BookSwim Plays “Telephone” at BEA

In What's the Buzz by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt If someone hands you a spiral-bound notebook during BEA and asks you to begin writing where they left off, consider it your chance to become a published author. If you’re already a published author, that’s okay, too. The notebooks are part of an innovative (and surprisingly spontaneous) marketing campaign by BookSwim, the company that bills itself as …

The Russians Have Landed

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For the first time in many years the Russian Federation has taken a collective stand at BookExpo America. “The goal,” said Vladimir V. Grigoriev, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication, “is to re-introduce American readers to the rich literary culture of Russia. They tend to think of our 19th century writers, but …

Hanwang, China’s Largest E-reader Manufacturer, Cooperates with 40 Newspapers

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: On May 24, while Hanwang e-reader consumers find that they could pay and read Wenhui Pao and Xinmin Evenning News, two of Shanhai’s most popular local dailies, Hanwang, the largest e-reader manufacturer in the country reached agreements with 40 Chinese newspapers. According to Science and Technology Daily based in Beijing, Hanwang is now building a online …

Twain is Still Prolific: 500,000 Word Memoirs Coming Soon

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley will finally release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography — an eventual trilogy — that will run to half a million words in all, according to The Independent. The book will be culled from some 5,000 unedited pages Twain left behind when he died in 1910 and …

Newspaper Tests Pirate Bay Founder’s Micro Payment System

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German newspaper die Tageszeitung (die TAZ for short) is testing out a new online social micro payment model started by Swede Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. To this point, die TAZ has financed its online edition with ads, but now readers can voluntarily pay for content using a service called Flattr. How does it work? …

NY Times Looks at Stieg Larsson’s Life and Legacy

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Stieg Larsson is nothing short of a phenomenon and the wait for the third volume of his popular Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, due in US stores this month the most widely anticipated book since  Harry Potter, and “the early 1840s, when [Americans] thronged the docks in New York, hailing incoming ships for …

Argon Fails to Raise Euros for Cory Doctorow Audiobook

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As we reported last month, German audiobook publisher Argon recently launched an experiment to see if it could raise 9,000 euros in three weeks to finance an unabridged audiobook of Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother that would be available for free online under a Creative Commons license. Well, it didn’t go so well. The publisher was only …

Job Listing: Community Manager at Penguin Group (USA)

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

From Penguin Group (USA): We are currently seeking a Community Manager for a new online project. This is a unique opportunity for someone with strong editorial skills and web knowledge to take on a non-traditional and entrepreneurial role within the company. Specifically, the Community Manager: **Please note that many of the details of the position are confidential at this stage.** …

WordPress as a Publishing Platform?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson There is an interesting post on the O’Reilly Tools of Change Blog today by Hugh McGuire about using WordPress as a book publishing platform. McGuire is the co-founder of Book Oven, which “helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them.” Basically, it provides an online environment for editing and producing a book. …