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txtr first to launch EPUB 3 reader for iOS 7 with Readium SDK.

May 21st, 2014

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

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txtr and Smashwords to bring 250,000 titles from independent authors and publishers to customers of the txtr platform worldwide.

May 19th, 2014

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 or within the txtr Android and Windows 8 apps.

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Previous releases and news

txtr brings its companion e-reader, the txtr beagle, to Hungarian customers in partnership with Magyar Telekom / T-Mobile Hungary.
December 18th, 2013

txtr responds to ebook buyer needs with new responsive website design.
December 16th, 2013

New txtr feed adds unique social layer to create a truly comprehensive eReading experience.
October 16th, 2013

txtr launches multi-language Windows 8 eReading app with Adobe DRM for international markets
March 13th, 2013

ReaderLink Digital and txtr GmbH Announce US wide Partnership
January 7th, 2013

txtr beagle, the world’s smallest eReader, unlocks eBook potential for network operators
October 9th, 2012

txtr brings on board US publishing expert and starts collaboration with leading US publishers
June 6th, 2012

Foyles bookshops and txtr join efforts in largest European eBook market
February 13th, 2012

3M invest in eReading Technology Company txtr
June 1st, 2011