What Publishers Today Can Learn from Allen Lane: Fearlessness

In Europe by Guest Contributor

By James Bridle LONDON: When Allen Lane produced the popular paperback in 1934, his breakthrough was not in the creation of the paperback — they had had been around in various, if poor quality, formats for a number of years. His innovation was recognizing a novel context in which people were reading, or wanting to read. The legend goes that …

Launching Glo.com

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson What is Glo.com? Publishing Perspectives interviewed Elizabeth Mackey (Sr. Business Development Manager, MSN Health & Lifestyle) about the launch of Glo.com, a new women’s lifestyle Web site from MSN. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV7Z3yF_9NE Glo has a unique layout that looks more like a printed magazine than a Web site, save the navigation bar at the top and, of course, the …

When Will E-books be the Answer for Africa’s Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s story about Nigeria’s Cassava Republic suggests that e-books may be the perfect means of overcoming African publishing’s printing and distribution problems. Of course, as the publisher in the story notes, there still isn’t that much Internet penetration, but it is improving. At what point do you foresee e-books being a viable distribution channel for Africa, the …

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 …

Survey Says: 25% of Chinese Have Read an E-Book

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Global Times of China reports on the results of the 7th National Reading Survey in China which indicated that 25% of those surveyed — some 19,000 people — have read a digital book. The survey conducted by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the department of the Chinese government that oversees books and publishing, and …

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E-booksellers Ciando, txtr Add Publishers, Titles

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German e-book retailer ciando has sealed deals with publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt to make 1,300 of their fiction and non-fiction e-book titles available on both of its platforms: www.ciando.com and www.bookson.de. As reported in a press release from ciando, the books will all be available in EPUB format. The new partnerships will allow ciando to build upon the …

Amazonian: Brazilian Booksellers, Publishers Begin Big Digital Push

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues and Ricardo Costa of PublishNews.com.br SAO PAOLO: For the past several years Brazilian booksellers and publishers have watched and waited, content to let their colleagues abroad debate the positives and negatives of digital publishing. But two events in 2009 changed things. First was the Jornada de Nacional de Literatura de Passo Fundo (National Literature Journey of …

What is Preferable: Individual, Centralized or Hybrid E-book Distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story we look at the fragmented e-book distribution system in France, where numerous individual publishing houses are developing their own platforms. The government is trying to reconcile this and has recommended a centralized solution, one they claim would offer a single point of purchase and be “three to five times” less expensive than publishers handling the …

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 …