The Beginning of Amazon en Español?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams On Friday, the last day of Spain’s LIBER book fair, a rumor emerged on finance website Cinco Días that set the halls abuzzing: internet giant Amazon was finally preparing to enter the Spanish market through the acquisition of BuyVIP.com, an ecommerce company based in Madrid, with operations in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Netherlands. (To …

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy named Jack, Donoghue’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Room is the story of a mother and her child held in captivity in a 121 square-foot room. Jack was born in the room and knows no other existence. To him, the small space is the entire world, and he and his mother are …

US Publishers Undeterred by State Department Warning

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, the US State Department issued a vague warning to Americans traveling to Europe. According to the warning, “Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks…Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.” The State Department does not focus on one …

Frankfurt Launches Official Book Fair Blog, Features PP on US E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Frankfurt Book Fair’s official blog is up and running again. It is offered both in German and in English and will be going throughout the Fair. This year’s English full-time language bloggers will be the trio of Richard Nash, Alex Hippisley-Cox and Roger Tagholm. They’ll provide real-time commentary on what they see and hear throughout the …

Erin’s Must-Brings for Frankfurt Sanity

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox I’m leaving for The Frankfurt Book Fair on Saturday. With my multiple hats on (literary agent, Biz Dev/writer for PP, and publicist), I am juggling a few things on site and at home while I’m there. Because I’ll be busier than a one-armed paper hanger, it is important for this week to be very organized to …

Skipping Steps: How Web 2.0 Technology Can Transform Our Industry (and
 our Lives)

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Riky Stock Attending Web 2.0 at the Sheraton New York this week along with
 visionaries, marketing professionals, and web experts was like stepping
 into the future and realizing the future really isn’t that far away. 
In my version of the immediate future I imagine myself owning own a pair
 of “augmented reality visors” just like the ones I learned …

Publishers Weekly E-book Rights Panel Focuses on the Financial

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On September 28, Publishers Weekly hosted a panel called “Know Your E-book Rights,” the first event in its fall discussion series. In Random House’s Café Auditorium, the four panelists -– Neil de Young, Executive Director, Hachette Digital; Paul Aiken, Executive Director, Authors Guild; Lloyd Jassin, attorney; and Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency –- spoke mainly on the …