Morning Links 21 July 2010

Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck to develop e-book platform

German media companies Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck are to join forces and create an online distribution platform to sell e-books to end-consumers. While the business partners have already submitted the paperwork to the European Commission in Brussels for approval, most details are still being kept under wraps. A date for the platform to go online has also not been set yet.

Japan's publishing companies stepping up efforts to develop e-book market

Japan's publishing industry is searching for new business opportunities in the e-book market as major publishers plan to make a full-scale foray into electronic publishing.

According to research company Impress R&D, the Japanese e-book market grew 24 percent from the previous year to an estimated 57.4 billion yen in fiscal 2009, with about 80 percent of the total revenue coming from digital comics for mobile phones.

Survey: iPad edging out ereaders, game devices

Apple's iPad may be putting a damper on demand for ereaders and portable game consoles, according to the results of a new survey by Resolve Market Research. The study examined the spending habits and attitudes of current and potential owners of iPads and other mobile devices.

Among those who own or plan to pick up an iPad, 60 percent see the tablet as most enjoyable for playing games. As a result, 38 percent say they won't buy a dedicated portable game console after picking up an iPad.

With Change Comes... Anger?

It's July 18, and I've sold more than 5000 ebooks on Kindle this month. At the current royalty rates, that's over nine thousand dollars.

I would think that this constitutes success, by almost anyone's definition.

And yet, around the internet, in person, and even in the comments section of my own blog, I see a lot of animosity toward the ebook future in general, and me in particular.

How odd.

About Nate Hoffelder (11371 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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