Your Book as a Database (Part 2)

In Resources, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Kubica Yesterday, in Your Book as a Database: A Primer, we laid the foundation for thinking of books as relational databases. Today, I want to expand that to demonstrate how you can rate a single book to the larger ecosystem of books and reading. Books, readers and their libraries Have a look at another book-as-database diagram with some …

Laurenz Bolliger to Join Dumont Buchverlag

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Starting July 1st, Laurenz Bolliger will be heading up the international fiction program for Dumont Buchverlag. Bolliger was most recently at Suhrkamp. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of the paperback division of Berlin Verlag, focused on acquiring international fiction. Dumont’s international authors include John Cheever, Michel Houellebecq and Haruki Murakami.

Shanghai Hopes For All E-textbook Campus in Five Years

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Shanghai hopes be the first Chinese city to promote all e-textbook campus in five years, according to a statement from Shanghai Municipal government on June 6, 2010. An official from local government said the city’s Educational Committee is experimenting with an e-book campus, which started at the beginning of this year. The committee has selected several …

More Kindle E-Reader Clones Surfacing in Taipei

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Mr. Jung-Wen Wang, president of Yuan-liou Publishing company, is not the only publisher to embrace the e-reader market in Taiwan. However, he is leading the way by providing the market with a unique Yuan-Liou Jin Yong Reader, which comes pre-loaded the complete works of Jin Yong (Louis Cha), the most popular kung fu novelist among the …

Book Review: Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” is Scary Good

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Houston, we have an apocalypse… It starts when a Houston housewife in tennis whites pulls over her gleaming black Denali to give a homeless man $20. That innocent encounter ends luridly, like so many of the true-crime stories that come from the nation’s fourth-largest city, with the woman floating dead in her pool and the man, named …

Full Details of Spain’s Libranda E-book Platform Launch

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Libranda – It’s Official! The official unveiling of Libranda, the digital distributor set up by Spain’s leading publishers, took place yesterday in Madrid. Most of the information presented confirmed reports leaked last month (and covered by us here), but the press conference today did fill in a number of details: – Libranda launches in beta on July …

More Hipster T-Shirt Designs in our Store!

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson We are pleased to bring you two more fabulous t-shirt designs from our New York office, both available in men’s and women’s styles. A few days ago, Erin Cox gave us some “Proof That Brooklyn Rocks the Literary World“. We couldn’t resist coming up with a design based on this argument, so if you believe that Brooklyn …

Bookrix Self-pub Site Goes Mobile

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary — a free social media community of authors, readers and publishers that allows authors to self-publish their work online — has now launched a mobile site ( featuring more than 25,000 e-books available for free download. The books are available in EPUB format, searchable by keyword and broken down into 55 categories, ranging from novels to …

Free to Read: Stephenie Meyer’s New Novella

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Global fans of Twlight . . . behold, the new Twilight Saga novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Which you can read for free, via a link from LibreDigital, from today until midnight EST on July 5. But do note, the book is not available for download or for printing.

Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 4

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Even though we’ve seen the new iPhone ever since some guy from Apple accidentally left a prototype in a bar, Steve Jobs officially unveiled the new iPhone 4 today. So what is new about the iPhone 4? Design: This new iPhone is slimmer than the previous model, with glass on the front and back, and stainless steel …