Google to Scan Lyon’s Library

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The city of Lyon’s library has signed an agreement with Google, allowing the search giant to scan around 500,000 titles in its collection over the next 10 years. According to a CNN report, Google will scan the documents free of charge and, in exchange, will have the right to use them commercially for the next 25 years. …

CES is Not a Book Fair (and Steve Jobs is No Joe Gutenberg)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka LAS VEGAS: Today is the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where more than two dozen dedicated e-reading devices are expected to be introduced. There are devices coming from the known brands, such as  iRex, Cool-ER, and Plastic Logic, and numerous newcomers. Also on the docket to be presented are several new iterations of the …

Should Governments Try to Out-Google Google Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A number of European countries, including Germany (as discussed in today’s lead article), France, and Spain have launched national book digitization projects. But the question remains, should book digitization projects should be taken on by public institutions or left in the hands of private enterprise? Or is there a hybrid model, such as Harvard University’s co-operation with …

Global Trade Talk: 753 Million French Euros for Digitization; Sem-Sanberg Wins August Prize; Thalia Takes Control of Buch.de

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Some French may not appreciate the Google Book Settlement, but at least they’re proving that they are not afraid of digitization. To wit, France’s Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, has requested 753 million euros to support the digitization of French cultural content, reports Reuters. It is estimated that the amount would cover the total …

Bonus Material: Is Asia Truly Ahead of the West in Digital Innovation and Adoption?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article about the Singapore Writers Festival, Peter Gordon, Hong Kong publisher of Chameleon Press, suggested that some parts of Asia were slow movers in the race towards literary digitization. He said: E-publishing “is awaited with a combination of anticipation of the possibilities and trepidation about the effects it may have on the traditional publishing …

LibreDigital Promises Fidelity for Digital Pubs

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AUSTIN: “As a human being who reads, we are moving into a world where people don’t make a distinction between how they read,” says Bob Carlton, vice president of marketing for LibreDigital, an Austin, Texas tech company that provides digitization solutions for publishers. “Information is all complex content with images—and it must be reusable across all formats …

Bonus Material: Digital Book Browsing May Drive Sales

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka LibreDigital launched its BookBrowse technology, which provides a digital preview of a book to online shoppers and browsers, only 18 months ago. It has since served up more than half a billion pages to readers (150,000 to Twilight readers alone). Clients using the technology include Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Dorchester, Harlequin and Mills and Boon. Over the …

Global Trade Talk: US Online Price War; EC to Fast Track Digitization Talks; German Sales Up

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Mass market retailer Target has joined a worrisome US book price war that started last Thursday and has already reduced the price of some hot new books to a mere $8.99 per copy. As the Associated Press explains, the price cuts began when “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its Web site, walmart.com, would charge just $10, …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …

Whither Book Publishers? TOC Frankfurt on Tech and Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (This article also appeared in our Frankfurt Edition on October 14) Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza …