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A Perfect Example of Video That Could Work for Enhanced E-books (via the UK and Sweden)

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Video and film is a tricky format, especially for book publishers who are working in the medium. When it comes to “enhancing e-books” publishers need to be careful. The enhancements shouldn’t interrupt the text or repeat it, but offer a lateral view of the subject at hand – a genuine enhancement – rather than the core material …

Articles We Like: David Rakoff on Subway Reading

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka Writer David Rakoff offers a bagatelle about reading the November issue of GQ magazine. Titled “I Only Wear Jonathan Franzen,” he looks at the way in which people judge others by what they’re reading, particularly on the subway. He breaks it down like this: “It’s like pairing wines with food: You can break it down by subway …

Bound Books vs. Ebooks, That is Still the Question

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Canadian author and bookseller Deborah Willis discusses the differences between bound books and e-books. • Willis argues “when books become computers, they will no longer be books.” Ultimately, she feels computers and the web are not well-suited to storytelling and diminish the experience of reading itself. Editorial by Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: The bound book is an ancient, heavy, …

Steve McCurry’s Photos Capture the Universality, Intimacy of Reading

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photojournalists in the world, is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment” — a slice of time that is both personal and honest. He has often found this in moments when people are reading. • “There’s an intimacy people have with a book and its author that is similar, what couples have,” …

What Does Reading Mean to You? Send Us Your Photos

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Steve McCurry’s photographs of people reading around the world. Many of them exhibit a sense of intimacy, of the reading having a special bond with the book in their hands. For some reading is a way of staving off boredom. Others seek solace through books. Still others are looking for edification or …

Hong Kong is Eager to Follow the Fashion of Mobile Reading

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao Reading e-books on Kindle-like e-readers is out of fashion, according to various reports from the 21st Hong Kong Book Fair which was held from 21st to 27th July, 2010. Mobile is the new e-reading platform of choice. Like the Paris Salon du Livre, the annual Hong Kong Book Fair is mainly for the local public to buy …

First Thoughts on the iPad

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Apple iPad shipped in the United States over the weekend, and I’ve added my video review to the growing wave of iPad chatter. If you bought one and have thoughts about it, let Publishing Perspectives know in the comments or via Twitter @pubperspectives. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8mNu9CkpY4

Are Online Book Clubs as Satisfying as Real Life?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Kathy L. Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, discusses how she expanded her small town book club into an international juggernaut. It is likely the single biggest “meet and discuss” book club in the world. Of course, there are online book sites, such as GoodReads.com, LibraryThing, and others that foster discussion …

Internet, Critics Motivate Book Buyers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What draws customers into bookstores in Germany and how well informed are they about what they will find there? Cologne-based agency Die Gefährten recently attempted to answer these questions by surveying 400 book-buying customers from the bookstores Mayersche and Stern Verlag in Düsseldorf and Hugendubel in Munich. According to the survey, the results of which were published …