Cookbook Trade Fair Pleases the Palate

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The first edition of the Paris Cookbook Festival wrapped up on Monday with most participants judging the specialized trade fair a delicious success, barring minor complaints about lack of signage and poor heating. While for some smaller French publishers with books aimed specifically at the French market, it was less of a positive experience, the larger …

2009 US Bookstore Sales Fell .8%, to $16.6bn

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US bookstore sales fell 0.8% in 2009, to $16.60 billion, while overall retail sales dropped 2.2%, according to preliminary results from the U.S. Census Bureau and as reported in Publishers Weekly. While it might not look like much of an improvement — the number is still a drop after all — it is a significant improvement from …

Switzerland Debates Details of Reinstated Fixed Price Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Switzerland’s Council of States will be meeting on March 2nd to discuss the upcoming reinstatement of the country’s fixed book price law. According to buchreport, the law could be adopted as early as March 19th and the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verlegerverband (SBVV – Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association) sees only a couple of drawbacks in the draft …

The Future with Flippers: A Cautionary Tale for the Book Biz

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “So, in 2020, we’ll all arrive in one-piece jersey romper suits woven out of pulped hardback books and synthetic slippers made from discarded Kindle e-readers.” Thus begins Tyler Brûlé’s satirical vision of what the world might look like in another ten years if the iPad and other touch screen devices become dominant — and we don’t find a …

Gourmand Awards at Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS (FEBRUARY 11): The first Paris Cookbook Festival kicked off tonight on Paul Bocuse’s birthday. It was sleeting in Paris but the auditorium for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards was packed with invitation-only authors, publishers and people from the trade coming from countries as far as Australia, Cambodia and Argentina. Three women won honors for their lifetime careers …

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 …