Global Trade Talk: Bookseller Retail Awards; Hachette’s POD Facility; Aussie Book Imports

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At The Bookseller Retail Awards last night, almost all of the major retailers nominated for an award walked away with one. At the start of the ceremony, Bookseller editor-in-chief Niell Denny’s announced that the Retail Awards would merge with the British Bookseller Awards in 2010. A highlight among the presenters was Peter Usborne, who presented the award …

Global Trade Talk: Early UK Holiday Discounting; Would Salinger Appear in Court?

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the US, retailers may have put their Halloween costumes on sale, but in the UK, at least one major retailer is already discounting hot holiday books. The Bookseller cites the £9.99 r.r.p. for Jamie Oliver’s new book, Jamie’s America, which Waterstone’s is currently offering both online and off in the UK. At £9.99, that’s “62% off …

German Buch News: International Lit Prize Shortlist; Youths Spurn Bookselling

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its first ever “International Literature Prize”, which will be awarded on September 30th, BuchMarkt reports. The list includes works that have been translated into German from English, Persian, and Spanish and includes Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio (originally published by HarperCollins US), DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage (published by Anansi …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: UK’s Sainsbury’s Expands Books; Slight Sales Drop at B&N, BAM

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the UK, Sainsbury’s supermarkets are making further inroads into bookselling and plan to increase oval book sales by some 3% in 2009. “The supermarket chain told publishers at its annual supplier conference in London last week that it was targeting book sales of £36.25m in 2009-up from £27.6m in 2008, said The Bookseller. A large part …

German Buch News: Hosseini Tops 2.5 mil., New €35,000 Translation Prize

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Following Berlin Verlag’s May release of the paperback edition of A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s books have now sold more than 2.5 million books in the German-speaking world. Even Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the book a little boost when he recommended A Thousand Splendid Suns during a German Bundestag debate. He also lists The Kite Runner …

German Buch News: Bookstores Give Classical Music a Boost

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Sales of classical music products increased by 23% in the first half of 2009 and it’s booksellers who are partially responsible. According to figures published by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie, and reported in BuchMarkt, classical music generates about 100 million euros in sales in Germany each year, with about 10% of that sold in bookstores. Could this be an …

Alaska is Perfect for Reading

In Feature Articles by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwen Dawson ANCHORAGE: Before Sarah Palin you betcha’d her way into the cultural consciousness, Alaska was perhaps best known as the setting for the hit television show Northern Exposure. The cliche was that it was a remote, distant and icy land, a place marked not by the works of man but, rather, by his absence. The few people who lived there there …

Bonus Material: The Coolest Bookstore in America

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every once in awhile you visit a place and think “I could live there.” That happened to me a few years back while vacationing in Alaska when I went to the tiny town of Homer to do some halibut and salmon fishing. Homer is a small city at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, about 225 miles, …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part Two)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives concludes its profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Yesterday, Part One focused on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999. Today, we pick up the story at the start of the first Gulf War in 1990 and carry …

Bonus Material: 1,000 Year Old Baghdad Book Market Survives Bombing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s an old saying in Iraq concerning literature: “In Cairo they write. In Beirut they print. In Baghdad we read.” The intellectual heart of Baghdad has, for much of the past millennium, been Mutanabi Street, where many of the city’s bookstores and most popular cafes are located. The street is named after the first century poet Abul Tayyeb …