The site is one of the first in Australia to be powered by international ebook distributor OverDrive (@PnPBookseller tells us EcoReader.com.au affiliate www.readwithoutpaper.com is another), which explains why in an ebook catalogue of some 134,000 titles, there is not yet much in the way of local content.
Adelaide-based co-owner and general manager Clayton Wehner says booku.com will in time have an Australian focus as Boomerang Books does.
“Certainly, we’re keen to enter into dialogue with Australian publishers to assist them to come on board,” he says.
“We’re already selling content from the likes of Allen & Unwin, Pan Macmillan and Harper Collins.”
Booku-bought ebooks can be read on multiple devices in Adobe PDF and ePub formats, from e-ink ereaders like the Kobo and Sony Readers to Apple iGadgets and Android mobiles and tablets using the OverDrive Console app.
Ebookish.com.au had a special preview last Friday and was impressed with the user-friendly interface, but disappointed (as is so often the case for Australian readers) at the lack of reading material we’d actually want to buy.
Hopefully, Australian publishers will get on board quickly.
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