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120Re: [Bookfutures] News: Hachette buys French ebook supplier

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  • Nick Hodson
    May 7, 2008
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      Mobipocket have an arrangement with about 40 retailers, as they call them. These people can advertise and sell eBooks from the Mobipocket catalogue. On the Mobipocket list of these retailers Numilog are named fourth, Mobipocket themselves being first. These retailers have many different nationalities, not all of them being French. I can see German, Dutch, French, Polish, South African, Scandinavian, Zambian, British and American names on the list.
      However Numilog also sell ebooks in the Microsoft LIT format, which can also be read on an iPaq, though I am not sure if it can be read on mobile phones, as the PRC format used by Mobipocket can.
      Best regards to all involved with eBooks,
      Nick Hodson, London, England, UK
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      Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 1:43 PM
      Subject: [Bookfutures] News: Hachette buys French ebook supplier

      Anyone know much about Numilog?

      From today's Publishers Lunch:

      Hachette Livre has agreed on terms to purchase Numilog, the top online
      catalogue of French language books and the main delivery system of
      multi-format e-books in France. The company calls it "an important step in
      [their] digital strategy. With Numilog, Hachette Livre takes on an
      infrastructure that will enable it to distribute books published by its own
      imprints as well as by third-party publishers in a variety of digital
      formats, with each content provider retaining control of its files."

      CEO Arnaud Nourry adds, "Numilog's know-how, as a leader on the French
      market, will be an important asset for Hachette Livre with respect to key
      links of the digital value chain: conversion, storage, protection,
      distribution and billing. We will offer bookstores showing interest an
      opportunity to set up their own platform."

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