Books on Financial Crisis Dominate German Bestseller Lists

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though Germany has generally maintained its financial health during the global economic crisis (at least in comparison to the US and some other parts of Europe), books dealing with the global financial crisis are still dominating business book bestseller lists in Germany. According to Buchreport, eight of the current top 15 business books deal with the crisis …

Shanghai is China’s Leading City for Digital Publishing

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao The total output of digital publishing in Shanghai amounted to 18.5 billion Yuan (US$2.73 billion) in 2009, according to a statement released by Shanghai municipal government on 1st August. Ms. Jiao Yang, the head of Shanghai Bureau of Press and Publication, said the city has been building the nation’s first base for digital publishing with various investments …

Chad Post on Amazon’s Grant Program

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post, Guest Editor First off, I want to thank Ed Nawotka for allowing me to guest edit Publishing Perspectives this week. This is a real honor, and it’s great that he did the most of the work for which I’ll hopefully get a lot of the credit. (Although the “e-books in Argentina” piece appearing tomorrow is totally my …

WIN Three Novellas from Melville House – the German Book Office’s Book(s) of the Month!

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

All books have now been given away. Thank you to everyone who entered! For August, the German Book Office is featuring three novellas from Melville House, all translated from the German. All three are part of Melville House’s ‘Art of the Novella’ line. A German classic, Michael Kohlhaas tells the story of a sixteenth-century man who suffers injustice and takes …

PP Weekly Poll: Going Digital

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This is our second weekly poll where we ask what you think and how you are shaping the publishing industry. We report the results of every poll on Friday. This week’s edition asks what digital topics you would like to learn more about. What kinds of problems do you need to solve during your regular work day …

Majority of You Are Not Riding the Vampire Novel Wave

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Thank you to everyone who took this week’s poll asking how many vampire novels you’ve read this year. It seem that in the opinion of Publishing Perspectives readers, vampire novels may have jumped the shark. Here are the results of our poll: The overwhelming majority, 64% of respondents, said they have not read a single vampire novel …

Videos Going Viral, Translate Google Docs, Wylie Interviewed by FT

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It’s Friday! Sit back in your office chair and relax with PP’s latest Tech Digest, a roundup of interesting links on technology, mobile, digital developments, social media, and more. Making Your Viral Videos Actually Go Viral The eMarketer blog posted an interesting case study earlier this month about Colgate’s new marketing campaign for a miniature disposable toothbrush: …

Russian Poet Accused of Militant Activities

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Russian poet Yulia Privedennaya, leader of a youth commune called PORTOS (an acronym for the slightly Orwellian-sounding “Poetic Society for Development of the Theory of the Common Good”) has been given a 4 1/2-year suspended sentence after a Moscow Court ruled that the commune was being operated as an illegal militant group. According to the Moscow Times, …

Web-based Entrepreneurs in the Arab World

In Arabic Publishing by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today’s Gulf News — the English-language daily based in Dubai — has an interesting piece on entrepreneurs in Lebanon who are using social media to build their businesses on the web. The first profiled is a comics-blogger-turned-author, Maya Zankoul, who ended up self-publishing her book, Amalgam, because no local publisher would take it on: even with a …