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 …

Bonus Material: Harvard to Digitize 51,000 Rare Chinese Manuscripts

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Harvard University and the National of Library of China signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal on Friday to digitize 51,000 volumes of rare Chinese manuscripts. The works will be drawn from the Harvard-Yenching Library, a collection formed by Alfred Kai-ming Chiu starting from the 1920. The six-year project will be done in two three-year phases. The first …

Bonus Material: One Bright Spot in Venezuelan Publishing

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The ideologically tinged reading initiatives announced by Chávez’s administration in Venezuela have caused alarm and economic hardship among many of the country’s publishers and booksellers, but there is one program — run with government support though not under its full control — that has won praise inside and outside Venezuela. Biblioteca Ayacucho is a 35-year-old publishing foundation …

Bonus Material: The Online In-Crowd

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_0FgRKsqqUa Richard Eoin Nash isn’t alone in thinking that  publishing as we know it is coming to an end. He’s part of a much broader constituency who believes the old paradigms are shifting away from individual producers and toward crowds. Among the chief progenitors of this idea is Clay Shirkey. His book Here Comes Everybody (now in …

EBF/IBF Director Dubruille on Bookselling’s Future

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka BRUSSELS: “The problem in Europe is that booksellers don’t know what strategies to use when coping with digitization,” says Françoise Dubruille, director of the European Booksellers Federation and the International Booksellers Federation, “There are 25 languages for 27 countries, there are 27 national cultures and literatures, and not all have the same challenges.” She adds, “One thing …