French Pub Services Firm Jouve Buys Indian E-book Conversion Co.

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In a bit of news timed to coincide with the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference happening in New York today, French publishing services firm Jouve has announced that it has bought TexTech, an e-book conversion firm in Chennai, India. Last year, Jouve converted nearly 100,000 books to digital format and the acquisition is likely to strengthen their …

Lubbe Fighting Lost Symbol Piracy

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe is taking a hardline approach to piracy, particularly with regards to the audiobook version of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Das verlorene Symbol). The Waldorf Chancery in Munich — a staff of attorneys specializing in copyright law — has been asked to send out warnings to individuals who illegally download the audiobook from filesharing …

Could the Google Books Case Go to The Supreme Court?

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Well, while I was at jury duty, my fellow publishing reporters in New York flooded the courtroom of Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan who was hearing arguments on the legality of Google Books’ plan to digitize all the world’s books. A total of 26 different speakers offered their take on the Settlement: Five spoke in favor and …

Berlin Library Assembles Rare Jewish Texts

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s national library is assembling a new collection of rare Hebrew and Yiddish texts published by Jewish Holocaust survivors in Displaced Person Camps between 1945 and 1950. Approximately 400 titles were published in the DP camps, around 200 of which are in the library’s possession. According to the Boersenblatt, a majority of the religious texts published were …

Video from the Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

by Hannah Johnson As both an exhibitor and a reporter for Publishing Perspectives, Olivia Snaije explored the first-ever Paris Cookbook Fair this year. You can read her blog post about the fair, or watch the video: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk0FmYnq3mM

Review: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson In Colm Toibin’s latest novel, Brooklyn, young Eilis Lacey leaves the struggling economy of her small hometown in southeast Ireland to forge a new life in Brooklyn, New York. In unadorned prose, Toibin describes the daily struggles and triumphs of Eilis’s life in the unfamiliar, and often inhospitable, urban environment of her new home. In many ways, …

Best Translated Book Award Finalists

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The finalists for the Best Translated Book Award were announced tonight in New York City, with ten titles making the cut in the categories of fiction and poetry. The winners will be announced on March 10th. “This is definitely the most diverse and interesting group of finalists yet,” said Chad W. Post, director of Three Percent, the …

German Smartphone Sales to Nearly Double in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Mobile Internet use is growing in leaps and bounds in Germany thanks to new devices on the market and lower monthly rates, reports the Boersenblatt. Unit sales for smartphones are expected to grow by 47% in 2010, to 8.2 million units (with sales in euros likely to grow 33%, to 1.5 billion euros), based on the tech …

Cookbook Trade Fair Pleases the Palate

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The first edition of the Paris Cookbook Festival wrapped up on Monday with most participants judging the specialized trade fair a delicious success, barring minor complaints about lack of signage and poor heating. While for some smaller French publishers with books aimed specifically at the French market, it was less of a positive experience, the larger …

2009 US Bookstore Sales Fell .8%, to $16.6bn

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US bookstore sales fell 0.8% in 2009, to $16.60 billion, while overall retail sales dropped 2.2%, according to preliminary results from the U.S. Census Bureau and as reported in Publishers Weekly. While it might not look like much of an improvement — the number is still a drop after all — it is a significant improvement from …