Childhood Hero is National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today, two-time National Book Award and Newbery Medal winner, Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, succeeded Jon Scieszka as the United States Library of Congress’ National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature.  The role was created to help raise awareness about literature in terms of education and lifelong literacy.  Paterson’s platform …

Apple Has Built the Tablet, But Will Consumers Buy?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The moment we’ve all been anticipating is finally here…almost. The Apple tablet has been the talk of the town for months, and we will finally get a look at the “unicorn” device at the unveiling on January 26. According to the Wall Street Journal, “analysts currently believe” the device will cost around $1,000 (Apple has not commented …

Is Twitter Here to Stay? David Carr (or carr2n) Thinks So…

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox I missed this in The New York Times over the weekend, but picked it up online today.  Media and Culture reporter, David Carr’s, column on why he thinks Twitter is here to stay.  If you have a second, check it out here. To follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/carr2n To follow Publishing Perspectives on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pubperspectives And, read a recent …

Google Editions Coming to Germany in Early 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Google Editions will launch in Germany in the first half of 2010, says Annabella Weisl, Google Book Search Manager for Germany, in an interview with Borsenblatt. She says Google has 9,000 participating publishers and 600,000 titles in Europe, many of which are German. In addition, a supplementary agreement for German publishers who want to participate in the Google …

US Holiday Sales Up 3.6%, Online Sales Up 15.5%

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Early reports are positive and indicate holiday sales were up 3.6 percent this holiday shopping season. But keep in mind that this is up over last year, which was the worst year in nearly half a century. Internet shopping was up 15.5% over last year. Amazon says that the “Kindle is the most gifted item ever” for …

Half of Bookstore Purchases are Impromptu

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Those who buy books online shop differently from those who go to the bookstore, according to a survey conducted by Germany’s GfK market research group and reported in the Boersenblatt. For one thing, 70% of book orders placed on Amazon.de are planned ahead of time. Impulse buys are much more common in brick and mortar stores. GfK …

Fewer Twentysomething Readers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), revealed the percentage of 20- to 29-year-olds who “read daily” or “more than daily” dropped from 37 to 33%.  The same group, one which grew up using computer technology and the Internet consider themselves as Internet users first and readers second.

Open Letter Books in the New York Times

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’re big fans of Chad Post and his press Open Letter. But we’re not alone: This past weekend the New York Times profiled Open Letter, interviewed Chad, and had glowing things to say about the publisher’s mission to bring more translated literature to American readers. Though only 3% of the books published in the US are translated, …

Bookseller Sues Amazon for Thwarting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Buchhandlung Schopf, a small bookstore in the town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany, was fed up with customers strolling in brandishing printouts from Amazon.de touting cheaper prices and took Amazon to court, alleging the online retailer is ignoring Germany’s fixed book price laws. The bookstore’s owner, Dietrich Wienecke, began sending warnings to Amazon as far back as …

Buenos Aires Invites You to Read in the Streets

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is a good—no, great, book town—and has some 350 bookstore, or one for every 6,000 residents. What’s even better is that for one night a year the city hosts an annual Noche de las Librerias—Bookstore Night. Corrientes Avenue in the center of town is closed down for six hours, chairs and sofas …