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In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This year, in addition to producing a special BEA print edition with Kirkus Reviews, Publishing Perspectives will send out 2-3 news updates via email from BookExpo America. We’ll cover events, interview exhibitors and attendees, report on trends, and snap photos of the show. If you would like to receive our BEA updates, subscribe here and check the …

Vis-à-Vis French-US Lit Fest Hits Cali this Weekend

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Vis-à-Vis,” a new French-American literary festival organized by the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy, will take place in Venice, on May 15, 2010 and then travel to San Francisco on May 16. It’s free and open to the public. Authors participating include some serious bold-faced names, such as Philippe Djian, Steve Erickson, Alain Mabanckou, Véronique …

Could Publishers Start Charging for Office Tours?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perusing the new issue of The Atlantic this morning I ran across a breezy article by Megan McArdle entitled “The Genius of QVC” about the sales techniques of the QVC television shopping network — you know, those folks who hawk jewelry, appliances and electronics 24-7 on several of your basic cable or satellite channels. Amid the discussion …

Google & Verizon Developing iPad Competitor

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Google is in a great position to compete with the likes of Amazon and Apple — Google Books is, after all, a tremendously rich repository of literature, probably more so than anyone truly knows. The one thing they are lacking is a device that will work as a proper e-reader, one to compete with the iPad and …

Santillana Launches Interactive eTextbook Platform in Catalonia

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Tuesday at the Seville Book Fair, leading Spanish educational publisher Santillana announced the launch of a new “web-book” model of textbooks.  The online textbooks are enhanced with images and links and interactive features, and are designed to display on electronic blackboards and laptops in the classroom.  Students will be able to access the web-books online from home …

What is Cursor? Richard Nash Explains(ish)

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We love Richard Nash, who has been a generous contributor to Publishing Perspectives and has shared more than a few insights (and beers) with us over the years. But it has to be said that he’s been a big tease about his upcoming Cursor project. Until now (sort of): In the fresh new UK web journal The …

German Chain Thalia On Track for A Billion Euros in Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Worldwide revenues for Germany’s largest book chain Thalia have increased by 9.3% to a total of 498 million euros for the first half of 2010. (However, in a pure apples to apples comparison taking new store openings into account, that increase drops to only +2%). Parent company The Douglas Group reports that Thalia is on target to …

Publisher Vends Books Via Old Cigarette Machines

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based publisher Automatenverlag is hoping that locals won’t be able to kick the habit of buying books on the go once they start. The publisher has refurbished and repurposed old cigarette automats for the purpose of selling books, focusing on the neighborhood surrounding the University of Hamburg. The books — all original texts by Hamburg authors, ranging …

How to Find New Spanish Books to Publish

In Global Trade Talk, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams New Spanish Books, a project backed by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the Spanish Publishers Association (FGEE), has announced a call for new titles to be included in their fall selection of featured titles for translation. A more established version of the German site launched in March, the idea of the UK site is …