11.03.15 | From eBooks to Fashion: txtr platform tech-team to join Zalando
Berlin –In the next few weeks most of the engineers and UX designers that created and operated the txtr eBook platform will join Zalando. Zalando, Europe's leading online fashion platform for women, men and children is taking on-board a large group of highly skilled and experienced developers and designers. The chance to find developers that worked so closely together over a long period of time is very rare. And when the opportunity came along, Zalando and txtr were quick to realize the mutual benefits.
txtr eBooks and eReading services have been available to consumers in 25 countries, in 10 languages and served as the eBook content backbone for many of its business clients. The platform was comprehensive as it carried over 2M titles from leading publishers globally and enabled end-users to read on iOS, Android, Windows 8 as well as PC and MAC. The creation of the underlying technology by the developers that now join Zalando brings complimentary know-how that will help Zalando to move fast forward in the new areas of curated fashion and styling.
Ulf Stahrenberg, txtr’s Chief Operating Officer, states: "Zalando is in the eyes of many of the former txtr team a fresh and great opportunity to utilize the skills and experience built up during the txtr times. The projects at Zalando are exciting and challenging." He continued: "Most of this group of highly talented people love books and the publishing world in which txtr played a global role. The change from eBooks to fashion is going to be an interesting one, but one we are all looking forward to."
Robert Gentz, CEO of Zalando, is very pleased with the new hires and describes the opportunity for both Zalando as well as the former txtr developers as follows: "We highly value the work of the txtr team over the last years. Zalando lives up to the entrepreneurial spirit every day and we see a great fit for both sides. There are exciting projects at Zalando to be developed in the next months, and we are more than happy to welcome the new colleagues on board, who will accompany us on that way."
In regards to the continuation of its eBooks retail stores and business partnerships, txtr plans to issue further communication in the next weeks.
For any up-to-date information about the txtr service, please visit www.txtr.com.
13.02.15 | txtr launches Windows Phone 8 Beta eReading app with native store for international markets
Berlin – txtr, the first company to launch an Adobe DRM based iOS and Android reading app, releases this week a Windows Phone 8 Beta reading app with native store for international markets. The new txtr Windows Phone 8 Beta app, now available free of charge in the Windows Store and on www.txtr.com. txtr eBooks brings the world of books to your Windows Phone 8 and gives you access to more than 2 million eBooks* including new releases, bestsellers, and free classics.
“Windows Phones are becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to Apple and Android phones. With the release of the txtr Windows Phone app, users in 23 countries can now discover, buy and read ebooks in their local language natively on their Windows Phone.”, says Ulf Stahrenberg, Chief Operations Officer at txtr. Users can access their personal cloud library, read ePub or PDF eBooks on Windows Phone 8 or visit one of the 23 local eBook stores that txtr operates. The app seamlessly connects with the txtr cloud reading platform where it syncs books and bookmarks. Users can now also buy books from the largest multi-lingual eBook catalogue available, across 23 countries in the world, when using the native store on the Windows Phone 8 app.
With this launch, txtr now covers all the leading operating systems. txtr eBooks is now available for Android (tablets and phones), iOS (iPads and iPhones), Windows 8 (tablets/notebooks/PC and phones), Windows 7 (PC), and Mac OS X.
* Number of titles varies by country.
28.01.15 | txtr restructures to find a new owner, operations continue normally
Berlin – txtr, the Berlin based eBook platform and content provider that operates eReading services in 25 countries around the world, announced today that it will undergo a restructuring of the company and its operations in the months ahead.
During that time, txtr will continue to operate its online eBook stores and eReading platform. Users of the txtr eReading service under the txtr brand, or under one of its partner brands, will continue to be able to discover, purchase and read eBooks. There is no need for end users to take any action at this time.
Together with restructuring specialist Olswang Restructuring Solutions, txtr will continue to search for an acquirer. Already a number of companies have expressed interest in txtr’s business, technology, organisation and user base.
Partners of txtr who rely on the txtr platform and receive content can also rely on the continued operations as mentioned above. This includes Blloon GmbH, an eBook subscription service live in the UK that was started by a group of txtr employees and others in 2014. This service operates as a separate entity and therefore is not impacted by this announcement.
