Random Preparing for E-book Rights Fight

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A pair of articles in the US press—one hitting the front page of the New York Times and another in the Wall Street Journal—cite a letter sent on Friday by Random House to US literary agents restating their assertion that they hold the e-book rights to books they have under contract. In letter, dated Dec. 11, Markus Dohle, …

Global Trade Talk: UK’s Bookseller is Safe; Nuances to E-Book Release Delays; Sherman Alexie Slams E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers Weekly reports that, in the wake of the demise of Kirkus Reviews, questions have been asked about The Bookseller, which like Kirkus, is owned by Nielsen. “The spokesperson said there are no plans to close that publication or to change the publication schedule of the magazine that covers the U.K. book market,” wrote PW. The Wall …

Report from Guadalajara’s FIL: “We’re Living in One of History’s Hinge Moments”

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka GUADALAJARA: The annual Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL)—otherwise known as the Guadalajara International Book Fair—finished up last week. Considered by many to be among the most enjoyable of all international book fairs, FIL also featured some provocative deep-thinking about the future of the publishing industry in the Americas. Publishing Perspectives spoke with John W. Warren, Director of …

What’s the Buzz: Working with Netbook Makers; LeWeb Starts Tomorrow; Mediabistro Launches E-book Newsletter

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson On Teleread, David Rothman poses an interesting question: Should publishers form relationships with netbook makers like Hewlett-Packard? Rothman believes that more consumers will be trying out e-books in the coming year on netbooks, not dedicated e-readers. Year-to-date sales of netbooks have grown by 264%, and if prices continue to drop, publishers might want to consider ways they …

What’s Hot in Romance? E-books, Baby!

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Lori James PALM HARBOR, FL: Digital publishing is a popular topic at the moment, and it should be. During a time when our overall world-wide economy is struggling, digital sales are up, way up. The top selling genre? Romance. At AllRomance.com we’re carefully watching this rapidly shifting market. With over 30,000 romance titles, and close to $3 million in …

Global Trade Talk: Google Editions to Launch in Japan; No Sony E-book Store for Germany

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Siobhan O’Leary According Japanese business daily Nikkei (source: MarketWatch), Google has announced its plans to launch its e-book store service Google Edition in Japan in 2010. Prices will be determined by book publishers, and Google says it will keep 63% of the sales price. Google Edition is also scheduled to launch in the spring of 2010 …

Spain’s E-book Business Stuck in Beta

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID: Last week, the inaugural Feria del Libro Digital—Spain’s first e-book fair—took a few toddling steps into the future.  Described by its organizers as “Version 0.0,” the fair’s two days of panels, exhibits and workshops elicited decidedly mixed reviews. While many were pleased that it provided a showcase for the digital companies that had been shut out …

Bonus Material: Is Spain’s Piracy Complex Legit?

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams It’s accepted as common knowledge in Spain that the country has possibly the worst case of digital piracy in Europe and Spaniards may even be among the worst offenders in the world.  Andreu Teixidor, former president of Destino, a division of Planeta, and a panelist on Digital Publishing at the recent Feria del Libro Digital (discussed in …

Global Trade Talk: Limited Edition Sony Reader; Bookstore Sales Down; German Business Climate Up

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin Cox and Siobhan O’Leary The Bookseller reports that Random House has partnered with Sony to create an exclusive limited edition Reader Pocket Edition for James Patterson. Reasoning behind the deal comes from Jonathan Davis, digital publisher at Random House, who said: “The bundle of a limited edition device plus exclusive content make for a distinctive and ideal Christmas …