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 …

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 …