What’s the Buzz: Flaws in Google Book Search, Dan Brown Videos, China’s Bestsellers

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

Adding to the pervasive anti-Google rhetoric, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the failings of Google’s Book Search, particularly with regards to metadata. He said, “the book search’s metadata are a train wreck: a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.” (via @ColumbiaUP)

As Dan Brown hysteria mounts, one UK publisher responded with a bit of silliness and sarcasm in their video entitled, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Dan Brown.” The best part? You get free Tom Hanks with every tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Dan Brown.

However, if you are — like millions of people — waiting impatiently for Dan Brown, enjoy this video from Transworld of the rather anticlimactic unveiling of the book’s UK cover. (At this point, I will restrain myself from linking to all the quirky Dan Brown videos floating around on YouTube, but you should take a look!)

And to supplement our regular coverage of the Beijing Book Fair, here is a list of the July 2009 Fiction bestsellers from China, as translated by Bruce Humes on his blog.

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Hannah Johnson is the Publisher of Publishing Perspectives. Before joining PP in 2009, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York.