Kobo Partners With Major European Booksellers As Global English E-book Sales Surge

On Monday, we took a look at the European e-book market, on foot of the opening of Amazon Spain in September, last week’s new French Kindle Store, and widespread rumors that dedicated Kindle Stores will open in Spain and Italy shortly. One of the commenters to that piece asked about Kobo, given that I had flagged their European expansion as one to watch during the summer. I responded that Kobo had struggled to find appropriate partners in key markets. Well, that has now changed. Yesterday also saw the beginning of the Frankfurt Book Fair which is at least partly responsible for the European focus of much of the news, as well as the flurry of announcements this week, including a big Read More…

E-reader War Heats Up. How Can You Profit?

The big players are already jockeying for position in advance of what promises to be a bumper holiday season for e-reader, tablet, and e-book sales. All the major manufacturers are expected to release new e-readers and tablets including Sony, Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. In addition, there are expected to be a range of devices from a selection of manufacturers tied to the Google platform. While users of one device aren’t necessarily chained to the retailer’s e-bookstore, customers will tend to do most of their shopping there because it’s just easier. The one major exception to that trend was Apple.

Kobo Targets Europe While Amazon Sleeps At The Wheel

Amazon has been putting out fires all over the US, engaging in fierce firefights to retain its market share in e-books and e-readers, as well as branching out into newer territory such as publishing. But while all this has been going on, Kobo has been stealing a march in the international arena. They already have localized stores in the Canada, UK, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as a retail presence in New Zealand. After securing a fresh round of funding in April, Kobo announced plans for a major European expansion. It has begun. Kobo has launched a local-language store in Germany. And they aren’t just matching Amazon Germany’s offering of 25,000 local language books, they are blowing it out Read More…

E-Reader War Heats Up and Amazon Launch New Imprints

Now that Transfection has flown the net, we can get back to business. Tomorrow, I will continue my free guide to self-publishing with a section on pricing. Today, I want to look at some of the big news stories of the last week or so. The E-Reader War Hots Up On Monday, Canadian upstart Kobo launched a new touchscreen e-reader for the tasty price of $129.99. It only weighs 200 grams (take that, iPad!) and uses the same e-ink technology as the Kindle (easy on the eyes, can be read in sunlight). It can store up to 1,000 books (and can be expanded to 30,000 with memory cards).

Making Money From Writing, Part 3: Sales Channels

For the last two days we looked at the various markets where you can sell your short stories and novels. Yesterday we covered the reasons why you should be cautious before you self-publish your work. Today we are going to look at the various sales channels where you can sell you self-published stories: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, Diesel, and Xinxii. You should be publishing on all of them. It requires very little work once you have done your formatting, and if you don’t you are cutting your sales for no good reason.

You Can Go Your Own Way: European Publishers Double Down On America's Mistakes

I had promised that this blog will have more of an international focus, and that hasn’t been the case to date.  My excuse is that most of the companies and events driving change have been American, and the US is far ahead of the world in terms of e-reader and e-book adoption rates. And it’s where the rest of the world is headed at greater or lesser speeds. At this point we have covered a lot of the basics, so it’s time to take a little trip around Europe to see what’s going on in some of the larger book markets.

You Can Go Your Own Way: European Publishers Double Down On America’s Mistakes

I had promised that this blog will have more of an international focus, and that hasn’t been the case to date.  My excuse is that most of the companies and events driving change have been American, and the US is far ahead of the world in terms of e-reader and e-book adoption rates. And it’s where the rest of the world is headed at greater or lesser speeds. At this point we have covered a lot of the basics, so it’s time to take a little trip around Europe to see what’s going on in some of the larger book markets.

Amazon: The 800 Pound Gorilla

In trying to piece together a snapshot of the rapidly changing publishing landscape, we have taken a look at the challenges facing the traditional houses, the rise of the digital tide, how the price of a book breaks out, piracy, and the sudden ascension of the e-book to being the #1 selling format in the U.S. Today we are going to talk about the 800 Pound Gorilla.