Kobo UK E-Bookstore: “First of Many International Launches this Year”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Earlier this month we wondered why the UK was so far behind other countries in e-book adoption. Well, things are suddenly heating up: Kobo, the Canadian e-book company previously named Shortcovers, has launched a UK e-bookstore. At launch the company will offer some two million titles for download (no doubt a large percentage of those being public …

The Book That Almost Never Was: 100 Stories for Haiti

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Who is to Blame for Slow E-Book Adoption in the UK?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Liz Bury documents a recent meeting of the of the digital directors group of the UK Publishers Association. It’s clear from the comments of many present that more has to be done — and fast. The UK has lagged behind the US and, I would argue, Germany in e-book adoption, be it devices …

Radical Changes Needed to Put UK E-book Strategy on Track

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury It was a curious experience listening to speakers at the recent e-books industry strategy event in London, run by the digital directors group of the UK Publishers Association. A lot of rational ideas about how to combat piracy were being talked about, like how improving access to content and enhancing the quality of experience offered to e-book …

German, UK Book Sales Drop in January

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Book sales in Germany dropped much like the temperature in January, coming in 7.8% lower than the same month last year. The results, compiled by the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag and reported in Buchreport, were attributed to a number of factors. First off, January 2010 was one shopping day shorter than January 2009 (which …

Why Mumbai’s Hot for Mills & Boon

In Growth Markets by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury MUMBAI: Of the numerous UK publishing houses to set up new operations in India during the past few years, Mills and Boon has perhaps the best brand recognition among its target audience. The publisher’s special formula of boy-meets-girl romance found a loyal readership in India during the 1980s and 1990s, when English language editions were first exported …

The Rise of “Cause” Publishing

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Gabriel Levinson Contrary to death knell hyperbole of many pundits, we are entering a publishing epoch. Cause publishing, a vital trend being set by the independents, holds the future of the printed word. But in order to reinvent its influence on society, the big houses must follow the lead of the independent scene. Now is the time to take risks, and the …

Global Trade Talk: Borders UK Closing; Moody’s Twitter Story, Germany’s iPhone App Association

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Black Friday had a different ring in the UK, where The Independent is reporting that the closing of Borders UK’s 45 stores may account for as many as 1,150 job losses.  The Bookseller states that the going-out-of-business sales at the stores will begin tomorrow. Meanwhile, in The Observer, Rachel Cooke says that she doesn’t …