Bol.com has had an interesting journey from those heady days when it was to take on Amazon and was claimed by some to be the real global ecommerce site for books. Well it did conquer Holland, changed ownership and has now launched its ebook serviced backed by Sony and eBookHuis (Centraal Boekhuis).
The noise is obviously about Sony readers but given these work with Adobe’s ACS4 DRM server the news is that it should be open to all and not exclusive to one.
A wide range of Dutch International Writers works are available worldwide and the ebooks will be about 20% cheaper on average than a physical copy and Bol.com already works with many writers and publishers in their distribution channels through Centraal Boekhuis. This new European initiative will ensure that its not just US and UK etitles in the Dutch market.
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