What’s the Buzz: Twitter Indifference; Anderson’s Anti-news Views

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The latest stories that have everyone atwitter in the social media-o-sphere… Why do we even care about Twitter? According to a Harris Interactive study (via Mashable), 69% of adults have no opinion about Twitter because they don’t know enough about it. A now infamous 15-year-old intern at Morgan Stanley said that “teenagers don’t use Twitter” either. So …

German Buch News: Parliamentary Support for Google

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Research Services group of the German Parliament is now weighing in on the pros and cons of Open Access and Google Book Search.  As reported in Boersenblatt, the group has issued a 19-page letter stating that opposition to the concept of Open Access is nearly impossible to comprehend. The report praises the transparency of Google’s compensation …

German Buch News: Books are #3 in Online Shopping Popularity

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By Siobhan O’Leary A recent survey conducted by Bitkom (the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media), published in the Boersenblatt, reveals that books are the third most popular products purchased online. Plane and train tickets were first, while concert tickets came in second. According to Bitkom, 35% of those surveyed have purchased a book online. Music landed …

German Buch News: Why Free isn’t Frei

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Handelsblatt blog calls the idea of “free” online content a myth, or better still, an easy excuse. The post describes time as the scarcest of our resources and that consumers pay for their seemingly free content by offering up what little time they have. What if all newspapers, magazines, etc., were to protect their content behind …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Comic-Con, Random vs. UK Agents

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka San Diego Comic-Con International dominated the blogs and the Web over the weekend. We’ll have a report out in a few days. In the meantime it’s worthwhile checking out PW’s coverage, where Calvin Reid noted that the first day of the show was “strangely subdued, despite being packed with fans,” and “the biggest announcements focused on digital …

German Buch News: E-book Prices; Suhrkamp’s American Editor

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By Siobhan O’Leary The launch of B&N’s e-book store has sparked renewed debate about e-book pricing in Germany.  Head of Libreka Ronald Schild told buchreport that the price debate will really get started at the end of the year, when German publishers are expected to release far more bestsellers as e-books. German e-books are typically priced around the same as …

German Buch News: More on Amazon v. Orwell; Bookface.de

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By Siobhan O’Leary The German trades are full of talk about the Amazon Orwell deletion. Among the most notable is the short opinion piece by Boersenblatt editor Holger Heimann which compared the deletion to a bookseller sneaking into someone apartment to reclaim books that have already been purchased. “Disaster is inevitable. A precedent has been set,” he wrote. Buchreport.de highlights …