02.09.14 | txtr launches Web reading powered by Readium.
Berlin –following the recent launch of its new Readium-based iOS 7 ebook app with EPUB 3 support in May 2014, txtr just released a new Web reading functionality also based on the Readium SDK. Users of the txtr e-reading platform now can read DRM-free or watermarked ebooks in EPUB 2 or EPUB 3 format directly in their Web browsers. Web reading is supported for ebooks purchased in the txtr stores as well as for documents uploaded by users in their unlimited free txtr cloud library.
txtr’s Web reading functionality renders standard EPUB 2, EPUB 3 and EPUB Fixed-Layout documents. Turning pages happens with a click (or a swipe gesture for devices supporting this). Users can adjust the font size, the margins and choose between a one- or two-page-layout. An integrated controller for audio and video enables users to play, pause and control the audio volume of the multimedia content included in their ebooks. Users can quickly access the table of content and go to specific chapters within the ebook. A slider shows the reading position and provides an easy way to navigate back and forth inside the ebook. txtr Web reading is available to anyone with a Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer browser for PC or Mac.
The new Web reading functionality is now also in use on txtr.com to give users quick access to ebook samples (when available from the publisher).
Ulf Stahrenberg, COO of txtr, says: “As a key contributing member to the Readium Foundation, we are committed to bringing an open and qualitative e-reading experience to users across all platforms. We are currently working on the integration of the Readium SDK in our Android and Windows 8 ebook apps.” txtr now offers two ways for PC and Mac users to read their ebooks on their computers: the new Web reading functionality, and the PC and Mac apps, which have recently been improved to offer a sharp reading experience also on high-resolution displays and enable users to transfer ebooks from their txtr cloud library to compatible e-readers.
To learn more about the txtr apps, please visit our devices page.
21.05.14 | txtr first to launch EPUB 3 reader for iOS 7 with Readium SDK.
Berlin – txtr, the leading independent e-reading platform today launched an EPUB 3 and EPUB Fixed-Layout compatible reading app for iOS 7 based on the Readium SDK. Over the past nine months, txtr has been a key contributing member to the Readium Foundation, an independent open source consortium developing software to advance adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing. txtr has now integrated the Readium EPUB rendering engine into its native iOS reading app and is the first platform to enable third parties to offer, under their own brand, EPUB 3 and EPUB Fixed-Layout ebooks to their customers.
txtr is currently also integrating the Readium SDK in its Android and Windows 8 apps. Web reading will be enabled during the second half of 2014. Ulf Stahrenberg, COO of txtr, says: “Our aim is to offer the best e-reading experience across multiple platforms. With the EPUB 3 support we are expanding the range of content that readers can enjoy with their txtr app. Parents and their kids will have fun with animated children’s books that bring stories to life, or with read-along ebooks that allow young readers to follow the text word by word while listening to an audio track.”
In order to give readers a taste of the new reading experience awaiting them with EPUB 3 ebooks, the new txtr iOS app comes with a free sample of the interactive children’s book Jemima the Spy by Melanie Hamm and Lawrence Chase courtesy of the Octopus Publishing Group.
Anne-Sophie Lanier, VP Content of at txtr, adds: “With the integration of the Readium SDK, we will be able to expand the range of titles included in the txtr ebook catalogue. Support for EPUB Fixed-Layout in particular opens up access to a variety of new ebook genres such as comics, mangas, illustrated children’s books, cookbooks and more. As we extend our DRM support and as publishers develop more enhanced ebooks, we expect to provide even better entertainment to our users worldwide.”
The newly released iOS 7 application also includes several enhancements to the txtr feed introduced last October.
The Octopus Publishing Group is a division of Hachette UK
19.05.14 | txtr and Smashwords to bring 250,000 titles from independent authors and publishers to customers of the txtr platform worldwide.
Berlin – Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks, and txtr, the leading independent ereading platform will soon offer 250,000 Smashwords ebook titles to consumers worldwide. Smashwords’ ebook catalog will be available in the stores of retailers, mobile network operators and device makers relying on the txtr e-reading platform across Europe and North America. Consumers worldwide will also be able to purchase Smashwords’ ebooks directly from the txtr stores under txtr.com or within the txtr Android and Windows 8 apps.
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