A Little Bit of Brazil in Frankfurt

In Digital by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa In 2013, Brazil will be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and it’s not too early to consider what the country has to offer. With 220 million people and $2.5 billion in book sales for 2009, Brazil, has a book industry that is booming, one producing more titles –- with more efficiency –- and …

E-Books, Google Editions and Struggling Book Sales

In Digital by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 7 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) Livres Hebdo, in partnership with Publishers Weekly, buchreport, and The Bookseller, hosted a panel yesterday titled “CEO Talk: The Global Ranking …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: “Customer Experience” is What Matters Most

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Sheila Bounford, a speaker at next week’s TOC Frankfurt conference, believes that publishers need to integrate customer service into their business strategy. • Focusing on customer experience, feedback, and market research could lead publishers to a better understanding of their end-users. By Michelle Jones PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND: Now in it’s second year at Frankfurt, the Tools of Change Frankfurt conference …

Beijing International Book Fair: E-books and Digital Content Boost China’s $150bn Publishing Media Market (Update)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• The Beijing International Book Fair (August 30 through September 3) reflects China’s booming digital publishing business with 2,000 sq. meters of digital exhibits. • Sales of ebooks, downloaded games, apps and other digital content in China hit 80 billion RMB ($11.8 billion) in 2009. By Edward Nawotka UPDATED 8/29: Our initial statistical information stated that the $150bn applied exclusively to …

Romanian Alexandru Brie Aims to Bring iApp Books to the Masses

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Romanian app developer Alexandru Brie has already produced several bestselling book apps and now intends to bring standalone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform. • He promises a platform that allows “anyone, regardless of their programming skills, to turn their HTML content into a customizable self-contained e-book app.” By Edward Nawotka BUCHAREST: iPhone/iPad e-book frenzy is …

Coming Soon to Your iPad: An Interactive Graphic Novel on the CIA and Iran

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• Cognito Comics is launching an immersive digital graphic novel called Operation Ajax, specifically for the iPad. Inspired by journalist Stephen Kinzer and his bestselling account of the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup in Iran, Ajax will combine elements of video games and graphic novels. • Dan Burwen, founder and CEO of Cognito, sees digital graphic novels as the future of digital …

Ugly Duckling Presse Transforms Into a Digital Swan

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

Brooklyn indie poetry publisher Ugly Duckling Presse has turned to e-books as a means of re-issuing out-of-print poetry chapbooks, which has doubled readership for the books. By Amanda DeMarco BROOKLYN: At first glance, Ugly Duckling Presse seems like an unlikely candidate to offer e-books. The tiny non-profit publishes mainly poetry, often chapbooks in small hand-made letterpress-printed editions. But Ugly Duckling …

The Sophistication and Stupidity of Video Game Storytelling

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s been plenty of news coming out of this week’s E3 video game convention, not the least of which is that game designers will now be moving into 3D. Unfortunately, not matter how stunning and innovative a video game’s visuals get, much less effort seems to be going into the actual stories in the games themselves. “Other …