China, Latin America Getting iPads Tomorrow

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Tomorrow’s the day that China, as well as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, will be getting the iPad. The devices go on sale at midnight and it will be interesting to see just how many of these relatively pricey devices move in the first few days in their respective markets. There’s no word yet on whether …

Asian Publishers Address “The Digital Question” and Forge Fellowship

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Linda Tan Yesterday we offered the first half of our report on the inaugural Asian Publishers Fellowship conference. Today we look at what the publishers said about “the digital question.” A gathering of editors and publishers would not be complete today without a discussion on digital publishing and a forum entitled “The Digital Waves in Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities,” …

What Makes a Game Changer?

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today in the Huffington Post, author Jason Pinter published a piece called the “12 Game Changers in Publishing.”  While I appreciated Pinter’s attempt to celebrate those innovative people in publishing that the Huffington Post “100 Game Changers” neglected to list, I didn’t find his list all that comprehensive or, well, game-changing. Other than two of the …

German Edition of Franzen’s Freedom Suffers from Dual Translators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The massive 736-page tome that is the German edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, has just been released in Germany to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is already quickly racing up the list of Amazon.de’s top-selling titles. However, in a round-up of industry news, Buchreport sums up the Süddeutsche Zeitung‘s coverage of the release with a question about whether the …

In China, American Books are Publishers’ Top Choice

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Following the Beijing International Book Fair at the beginning of this month, a report by the Chinese government says that translated books by American authors are still most popular in the country. On September 7th, the General Administration of Press and Publication of China released an annual industry report on the nation’s presses and publications for …

Rest in Peace: Mystery Bookseller David Thompson

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I was shocked to learn this morning that David Thompson, co-owner of Houston’s Murder by the Book, died suddenly earlier this week. David was a stellar bookseller and one of the most knowledgeable people I ever met with regards to mystery and thriller fiction. He was a true champion of reading and a publisher in his own …

YouTube Tests Live Streaming Platform

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, Google-owned YouTube began a two-day trial of its live streaming service with four select partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. According to the announcement from YouTube, “Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide.” The platform also includes a cool feature …

App Downloads Explode: 755m in Germany, 3.9bn Worldwide in Q1 & Q2

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Germans love their apps now more than ever. Based on data provided by the market research institute research2guidance, BITKOM [the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media] estimates that German mobile phone users will have downloaded 755 million apps by the end of 2010 — that’s a 78% increase over last year. In the first …