Saramago Dumps German Publisher Over Disputed Blog

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Portuguese Nobel Prize winner and international bestseller José Saramago, who has been published in German by Rowohlt Verlag to this point, is moving houses to Hoffmann und Campe. In a statement to the Boersenblatt, Rowohlt spokeswoman Regina Steinicke revealed that the split resulted from a disagreement over the publication of Saramago’s blog in printed form under Rowohlt …

New ARTErra Artist Colony in Portugal Taking Applications

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I have several friends who are writers who don’t seem to have a home, but instead travel from artist colony to artist colony — with irregular stops at universities for teaching gigs and home to sort the mail. Thinking of those homeless nomads, I thought it would be a good idea to starting highlighting opportunities for writers …

Survey Says: 25% of Chinese Have Read an E-Book

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Global Times of China reports on the results of the 7th National Reading Survey in China which indicated that 25% of those surveyed — some 19,000 people — have read a digital book. The survey conducted by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the department of the Chinese government that oversees books and publishing, and …

2010 Author Blog Award Winners: Emily Benet, Neil Gaiman

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka The winners of the first annual Author Blog Award winners — were announced yesterday in London are: Best published author blog: Winner: Emily Benet (http://emilybenet.blogspot.com) Runners-up: Cleolinda Jones (http://cleolinda.livejournal.com) & Jackie Morris (http://drawingalineintime.blogspot.com) Best author microblog: Winner: Neil Gaiman (http://twitter.com/neilhimself) Runner-up: Richard Jay Parker (http://twitter.com/bookwalter) Best unpublished author blog: Winner: Sam Starbuck (http://copperbadge.livejournal.com) Runner-up: Jane Alexander (http://exmoorjane.blogspot.com) …

Amazon.de Remains Germany’s Top Online Retailer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A survey of the 1,000 largest German online retailers conducted by the EHI Retail Institute reveals that the ten largest are responsible 25% of overall online sales Germany and the top 100 are responsible for two-thirds of sales. In comparison, according to buchreport’s recent analysis of the 50 largest German book retailers, the top 10 brick and …

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E-booksellers Ciando, txtr Add Publishers, Titles

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German e-book retailer ciando has sealed deals with publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt to make 1,300 of their fiction and non-fiction e-book titles available on both of its platforms: www.ciando.com and www.bookson.de. As reported in a press release from ciando, the books will all be available in EPUB format. The new partnerships will allow ciando to build upon the …

London Digest: Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates

In Global Trade Talk by Liz Bury

As part of our continuing coverage of the London Book Fair, we offer a variety of perspectives from the show floor. Interview by Liz Bury Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates I come to London Book Fair to meet editors and to talk about books. With literary debuts it takes time to create a reputation and recognition. They’re difficult …

The A$20,000 Typo…Would You Pay For It? I wouldn’t.

In Erin's Perspective, Resources by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox As reported in the The Sydney Morning Herald last week, Penguin Group Australia had to reprint 7,000 copies of their book Pasta Bible because of a typo that called for “fresh ground black people” instead of “pepper.”  Bob Sessions, the head of publishing for Penguin Group Australia, said that the mistake will cost them A$20,000 to reprint the …

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta on iPad v. Kindle

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Media Reporter Ken Auletta reports on the digital publishing questions, such as publisher and bookseller opinions on the agency model, windowing, branding to readers instead of bookstores, whether Apple will be a better partner to publishers than Amazon, and featuring some of the usual suspects in digital publishing …