What’s the Buzz: Digital Pub Insights; Free Downloads

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Twittered and blogged about from every corner of the internet yesterday, the Kindle version of The Lost Symbol is outselling the hardcover version on Amazon.com despite the retailer’s hardcover discount of nearly 50%. Publishers have been reluctant in the past to release ebook and hardcover versions simultaneously because they …

German Buch News: German Book Prize Finalists

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary With the Frankfurt Book Fair just around the corner, the jury for the German Book Prize has announced its shortlist of six titles from the original longlist of 154. The six novels still in the running as reported in the Boersenblatt are Rainer Merkel’s Lichtjahre entfernt, Herta Müller’s Atemschaukel, Überm Rauschen by Norbert Scheuer, Du stirbst nicht by Kathrin Schmidt, Clemens …

German Buch News: New Frankfurt Statement; New Wireless eReader

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Boersenblatt, Buchreport and BuchMarkt picked up another statement from Juergen Boos about the Guest of Honour China controversy, which was released online yesterday. In it, Boos reiterates that the Book Fair does not compromise on freedom of expression. He gives examples of several regime-critical figures from China who attend this year’s Fair, including Chinese Nobel Prize …

Global Trade Talk: Dan Brown, What Else?

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reports that in the UK, Waterstone’s will open two hours early to sell the only 200 signed copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol shipped to the UK. Waterstone’s is also staging a stunt at their London store by having World Champion Speed Reader Anne Jones become the first person in the UK (besides employees …

Global Trade Talk: Russia Over-Publishes, 1M Cool-er Sales, Brazil Book Fair Begins

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Trends reports that the Russian publishers are struggling, not only because of the economy, but also from the effects of over-publishing. Coping with bookstore returns and warehousing the unsold inventory, distributors are having trouble paying publishers, which financially impacts agents and authors as well. The growth of foreign investments in Russia’s publishing sector could mean a …

German Buch News: Arabic Lit at Berlin Festival; Google Database Jumble

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary While the German media has primarily been focused on Saturday’s China Symposium in Frankfurt, Berlin’s biggest bookworms have been abuzz about the 9th International Literature Festival Berlin. The 12-day event kicked off last week with a rousing speech by Arundhati Roy and will feature nearly 300 events with 220 authors from more than 50 countries, according to …