Fiction Longlist Announced for 2011 Best Translated Book Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Now in its fifth year, the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) fiction longlist highlights 25 translated works of literature published in the United States in 2010. The longlist represents authors from 19 countries writing in 12 languages. The award was started in 2007 by Three Percent, a blog about literature in translation from Open Letter Press. Co-founder …

Amazon Kindle Launches Singles with TED E-books

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Amazon began selling its Kindle Singles online. Singles are e-books between 5,000 and 30,000 words long. According to the press release, these e-books are meant to “allow a single killer idea — well researched, well argued and well illustrated — to be expressed at its natural length.” Singles are priced between $0.99 and $4.99 (though at …

No Surprise: US is 75% of Global E-Reader Market, Apple & Amazon Dominate, Says IDC Study

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US-based Apple and Amazon are the leading global vendors of tablet computers and e-readers, respectively, according to the¬†Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, published by International Data Corporation (IDC).¬†Pandigital and Barnes & Noble have lapped Sony to become the #2 and #3 global vendor of e-readers. Sony is neck and neck with Chinese-producer Hanvon in distributing …

Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1)

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Guest Contributor

Today, in the first half of a two-part series on library e-book lending, writer Erik Christopher considers the models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. By Erik Christopher The digital age has complicated things, especially for libraries. Not only do patrons want traditional services, like books and reference materials, they …

Have You Borrowed or Lent E-books? What Was Your Experience?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The demand for e-books is unquestionably on the rise and e-readers and iPads were hot holiday items this past holiday season. Many libraries offer e-book lending services and have for some time, but the increasing ubiquity of devices means that these services will be even more in demand in the coming year and libraries will be put …

Amazon Responds to Google eBooks with Kindle for the Web

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Google announced the launch of its eBookstore (formerly Google Editions). This e-commerce platform offers browser-based reading on PCs and downloads to mobile and reading devices. Google also encourages partnership agreements with third-party websites to sell their e-books. Today, Amazon announced that its two-month-old beta project, Kindle for the Web, will soon allow users to read and …

Amazon Launches Italian Site Amazon.it

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon.it, the first time the company enters the Italian market with a dedicated portal. According to the press release, the store launches with more categories than any Amazon site has ever launched with, focusing for now on video games, music, DVDs, toys, computers, electronics, small appliances . . . and “over …