Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A new study, “Publishing in the Digital Era,” commissioned by the Forum d’Avignon and compiled by Bain & Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices “could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015,” and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The “redistribution of value among …

French Senate Votes for Fixed E-book Prices

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije France has been looking for ways to protect smaller booksellers and publishers from giants such as Amazon, Apple and Google, and last night the French Senate unanimously voted approval for the proposition of a law that would fix prices for e-books. Until now, e-books were not included under the famous 1981 Lang law that prohibits the sale …

France’s Fnac Introduces FnacBook, E-Reader War Heats Up

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije On Thursday, Christophe Cuvilier, Chairman and CEO of Fnac, France and Europe’s largest cultural and electronic retail chain, introduced the company’s new ereader called FnacBook. Eager to stress that books and ebooks can develop harmoniously side by side (books represent almost 20% of Fnac sales), Cuvilier presented the slim — 1 cm thick — elegant ereader, which …

Book Review: Rose Tremain’s Trespass

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Beginning with the very first chapter, in which a young girl makes a shocking discovery in a creek while on a school field trip, Trespass overflows with foreboding and suspense.  The novel progresses in two alternating  story lines.  In one, an alcoholic man living in the Cévennes region of southern France is seduced by the money he …

Paris’ Seine-side Bookselling bouquinistes Tout Trinkets, but City Hall Cries “Non”

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

• Paris’ Seine-side booksellers — known as bouqinistes — have existed in the city for 300 years and are a must see tourist attraction for book lovers. • Lately, the bouqinistes have started selling souvenir trinkets to augment lackluster booksales — a move that has prompted a crack down by city hall. By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Paris’ antique booksellers, or bouquinistes, …

New Study Finds Dramatic Difference Between Author Rights in Germany, Spain, France and UK

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The book and writing “observatory,” le MOTif, funded by the Paris regional government, is becoming increasingly visible in France’s book world. Le MOTif has just released a study on author rights in Europe, the result of a year-long research project about the legislatures, economic and legal aspects of the industry and more than 50 interviews with publishers, …

What is Your Favorite English-language Bookshop Abroad?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes a visit to Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani, which lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. Opinions and preferences vary as to what is “the best” English-language bookstore abroad — and by abroad, I mean in a non-native English-speaking country. The frontrunner for many is Paris’ Shakespeare & …

Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris’ Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

• Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. • Despite its age — the store was founded in 1801, but the publishers of the same name date back to 1520 — it has weathered the years well and continues be an important part of Paris’ vibrant literary community. By Rachel Aydt …

A Visit to Paris’s Famous Graves and Tea and Tattered Pages

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Rachel Aydt PARIS: On a bright and sunny Wednesday, we set out to see the catacombs– I should have guessed we wouldn’t be the only tourists heading over to Montparnasse for a glimpse of the deep macabre; problem was, we weren’t exactly expecting the line to literally reach around the block and number into the several hundreds. We had grinned and …

Some European Publishers Embrace iPad, But Adoption Still Slow

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore. According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, …