Announces App for Windows 8.1 (DBW)
The updated app from Barnes & Noble assimilate Windows 8.1 features, supporting live title sizes, an improved snap view and the option to import from SkyDrive. The app also lets customers shop Nook using their Microsoft account.
Atria Publishing Delivers Ebooks To Boutique Hotel Guests (DBW)
The Reads on the Road program from Atria and Kimpton’s 70 park avenue hotel makes ebooks from New York Times bestselling authors available for guests to download onto their tablets or laptops.
A Debacle In Ebook Discovery, Recommendations and Curation (The Shatzkin Files)
Is metadata misused by deceitful individuals to place adult content alongside other genres on e-tailer sites? Does digital discovery significantly impact publishers’ sales? And, how can titles best be filtered and recommended to online customers?
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