Chunghwa Telecom Launches Hami Epub3 Publisher

chunghwa[1]The big name ebookstores like Amazon, Apple, and B&N may be getting all the attention but that’s not the whole of the ebook market. The niche language markets are starting to be dominated by like Ookbee, and it looks like Chunghwa Telecom might be moving in the same direction.

Earlier this month this Taiwan based telecom announced a new digital publishing platform. Hami Publisher is intended to help local publishers create and sell ebooks in CHT’s Hami ebookstore. This free tool is expected to reduce costs and help boost the growth of digital publishing in Taiwan. Hami Publisher is capable of creating Epub3 ebooks with all the latest features including interactive content, javascript, embedded video and audio, all of which reportedly complies with the Epub3 spec released by the IDPF last October.

On a related note, Hami is more than just an ebookstore. CHT launched it in 2008 and it also sells Android apps, music, and videos. I can’t find info on the other content but it reportedly stocks 70 thousand titles from 250 local publishers.

CHT reports that they have over 1,000,000 ebook customers (about 4% of the population of Taiwan) who have downloaded over 6 million titles. They hope Hami Publisher will help boost the number of users past two million and cumulative downloads to 10 million by the end of the year.

On the other hand, Chunghwa Telecom is likely overly optimistic in their goals. They had previously planned to reach 1 million users by the end of 2011 but only accomplished the goal in late 2012.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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