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 …

Is Giving Too Much Away A Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For a long while now publishers have released sample chapters online to give readers a sense of what a book might be like. You can have them e-mailed to you, download them, or browse for them on the Web. Then there’s Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature and others that allow you to “browse” the flaps and opening of …

A Free Library for Every Family (in Sharjah)

In Editorial & Opinion by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti SHARJAH, UAE: While many countries would like to encourage a “culture of reading” in their citizens, perhaps no government has taken a more direct role in promoting reading than the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah, through its official initiative known as “Knowledge Without Borders.” Conceived under the auspices of the ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan …

Bonus Material: Knowledge Without Borders’ Top Ten Reasons to Read

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In March, Marwan J. Al Sarkal, Deputy Head of the Organizing Committee of Knowledge Without Borders project in the UAE emirate of Sharjah (as described in today’s lead article) acknowledged, “Nowadays, we all spend so much time in front of our computer and TV screens that reading is dying as a pastime.” He added, “When people stop …

Let’s Go to the Mall (For a Book Fair)

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AL AIN: In the United Arab Emirates book fairs have traditionally been held outdoors in what amount to open air bazaars, so in 2006 when the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was moved indoors to the city’s new high tech exhibition hall, it was a break from the norm. Today, KITAB — the organization responsible for the …

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Hugo Chávez’s Color Coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan”

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams No friend to publishing (see our earlier coverage here) Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has nevertheless started to implement his four-part color coded “Revolutionary Reading Plan.” Announced in May, the goal of the project as stated by the Venezuelan government, is “the democratization of books and reading, with a new conception of reading as a collective act under …

Bonus Material: How to Increase Word of Mouth by 29,900%

In Discussion by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Liebestänze – Der Trailer BERLIN: Author Rainer Schmidt has taken the art of word of mouth to a whole new level. Instead of relying on a friends, family members and the staff of his publisher, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, to talk up his book, he took the concept literally and filmed 300 people in Germany — ranging from DJs …