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January 16, 2022

First Romanian eReader – in the bookshops this month

The first Romanian eReader, Evobook from Evolio, will be released for sale this week, daily ‘Gandul’ reported. The eReader, made in China with Romanian-developed software, will be sold in Humanitas Bookstores as of December 16, for RON 639.

Some of the most prestigious Romanian publishing houses started to sell e-books as well. They can be bought online at prices ranging between RON 4.9 and RON 19.9.

At the end of last week, the Humanitas group launched Humanitas Digital, where readers can download 20 books in electronic format. E-books are priced RON 9.9 to 19.9 and include “The Paltinis Diary”, by Gabriel Liiceanu, “REM”, by Mircea Cartarescu, and “Beatrice’s Eyes”, by Horia-Roman Patapievici. From Friday to Monday, Humanitas sold 100 e-books, Paul Balogh, the director of Humanitas Digital, stated, adding that, for the time being, Romanians remain reluctant to buy e-books.

“In Europe, electronic books account for 2 per cent of the market, while in Romania they are all but inexistent. On the one hand, it is quite expensive to buy e-book tablets, on the other hand, there are not an awful lot of book-readers in Romania and the existing ones were formed in a tradition of the printed book,” Balogh told ‘Gandul.’

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