What’s the Buzz: Last Chance for TOC Panels, Smashwords, New Google Languages

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By Hannah Johnson

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Summer is over…so roll up those beach towels, shake the sand out of your shorts and get back to work! While we muster the courage to face the new fall releases, Dan Brown, and cold weather, let me remind you that today (September 1) is the last day to submit speaker proposals for the 2010 Tools of Chance for Publishing Conference. If you did something awesome this year and want to let everyone else know about it, send in your proposal now.

Although you’ve all heard the news that Barnes & Noble will now distribute Smashwords ebooks, Teleread has a nice perspective on this: “It is also neat to see a start-up (only 15 months old) leap from a small operation into the mainstream in such a short period of time.” This is great for two reasons. First, the possibility for a small Internet startup to “make it big,” even in book publishing, is alive and well. Second, self-published authors now have access to a very large audience.

Finally, Google Translate has added nine new languages: Afrikaans, Belarusian, Icelandic, Irish, Macedonian, Malay, Swahili, Welsh and Yiddish. It now supports 51 different languages and 2550 language pairs. Fantastic.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.