When Will Self-Published Works Be Reviewed in the Mainstream Media?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As today’s lead story by Anna Lewis explains, self published authors are becoming increasingly sophisticated by the day, particularly when it comes to marketing and promotion. Yet, it seems, while these authors are able to sell and promote their books, they’ve by and large yet to crack what is potentially the largest nut of all: the mainstream …

Awesome Kiwi Film Promoting Reading Wins at Cannes

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats A short film dramatizing the “power of reading” has won two Film Craft Lions awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The two-minute film, commissioned by the New Zealand Book Council, uses stop motion animation from beautifully crafted cut-outs and pop-ups made from the pages of Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West, to depict …

Catching up with Open Letter’s Chad Post re: Paper-Over-Board

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year at this time on Publishing Perspectives friend and contributor Chad Post, director of Open Letter Press at the University of Rochester, wrote a paean to paper-over-board book bindings — you know, those hardcovers without the book jackets. At the time, Chad revealed that despite his dedication to the format, both consumers and booksellers were often …

Whatever Happened to US Spanish-language Publishing?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

This article originally appeared in our printed BEA Show Daily, which you can read in its entirety here. By Emily Williams With Spain as the Global Market Focus this year, we thought it worthwhile to look at the existing market for Spanish-language books in the US. The Hispanic book buying market is estimated at about $1 billion, of which 30-35% …

Tuesday: #PubQT Question Time with Ed Nawotka & Ron Hogan

In News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ve been doing it for three weeks and we think it’s going pretty well. Will you join us? What do you want to know about the publishing industry? Are you looking for tips on what author marketing techniques really work? Is that new e-reader device really a game changer? What’s the real significance about that executive shuffle …

E-reader Deathwatch: Plastic Logic’s QUE “Delayed”

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It wasn’t too long ago in writing about CES that I suggested we all just chill when it comes to getting too excited about forthcoming e-readers. Among those devices featured at the fair last year was the 8.5 x 11 inch touch screen QUE e-reader from Plastic Logic. Now, even after raising some $200 million in financing, …

Catching up with Ramy Habeeb, the World’s First Arabic E-book Publisher

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year at this time on Publishing Perspectives profiled Ramy Habeeb, founder of Kotobarabia, the world’s first publisher of Arabic-language e-books. In “Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders” Habeeb describes a situation where censorship mean many books never saw the light of day and book distribution for 80% of the publishers in the Arabic-speaking world didn’t extend more …

Early 2010 UK Book Sales Down, No VAT Planned for Books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

In the UK, the Publishers Association’s data collection scheme, PA Sales Monitor (PASM) reports that book sales from January to March, compared with last year, grew “marginally by volume from 84.3m to 84.4m units, but the valuefell  by 3.3% from £287m to £278m. Export  sales actually grew in value by 2.4% from £196m to £201m, while volume sales decreased by …