Buenos Aires Invites You to Read in the Streets

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is a good—no, great, book town—and has some 350 bookstore, or one for every 6,000 residents. What’s even better is that for one night a year the city hosts an annual Noche de las Librerias—Bookstore Night. Corrientes Avenue in the center of town is closed down for six hours, chairs and sofas …

The New Yorker Cartoon Lounge vs. Nicki Greenberg

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox On Monday, The New Yorker Cartoon Lounge blog launched a “Year-End Cartoon Off” between the magazine’s cartooning brass and Australian writer and illustrator (and lawyer), Nicki Greenberg, author of The Digits and a graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. In addition to the hilarious holiday cartoons, New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich interviews Greenberg about life in Australia, her …

St. Petersburg Votes for Its Favorite Foreign Writers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In January 2009, the city of St. Petersburg launched a year-long project, “Reading St. Petersburg 2009: Choose the Best Foreign Writer,” with the intention of generating more interest in overseas writers. The project, which was supported by a year-long series of events, is now in its final stage and the public has been invited to vote for …

Holiday Book Sales Still Down in Deutschland

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The final weekend of the holiday shopping season was not exactly a source of holiday cheer for booksellers in Germany.  Sales fell 6.2% from the results for the same weekend in 2008, likely due in part to sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall throughout the country. The results were provided exclusively to the Boersenblatt by Media Control GfK International. …

Idlewild’s Favorites of ’09

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I recently had a chance to stop into one of my favorite bookstores, Idlewild Books in New York City. Idlewild organizes titles geographically, rather than by subject, and the proprietor – David Del Vecchio has a near encyclopedic knowledge of the latest titles from the international publishing scene to make it into print in the United States. …

Sweden’s Bonnier Produces Slick Digital Mag Concept

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Sweden’s Bonnier Publishing Group, which owns German publishers arsEdition, Carlsen, Piper, Thienemann and Ullstein, has teamed up with British design firm Berg to develop the digital magazine concept Mag+, reports the Boersenblatt. Like many of its American counterparts, who announced over the past month a variety of digital magazine concepts designed for Tablet computers, Bonnier’s project is also …

Google Forced to Pay €300,000 Fine to French Pubs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As reported by the Associated Press (via the LA Times), a Paris court has ruled against Google in a copyright infringement case brought by French publisher La Martinière on behalf of itself and the French Publishers Association (FPA), representing 400 publishing companies. Google was ordered to pay €300,000 in damages to La Martinière for making excerpts of …

Dubai Cancels Children’s Book Fair

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Dubai’s financial crisis has led to the cancellation of the inaugural Dubai International Children’s Book Fair. The event had been scheduled to take place February 3-10, 2010, but the event organizers, the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, announced with “regret” on Friday that the Fair has been “indefinitely postponed.” The Maktoum Foundation, which promoted the Fair …

Why Sony is Losing the E-Reading Race

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last week, Steve Haber, President of Sony’s Digital Reading Business, has proven why Sony is lagging behind in the digital publishing and e-reading race.  Both at Mediabistro’s eBook Summit and again on the Huffington Post, he called for publishers to “Make your content more interactive” and stated “It’s time for the publishing industry to join them …