“Millions of people now own Kindles”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Millions of people now own Kindles. And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books — free Kindle books would make the number even higher. It’s been an exciting 27 months.” The statement was made by  Jeff …

One-star Ratings on Amazon for Book Without Kindle Version

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The recently released book, Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (published by Harper), was well-received by newspaper and online book reviewers for its examination of the 2008 presidential campaign in the USA and how Obama won the election. So why does this book have a 2/5 star-rating on Amazon.com? It has nothing to do with …

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 …

Amazon Kindle International, Week Two

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox A week after the international edition of the Amazon Kindle launched, Amazon’s David Naggar, Vice President for Kindle Content, took part in the STM Conference. While he came to appeal to STM publishers to increase the e-books and journals they offer on the Kindle, he also indulged the audience by answering some questions. On rights: “Open …

What’s the Buzz: Time to Start Talk of the Amazon Book Settlement

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka It’s finally here! Following months of speculation, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will start shipping the Kindle outside of the USA. The GSM-enabled e-readers will be available in hundreds of other countries starting on October 19th, reports the Boersenblatt. (and virtually every other news outlet). The advertised price is $279, and  which …

Global Trade Talk: Zero Day “Compromise” on Aussie Parallel Import Laws; Stanford Publishing Program Shutters

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Australian reports that Australian Competition Minister Craig Emerson has suggested a new “compromise” with regard to the proposed changes in parallel importation laws. Instead of eliminating import restrictions and forcing publishers to print an international title within 30 days of overseas release, the new plan would keep the import restriction in place, provided publishers put the …

What’s The Buzz: Most Pirated Books, UK Needs the Kindle, Quartet Press Shutters

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… The Independent brings us a list of the top 10 pirated ebooks that were downloaded from BitTorrent, a popular, free file-sharing platform. Apart from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, the books on this list are mostly about sex and self-improvement. Publishers working in these genres, take note: The Complete Illustrated …

Bonus Material: Founder Apabi’s Chinese Kindle Clone

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One segment of the exhibition that is likely to be of enormous interest to Western publishers visiting the Beijing International Book Fair is ebooks. Last year at the BIBF, Penguin made headlines when it became the first Western publisher to announce an ebook distribution deal for English language titles in China, and it’s likely that this year will …

What’s the Buzz: Trade Pubs Have it Harder, Lost at the Hong Kong Book Fair

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of social media and the blogosphere… Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin of the Idea Logical company blogged about how the digital transition is different for trade publishers vs. other types of publishers.  It’s a preview of a larger project he promises to reveal in the next couple weeks that will enumerate exactly why trade publishers, …