What Booksellers Want

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Thursday in New York City, a panel of three independent booksellers told a room full of marketers and publicists that free pizza will get teens to read (and buy) a book, that promotional posters and bookmarks are mostly just clutter, and why they aren’t selling e-books in their stores. The event, called “What Booksellers Want,” was …

Feeding the African Imagination: Nigeria’s Cassava Republic

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Belinda Otas and Tolu Ogunlesi ABUJA: Nigeria may not be the ideal place to start a publishing company, but Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate were crazy enough to take a chance. In 2006 the husband-and-wife team founded Cassava Republic, a publishing house with the goal of “feeding the African imagination” through stories taken from contemporary African life. When they …

Has Your Child Gone Digital?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s story by Kristen McLean of the Association of Booksellers for Children explains why she believes digitization and e-books are good for literacy. Of course, some parents are likely reluctant to put their child in front of any type of electronic gizmo — be it a computer, television or beeping toy. Some may also be reticent to give …

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 …

How to Fix France’s Fragmented E-distribution Platform

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers, like those in many other countries, are facing the challenge of digital distribution for e-books. Until now, French publishers have opted to distribute books individually. Hachette owns Numilog, l’Harmattan has L’Harmathèque, and Editis has built E-Plateforme. Only Flammarion, Gallimard and Le Seuil-La Martinière are collaborating and are creating their own platform, Eden-Livres. As with most …

Swede Liza Marklund Insults, Then Apologizes to German Booksellers

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Swedish crime novelist Liza Marklund recently found herself in the midst of a controversy in the German publishing world when she spoke out against Germany’s fixed book price law and questioned the significance of small booksellers in an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. German booksellers (particularly the smaller ones, who were most directly affronted by the author’s …

James Bridle Explores the Bookshops of Mexico City

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka UK publisher and internet entrepreneur James Bridle recently made a side trip to Mexico City following his appearance at the SXSW conference in Texas. He blogged this week about his time there visiting the bookstores, including Atrio, Librería Pegaso, and MUCA Roma, among others… I walked a lot (in one very small area of the central city), …

Are Specialty E-bookstores the Way Forward for E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the partnership between Ciando.de, Germany’s leading e-bookstore, and Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s leading telecoms company, for the launch of BooksOn.de — a new e-bookstore that incorporates many of Ciando’s 35,000 titles, but under new branding. Ciando’s CEO Dr. Werner-Christian Guggemos says it’s all about the target audience: “BooksOn clearly addresses a younger audience. When …

Deutsche Telekom/Ciando Partnership Says “Game On” to German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary It’s “game on” — or is that “books on” — in Germany when it comes to the e-book market. Sensing an opportunity to broaden its customer base given last year’s marked increase in e-book sales, German e-book retailer Ciando.de has teamed up with German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom to launch a second e-book platform called BooksOn.de. The …