Review: Solar by Ian McEwan

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson Solar, Ian McEwan’s eleventh novel, follows the troubled career and love life of 53-year-old physicist Michael Beard. Beard won the Nobel Prize in physics for work he completed as a young man but, after five failed marriages, is now trapped in a decades-long slump of “no new ideas.” Living the life of an aimless bureaucrat saddled with speech …

Penguin Ireland Sells 100 E-books in 09, 1,000 So Far in 2010

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka According to Irish Publishing News, Penguin Ireland — the country’s largest trade publisher — sold just 100 e-books total in 2009. But things are looking up. Penguin Ireland MD, Michael McLoughlin, speaking at the Irish Branch Conference of the Booksellers Association in the Hilton Hotel, Dublin this past weekend, said that the company sold over 1,000 e-books since …

Stephen King Rejects iPad, Praises Kindle, Furnishes with Books

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here’s something I don’t get to write that often: Stephen King agrees with me (sort of). It the April 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, King devotes his pop culture column — this week’s title is “Inspector of Gadgets” — to the forthcoming iPad. As you might remember, King was himself a pitchman for the launch of …

Undead, Dystopias Popular at Bologna, says Droemer Knaur

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Last fall Droemer Knaur launched a new fantasy line called PAN, focusing on so-called “all-age books.” As part of its plan to start building a list that would speak to a broad range of age groups, the publishing house attended the Bologna Book Fair for the first time last year. In an interview with the Boersenblatt, Beate …

James Bridle Explores the Bookshops of Mexico City

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka UK publisher and internet entrepreneur James Bridle recently made a side trip to Mexico City following his appearance at the SXSW conference in Texas. He blogged this week about his time there visiting the bookstores, including Atrio, Librería Pegaso, and MUCA Roma, among others… I walked a lot (in one very small area of the central city), …

Textunes Sold 50,000 E-books in Germany in 09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As in the US, there has been a disappointingly paltry revelation of hard figures in Germany when it comes to e-book sales. However, Berlin-based startup textunes, which teams with publishers to make e-books available for use on mobile devices (particularly the iPhone and iPod Touch), has just announced that it sold 50,000 e-books in the last twelve …

Review: The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Jack, the first-person narrator of Mathias Malzieu’s most recent novel, is born in Edinburgh on an uncommonly cold day in April 1874. A clever midwife saves the newborn from certain death by surgically implanting a cuckoo clock in his chest to regulate his weak heart. Abandoned by his mother and sporting a loudly ticking clock for a heart, Jack …

Bertelsmann’s 09 Net Loss: First in Three Decades

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary For the first time in three decades, Bertelsmann has posted a net loss — this according to the 2009 fiscal year results announced yesterday in Berlin. The loss amounted to €82 million, which is particularly glaring in light of the €142 million net profit posted in 2008. Bertelsmann blamed at least part of the downturn on sluggish …

Against the Odds: Bringing Arabic Kids Books to Life in Beirut

In Arabic Publishing, Children's by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …