In India, cheap smartphones could be a key to bridging language gaps

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

India is an interesting emerging digital market. A number of American news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider are setting up India-specific versions of their sites in the hope of attracting new English-speaking users, but newspapers and television remain popular there, and the [...]

Android One strengthens Google’s emerging markets armlock

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2014 // 4 Comments

Announced at the the Google I/O 2014 development conference in June 2014, Android One is Google’s new reference platform for emerging markets, with a sub-$100 price tag and solid hardware specs, including a 4.5″ screen, dual SIM slots, SD card port, FM radio, etc. Wasting no time, [...]

Is the India ebook market ready to explode?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

India seems to be the next market digital publishers are looking into. And the jumpstart of the India ebook market might come sooner than anticipated. When Penguin India decided to remove and pulp Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” it draw backlash from authors, [...]

You can kill a paperback, but long live the ebook

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

After years in court, Penguin Books decided to stop fighting and withdraw Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History from India. The book was challenged by a Hindu group who claimed in its lawsuit the book “denigrated Hindus and show[s] their religion in poor light.” According [...]

India’s famed budget Android tablet to come to US, start at $38 standard retail

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Remember that $35 tablet from India? Datawind, the company that manufactures it, is going to bring it to the USA. In fact, it’s bringing three versions of the tablet: an el-cheapo version for $38 that’s basically a 7” tablet with WiFi, an $80 version that has the same specs but adds 2G EDGE [...]

Smashwords Opens Distribution to India

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Smashword’s distribution network is growing. The company announced it reached a deal with, the largest online marketplace and bookseller in India. Titles will be on the site within the next three to four weeks, Smashwords stated on its blog. “Flipkart is commonly referred to as the [...]

Weekend Roundup: 'Ringleader' says Apple did not raise e-books prices

By Dan Eldridge
June 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

‘Ringleader’ says Apple did not raise e-books prices (Reuters) An Apple Inc executive at the center of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government said on Thursday the company “didn’t care” what price publishers set for e-books. — Steve Jobs originally [...]

Beyond a Digital Attic: How the DPLA can honor the Five Laws of Library Science

By libertyc
April 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

This is the era of bits and bytes and multimedia and 3D printing, not just books and other texts. But Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science would still apply today in spirit even after more than eighty years. Educated originally as a mathematician, S.R. Ranganathan was [...]

Penguin launches Partridge, a self-publishing platform for India

By Dan Eldridge
February 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

In partnership with a Bloomington, Ind.-based self-publishing organization known as Author Solutions, Penguin Books India made an interesting move today by launching a self-publishing platform specifically for the Indian audience. It’s a tactic that may one day soon bring the Subcontinent [...]

Morning Links — News from India, France and B&N

By libertyc
February 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble’s Thoughts About Its Future (Mike Shatzkin) If Kids Are Our Future, the Future is eBooks (Forbes) French National Library Privates Public Domain Materials (Techdirt) eBook Popularity on the Rise in India (GoodeReader) Kindle Daily Deals: Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks (and 3 [...]

Bookselling in India is changing

By Paul Biba
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

From an article in The Hindu: “Retailers should take a relook, rather reinvent themselves to stay in contention,” cautions V.K. Karthika, publisher and chief editor of Harper Collins India. … “Retail stores have of late become display centres where you see and choose books. Then you go [...]

E-reading changes how people read in India

By libertyc
June 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Just a month ago we carried a story about e-reading not being popular in India. However, it looks as though that may not be the whole story. According to a report from Indian newspaper The Hindu, e-readers are causing a change in reading habits, especially of the young, in India. The article is a [...]

Ebooks not popular in India

By Paul Biba
May 29, 2012 // 4 Comments

From the Hindustan Times: Not only are the eBook sales low here, but many Indian authors are not even releasing their works on this platform. Best-selling author Amish Tripathi was one of the many who decided not to offer his popular Shiva trilogy as eBooks. “It is only a matter of time before [...]

New tablet and cloud-based educational service launched in India

By Paul Biba
March 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release (blockquotes omitted): International education cloud company AcrossWorld partners with Delhi-based Go-Tech to launch 7” android touchscreen tablet with free access to cloud-based open educational resources and more AcrossWorld Education, the global SaaS company that [...]

Digitizing Documents in India With the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)

By libertyc
February 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

An article made available by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia provides a firsthand report by SFU alumnus Kyle Jackson about a trip he took to India as part of an Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) pilot project. Here’s a small portion of the article: I was in Mizoram as a part of a [...]

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