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 …

“E-book ISBN Mess Needs Sorting Out,” Say UK Publishers

In Digital, Resources by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The subject of how book digitization is affecting the future of the ISBN may not be as sexy as say pricing or sequencing issues, but it is just as important. Right now, publishers around the globe are taking different approaches to assigning ISBNs to e-books, that is if they are assigning them at all. The situation …

Amazon Wants You to Touch Their Kindle

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Not willing to concede the “gee-whiz-that’s-awesome” PR to Apple, the news has leaked that Amazon has bought Touchco — a six-person start-up that was working to develop touch sensitive overlays for handheld electronic devices. In its coverage, the New York Times interviewed Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Lazard Capital, who said the move “would suggest Amazon is …

Amazon May “Capitulate” to Macmillan’s Demands

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The battle may already be over in the burgeoning saga of Amazon v. Macmillan (standing in for the rest of the publishing world) which saw Amazon stop sales of Macmillan titles after the publisher told Amazon it wanted to change it’s terms of business, moving to an agency model. On Sunday Amazon posted a letter to its …

Author Cory Doctorow on Amazon vs. Macmillan

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox According to an article in The New York Times, Amazon has pulled all Macmillan books from their site (or removed the buy buttons) in response to Macmillan’s request to raise the cost of ebooks on Amazon from $10 to $15. Macmillan author Cory Doctorow wrote a piece on BoingBoing.net sees a bleak future in this fight: “[I]f one …