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Aggregator Wars! PublishDrive Sign Distribution Deal With OverDrive, 24Symbols, Legimi, AllRomance/OmniLit, eSentral, Tookbook, Casa De Libro, RedShelf, Ciando, and India’s Rockstand

When I reported on Draft2Digital’s pending announcement of a distribution deal with 24Symbols I erroneously suggested they would be the only pay-as-you-sell English-language aggregator supplying this subscription service.

Embarrassingly I missed StreetLib (LINK), which supplies not only 24 Symbols but also Bookmate

Today along came the Hungarian aggregator PublishDrive (LINK) and firmly pulled the rug from under Draft2Digital’s feet with an announcement to die for.

Not just access to 24Symbols and another subscription service Legimi, but also access to the OverDrive libraries, to the Ciando libraries, to Tookbook, Casa De Libro, RedShelf, eSentral in SE Asia, and India’s Rockstand.

It’s like Christmas and a birthday all rolled into one!

I’ll be back with a closer look at all the key pay-as-you-sell English language aggregators soon.

Meanwhile, here’s that PublishDrive list again, with links.

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NINE of the Top 500 Ebooks on Kindle Germany are English Language.

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On Kindle Germany today English-language ebooks are hovering just outside the top 100 in store.

John Green’s English-language version of The Fault In Their Stars – which was in the top 40 in store over on Kindle Brazil yesterday – is at 108, and there are today a total of NINE English-language ebooks in the top 500.

Bear in mind Amazon has only 40% of the German ebook market and other ebook stores in Germany (of which there are too many to count) will also be selling English-language ebooks to eager readers.

In fact many domestic German ebook stores go out of their way to cater for the lucrative English-language ebook market in Germany.

Check out Bild.de, where you’ll find a very prominent section devoted entirely to English-language ebooks.

Bild.de is one of the seven Tolino Alliance ebook stores in Germany, all oh which are great places to be selling your English-language titles

Ciando go one step further. They have two central ebook sites – one in German, and one in English.

Ciando is a significant German player and powers a large number of white-label stores across Europe, many of which could be carrying your ebooks.

There are plenty more domestic German ebook stores, and of course the big US retailers are there alongside Amazon – Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and even Nook (albeit only with a Windows 8 app right now). And then there are the smaller international players like Smashwords, Blio, Versent, All-Romance/OmniLit, eBook.com and myriad others who also sell ebooks to Germany.

The German ebook market is just beginning its ascent, so there’s plenty of first-time readers making the transition to digital, and many will be wary and looking for the less-expensive titles.

For this reason the German ebook market is particularly lucrative for savvy indies. German book-pricing rules mean the big publishers – and Amazon – are limited as to how much they can discount. It means trad-pubbed titles are generally a lot more expensive than indie titles – one reason indies dominate the Kindle Germany charts right now.

On several occasions this year the entire Kindle top ten have been indie titles, and as many as half the top 100 ebooks on Kindle Germany have been self-published.

Check out the images Bild choose to use to illustrate their English-language sector.

While most of the world associate English with America nowadays, Germany clearly still understands that the language is called English for a reason. British writers and others who set their works in the UK might find an especially warm welcome among German readers, many of whom will have learned the language on exchange trips to Blighty.

For all these reasons we rank Germany – along with India and Indonesia – as the top three most exciting nascent ebook markets. Countries where savvy indies should be working hard now to sow the seeds for rewards to come as these markets mature.

And for those who do take us seriously with all this (yes, both of you!) here’s our Top Ten Most Exciting Nascent Ebook Market Prospects:

Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Poland, Brazil, Philippines, Sweden, Russia and Nigeria.

 

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On Kindle Germany today English-language ebooks are hovering just outside the top 100 in store.

 

John Green’s English-language version of The Fault In Their Stars – which was in the top 40 in store over on Kindle Brazil yesterday – is at 108, and there are today a total on NINE English-language ebooks in the top 500.

 

Bear in mind Amazon has only 40% of the German ebook market and other ebook stores in German stores (of which there are too many to count) will also be selling English-language ebooks to eager readers.

 

In fact many domestic German ebook stores go out of their way to cater for the lucrative English-language ebook market in Germany.

 

Check out Bild.de, where you’ll find a very prominent section devoted entirely to English-language ebooks – http://ebooks.bild.de/rubrik/start/englische-buecher/012803/.

 

Here’s one of Jim Giammatteo’s non-fiction titles in Bild – http://ebooks.bild.de/shop/fachbuecher/no-mistakes-resumes-how-to-get-the-interview-ebook-epub/giammatteo-giacomo/products_products/detail/prod_id/40511028/ – and yes, all his fiction titles are there too.

 

And for those who judge a man by the company he keeps, here’s Tom Winton in Bild – http://ebooks.bild.de/shop/belletristik/second-chance-in-paradise-ebook-epub/winton-tom/products_products/detail/prod_id/40556275/.

 

Bild.de is one of the seven Tolino Alliance ebook stores in Germany. Here’s Jim in the wonderfully-named Hugendubel store – http://www.hugendubel.de/shop/belletristik/a-bullet-for-carlos-ebook-epub/giammatteo-giacomo/products_products/detail/prod_id/40511031/.

 

Thalia is another big Tolino store. Here’s Mr. Winton in Thalia – http://www.thalia.de/shop/de_ebook_start/suchartikel/second_chance_in_paradise/tom_winton/ISBN1-78301-366-4/ID39514647.html?fftrk=2%3A2%3A10%3A10%3A1&jumpId=3948792.

 

All seven Tolino stores will be carrying Jim’s and Tom’s ebooks, along with myriad other German ebook stores, all of which love English-language titles because so many German’s enjoy reading in English.

 

Ciando go one step further. They have two central ebook sites – one in German, and one in English. Here’s Tom Winton in the English-language Ciando site in Germany – http://www2.ciando.com/ebook/bid-1502212-four-days-with-hemingway-s-ghost/

and here’s the same book in the German language Ciando store – http://www.ciando.com/ebook/bid-1502212-four-days-with-hemingway-s-ghost/.

 

Jim’s not in Ciando (yet) but it’s worth checking out. Ciando is a significant German player and powers a large number of white-label stores across Europe, many of which could be carrying your ebooks.

 

There are plenty more domestic German ebook stores, and of course the big US retailers are there alongside Amazon – Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and even Nook (albeit only with a Windows 8 app right now). And then there are the smaller international players like Smashwords, Blio, Versent, All-Romance/OmniLit, eBook.com and myriad others who also sell ebooks to Germany.

 

The German ebook market is just beginning its ascent, so there’s plenty of first-time readers making the transition to digital, and many will be war and looking for the less-expensive titles.

 

For this reason the German ebook market is particularly lucrative for savvy indies. German book-pricing rules mean the big publishers – and Amazon – are limited as to how much they can discount. It means trad-pubbed titles are generally a lot more expensive than indie titles – one reason indies dominate the Kindle Germany charts right now.

 

On several occasions this year the entire Kindle top ten have been indie titles, and as many as half the top 100 ebooks on Kindle Germany have been self-published.

 

I rank Germany – along with India and Indonesia – as the top three most exciting nascent ebooks. Countries where savvy indies should be working hard now to sow the seeds for rewards to come as these markets mature.

 

And for those who do take me seriously with all this (yes, both of you!) here’s my Top Ten Most Exciting Nascent Ebook Market Prospects.

 

Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Poland, Brazil, Philippines, Sweden, Russia and Nigeria.