Poll Results: Libraries Should Lend E-books, But Few Have Borrowed

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Shortly after the UK Publishers Association announced stricter guidelines for library lending (geographic restrictions and a ban on remote lending), we asked our readers what they thought of library e-book lending. Should libraries loan e-books? The large majority of poll-takers, 81%, said that libraries should loan e-books, despite arguments that lending e-books could lead to more piracy. …

Day 9: Has Your Bag of Tricks Been Exhausted?

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox So, we’re on Day 9 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and if you watch Twitter, get the updates from the NaNoWriMo pep talkers, and hear from friends who are also writing this month, you know that the second week is said to be the most difficult. There are plenty of resources that can give you …

Rumor Mill: Amazon.de to Release German E-books in 2011?

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The recent Homer 3.0 conference in Berlin was abuzz with the rumor that Amazon plans to start selling a serious selection of German-language e-books starting at the beginning of 2011. According to Buchmarkt, attendees of the conference reported that Amazon is currently in negotiations with German publishers. The Kindle has been available in Germany for just over a …

Clancy Gives Back to Veterans This Holiday Season

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Internationally bestselling writer, Tom Clancy, is launching a national program that encourages readers to show their support by sending messages of gratitude to veterans and active duty soldiers who are recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the nation’s largest military medical facility. Beginning today, participants can offer words of inspiration and gratitude to a recovering soldier, …

Serbia’s Geopoetika Publishes English Translations with an Eye Towards Foreign Rights Sales

In Global Trade Talk by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Unfortunate as it is, the situation facing Serbian literature is incredibly common for “small language” cultures: although a number of Serbian writers from the first half of the twentieth century have been translated into English and published throughout the world (like Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić, and Borislav Pekić), many of the best writers of the past …

Richard Nash Q&A: Sneak Peak at Redlemonade, Discusses Reading, Personal History

In Global Trade Talk by Guest Contributor

By Chris Kubica Last week, I asked my colleague, Richard Nash, founder of Cursor — a “Publishing 3.0” startup based in Brooklyn, New York, publishing consultant, and former editor and chief of Soft Skull Press — if I could have a public conversation with him about himself, his work and reading habits, all things publishing, and about Cursor. Graciously, Richard …

Indie Swiss Pubs Promote Books on Juice Bottle Labels

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary An association of independent Swiss publishers known as Swips is juicing up its marketing activities on behalf of its members. Literally. Founded three years ago, the organization is now teaming up with organic smoothie producer Traktor to launch an unconventional new campaign giving its 22 member publishers the opportunity to feature poems, book excerpts or very short …

What Germany is Reading This Week

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Gathered from Boersenblatt.net, here are the top ten fiction and nonfiction hardcover bestsellers in Germany this week. Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers in Germany (Oct 28 – Nov 3) (From Boersenblatt.net) Ken Follett: Sturz der Titanen German Publisher: Bastei Luebbe (Translated from English) Original: Fall of Giants, published by Dutton Adult Elizabeth George: Wer dem Tode geweiht …

Latest Statistics on Mobile Apps and Smartphone Usage

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Millennial Media has just released a “State of the Apps Industry” report on the current state of the mobile app industry and makes predictions about next year, which include the growth of Android and Windows Phone 7, as well as increased revenues from mobile apps next year. Download the complete report from Millennial Media here. (via ReadWriteWeb). …