Global Trade Talk: PEN Prioritizes Indigenous Language Preservation; Club Bertelsmann Becomes Zeilenreich; Amazon International Profits Up

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Last Wednesday, London-based International PEN elected Canadian writer John Ralston Saul as the organization’s new director, replacing Czech writer Jirí Grušá who has held the position for the last six years. In an interview with CBC Radio, Saul said that in addition to PEN’s traditional role of fighting for freedom of expression, he would try …

What’s the Buzz: Time to Start Talk of the Amazon Book Settlement

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka It’s finally here! Following months of speculation, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will start shipping the Kindle outside of the USA. The GSM-enabled e-readers will be available in hundreds of other countries starting on October 19th, reports the Boersenblatt. (and virtually every other news outlet). The advertised price is $279, and  which …

German Buch News: Amazon Tops Ranking of Germany’s Online Stores; Court Rules for More Pay for Translators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The German E-Commerce Center Handel (ECC) — a research and consulting firm focused on e-commerce — has released the results of its ECC Shopmonitor “image ranking” survey of online shops in Germany. As reported in the Boersenblatt, Amazon landed in the top position. The ECC asked 1,000 people representative of internet users to rate online shops on …

What’s the Buzz: Digital Pub Insights; Free Downloads

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Twittered and blogged about from every corner of the internet yesterday, the Kindle version of The Lost Symbol is outselling the hardcover version on Amazon.com despite the retailer’s hardcover discount of nearly 50%. Publishers have been reluctant in the past to release ebook and hardcover versions simultaneously because they …

German Buch News: Read a Mystery and Learn German, Amazon.de Breaks Embargo on Raunacht

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Read a murder mystery and learn some German in the process. That’s the idea behind Cornelsen Verlag’s latest iPhone and iPod Touch app, produced in collaboration with textunes, for the book Liebe bis in den Tod (Love Unto Death). According to BuchMarkt, the app is part text and part audio book. It features interactive exercises, definitions, and …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Ex-HC CEO Friedman Raises $3 milliion; Amazon to Fine UK Publishers

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the US, former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman has raised $3 million for a new venture called Open Road Integrated Media — a company few seem to know much about other than it will be involved in e-book marketing and promotion. The above video, in which Friedman is filmed in a recent conversation with former CEO and Chairman of the …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: More Google Confusion, Gaming Amazon, B&N Gets Bigger

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last week William Morris Endeavor (WME) said it was advising its clients to opt out of the Google Settlement because they objected to the seemingly indefinite royalty terms their clients would be bound to accept. This week, the Author’s Guild – one of the organizations leading the initial fight against Google – says that WME is wrong, …

Bonus Material: The Size (of Your E-Book Store) Doesn’t Matter

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It has seemed like every week this summer there has been a new announcement about a large quantity of titles being added to one e-bookstore or another. Whether it’s Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony or Google, the message has been consistent: “My e-book store is bigger!”, “No, my e-book store is bigger!” It’s a bit like children …