Which Gadget is on Your Holiday Wishlist?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The holidays are upon us! We are all eyeing up that growing pile of presents and wondering what is inside each box. Are you hoping for a new digital camera or a sleek iPod nano, the one with a touch screen? Perhaps you’ve hinted to your family that the price of e-readers has gone down and reminded …

Random House CEO Dohle Gives 2010 Shout Outs to Bush, Blair, Digital Up 250%

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Random House Chairman and CEO Markus Dohle issued his year-end letter today. It reads: Dear Random House Colleagues, The year-end is traditionally a time of reflection and celebration, and as 2010 comes to a close we can proudly look back upon a year of remarkable accomplishments: the breadth of Random House’s print and digital publishing, our tremendous achievements in sales and operations, …

Ho Ho Humbug: Weather Delays German Overnight Book Deliveries

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary Next day delivery nationwide is standard among German book wholesalers, giving small and large brick and mortar stores alike a chance to compete with the speediness and broad selection of online retailers. In fact, medications are the only other product that German consumers can expect to receive in as short a time span. But as anyone who …

New E-book Directory for Small Publishers

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg A new online directory of e-books from small publishers and self-published authors launched yesterday in an effort to keep indie books visible as larger publishers’ titles become more ubiquitous in the e-book world, reported eBookNewser. The site, called EBookism, accepts submissions from small publishers for titles to be included in the directory, in exchange for an EBookism …

Chair of Judges for the Arabic Booker Discusses the Shortlist

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) — better known as the Arabic Booker — was released last week; the winner — who receives $50,000 (shortlisted authors receive $10,000 — will be announced March 14, 2011 during the Abu Dhabi Book Fair. The six writers on the shortlist are from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and …

Canadian Government Approves Apple iBookstore

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Canadian government has approved Apple’s iBookstore Canada with some stipulations for the media giant, CBC reported on Tuesday. The iBookstore launched internationally on May 28 of this year, but only select US and public domain works were available to Canadian consumers while the government examined the cultural impact of the iBookstore. The iBookstore was approved after …

Scottish Publishers Receive Grants to Attend Int’l Book Fairs

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Publishing Scotland recently announced the second year of its Go-See Grants, which provide financial support for Scottish publishers to attend international book fairs. Backed financially by Creative Scotland, the aim of the grant is to increase opportunity for Scottish publishers of fiction, poetry, children’s, and select nonfiction to buy and sell rights abroad. Priority will be given …

Gourmand’s List of the 57 Best Cookbooks from Around the World in 2010

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have announced the winners for individual “best of” awards for cookbooks from 57 countries. One overall winner will be announced on March 3, 2011 on the opening day of the 2011 Paris Cookbook Fair. The Gourmand organization also released stats on the worldwide cookbook industry and cited particularly strong growth in Asia …