New chapter begins for book downloads

Apr 13, 2009

By Philip Stafford

Published: April 12 2009 15:50 | Last updated: April 12 2009 15:50

A small Oxford-based company is preparing for a full “iTunes-style” service to download digital books in the summer in preparation to take on US internet leaders Amazon and Google.

Publishing Technology, listed on Aim, has been testing a service that will allow publishers to sell full “e-books”, highlights of titles or chapters, and to create their own websites.

The market for electronic books has expanded rapidly in recent months following the launch of specific electronic reading devices such as Amazon’s Kindle device and Sony’s Reader.

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