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Krakow made UNESCO City of Literature
October 24, 2013 | 10:17 am

krakowThe Polish city of Krakow has just been granted the status of UNESCO City of Literature - only the second non-Anglophone city to receive the honor, and the first in continental Europe. This puts Poland's southern metropolis and historic capital into the same bracket as Edinburgh, Norwich, Dublin, Reykjavik and the somewhat more curious choice of Iowa. Krakow was Poland's capital from 1038 to 1569, and capital of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596. It also survived World War Two relatively unscathed compared to Warsaw, although both Roman Polanski and Oskar Schindler are associated with its wartime experience under the...

Interview: Piotr Kowalczyk of Ebook Friendly on the development of the e-book market in Central and Eastern Europe
June 10, 2013 | 10:30 am

Piotr KowalczykPoland’s Piotr Kowalczyk is an "iPhone artist, digital storyteller and self-publisher" with a self-reported download count of 150,000 and rising for his "short stories for geeks"—picture stories created on an iPhone or short Twitter fictions. Kowalczyk is also the founder of Ebook Friendly and an occasional TeleRead contributor. I spoke with him recently about the e-book and e-publishing situation in Central and Eastern Europe; what follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation. TeleRead: How has the e-book market developed in Central and Eastern Europe, and especially Poland? Kowalczyk: At the beginning, the e-book market was being developed just like in many other countries around the...

Users From Outside Us Don’t Pay International Fee for Kindle Singles
April 5, 2012 | 9:40 am

  Everyone who lives outside US knows this devil feature of Kindle Store – a mysterious international fee. It usually ranges from $2 to $4, and it’s not proportional to the price of the book. It doesn’t hurt that much when you buy a book which costs, let’s say $12.99. But if you want to get the cheap one, be prepared to pay twice as much as in the US. For instance, you have to pay $3.44 in Poland, if you want to buy one of the 99-cent self-published books. Luckily, there are certain books for which you won’t pay international fee. First...

Ebook Market in Poland: 2009-2012 Overview, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 22, 2012 | 8:44 am

Świat Czytników  Review of Kindle Touch on Świat Czytników - the most popular Polish blog about ebooks, with over 450,000 pageviews a month Two extremely helpful and comprehensive articles about ebook market in Brazil were just published at Futurebook. First one, written by Stella Dauer, describes in detail the state of the ebook technology. Eduardo Melo shares information about the current number of titles offered by Brazilian ebookstores, as well as predictions for 2012. So far, based on news coverage from top ebook sites (check posts in Publishing Perspectives), I was convinced Brazil is far more advanced than any other international ebook market. It makes perfect...

Amazon Is Removing from Kindle Store Books Published in Unsupported Languages, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 13, 2012 | 7:20 am

he international policy of Amazon is mysterious. They ship Kindle Touch to over 170 countries, but they don’t want to sell it to their major markets. They also sell Kindle books to 170 countries, but they successfully prevent authors from those countries to publish in their own language. I self-published via Amazon’s KDP a few books. Two of them in Polish. Tonight an email arrived from KDP, saying that one of the books has been removed: As part of our efforts to provide the best experience possible for customers in the Kindle store, we are taking this opportunity to notify you that your...

Why I Bought Kindle Touch, by Piotr Kowalczyk
December 2, 2011 | 9:30 am

  First, what I didn’t buy Kindle Touch for: - tech review, - reading books in my mother tongue – Polish. There are a couple of major reasons why I have ordered Kindle Touch from Poland and had it delivered privately as this model is not available for international shipment. 1. To buy and read books in English I’ve tested Kindle ecosystem since I downloaded Kindle app to my iPhone in April 2009. Long enough to recognize my preferences. I like the fact that books are stored in the cloud and I can get access to them from any device which is at hand. I like...

40 years of ebooks (infographic), by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 28, 2011 | 6:02 pm

When I finished the infographic and showed it to my wife, she said: “Forty years? No way. Four, maybe.” “Four, maybe” – it’s what most people think. Most people are still convinced that e-books are a fad. That’s why I was looking for a convenient, all-in-one way to challenge this myth. I hope it works. Every year shows not only the information about e-books, but also other facts and achievements. This builds a good, thought-provoking time reference. Share this infographic if you think it deserves it. I wanted to put it on the web before this year’s edition of Read an E-Book...

Read an E-Book Week about to begin
February 28, 2011 | 5:48 pm

Ebookweek2011Got the following From Rita Toews, founder of Read and E-Book Week: As Read an E-Book Week draws nearer the list of participants grows. This year we have had great interest from Polish sites, thanks in part to an enthusiastic Teleread contributor, Piotr Kowalczyk. An Italian book publisher has queried, and a magazine in Milan did a piece about the week. Win a Nook! That's right, we'll be giving away a Nook during Read an E-Book Week. Visit the website for more details. Free content from this year’s participants includes a children's e-book from Syvlan Dell...

Weekly links on mobile ebooks & self-publishing, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 21, 2011 | 10:00 am

PiotrnNeed Ebook Conversions? Check the Ebook Conversion Services Directory February 10, 2011 [Approximate reading time: 4:07] Questions from readers and clients are where I find out what is causing the most confusion for self-publishers. Lately, one area has dominated the questions I’ve been getting: ebooks. Lots of people have read about the success Joe Konrath and other authors, mostly... Promoting Your Ebook with Online Advertising: Four Options February 16, 2011 We can talk all day about the importance of good writing/editing, good cover art, and good blurbs when it comes to selling ebooks, but obscurity is the toughest...

Google ebookstore came to set us free. Here’s a list of limitations by Piotr Kowalczyk
December 7, 2010 | 8:38 am

Screen shot 2010-12-07 at 8.37.30 AM.pngEditor's Note: TeleRead contributor Piotr Kowalczyk is writing from Poland. PB Everybody is now writing an article using a random combination of words “Google”, “Amazon” and “killer”. I’ll touch something much more important for an e-book reader. I’ll write about “freedom” and “limitations”. First press announcements about Google Editions, in October last year, were talking about a revolutionary product: the one which will free us from all the limitations other e-bookstores are putting. The limitations were: the access, the format, the device. For 14 months I was living with a hope that one day Google comes up with a fix-it-all solution....

New Polish social ereading site opens – Publixo
November 18, 2010 | 10:08 am

Screen shot 2010-11-18 at 9.04.45 AM.pngGot an email from Przemyslaw Wlodarski about a new social ereading site starting up in Poland. Most of the books on the site are in Polish so far. The site is available in both English and Polish, and there are a couple of English books, but a lot in Polish....

Thalia launches Oyo ereader in Europe; sales brisk
November 2, 2010 | 9:19 am

7007.jpgAccording to the Bookseller, Thalia, Germany's largest bookseller, has launched its own ereader, the Oyo. Thalia has teamed up with Bertelsmann's Direct Group to distribute in France through Chapitre.com and is also working with Dutch bookseller Selexyz and the Polish chain Empik. Sales have gone well, with the unit's pre-orders exceeding expectations, according to Thalia's Managing Director. The unit has WiFi, a touchscreen and 2GB of memory. A 3G version is planned. The Oyo can access a Thalia-designed bookshop that has several hundred thousand German and English original titles. ...