MacBook Sleeves & Handbags That Look Like Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Got a MacBook — like old books? You might be interested in this new BookBook MacBook cases that resemble, you got it, old books. Plus, and it’s too bad I didn’t see this before Valentines day, Paris designer Olympia Le-Tan has taken the covers of classic novels as the inspiration for her limited-edition clutches. Le-Tan says she …

Day One at TOC New York

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson O’Reilly’s now industry-standard Tools of Change for Publishing conference began today in New York City with workshops focused on best practices and business opportunities for book publishers. Speakers included members of the book publishing industry as well as professionals from the mobile and video industries. Check out our video for a quick overview of the day and …

The 2010 Books for a Better Life Award Winners

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Artis On the evening of February 22, the 14th annual Books for a Better Life Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York. Each year, the Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society recognizes the best self-improvement books of the year, and to date the Books for a Better …

Online Dictionary Pons Succeeds with Advertising

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Over the past 18 months, foreign language instructional material publisher Pons has been testing out a new business model for their online dictionary. So far, the results have been positive. Faced with competition from other online language dictionaries like LEO, Pons has turned to advertisers to help finance www.pons.eu. In addition, the site will incorporate more Web …

U of Hong Kong & Springer in Open Access Agreement

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The University of Hong Kong libraries and Springer have signed an open access agreement that will allow academics who are affiliated with the University to publish their research as open access articles in Springer trade journals. According to the Boersenblatt, the articles will be available in print form through the Springer Open ChoiceTM program following peer reviews …

International E-Book Trio Launches Digital Minds Network

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A trio of e-book leaders from growth markets — Ramy Habeeb of Kotobarabia (Egypt), Octavio Kulesz of Editorial Teseo (Argentina) and Arthur Attwell of Electric Book Works (South Africa) — have launched the Digital Minds Network, a consultancy specializing in “identifying trends and best practice in emerging markets.” (Which is something we like to think we do …

Tools of Change Conference Streaming Keynote Speeches

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today, the publishing industry’s digerati and illuminati have gathered in New York City for the annual O’Reilly Tools of Change conference. If you weren’t able to spare the time from work (or couldn’t convince your boss to sump up the $1,245 registration fee), then fear not: for the first time, O’Reilly will be streaming the keynote speeches …

French Pub Services Firm Jouve Buys Indian E-book Conversion Co.

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In a bit of news timed to coincide with the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference happening in New York today, French publishing services firm Jouve has announced that it has bought TexTech, an e-book conversion firm in Chennai, India. Last year, Jouve converted nearly 100,000 books to digital format and the acquisition is likely to strengthen their …

Lubbe Fighting Lost Symbol Piracy

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe is taking a hardline approach to piracy, particularly with regards to the audiobook version of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Das verlorene Symbol). The Waldorf Chancery in Munich — a staff of attorneys specializing in copyright law — has been asked to send out warnings to individuals who illegally download the audiobook from filesharing …

Could the Google Books Case Go to The Supreme Court?

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Well, while I was at jury duty, my fellow publishing reporters in New York flooded the courtroom of Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan who was hearing arguments on the legality of Google Books’ plan to digitize all the world’s books. A total of 26 different speakers offered their take on the Settlement: Five spoke in favor and …