Review: The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Written in the style of an intimate memoir, The Confessions of Edward Day delves into the daily lives of a group of struggling stage actors living in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. Edward Day is the first person narrator and the undeniable star of this novel. As his career unfolds, we follow Ed through acting school, numerous …

David Foster Wallace Archive to UT Austin

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It’s probably one of my favorite places on the planet: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. And it’s just gotten that little bit better, since today it was announced that the Center has acquired the archive of the late David Foster Wallace, author of The Girl with the Curious Hair, Infinite Jest …

Bookish Guide to SXSW

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I love to recount the story of how Penguin tried to host a panel at the 2009 South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) and how the audience ate the panelists alive with snark via Twitter and accusations about unfair gatekeeping practices (read about it here, here and here). Afterwards, one of the panelists explained the audience-speaker clash …

Could Google (Eventually) Put Translators Out of Business?

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The New York Times covers Google’s translation technology, which now can translate into 52 different languages. Taking advantage of its immense computing power, the company fed its computers a few hundred billion English words — as compared with an average of one billion words for others — and has far surpassed most other attempts at automated translation. …

Seiler’s Die Zeitwagge Fan Fav at Leipzig Book Fair

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Online voting for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize has ended and Suhrkamp’s Die Zeitwaage (The Timing Machine) by Lutz Seiler is the crowd favorite with 38% of the vote (read through the book here). Readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominee in the fiction category on the official website of the prize, as well …

Are Book Tours Worth the Money and Effort?

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today, on The Los Angeles Times book publishing blog, “Jacket Copy,” they published a story called “Book Tour? More Like a Safari” about the joint book-tour of authors and couple, Bill Cotter and Annie La Ganga. While their respective publishers chose not to pay for a formal author tour, the two took to the road and traveled …

International iPad Coming in April

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though the wireless, non-3G version of the iPad is scheduled for release on April 3rd in the US, Apple has announced that it will be released in Germany at the end of April. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the German iBookStore will be open for business this year (though no specific date was provided) and the prices …

Libri.Connect brings E-books to Bricks-and-Mortar Stores

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German wholesaler Libri has come up with a solution for purchasing e-books in traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores. With the Libri.Digital model, customers can search for and order a title in-store using Libri.Connect software specifically created for this purpose. They can then purchase the e-book directly at the register and receive a download link via e-mail. According to buchreport, …

German Book Sales down 7.5% without last year’s Meyer sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book sales did not leave much room for optimism in February, coming in 7.5% under last year’s results. This follows a slow start in January and demonstrates just how powerful a role the Stephenie Meyer bump played in boosting sales last year. According to buchreport, if sales of the two most successful Meyer titles in 2009 …