German-based XinXii, a digital content publishing site launched in Europe in 2008, has made some pioneering moves in that short time. As one of the first digital self-publishing sites to operate in several different languages and currencies, it established itself early on as a user-friendly source for buying and selling online books, documents, and audio downloads.
Today, XinXii announced its newest innovation, an HTML5-based web app that allows authors to upload and manage content right from their mobile devices. This same concept works in reverse, allowing readers to download new titles in real time without having to install a reader-specific app, as all purchasing and downloading is done through XinXii’s browser-based app. The app is iOS and Android compatible, and the best part is that it will be available for free later this summer in all seven languages that XinXii currently supports.
“The increasing spread of touch devices offers us great opportunities to transfer our expertise in digital self-publishing to the mobile world,” says XinXii founder Dr. Andrea Schober. “In order to be able to use XinXii on a mobile end device, the user does not have to download and install any native app. The call-up of the web app is done in the web browser via the address app.xinxii.com. It can then be stored on the user’s own app homepage as a bookmark and started immediately at the click of a button. The browser-based HTML5 application not only supplies optimized content on tablets and smartphones; it can also be used without any disadvantages compared to a native app, even with slow connections. With the development of the web app, XinXii.com is the first eBook platform worldwide to use the new options presented by HTML5.”
This increase in speed and ease-of-use will mean greater access to instant-upload content, such as for conference presenters and attendees, as well as for the approximately 7,000 authors who want a simple locale to manage the more than 12,000 digital titles that XinXii currently holds in its online catalog.