Week in Review: Trio of “Big Six” US Pubs Launch Bookish.com; French Sue Google Over Scanned Books

In News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A brief round-up of some of the top global industry trade news… Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Group have teamed up to launch Bookish.com, a new consumer-oriented Web site that will market and promote books. The model is something of a hybrid online bookstore and a community-oriented book promotion site. Industry reaction has been …

Will Collaborative E-book Distribution Platforms Last?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Spain’s Libranda, Italy’s E-digita, France’s Eden Livres, Brazil’s DLD — they’ll all last only as long as publishers need them. By Edward Nawotka Several markets have seen collaborative e-book distribution platforms launch within the last year: Libranda launched Spain; in Italy Rizzoli, Feltrinelli and Gruppo Gems developed the E-digita platform; a French group comprised of Gallimard, Flammarion and others brought out …

Paris’ Salon du Livre Hosts International Editors Under New Fellowship Program

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Le MOTif, the Paris regional government’s book and writing “observatory” is launching a French Fellowship program in conjunction with the Salon du Livre, which opens today. The Paris book fair will run for four, rather than six days, has extended its opening hours and reduced stand prices by 17%. Publishing companies such as Hachette Livre, which had …

Mathias Énard’s ‘Zone’: Brilliance in a Single 517 Page Sentence

In Book Review by Guest Contributor

By Dennis Abrams It really shouldn’t work at all — Matias Énard’s Zone. This novel, the story of Francis Servain Mirkovic, fighter in the Balkan Wars, spy, and amateur historian, traveling from Milan to Rome by train, carrying a briefcase filled with names, photos, and information about the violent history of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean – the “Zone,” as …

A Second Helping of Edouard Cointreau’s Paris Cookbook Fair

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Last year Edouard Cointreau, the force behind the Gourmand Cookbook Awards, extended his reach further into the professional culinary world and launched the Paris Cookbook Fair, a trade fair exclusively dedicated to books about food and drink. Yesterday, on a brilliantly sunny Sunday in Paris, the second edition of the Fair ended and while the final count …

Price Fixing vs Fixed Prices: Europe’s Emerging E-book Quagmire

In Europe, Resources by Edward Nawotka

On Monday, the European Commission investigated several French publishers for illegal e-book price fixing, this in a country with fixed book prices. Ironic, hypocritical…or merely confusing? By Edward Nawotka Yesterday we learned from a dozen news sources that on March 1 several European publishing houses were “raided” by European Commission officials in search of evidence of price fixing among e-book …

Video: Bookeen Demos Video Playback on E-Ink Screen

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson E-ink isn’t just for text anymore, as Paris-based e-reader manufacturer Bookeen proved earlier this month. Bookeen’s R&D department has figured out how to play smooth-motion video on an e-ink display, as demonstrated in the video below (via Password Incorrect). httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24srQXX81Oc E-Ink Info reports that the setup you see in the video was created using Bookeen’s own software …

Digitizing Beyond E-books: Optimizing Content Brings New Opportunities says France’s Jouve

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Just having e-books won’t cut it anymore. “Many publishers today are still trying to focus on traditional e-books,” said Emmanuel Benoit, Executive VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Jouve. But what is the next step? One of Jouve’s goals for the publishing industry is to help publishers move beyond simply converting their print content into e-books. …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …