Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …

Light a Candle for Liu Xiaobo

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ve been remiss in not writing about the trial and sentencing of literary critic and political commentator Liu Xiaobo (please forgive us), which took place over the holidays. For a year Liu Xiaobo has been under arrest — at first, with no formal charge, then in July on the ominous charge of “inciting subversion of state power” …

German Minister Threatens Legal Action to Fight Google

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger recently spoke out against Google in an interview with Der Spiegel, and her criticism was not limited to Google Books. She stated that its services like Google Earth and Google Street View should undergo a legal review and that Google should be much more transparent in its approach to gathering …

Alloy Media + Marketing Knows What Girls Want

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Alloy Media + Marketing have given us everything from The Clique: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to Gossip Girl to The Vampire Diaries. They are a money machine that have gotten into the minds of girls everywhere. ABC news’ Nightline broadcast a profile of the company late last week, which comes up with the concepts first, then hires …

Wagenbach Verlag Wins Kurt Wolff Prize

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary This year’s The €26,000 Kurt Wolff Prize has been awarded to Klaus Wagenbach, founder and publisher of the Berlin-based Wagenbach Verlag. The award is granted each year by the Kurt Wolff Foundation to an independent publisher or publishing house. Wagenbach was honored for his decades of service to independent publishing and his dedication to preserving literary quality …

Book Maven’s Virtuous Circle Lunch at The Algonquin

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Bethanne Patrick I spent my honeymoon at The Algonquin Hotel. Its literary legacy appealed to me, and I think I secretly hoped that an editor from The New Yorker would see me in The Oak Room and hire me on the spot… Alas, that never happened — although the honeymoon was wonderful (we are still married!). But I’ve always wanted …

Apple Isn’t the Only Tablet in Town

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson If you are waiting for the tablet PC to finally arrive, you can stop waiting. Although the Apple tablet is making headlines, many manufacturers have already launched tablet PCs at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here is a quick round-up of a few tablets at CES: The HP tablet with a multi-touch screen made a tantalizingly …

A “Millionaire’s Christmas” in France

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka France’s L’express newspaper rounds up 2009 sales for a variety of titles and dubs the holiday season in France the “Millionaire’s Christmas.” Dan Brown topped the list, moving 565,000 copies of The Lost Symbol. He was followed by Marie Ndiaye’s Trois femmes puissantes, which sold 450,000 copies and Anna Gavalda’s L’Echappée belle (Le Dilettante), which sold 350,000 …

Brazil’s Ten Most Talked About Titles of 2009

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ricardo Costa Last year was a great year in Brazilian publishing, which made it all the more difficult to identify the best books of 2009. I’m sure there will be a great deal of disagreement with my choices, but these are the ones I think you should read. I would have loved to include more than ten titles in …

Want More Info on Irish Publishing?

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Your in luck because Eoin Purcell, blogger and publishing consultant, has just launched a new Web site called Irish Publishing News. The new site will aggregate links about publishing in Ireland and “feature news stories, interviews and thought provoking essays,” according to Purcell. You should start with the analysis of Ireland’s book sales, which concludes that the …