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.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


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.