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 …

Is B2B the Real Market for E-books?

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Dev Ganesan FALLS CHURCH, VA: You might not realize it yet, but there’s an unexpected change occurring in the digital publishing space. We can’t help but notice it ourselves—many of our new clients aren’t who you’d suspect. In fact, they aren’t even publishers, in the traditional sense. They are business-to-business (B2B) corporations of all sorts, and they’re asking us to …

Bonus Material: Catalogs, Galleys…Is Something Lost if Publishers Go all “E” for B2B?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead article, Dev Ganesan, CEO and President of Aptara, argues by implication that the business-to-business market is far more significant than the trade market. In the piece he suggests that all forms of printed business communication, from annual reports to brochures, could be efficiently replaced with e-books, and at a significant cost savings as well. …

German Buch News: Ciando/Claudio Team-up; Online X-mas Shoppers Growing; More Google Settlement Reaction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary E-book provider ciando and online audio book retailer Claudio.de are joining forces to offer a broader portfolio to their customers, reports BuchMarkt. ciando’s database of e-books now consists of 35,000 titles from 450 publishers, which will now also be available on Claudio.de. In exchange, Claudio’s 10,000 audio books from 250 publishers will now also be available in …

Bonus Material: Is Delaying the E-book Version a Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sourcebooks, an independent publisher based in Chicago, made headlines earlier this year when they announced they would delay the publication of the e-book edition of Kaleb Nation’s Bran Hambric for at least six months in order to avoid online cannibalization of the print edition—or perhaps to prevent Nation’s vast online fan base from finding a way to …

Global Trade Talk: Fixed Pricing Could Be an Obstacle for International Kindle; How to Write a Great Novel

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though Amazon’s Kindle is now available in 200 countries, including Germany, many are asking what good it is if only English-language titles are available for the device. According to the Boersenblatt, negotiations are underway with publishers in Europe, but no German publisher has signed an e-book contract with Amazon at this point. Questions remain …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

Global Trade Talk: Macmillan Pushes for Lower E-book Royalties; Bookstore Numbers Down in Germany, US

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Publishers Marketplace broke the news earlier today of a new contract being pushed out by Macmillian to agents in the United States that asserts the company will only offer a 20% royalty rate for e-books, down from the typical 25% and would be applicable to “all exploitation of the content of the book in …