Publishing Paradox: Germany’s Random House Audio Starts Print Imprint

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Plenty of trade publishing groups have launched their own audio divisions, but now, turning the tables, Random House Audio in Germany is starting its own printed book line. According to the Boersenblatt, the new imprint, Tag & Nacht (Day & Night) will release its first three titles in September and will focus on “modern, intelligent entertainment” (both …

Publishing Perspectives & Kirkus Launch BEA Edition

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

NEW YORK: Today, Publishing Perspectives and Kirkus Media LLC announced a deal to create a joint print edition at this year’s Book Expo America. The edition will be published on Wednesday, May 26, and bring together the ground-breaking international news reporting of Publishing Perspectives with the long history of exceptional review coverage of Kirkus. “We’re thrilled to be working with …

Pre-order Your WePad on Amazon.de

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Financial Times Deutschland reports that Germany’s WePad is now available online for pre-order exclusively via Amazon.de — at least until the official launch of the device, which is still scheduled for August. The agreement was confirmed both by Amazon and Berlin-based WePad creator Neofonie. There are plans for the device to be available in stores after …

What Booksellers Want

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Thursday in New York City, a panel of three independent booksellers told a room full of marketers and publicists that free pizza will get teens to read (and buy) a book, that promotional posters and bookmarks are mostly just clutter, and why they aren’t selling e-books in their stores. The event, called “What Booksellers Want,” was …

3rd PalFest — Palestine Festival of Literature — Begins May 1

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The third Palestine Festival of Literature begins May 1st and will run until May 6th, with international writers and artists traveling to the West Bank. This young festival was created by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, British authors and journalists Victoria Brittain and Brigid Keenan, among others, in 2008 with the mission to bring writers and artists from …

Introducing the Mobys: Book Trailer Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There was a time when “book trailers” were, by and large, ad hoc and amateurish. Today, they are often slick little professional piece of film making. Whether or not they have any real impact on book sales is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth noting that they have become an art form in and of themselves. To wit: …

Win a Virtual Gold Medal for Learning English

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Foreign language dictionary publisher Langenscheidt is testing out the social media waters by offering a new free Facebook language course application. Those who sign up for the Englisch in 5 Minuten app will receive new lessons every two days which can be downloaded as PDFs and also include an audio component. The reward for finishing? A virtual …

Proust: The Perfect Beach Read

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Dennis Abrams Spring is here, summer will fast be upon us, and for most readers, it’s the time for fat juicy mindless paperback novels, perfect for idling away the time while at the beach or on vacation. This year though, why not try something different? There’s still time to join us on our year long journey through Marcel Proust’s …