US Holiday Sales Up 3.6%, Online Sales Up 15.5%

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Early reports are positive and indicate holiday sales were up 3.6 percent this holiday shopping season. But keep in mind that this is up over last year, which was the worst year in nearly half a century. Internet shopping was up 15.5% over last year. Amazon says that the “Kindle is the most gifted item ever” for …

Half of Bookstore Purchases are Impromptu

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Those who buy books online shop differently from those who go to the bookstore, according to a survey conducted by Germany’s GfK market research group and reported in the Boersenblatt. For one thing, 70% of book orders placed on Amazon.de are planned ahead of time. Impulse buys are much more common in brick and mortar stores. GfK …

Fewer Twentysomething Readers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), revealed the percentage of 20- to 29-year-olds who “read daily” or “more than daily” dropped from 37 to 33%.  The same group, one which grew up using computer technology and the Internet consider themselves as Internet users first and readers second.

Open Letter Books in the New York Times

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’re big fans of Chad Post and his press Open Letter. But we’re not alone: This past weekend the New York Times profiled Open Letter, interviewed Chad, and had glowing things to say about the publisher’s mission to bring more translated literature to American readers. Though only 3% of the books published in the US are translated, …

Bookseller Sues Amazon for Thwarting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Buchhandlung Schopf, a small bookstore in the town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany, was fed up with customers strolling in brandishing printouts from Amazon.de touting cheaper prices and took Amazon to court, alleging the online retailer is ignoring Germany’s fixed book price laws. The bookstore’s owner, Dietrich Wienecke, began sending warnings to Amazon as far back as …

Buenos Aires Invites You to Read in the Streets

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is a good—no, great, book town—and has some 350 bookstore, or one for every 6,000 residents. What’s even better is that for one night a year the city hosts an annual Noche de las Librerias—Bookstore Night. Corrientes Avenue in the center of town is closed down for six hours, chairs and sofas …

The New Yorker Cartoon Lounge vs. Nicki Greenberg

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox On Monday, The New Yorker Cartoon Lounge blog launched a “Year-End Cartoon Off” between the magazine’s cartooning brass and Australian writer and illustrator (and lawyer), Nicki Greenberg, author of The Digits and a graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. In addition to the hilarious holiday cartoons, New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich interviews Greenberg about life in Australia, her …

St. Petersburg Votes for Its Favorite Foreign Writers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In January 2009, the city of St. Petersburg launched a year-long project, “Reading St. Petersburg 2009: Choose the Best Foreign Writer,” with the intention of generating more interest in overseas writers. The project, which was supported by a year-long series of events, is now in its final stage and the public has been invited to vote for …

Holiday Book Sales Still Down in Deutschland

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The final weekend of the holiday shopping season was not exactly a source of holiday cheer for booksellers in Germany.  Sales fell 6.2% from the results for the same weekend in 2008, likely due in part to sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall throughout the country. The results were provided exclusively to the Boersenblatt by Media Control GfK International. …

Idlewild’s Favorites of ’09

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I recently had a chance to stop into one of my favorite bookstores, Idlewild Books in New York City. Idlewild organizes titles geographically, rather than by subject, and the proprietor – David Del Vecchio has a near encyclopedic knowledge of the latest titles from the international publishing scene to make it into print in the United States. …