New eBook Gift Card Platform Launches in the Netherlands

Virtually all ebooks are sold online, but if today's news is any indication then there's a growing desire to sell them in brick-and-mortar stores as well. I've just come across a news report on yet another startup which is working to get ebook gift cards into stores. Qinqo made a major splash last week when they launched their new service. They already have 300 retail stores from several chains signed up to sell their cards.

Their service works a little different from that of Livrada's or the magazine subscription cards I reported on some time back. Rather than just sell cards which entitle the buyer to download a single title, Qinqo also offers author and genre cards.

These other cards were developed with gift-giving in mind. Ever receive a book and wish it were a different title by the same author? That is the kind of problem that the author card is intended to solve, and the genre card works much the same way.

In addition to the cards, Qinqo is working on a vending machine type of concept where the customer can choose a title, buy it, and receive a download code on a slip of paper.

A similar machine showed up in Japan last year, but it is not known whether it has had much commercial success.

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On a related note, the Canadian startup Enthrill is having a fair amount of success in signing up retailers (including booksellers) in both the US and Canada. They're not quite ready to go public yet, but when they are you will be surprised.

via eReaders.nl

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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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