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 …

Berlinica is Born: How a German Journalist Became a US Publisher

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Dr. Eva Schweitzer, once a New York correspondent for German newspapers, decided to start her own publishing company focused on books from and about Berlin. • Using technology, a DIY attitude, and her ever-expanding network of contacts, Schweitzer will launch her company on November 11, 2010. By Dr. Eva C. Schweitzer NEW YORK: And this is how I became …

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 …

Amazon.com to Underwrite Best Translated Book Awards

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

PRESS RELEASE from Open Letter Books: October 20, 2010: Amazon.com has awarded the University of Rochester/Three Percent website a $25,000 grant in support of the 2011 Best Translated Book Awards. This grant will support $5,000 cash prizes for both the winning translators and authors. Launched by Three Percent (http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent) in 2007, the Best Translated Book Awards aim to bring attention …