Brazil as Guest of Honor at Frankfurt 2013

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that Brazil will be the fair’s Guest of Honor in 2013. The Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest publishing trade show in the world, selects a Guest of Honor for each year’s fair to bring worldwide attention to publishing in that country. About the selection, Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book …

Our Editor on C-SPAN Discussing the Digital Future

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At BEA this year I had the privilege to sit on a panel hosted by the National Book Critics Circle about the effect e-reading is having on criticism and book reviews. The panelists included myself, Jane Ciabattari, president, National Book Critics Circle; Carolyn Kellogg, book blogger, The Los Angeles Times; Denise Oswald, editorial director, Soft Skull Press; Nicholas Latimer, director of publicity, Knopf, and …

LeMOTif Reports on the Status of French Lit Agents

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The presence of literary agents in France continues to be a hot topic, hot enough so that the regionally-funded French book “observatory”, Le MOTif, has just released an in-depth study entitled “The Literary Agent in France: realities and perspectives”. It follows the publication of numerous articles in the press and a 6-page summary on literary agents …

Midwest’s Largest Cooking Event to Feature Award-Winning Cookbook Authors and Chefs

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg The annual three-day Epicurean Classic, held August 27-29 in St. Joseph, MI, will present attendees with a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning cookbook authors and chefs at demonstrations, lectures, and tastings. The largest cooking event in the Midwest, the Epicurean Classic features opportunities for close interaction with presenters, providing expert information in a casual and engaging …

E-Readers Versus the World

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg To those looking for an e-reader –- you may already have one. E-reader software has allowed electronic books to be read on mobile phones for some time. Now, Chronicle Books, together with Mobifusion, have partnered to provide Chronicle content exclusively to mobile phones. Seven of the publisher’s titles on health and sexuality that were originally printed as …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers Part II: Amazon Strikes Back

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg It’s on. In response to Barnes and Noble’s price reduction on its Nook e-reader, Amazon.com Inc. quickly slashed the price on its Kindle, reported the Wall Street Journal. Barnes and Noble announced this morning that the Nook with 3G connectivity will now retail for $199, down from $259. Hours later, Amazon knocked its previously-$259 basic Kindle to …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

Swiss Publisher Spurns ISBNs, Opts for Direct to Consumer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary When independent Swiss publisher Urs Engeler lost the financial support of his patron last year, he opted to divest himself of the traditional structures of publishing, rather than close up shop. As he recently told the Boersenblatt in an interview, staying in business meant anything but business as usual. Founded in 1995, his eponymous publishing house focuses …

Bakkers “The Twin” Wins €100,000 IMPAC Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Twin by Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won the 2010 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The prize is touted as being among the richest book prizes in the world, with €100,000 awarded to the winning author. In this case, since the book was translated, Bakker receives €75,000 and the translator, David Colmer, wins €25,000. The Twin …

A List of International Epics

In News, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Yesterday, one hundred and six years ago, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus journeyed through the cobbled streets of Dublin. Well . . . sort of. Bloom and Dedalus are the famous characters from James Joyce’s Ulysses, the story of which takes place in Dublin on a single day — June 16, 1904. Each year on that date, fans …