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German publisher Springer unveils iPad-only project

by Staff Writers
Frankfurt (AFP) Dec 22, 2010
The Axel Springer Academy, established by Germany's eponymous publishing group, said Wednesday it would create a magazine designed to be viewed exclusively on the Apple iPad.

"Kraftwerk D" is to cost 2.39 euros (3.20 dollars), would be assembled by 18 students and would mark "a world premiere for a school of journalism," a statement said.

The first issue was designed as a review of 2010 and relies heavily on multi-media and people who had not been featured on front-page news but who had nonetheless "influenced and continue to influence our country."

Springer is very interested in the iPad phenomenon, and recently blocked free Internet access to its popular daily Bild in the aim of getting readers to pay for the newspaper.




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Japan telecom firm KDDI to start e-book distribution
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 21, 2010
Japan's number two telecom operator KDDI Corp. said Tuesday it would start electronic book distribution this week, offering an initial 20,000 titles for its e-reader. The LISMO Book Store service will start on Saturday for the "biblio Leaf SP02" e-reader, focusing on novels, how-to guides and business books, the company said. The release follows a head-to-head launch by Sony and Sharp ea ... read more

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