Traveling? Tell Us About Your Favorite Bookstore Discovery

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today Rachel Aydt writes about her recent visit to Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that some of my best memories of travel are associated with visiting bookstores. For me, there’s Cape Town’s Exclusive Books (yes, a chain, but a very good one!), New Orleans’ Faulkner House Book, Belfast’s No Alibis, …

Berlin’s Dussmann Doubles Sales of English-language Books

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Maybe it’s all the expats moving to Berlin, but the city’s giant book and media store Dussmann is doubling the retail space it allots for foreign language books, with a particular focus on English-language titles. The reason? Store manager Julia Clarenein tells Buchreport that the store has recently seen a double-digit growth in sales in this segment. …

A Little Slap-and-Tickle: The Double Life of Author/Bookseller Deborah Willis

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

By Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: In one of my lives, I’m a writer. This means, essentially, that I contemplate the human experience while wearing my pajamas. This writer –– let’s call her Deborah Willis––prefers to be alone. Her shoulders are hunched from bending over a notebook and her eyes are strained from the computer screen. Fortunately, there’s another me, and …

Is Bookselling a Good or Bad Job for a Writer?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I often people that I learned more over the four years I spent working in a bookstore than I did at university. It’s true — being around all those books and being responsible for them was genuinely enlightening. On the other hand, as an aspiring writer, there were days when I looked at all those books, particularly …

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 …

French Publishers Launch E-book Distribution Platform

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported today that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform in mid-June, with full operation of the system expected in September of this year. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Distributor Epagine is also involved. …

China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: China Mobile — the world’s largest cell phone carrier — has announced that it was building China’s largest online digital bookstore. The company plans to offer its subscribers 3G wireless access to online publications including digital books, comics, newspapers and magazines — some 60,000 titles in all — and hopes to attract some 200 million users …

Could Publishers Start Charging for Office Tours?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perusing the new issue of The Atlantic this morning I ran across a breezy article by Megan McArdle entitled “The Genius of QVC” about the sales techniques of the QVC television shopping network — you know, those folks who hawk jewelry, appliances and electronics 24-7 on several of your basic cable or satellite channels. Amid the discussion …

German Chain Thalia On Track for A Billion Euros in Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Worldwide revenues for Germany’s largest book chain Thalia have increased by 9.3% to a total of 498 million euros for the first half of 2010. (However, in a pure apples to apples comparison taking new store openings into account, that increase drops to only +2%). Parent company The Douglas Group reports that Thalia is on target to …

Publisher Vends Books Via Old Cigarette Machines

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based publisher Automatenverlag is hoping that locals won’t be able to kick the habit of buying books on the go once they start. The publisher has refurbished and repurposed old cigarette automats for the purpose of selling books, focusing on the neighborhood surrounding the University of Hamburg. The books — all original texts by Hamburg authors, ranging …