‘German Kindle’ Tolino expands internationally

‘German Kindle’ Tolino expands internationally

German digital reading company Tolino has announced “significant” new partnerships in Germany and Italy at FBF.

Tolino—co-founded by the Tolino Alliance of Deutsche Telekom and booksellers Thalia, Hugendubel and Weltbild, and Bertelsmann’s der Club—has partnered with Libri’s e-commerce platform Shopline, which is used by around 1,000 European bookstores.

With Hamburg-based Libri on board, the Tolino Alliance has taken a big step towards its goal of offering an e-reading solution for the entire book industry. The readers are now available in around 1,560 bookstores throughout Germany.

Tolino had a successful start in Belgium in July, partnering with Standaard Boekhandel’s 140 stores, and it announced last month that it would be the new digital partner of Dutch bookstore co-operative Libris’ estate of nearly 100 shops.
In November, Tolino will launch in Italy, where it will join forces with Italy’s biggest online bookseller
IBS.it, which is owned by Emmelibri/Messaggerie Italiane.

Tolino’s new generation of hardware, the e-reader Vision 2 and the tablet Tab 8, will be available from November in time for the Christmas shopping season. The Vision 2 device is water-resistant and can be used with one hand.