A Year Without Work and I’ve Never Felt Better

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, Larry Hughes, former HarperCollins USA publicist, published a post on his blog “Book Flack at Large” looking back at his year without work. While he does lament not having a “day job” that he loves, his list of personal achievements seems extraordinary and something of which to be quite proud. Next week marks my own one-year …

No Surprise: Apple Users Most Likely to Buy iPads

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary One thousand German Internet users were asked by the market research institute Yougovpsychonomics if they plan to buy an iPad this year. As reported in the Boersenblatt, 20% of them answered “yes,” with 4% saying they would definitely purchase one and 16% saying it was very probable. The interest was greatest among people who already use Apple …

Hate Valentine’s Day and Want to Commiserate?

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a day marked, at least in the US, by flowers, chocolate, cards, and romantic evenings…but what happens if you don’t have a love to share the day with?  Below are some publications that take an interesting twist on the day of love: The New Yorker is requesting Dear John letters from their …

Go to Hell! Dante’s Inferno Turned Into a Videogame

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Yes, it’s true…Entertainment Arts has turned Dante’s Inferno into a video game — it’s available for your PSP, X-Box and Playstation 3. Oh. My. God. And the tagline is, natch “Go to Hell!” National Public Radio in the United States has an interview with the game’s creator. Wired has a review and also offers ten more literary classics it …

Review: The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi (translated by Polly McLean) Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson In this slim novel, an unnamed woman ministers to her comatose husband in a small back room of their house in war-torn Afghanistan. The man, wounded by a bullet in his neck, lies inert on a dirty mattress, indifferent to the action unfolding around him, from gunshots …

German, UK Book Sales Drop in January

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Book sales in Germany dropped much like the temperature in January, coming in 7.8% lower than the same month last year. The results, compiled by the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag and reported in Buchreport, were attributed to a number of factors. First off, January 2010 was one shopping day shorter than January 2009 (which …

What Power Outage? North Korea’s Got E-books Too

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s a famous photograph — reproduced here — of the Korean peninsula at night as seen from space. The lower half, which is lit up light a light bulb, is South Korea; on top, in the dark, is North Korea. Despite the near constant power outages, that hasn’t stopped the North Korean government from jointing the digital …

Google to Scan Lyon’s Library

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The city of Lyon’s library has signed an agreement with Google, allowing the search giant to scan around 500,000 titles in its collection over the next 10 years. According to a CNN report, Google will scan the documents free of charge and, in exchange, will have the right to use them commercially for the next 25 years. …

The Handmade Edition and E-book Can Coexist

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past weekend I was in El Paso, Texas for the biennial Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design, a prize that honors “fine printing as art” and was this year given to Chad Pastotnik and James Dissette for their edition of Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press, 2008). Carl Hertzog was a discovery to me: It turns out the …

Internet, Critics Motivate Book Buyers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What draws customers into bookstores in Germany and how well informed are they about what they will find there? Cologne-based agency Die Gefährten recently attempted to answer these questions by surveying 400 book-buying customers from the bookstores Mayersche and Stern Verlag in Düsseldorf and Hugendubel in Munich. According to the survey, the results of which were published …