Can Publishers Learn a Lesson from Mister Splashy Pants?

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today, the folks at TED: Technology Entertainment Design, arguably the largest tech conference in the world, posted videos on their website of talks from last month’s TEDIndia event, including a presentation by the social media site Reddit.com’s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, entitled “How to Make a Splash in Social Media.”   Coincidentally, today’s lead story, “Why Smart Publishers Care About Tech Conferences” about …

Arabic Booker’s Shortlisted Six

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The shortlist for the $60,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2010 (IPAF) — better known colloquially as “The Arabic Booker” — was as announced on Tuesday at the Beirut International Book Fair in Lebanon. The shortlist of six represents submissions from five countries: Egypt: A Cloudy Day on the West Side by Muhammad Al-Mansi Qindeel (Dar Al-Shorouk) …

See Jane Run…From Zombies…Again

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, BoingBoing posted a contest to win a HP Envy 15 laptop.  The prize would go to the best literary mash-up.  Not the best story, the best mash-up.  What, pray-tell, is this world coming to? Today, in Publishers Marketplace, yet another Jane Austen mash-up has been sold (Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons).  Are writers so …

Survey Says: Only 13% Willing to Pay for Online Content

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka On average, just 13% of Internet users are ready to pay for information online, according to an international study released by GfK Custom Research on behalf of the Wall Street Journal Europe. The study was conducted in 16 European countries and in the USA with varying results, according to buchreport. In Germany, 9% of …

Spain Lowers Tax on E-books, Opens Digital Library

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams A very important — and positive — development for the incipient Spanish e-book market took place this week.  On Tuesday the Spanish Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, announced that the government would set the value added tax for e-books at 4%, the same as for paper books.  E-books had previously been in the same category as software, …

Translate This!

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox The online literary review The Quarterly Conversation offered a unique spin on the “year-end book list,” suggesting several dozen titles they would eagerly like to see translated into English.  Among those interviewed for the piece are some names familiar to Publishing Perspectives readers, including Chad Post and Christopher Merrill. As only 3% of books published in …

Inside the Nook

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The new Barnes & Noble Nook device has been dissectedby some industrious hackers. What they found is that the entire system software—a variation of Android 1.5—was installed on a microSD card. What this means is that another industrious hacker is likely to be able to “jailbreak” the Nook, opening it up to all kinds of customizations, such …

November Sales Reversal in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Book sales in Germany for the month of November were down by 5.3%, according to buchreport, and thus jeopardize cumulative gains made over the course of the year. At the end of eleven months, sales for the year as a whole are up a mere 0.9% over last year. December usually accounts for more than double the …

Seth Godin’s What Matters Now for Free

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Early this morning, Seth Godin made his latest book, What Matters Now, available as a free PDF download. You can download it here or read it on Scribd. The book is a collection of short contributions from over 70 thinkers (including authors, journalists, marketing experts and others) about issues that…matter now. The book quickly became a trending …

Two of Five Germans Bought Books Online in ’09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF)—the Online Research Study Group—reports that 39.6% of German Internet users have bought books online in the past year. That number is up 2.4% over last year’s results and makes books the most-purchased product online, directly ahead of tickets to events (33.3%) and music (25.2%). As reported in the Boersenblatt, those in the …