What’s the Buzz: Working with Netbook Makers; LeWeb Starts Tomorrow; Mediabistro Launches E-book Newsletter

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

On Teleread, David Rothman poses an interesting question: Should publishers form relationships with netbook makers like Hewlett-Packard? Rothman believes that more consumers will be trying out e-books in the coming year on netbooks, not dedicated e-readers. Year-to-date sales of netbooks have grown by 264%, and if prices continue to drop, publishers might want to consider ways they can work with computer manufacturers to get their content into the hands of readers.

LeWeb 08LeWeb 09, an Internet and technology conference, starts tomorrow in Paris. With over 4,000 attendees, this is the largest European conference of its kind. Companies and individuals flock to Paris to show off their latest software, hardware and online innovations. For those of you who are attending, Ustream has created a special LeWeb iPhone app. If you can’t make it, follow the Twitter conversation at #leweb (Publishing Perspectives will be there).

In case you are running low on e-book or digital publishing news, Mediabistro officially launched a new blog on December 7 called eBookNewser. According to the press release, the blog will cover “eBooks, digital reading devices, publishing technology, smartphone reading applications, digital self-publishing, and the rapidly evolving future of digital publishing.” You can follow the blog on Twitter or subscribe the old-fashioned way.

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.