Tuesday: #PubQT Question Time with Ed Nawotka & Ron Hogan

In News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ve been doing it for three weeks and we think it’s going pretty well. Will you join us? What do you want to know about the publishing industry? Are you looking for tips on what author marketing techniques really work? Is that new e-reader device really a game changer? What’s the real significance about that executive shuffle …

E-reader Deathwatch: Plastic Logic’s QUE “Delayed”

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It wasn’t too long ago in writing about CES that I suggested we all just chill when it comes to getting too excited about forthcoming e-readers. Among those devices featured at the fair last year was the 8.5 x 11 inch touch screen QUE e-reader from Plastic Logic. Now, even after raising some $200 million in financing, …

Catching up with Ramy Habeeb, the World’s First Arabic E-book Publisher

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year at this time on Publishing Perspectives profiled Ramy Habeeb, founder of Kotobarabia, the world’s first publisher of Arabic-language e-books. In “Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders” Habeeb describes a situation where censorship mean many books never saw the light of day and book distribution for 80% of the publishers in the Arabic-speaking world didn’t extend more …

Early 2010 UK Book Sales Down, No VAT Planned for Books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

In the UK, the Publishers Association’s data collection scheme, PA Sales Monitor (PASM) reports that book sales from January to March, compared with last year, grew “marginally by volume from 84.3m to 84.4m units, but the valuefell  by 3.3% from £287m to £278m. Export  sales actually grew in value by 2.4% from £196m to £201m, while volume sales decreased by …

Social Entertainment Site GetGlue Launches IPhone App

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg A growing social networking site focusing on books, movies, video games, television shows, and music launched its iPhone app yesterday, reported eBookNewser. The site, called GetGlue, allows users to ‘check-in’ (ala FourSquare) with what they’re currently watching, reading, playing, or listening to. And similarly to FourSquare, users receive stickers that reflect their interests, and are occasionally eligible …

Slashed Throats, Bullets: Q&A with Dark Harbor author Nathan Ward

In Book Review by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt In Nathan Ward’s Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), he tells the true story of mob corruption and union muckrakers that ultimately inspired the film On The Waterfront. Malcolm “Mike” Johnson, our hero of the Ward’s story, is a gumshoe reporter who risked life and limb to write a …

Publishing on the iPad: “Like Playing 3-D Checkers”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sports Illustrated magazine was among the first major magazines to release a demo for tablets and the iPad. Their original offered some gee-whiz features – but was a prototype. The magazine has had an app available for the iPad since April, but this week it releases its first issue designed specifically for the iPad and it’s interesting …

Africa United: Steve Bloomfield on Politics and the World Cup

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Steve Bloomfield is a British journalist who has lived in Nairobi, Kenya since 2006. He was a former African correspondent for The Independent and now writes for different publications including Monocle, Newsweek and The Observer. His first book, Africa United, published in June by Harper Collins, gives a picture of modern Africa by telling the story of …

Rebtel Provides Cheap International Calling on Android Phones

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg Rebtel, a mobile Voice over IP (VoIP) provider, expanded its presence in the mobile markertplace today with the release of a new Anroid app, reported TechCrunch. Rebtel provides cheap international calls by assigning foreign numbers a local number, and the customer only incurs the cost of a local call. Founded in Sweden in 2006, the company currently …