Three German Booksellers, a Telecom, and a Major Media Company Walk Into a Press Conference…

Three German Booksellers, a Telecom, and a Major Media Company Walk Into a Press Conference... eBookstore It looks like the ebook world could be turned upside down on Friday.

On 1 March, Thalia, WeltBild, and Hugendubel, 3 major German media retailers, will be joining Deutche Telekom and Bertelsmann (parent company of publishers, record labels, and media companies) in announcing something.

I have no firm info on what will be announced, but I will note that one of my readers made sure to bring this to my attention and then connect me to Weltbild's pr dept. Weltbild is understandably not sharing any details, but they have confirmed that a press conference will be taking place.

And given that 3 participants will be booksellers, it seems more than likely that this will be something related to ebooks. When you throw in the media company and and Deutche Telekom it looks like we might be seeing a major new ebook platform. That's what Johannes of lesen.net believes, and I agree that it is a possibility.

I did ask yesterday if the new coalition was buying Nook Media (more as a joke than anything) but did not receive a response.  I regard Nook Media as a low probability option, but it's not impossible.

All 3 booksellers have their own ebook/ereader solution, and so does Deutche Telekom. Some of DT subsidiaries telecoms offer an ebookstore built and run by txtr (Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia is one) and DT also has an ebookstore called PagePlace. Also, Deutche Telekom has a history of working with txtr and had planned to sell and support the txtr Reader in 2009, but that device never made it to the market.

Now that I think about it, it's rather curious that txtr wasn't mentioned as being part of the press event. They are not a bit player in the ebook market (certainly not in Europe), so their absence raises interesting questions which will unfortunately have to go unanswered.

I can't wait until Friday.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

4 Comments

  1. fjtorres26 February, 2013

    Hmm, if they were buying Nook Riggio wouldn’t need to take the rest of B&N private…

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder26 February, 2013

      I don’t think so either, but one can dream.

      Reply
  2. walfischbucht26 February, 2013

    Telekom. They got a history of dropping the ball at Deutsche Telekom. Way back they even thought about providing the Readius. Remember that one? We shall see …

    Reply
  3. getchos27 February, 2013

    Well… it can only get better.

    Except “maybe” for Amazon, the german eBook Market is confusing and not consistent. Every company offers its own half baked solution and most of them aren’t really user friendly.

    Reply

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