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Old 03-02-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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New online e-book platform to offer 100,000 German titles

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Some 100,000 German books will be available in digital format via an ambitious new online platform libreka! when the Leipzig book fair kicks off on March 12.

The total number of e-books available will eventually reach 500,000 to 700,000 and publishers will charge a set price for the titles that can be downloaded to different electronic book readers, he added. Up to 1,000 publishers will contribute to libreka!, which the MVB hopes to make the premier site for German e-books.

“The price will be different from printed books,” Schild said. “The e-book will be a bit more affordable.”

But consumers will only see a part of the savings that publishers achieve in lower production costs because sales taxes will be increased to 19 percent instead of the seven percent consumers pay for paper books.

Individual publishers will decide how many pages customers can preview without charge, but Schild said the average was about 20 percent of a book.

The MVB believes that readers embracing the new platform will vary from students who use mobile devices to the elderly who need larger typeface. “But one still doesn’t know much about the typical e-book reader,” Shild said.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)
Source: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20090302-17743.html
Link: http://www.libreka.de
Edit: Here's the German press release

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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wow, amazing !! now i wish i could read german.
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wow, amazing !! now i wish i could read german.
Yeah me too. Oh wait, i can read german.
Thats really good news for us german ebook-readers. Even starriggers (Jeffrey A. Carver) books seem to be available there in german! (well, only for text-search at the moment)
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:17 AM   #4
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guess this is good new for the germans.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:57 AM   #5
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I wish they would do something like this for Dutch books too... Somehow, I get the impression that Dutch publishers don't even know ebooks exist.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:36 AM   #6
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I wish they would do something like this for Dutch books too... Somehow, I get the impression that Dutch publishers don't even know ebooks exist.
I'm sure they don't know
And if they know they probably don't care ...
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:51 AM   #7
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Sweet -- they have the first 40 pages of the German translation of my book up there. I've just spent the last twenty minutes trying (and failing) to read it...

However, what I really wanted to know was if it would be any cheaper than the hardback, but I don't see any price listed for it yet.
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Hey, if this works, it's an example for other countries / publishers to follow.
I'm glad for our German friends, even if I don't understand more than 15 words of their language.
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