Global Trade Talk: Borders UK Closing; Moody’s Twitter Story, Germany’s iPhone App Association

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Black Friday had a different ring in the UK, where The Independent is reporting that the closing of Borders UK’s 45 stores may account for as many as 1,150 job losses.  The Bookseller states that the going-out-of-business sales at the stores will begin tomorrow. Meanwhile, in The Observer, Rachel Cooke says that she doesn’t …

Global Trade Talk: Google Editions to Launch in Japan; No Sony E-book Store for Germany

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Siobhan O’Leary According Japanese business daily Nikkei (source: MarketWatch), Google has announced its plans to launch its e-book store service Google Edition in Japan in 2010. Prices will be determined by book publishers, and Google says it will keep 63% of the sales price. Google Edition is also scheduled to launch in the spring of 2010 …

What’s the Buzz: Wattpad in India; LeWeb Conference in Paris; Hans Georg Heepe Obituary

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Siobhan O’Leary Wattpad, which has dubbed itself “the world’s most popular ebook community,” is making headlines with the announcement that its mobile application will now be available on India’s largest cell phone carrier, Bharti Airtel. Paul Biba of Teleread said, “As mobile Internet users significantly outnumber broadband users in India this dramatically expands Wattpad’s reach.” This …

Global Trade Talk: Limited Edition Sony Reader; Bookstore Sales Down; German Business Climate Up

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin Cox and Siobhan O’Leary The Bookseller reports that Random House has partnered with Sony to create an exclusive limited edition Reader Pocket Edition for James Patterson. Reasoning behind the deal comes from Jonathan Davis, digital publisher at Random House, who said: “The bundle of a limited edition device plus exclusive content make for a distinctive and ideal Christmas …

Global Trade Talk: 753 Million French Euros for Digitization; Sem-Sanberg Wins August Prize; Thalia Takes Control of Buch.de

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Some French may not appreciate the Google Book Settlement, but at least they’re proving that they are not afraid of digitization. To wit, France’s Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, has requested 753 million euros to support the digitization of French cultural content, reports Reuters. It is estimated that the amount would cover the total …

German Buch News: Suhrkamp Shares Sold; Logistep Fights Piracy

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary CFO of anti-piracy firm Logistep, Richard M. Schneider, discusses the battle to defeat illegal file sharing using his company’s sophisticated anti-piracy software. In an interview with BuchMarkt, he reveals that Logistep’s own software can identify offenses in real time, including the name and size of the protected work. The company’s next move is to contact the Internet service provider, …

Global Trade Talk: Google Book Settlement gets “Preliminary Approval;” Palin-mania; A “Verbrechen” Wave hits Europe

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary The Google Book Settlement has been given “preliminary approval” by Judge Denny Chin, who is overseeing the judicial challenge to its validity, reports Publishers Weekly. “A final settlement/fairness hearing has been set for February 18 at which Judge Chin will hear arguments to determine whether the agreement is ‘fair, reasonable, adequate;’ consider whether to …

German Buch News: Ciando/Claudio Team-up; Online X-mas Shoppers Growing; More Google Settlement Reaction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary E-book provider ciando and online audio book retailer Claudio.de are joining forces to offer a broader portfolio to their customers, reports BuchMarkt. ciando’s database of e-books now consists of 35,000 titles from 450 publishers, which will now also be available on Claudio.de. In exchange, Claudio’s 10,000 audio books from 250 publishers will now also be available in …

What’s the Buzz: E-Rights and No-Compete Clauses; Adobe Flash Does Multi-Touch; Library 101

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At PubRants, literary agent Kristin Nelson writes about electronic rights and no-compete clauses in book contracts. According to Nelson’s interpretation of standard no-compete language, “even if you are able to reserve your electronic rights so as to as to set up your own deal with Kindle or Scribd (or whoever), your publisher could make an argument that …

German Buch News: Fewer Bookstores in 2009; Bing Meets with Europeans, Too; New Moon Mania

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just as the total number of bookstores in Germany was approaching the 1,000 mark, there has been a decrease of 3% in the number of stores in the past year, to 945 stores, according to Buchreport’s 9th annual “Filialatlas” study. The drop is partly the result of several chains closing outlets, including Weltbild and Wohlthat, and the …