What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

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By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

What’s the Buzz: Merkel Concerned About Online Copyright; Schmidt Wins German Book Prize

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By Edward Nawotka On the eve of the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she’s uncomfortable with the proposed Google Book Settlement. Speaking in her weekly video podcast, she expressed excitement about attending the Fair, while adding that “The German government has a clear position: copyrights have to be protected on the …

What’s the Buzz: Time to Start Talk of the Amazon Book Settlement

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By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka It’s finally here! Following months of speculation, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will start shipping the Kindle outside of the USA. The GSM-enabled e-readers will be available in hundreds of other countries starting on October 19th, reports the Boersenblatt. (and virtually every other news outlet). The advertised price is $279, and  which …

What’s The Buzz: Bloggers Must Disclose Freebies; HuffPo Does Books

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By Edward Nawotka Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Federal Trade Commission in the United States has released new rules stating that bloggers who write reviews must now disclose when they’ve received a free product from a company in exchange for promotion. Non-compliance, as Publishers Marketplace points out, can result in as much as an $11,000 fine. Among …

What’s the Buzz: Alarcon Wins Berlin Lit Award; Rizzoli Speaks French

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By Edward Nawotka Deutsche Welle reports that Daniel Alarcon has won the inaugural International Literature Award from Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). He was awarded 25,000-euro ($36,000) for his debut novel “Lost City Radio.” The prize was established to “showcase the works of talented Asian, African and Latin American writers.” Publishers Marketplace notes that in …

What’s the Buzz: Recommending E-Bundles; UK E-Textbook Adoption, Twitter Dating

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By Hannah Johnson Computerworld’s Mike Elgin writes that further hardware innovations are not what consumers or the publishing industry needs to develop the ebook market. Instead, Elgin wants more “bundled” books that include digital, print and audio versions, ebook releases prior to the print version, and ebooks that come with a built-in social network. The comments to the post are …

What’s the Buzz: Digital Pub Insights; Free Downloads

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By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Twittered and blogged about from every corner of the internet yesterday, the Kindle version of The Lost Symbol is outselling the hardcover version on Amazon.com despite the retailer’s hardcover discount of nearly 50%. Publishers have been reluctant in the past to release ebook and hardcover versions simultaneously because they …