What’s The Buzz: Most Pirated Books, UK Needs the Kindle, Quartet Press Shutters

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… The Independent brings us a list of the top 10 pirated ebooks that were downloaded from BitTorrent, a popular, free file-sharing platform. Apart from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, the books on this list are mostly about sex and self-improvement. Publishers working in these genres, take note: The Complete Illustrated …

What’s the Buzz: E-books Offer Hope for Translations; 40 E-readers Expected

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Over at Three Percent, Chad Post of Open Letter Books has written a four-part essay on e-books and translations. But, anyone lucky enough to be attending this week’s Reykjavík International Literary Festival can see him present it in person. Post argues that, because the majority of translations published in the …

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 …

What’s the Buzz: Hashtags for Frankfurt; No Bertelsmann Party, No Problem

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It’s official! Twitter hashtags for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 and the Frankfurt Tweetup have been decided. (What is a hashtag? What is a Tweetup?) Proposed by publisher @WoodheadTweets and @TheBookseller, and confirmed by @tminkus, you may now begin using #fbf09 and #fbftweetup to document and follow Frankfurt-related tweets. Are you a Lufthansa frequent flier? Me neither, …

What’s the Buzz: What’s on Scribd, Dan Brown Fever, Digital Textbooks Take Off?

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I’ve become fascinated with all the things people have uploaded onto Scribd.com. Want to read and comment on a rough draft of your favorite author’s work-in-progress? Need the lecture notes from your biology class? Or maybe the instruction manual for your toaster oven? Look no further than Scribd! Some content is free, but Scrib also sells ebooks …

What’s the Buzz: Lit Sites Add Ads; Seeking Sustainable Arts Journalism

In News, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka GalleyCat is reporting that some of our favorite literary Web sites are adding advertising to the mix, including The Rumpus (created by the inimitable Stephen Elliott), The Millions, and HTMLGIANT. The change, says GalleyCat, is so they can pay their contributors. Recent essays posted on  The Millions and The Rumpus addressed the very idea of writing for …

What’s the Buzz: Hold that Tweet or You Might Get Fired

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Does your company have a social media policy? Maybe you should check. While we often rely on social media to build our professional network and discuss issues with customers and colleagues, websites like Twitter and Facebook also offer a tempting forum for airing public complaints and outrage. Mashable.com reports …