Top US/UK Trade Talk: Will the UK Get Cheap Ebooks?; Munro Nixes Giller Prize

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony’s general manager for content and services development, Richard Palk, said that the UK would likely have to follow suit with US pricing of ebooks as the devices become more widespread in the UK. The Bookseller reports that publishers and booksellers are divided on the issue, with publishers setting prices as the same as hardcovers and while …

German Buch News: 65,000 Ebooks Sold in Germany So Far in 09

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What’s in a number? The GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), a market research and consumer insight agency, recently announced that 65,000 e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2009. Boersenblatt editor Michael Roesler-Graichen analyzes the significance of this figure, stating that most industry insiders are agnostic as to whether this should be seen as a …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: EC to Rethink Internet Copyright Rules; 60% Sales Spike for Lagardere

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The European Commission is looking at ways to alter existing copyright law to make it easier for users to post digital copies of “orphan” works — those books with no apparent copyright holder. The new proposals “could also make it easier to acquire a single digital copyright covering the European Union, rather than having to deal with …

German Buch News: Indie Pubs Launch Award to Challenge German Book Prize

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A group of independent publishers are protesting the dominance of conglomerate publishers among the books longlisted for the year’s German Book Prize by launching their own rival list, dubbed “Hotlist: Recommendations of the Independents.” According to Buchreport, Germany’s third largest chain bookseller, Mayersche, is supporting the effort by offering a 5,000 euro “prize,” with the winner to be selected …

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, …

German Buch News: Sony to Launch Touch Reader in October

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary On the heels of Sony’s announcement that it will release a new touch screen wireless reader in the US in December, the Boersenblatt reports that a  new Sony reader will be available in Germany in mid-October. Priced at 299 euros, the second generation reader for Germany will feature a touch screen, search, note-taking and bookmarking functions. It …

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German Buch News: Txtr Teams with E-Plus, Ecotel for Wireless Service

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New details are starting to emerge about the Berlin-based txtr e-reader (see our coverage here), the most significant of which is that txtr will be partnering with mobile phone service providers E-Plus and Ecotel to make the txtr reader wireless. Users will be able to purchase books from the txtr bookstore via mobile phone networks anywhere and at …

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 …

German Buch News: Humorous Happiness Guide Tops 800,000 Copies Sold

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By Siobhan O’Leary Rowohlt has taken the unusual step of repackaging the latest book by “medical comedian” Dr. Eckard von Hirschhausen, the happiness guide Glück kommt selten allein…” (Luck rarely comes alone…) as a limited edition of 150,000 copies that includes a diary with quotations from the author, a set of postcards, a CD of the author reading from the …