*+-Executives from Goodreads, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House shared book discovery tactics in the age of overload at BEA’s IDPF conference on Tuesday.
*+-A panel at the IDPF Digital Book Conference this Wednesday asks, is Amazon good for readers? Tell us what you think.
*+-German self-published author Annie Stone advises writers to focus on fan engagement and being a nice, approachable person, than straight forward marketing.
*+-The Writers Block, a bookstore supported by Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Downtown Project, has brought literary chops and an expresso book machine to Sin City.
*+-Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
*+-The 12th Thessaloniki Book Fair was a surprising success, though Greek publishers are frustrated with the lack of local support and international interest.
*+-Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
*+-The strong US dollar, a struggling bookstore sector and a slowdown in government book acquisitions has pushed the Brazilian publishing sector into a crisis.
*+-Jordanian online bookseller Jamalon solves distribution and delivery in the Arab world by offering cash-on-delivery services.
*+-Though the annual jólabókaflóð (Christmas Book Flood) is a tradition, Icelandic publishers are rethinking the logic of pushing so many book out at once.