Top US/UK Trade Talk: B&N E-reader to Use GSM; U of M’s 400,000 POD Titles

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Barnes and NoblePlastic Logic’s forthcoming e-reader for Barnes & Noble make headlines on both sides of the Atlantic for the revelation that it will incorporate both Wi-Fi and 3G GSM wireless ability, something that would allow it to roam globally. The Bookseller notes that although the company originated in Cambridge, England, it has not yet announced a UK partner.

The University of Michigan announced that “it will make thousands of public domain books-including rare and one-of-a-kind titles-available for sale in print-on-demand editions under a new agreement with Amazon’s print-on-demand service, BookSurge,” writes Publishers Weekly. Our favorite bit of the announcement is the statement that the titles will be available in more than 200 languages, “from Acoli to Zulu,” which brings up the question, assuming that at least some of those books will be from dead languages, how will one search Amazon for the book?

Many including GalleyCat, covered the news that former Collins imprint publisher Bruce Nichols — months after his division was shuttered by HarperCollins — is moving to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to serve as publisher of the adult trade and reference division.

The New York Times discovered that discount department store Target sells books – lots and lots of them.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.