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Rockstand signs content deals with Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi & others


Handygo’s e-book and magazine storefront Rockstand has signed content deals with Malayalam publishers like Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, DC Books and Green Books, reports The New Indian Express.

As part of the deal, Rockstand will apparently get access to magazines from DC Books and Malayalam Manorama and Malayalam publications from Green Books and Mathrubhumi. The company claims that these tie-ups will make Rockstand the largest e-book platform for Malayalam language books.

Titles available: Through DC Books, Rockstand will get titles like Money Indices, Emerging Kerala, Education Insider, Travel and Favours, Pachakuthira and Future Medicine and through Green Books, it will get titles like Purushan, Anne Frank, Lajja, Aarogyanikthanam, Aathmakatha Thakazhi, Choravarakal and Mumbai Rathrikal among others.

These titles are currently live and can be accessed through the Rockstand mobile app. The company currently offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Other Rockstand Content Tie-ups

Over the past year or so, Rockstand had inked quite a few content partnerships to expand its content base. These include:

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– A tie-up with Wiley Publications India for academic e-books just last month.

– A tie-up with Ingram Content Group for e-books in March this year.

– An agreement with publishers including M-Y Books, Network 18 Publications, Kalki Magazine, Pearl publications, Sapna book house, VJM Media Group and Sharda Prakashan in September 2013.

– A tie-up with Delhi Press, BPB Publications, Magna Publishing, Next-Gen Publishing and Hay market for more content in August 2013.

– A tie-up with Diamond Comic Books, OM Books, Rajkamal Prakashan, Katha, Times Group and Pratham in February 2013.

Other players

Flipkart had signed a content deal with US-based content distribution network Publish On Demand Global (PODG) in March this year. This deal let PODG content including mobile books, books and tablet books be sold on the Flipkart site and eBook app. It’s worth noting that Rockstand also has an e-book distribution tie-up with PODG.

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Flipkart had inked a similar tie-up with California-based indie publisher focused self-publishing and distribution platform Smashwords to add the latter’s entire catalog of free and paid e-books to its catalogue in August last year. Penguin Books had also launched short, digital only reads called E-Singles on Flipkart in June last year.

Amazon had launched its e-book store in India in August 2012 and it had launched a Tamil books section earlier this month.

Ver Se’s mobile news app News Hunt had also introduced Indic e-books in November last year and had launched magazine singles in April this year while Google had extended its Google Play e-book store to India in February last year.

Also readTamil Ebooks Released Online Under CC; Amazon & Tamil ebooks

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