Publishing on the iPad: “Like Playing 3-D Checkers”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sports Illustrated magazine was among the first major magazines to release a demo for tablets and the iPad. Their original offered some gee-whiz features – but was a prototype. The magazine has had an app available for the iPad since April, but this week it releases its first issue designed specifically for the iPad and it’s interesting …

Africa United: Steve Bloomfield on Politics and the World Cup

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Steve Bloomfield is a British journalist who has lived in Nairobi, Kenya since 2006. He was a former African correspondent for The Independent and now writes for different publications including Monocle, Newsweek and The Observer. His first book, Africa United, published in June by Harper Collins, gives a picture of modern Africa by telling the story of …

Rebtel Provides Cheap International Calling on Android Phones

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg Rebtel, a mobile Voice over IP (VoIP) provider, expanded its presence in the mobile markertplace today with the release of a new Anroid app, reported TechCrunch. Rebtel provides cheap international calls by assigning foreign numbers a local number, and the customer only incurs the cost of a local call. Founded in Sweden in 2006, the company currently …

Lines for the iPhone 4 Grow in NYC

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last night, the line stretched around the corner outside the Apple store in on Prince Street in New York City. This morning around 8:30, it stretched all the way around a full city block as more people lined up before work to purchase an iPhone 4, which went on sale this morning at 7 am. It appeared …

Lining Up to Buy an iPhone 4

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In New York City, people were already lining up by 9 pm to buy the new iPhone 4 at the Apple Store in Soho. The line stretched around the block, and people had set up chairs, tents, food and drinks to sustain them through the night. Pre-orders have already begun, but the device goes on sale at …

“Breaking the Rules to Survive”: European Booksellers Consider the Future

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Earlier this week the European and International Booksellers Federations held their annual meeting in Brussels with the theme “Breaking the Rules to Survive.” Speakers included Kelly Gallagher, Vice-President of Bowker, Geert Joris, Director of Boek.be, and Fergal Tobin, newly elected President of the Federation of European Publishers. You can read a press release summary of the proceedings …

World Cup Takes 23% Bite Out of German Book Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As Team Germany gears up for its make-or-break match with Ghana, Buchreport has released disappointing sales figures for last Friday, when Germany played (and was defeated by) Serbia. Book sales were down a whopping 23% over the same day last year, though the same dramatic effect has not been felt on the days when Germany hasn’t played. …

Brazil as Guest of Honor at Frankfurt 2013

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that Brazil will be the fair’s Guest of Honor in 2013. The Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest publishing trade show in the world, selects a Guest of Honor for each year’s fair to bring worldwide attention to publishing in that country. About the selection, Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book …

Our Editor on C-SPAN Discussing the Digital Future

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At BEA this year I had the privilege to sit on a panel hosted by the National Book Critics Circle about the effect e-reading is having on criticism and book reviews. The panelists included myself, Jane Ciabattari, president, National Book Critics Circle; Carolyn Kellogg, book blogger, The Los Angeles Times; Denise Oswald, editorial director, Soft Skull Press; Nicholas Latimer, director of publicity, Knopf, and …

LeMOTif Reports on the Status of French Lit Agents

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The presence of literary agents in France continues to be a hot topic, hot enough so that the regionally-funded French book “observatory”, Le MOTif, has just released an in-depth study entitled “The Literary Agent in France: realities and perspectives”. It follows the publication of numerous articles in the press and a 6-page summary on literary agents …