Feeds

SingTel launches e-reader

Skoob-y snacks for publishing

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Singapore Telecommunications has launched Singapore’s first e-book service, branded skoob.

The platform is aimed at servicing the local publishing market which SingTel claims has been overlooked by international e-book services.

The skoob service is available on Apple and Android tablets and smartphones via a free app. It can also be accessed via PCs and Macs using standard browsers.

Customers can download books on up to five devices and payments can be made via Singapore credit cards. SingTel customers can also choose to have purchases charged to their monthly bills.

At launch, skoob will claim a catalogue of over 39,000 local and international titles for smartphones, tablets and PCs. The carrier says this is the first e-book service to accept payments in Singapore dollars, and offers significant savings from retail dead-tree prices.

“The Singapore market has long been overlooked by e-book services from abroad. With the launch of skoob, Singapore readers finally have a service that offers local books and caters specifically to their tastes and needs. It also provides local publishers and writers with a powerful digital platform that allows them to reach a wider audience,” said Goh Seow Eng, SingTel’s Chief of Digital Home.

Publishers on board with the service include the "big six" internationals - Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan.

“SingTel is transforming from a provider of traditional telecommunications services to a multimedia solutions provider. We are constantly developing new apps and services that make the most of our networks and smartphone technology to enhance the lives of our customers,” he added.

SingTel has yet to confirm whether the offer will be rolled out to its international subsidiaries including Optus. While taking the service overseas would be feasible, internationalisation would need a whole new round of copyright negotiations. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.