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 …

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 Belinda Otas

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 …

The Kids Are Alright! Why Digitization and E-books are Good for Literacy

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Kristen McLean, executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) After several hundred years with a stable model, some of our most basic ideas about books and reading are now under the microscope. The most pessimistic opinions tell us that the book as we know it is dead, but I don’t believe it. It is important to …