Global Trade Talk: Too Early for Christmas; Harper’s It Publisher, Moscow Loves Lectures

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Target superstore near my house has already put its Halloween merchandise on sale and moved it to make room for…Christmas cards and holiday wreaths. This is the earliest I can ever remember a retailer pushing Christmas product. It’s dismaying, and I’m not alone in feeling so. Earlier this month, Innocent Madawo wrote in the Toronto Sun …

German Buch News: Men Dominate Mobile Web Use; Thalia Adds Digital Interactivity to New Stores

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New figures on mobile Internet use in Germany have been released by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) [Working Group for Online Media Research]. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the stats, based on a survey of 59 mobile advertisers, revealed that a majority of mobile Internet users are male, young, and educated. Men comprise 60.5% of those who …

Global Trade Talk: Does Indian Fiction Lack Ambition?; Dylan Thomas Prize Goes Annual

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka While much of world is enamored with Indian English-language novelists, those at home are not always so impressed. Looking at the shortlist for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, Hartosh Singh Bal expresses his discontent with the current state of Indian fiction in the most recent issue of Open magazine. He asserts that “the literature of this …

German Buch News: Praise for Google Settlement Delay; Frankfurt as a Refuge

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Börsenverein (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) and VG Wort held a press conference yesterday in Frankfurt to discuss the implications of the postponement of a Google Settlement “fairness hearing” originally scheduled for October. The Boersenblatt reports that Alexander Skipis, chief executive of the Boersenverein, was delighted about the rejection of the Settlement in its current state …

German Buch News: Online Ads Hit €4bn; DK’s München E-book

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Online-Vermarkterkreis (OVK) [Association for Online Marketers] predicts that the online advertising market in Germany will increase by 10% in 2009 to more than four billion Euros. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the OVK estimates that the percentage of the total advertising market devoted to Internet advertising will climb by 2%, to 16.6% — in third place …

Global Trade Talk: Sony’s E-Reader Hits Prime Time; Lost Symbol Sells 2 Million; Bologna Back to Four Days

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony has launched a flashy new television ad campaign to promote its new e-reader in the US. The prime time spots features a trio of celebrities — comedienne Amy Sedaris, Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, singer Justin Timberlake — and a guy named Howard who we’re told is “aspeed reader” — sitting on a spinning dais plugging …

German Buch News: Libri, KNV End Distribution Agreement; Salt is Cookbook of the Year

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book wholesalers Libri and KNV are ending their year-long experiment in combined distribution on December 31st. According to Buchreport, the fact that the two wholesalers had very different systems and procedures prevented them from realizing the cost savings they’d anticipated. In addition, certain regions lacked infrastructure for distribution leading to further problems. LitVideo and Lübbe are working …

What’s the Buzz: Recommending E-Bundles; UK E-Textbook Adoption, Twitter Dating

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Computerworld’s Mike Elgin writes that further hardware innovations are not what consumers or the publishing industry needs to develop the ebook market. Instead, Elgin wants more “bundled” books that include digital, print and audio versions, ebook releases prior to the print version, and ebooks that come with a built-in social network. The comments to the post are …

German Buch News: Online Book Buyers Up; Thalia/Spiegel Writing Contest

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) [Working Group for Online Media Research] — a coalition of the leading online marketers in Germany — has released its latest figures on Internet use in Germany. According to the Boersenblatt, this year the percentage of shoppers who bought books online increased from 36.8% to 38.5%. In addition, 56.3% of the 103,370 people polled had searched …