Richard Nash gives “best speech about the future of books” in Canada

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson “Assuming that the physical book is the only incarnation for the writer-reader connection is, I think, a mistake,” said Richard Nash during his presentation at the BookNet Canada conference called “Calculated Risk: Adventures in Book Publishing” on March 25 in Toronto, Canada. The crux of Nash’s presentation was about supply and demand. The current supply chain that …

Goethe-Institut Officially Opens Spring Street Location

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Goethe-Institut New York officially opened on April 15, with a press conference in the late afternoon to introduce the new space, and to reintroduce the Goethe-Institut’s programs and overall mission. In front of members of the press, Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, director of programming, Brigitte Doellgast, Library Director, Dr. Eva Marquardt, Director of Language Programs, and Gabriele …

It’s Official: Everyone is an Author…or at Least One Million Americans Are

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ll it’s confirmed: Yes, everyone really is an author. According to Publishers Weekly’s report on the annual publishing stats compiled by R.R. Bowker, 2009 saw a whopping 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by “self-publishers and micro-niche publishers.” PW says the “number of ‘nontraditional’ titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year …

Bertelsmann Exits Portugal

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Bertelsmann’s Direct Group is exiting the Portuguese market and has sold club business Circulo de Leitores, along with the 54 branches of the book chain Bertrand Livreiros and five publishers, to local publishing group Porto Editora for an undisclosed amount. According to the Boersenblatt, the five publishing houses included in the deal, which is still pending approval …

Germany’s WePad to Rival iPad

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Hot on the heels of the release of Apple’s iPad, Berlin-based firm Neofonie has introduced its own tablet PC, aptly called the WePad. According to BuchMarkt, the “We” is meant to represent the openness of the product and of the company to partnerships with technology and media companies. The WePad is a joint venture of Neofonie and …

Interview with PW President George Slowik

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It was announced on April 5 that former publisher George Slowik purchased Publishers Weekly. Slowik is a former publisher of PW, and his plans for the trade publication include international and digital expansion. I had a chance to interview Slowik about his plans for the future of PW: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfygYj7XFXQ

Women Dominate German Publishing, But Lag in Pay and Advancement

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In Germany, the publishing workforce consists primarily of woman, but what are their prospects at the upper management level? The group Netzwerk Bücherfrauen recently presented a study compiled based on a survey of 1,200 publishing professionals about their work situations — and the results for women were not good: Though women in the industry tend to have …

Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Physicist Paolo Giordano’s debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, won Italy’s premier literary award, the Premio Strega, in 2008. Now available in the U.S. in an English translation, The Solitude of Prime Numbers explores the poignant relationship that develops between two misfits, Alice and Mattia. Alice, an anorexic with a limp left over from a childhood skiing accident, resists …