Hot Italian Readers: The Feltrinelli Era

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Boris Kachka Superstores and publishers have had some run-ins of late—decades after the heyday of one-stop publisher-printer-bookshops working on several floors of the same building. Tech-savvy startup OR Books cited that golden age at the fair, explaining their plan to sell print and e-books directly to consumers. But there’s one independent house, a ripe 55 years old, that manages …

The Beginning of Amazon en Español?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams On Friday, the last day of Spain’s LIBER book fair, a rumor emerged on finance website Cinco Días that set the halls abuzzing: internet giant Amazon was finally preparing to enter the Spanish market through the acquisition of BuyVIP.com, an ecommerce company based in Madrid, with operations in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Netherlands. (To …

Is Retail Distribution the Missing Link to Improving the Image of Self-published Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Amy Edelman discusses why she launched IndieReader.com, a web site curating self-published books and offering the best for sale. She notes that self-published books suffer primarily from an “image” problem in so far as they are not perceived to be of the same quality as titles put out by traditional publishers, even though …

Why is Indie OK for Musicians and Filmmakers…But Not for Writers?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Amy Edelman believes that self-published books deserve more attention from readers and retailers. • She developed IndieReader.com, a website that curates and sells self-published books. The site is launching a service to distribute these titles to independent bookstores. By Amy Edelman Why is it that indie movies like The Hurt Locker and indie bands like The Shins win tons of …

Taipei Chain Bookstore Goes to Shanghai

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Taipei’s largest bookstore chain Eslite will set up a branch in Shanghai soon, according to a statement given by Robert Wu Ching-Yu, chairman of the bookstore, at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai last week. Shanghai will be the third Chinese mainland city to have an Eslite bookstore, Robert Wu Ching-yu said. In the past months, …

Re-inventing Book Marketing

In Digital, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Dave Weich, founder of Sheepscot Creative and former director of marketing and development for Powell’s Books, argues that in today’s publishing environment, book marketing remains something of a “crapshoot.” • Weich argues the opportunities go well beyond the general trade consumer. Editorial by Dave Weich In the next ten years, book marketing will radically reinvent itself. Nowhere will the …

What is Your Favorite English-language Bookshop Abroad?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes a visit to Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani, which lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. Opinions and preferences vary as to what is “the best” English-language bookstore abroad — and by abroad, I mean in a non-native English-speaking country. The frontrunner for many is Paris’ Shakespeare & …

Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris’ Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

• Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. • Despite its age — the store was founded in 1801, but the publishers of the same name date back to 1520 — it has weathered the years well and continues be an important part of Paris’ vibrant literary community. By Rachel Aydt …

How Should Bookstores Cope with the Ebook Era?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Manhattan’s Three Lives & Co. Bookstore. One of the store’s philosophies is keep the store running very much same way it has since it opened its doors in 1968. The question of how to cope in this era of e-books and economic recession is one facing bookstores all over the world. Should …