French online-only publishers join forces

French online-only publishers join forces

Twenty French online-only book publishers and other digital providers have joined forces for the first time to launch the new literary season.

The site was unveiled this week and will stay live until 15th November to offer readers information about more than 100 new electronic titles, their authors and reviews, according to book news website and partner Actualitté.

The site, initiated by enhanced e-book publisher Walrus, also includes articles explaining some of the issues and challenges facing the digital book sector that "have not yet received adequate media coverage", and will be updated as the weeks go by, Actualitté said.

The rentrée littéraire in France, which comes just after the summer break, is an institution for the book business and is marked by a controversially large number of books published between August and October.

This year, 654 French and foreign novels will appear, down from 701 last year, according to the trade weekly Livres Hebdo. Only foreign fiction will increase, with 219 new titles against 204 in 2010.