Rumor that Amazon May Launch Kindle Service in China

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao As Shanda Technology company announced the arrival of its e-reader Bambook today, industry insiders are also discussing the possibility of the sale of Amazon’s Kindle in China. A job opening for a “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was spotted on Amazon.cn on July 19, according to National Business Daily in Shanghai. The description of the job stated …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …

Kindle Books Outsell Hardcover Books on Amazon.com

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Kindle and other e-reading devices have gotten lots of news coverage recently as retailers continue to drop the price of devices in order to gain a larger share of the growing e-book market. The Kindle is now priced at $189 (down from $259), and both the Kobo Reader from Borders and the Nook from Barnes & …

Is It Still “Self-Publishing” When Relying on Lulu and Amazon?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Angela K. Durden describes self-publishing in the terms of a cottage industry. She is particularly appreciative of the independence it gives her. Self-publishing implies independence, but is that description still accurate when a self-publisher relies on large corporations like Lulu.com to produce their books and Ingram and Amazon to distribute them? Doesn’t “cottage …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

No Spain, No Brazil: Where Else is Amazon Missing Out?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of a new online bookstore in Spain that aims to become the equivalent of Amazon.com Amazon runs their own branded stores in the US (natch), UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and China (under the name Joyo.com). And though they don’t have a store in Spain, they do offer plenty of Spanish-language …

Amazon’s Jon Fine on Self-Publishing, Plans to Publish in Translation, and More

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox On Monday, May 24th, Book Expo America hosted the DIY Authors Conference and Marketplace in association with Writer Magazine and The Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Jon Fine, Director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com, was one of the speakers with a talk entitled “Advance Your Career with DIY Publishing.” Publishing Perspectives was able to speak with …

Pre-order Your WePad on Amazon.de

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Financial Times Deutschland reports that Germany’s WePad is now available online for pre-order exclusively via Amazon.de — at least until the official launch of the device, which is still scheduled for August. The agreement was confirmed both by Amazon and Berlin-based WePad creator Neofonie. There are plans for the device to be available in stores after …

Amazon.de Remains Germany’s Top Online Retailer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A survey of the 1,000 largest German online retailers conducted by the EHI Retail Institute reveals that the ten largest are responsible 25% of overall online sales Germany and the top 100 are responsible for two-thirds of sales. In comparison, according to buchreport’s recent analysis of the 50 largest German book retailers, the top 10 brick and …

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta on iPad v. Kindle

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Media Reporter Ken Auletta reports on the digital publishing questions, such as publisher and bookseller opinions on the agency model, windowing, branding to readers instead of bookstores, whether Apple will be a better partner to publishers than Amazon, and featuring some of the usual suspects in digital publishing …