German Book Sales Stall, Drop 5.5% So Far in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Much as the weather was unseasonably cold in Germany in May, book sales experienced a bit of a chill in comparison to last year. Due in part to the fact that there was one fewer shopping day this year and that the May 1st holiday fell on a Saturday — meaning stores were closed on a typically …

The Town that Pop Culture Forgot

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby (Spiegel & Grau, $25) Reviewed by Edward Nawotka In 2006, Entertainment Weekly writer Karen Valby uprooted herself from New York City to settle in the Hill Country town of Utopia, a place with a half-mile long Main Street featuring “zero stoplights, one constable, six real estate offices, and seven churches” and where just 540 …

Project Gutenberg Offers Free E-Books

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Is your iBookshelf unacceptably sparse? Project Gutenberg, the free online database of public domain literature, has begun to put some titles into ePub formats to be read on mobile reading devices. The e-publishing blog eBookNewser has begun to list Project Gutenberg titles in its “Free E-Book of the Day” list, starting with the classics Pride and Prejudice …

Germany is Guest of Honor at Guadalajara 2011

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Anyone who has followed our news coverage knows that we think overseas publishers would do well by taking a longer look at the central and Latin American markets. One of the key gateways into the southern hemisphere of the Americas is the annual Guadalajara Book Fair, one of the best — or at least, most enjoyable –book …

Your Book as a Database (Part 2)

In Resources, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Kubica Yesterday, in Your Book as a Database: A Primer, we laid the foundation for thinking of books as relational databases. Today, I want to expand that to demonstrate how you can rate a single book to the larger ecosystem of books and reading. Books, readers and their libraries Have a look at another book-as-database diagram with some …

Laurenz Bolliger to Join Dumont Buchverlag

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Starting July 1st, Laurenz Bolliger will be heading up the international fiction program for Dumont Buchverlag. Bolliger was most recently at Suhrkamp. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of the paperback division of Berlin Verlag, focused on acquiring international fiction. Dumont’s international authors include John Cheever, Michel Houellebecq and Haruki Murakami.

Shanghai Hopes For All E-textbook Campus in Five Years

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Shanghai hopes be the first Chinese city to promote all e-textbook campus in five years, according to a statement from Shanghai Municipal government on June 6, 2010. An official from local government said the city’s Educational Committee is experimenting with an e-book campus, which started at the beginning of this year. The committee has selected several …

More Kindle E-Reader Clones Surfacing in Taipei

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Mr. Jung-Wen Wang, president of Yuan-liou Publishing company, is not the only publisher to embrace the e-reader market in Taiwan. However, he is leading the way by providing the market with a unique Yuan-Liou Jin Yong Reader, which comes pre-loaded the complete works of Jin Yong (Louis Cha), the most popular kung fu novelist among the …

Book Review: Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” is Scary Good

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Houston, we have an apocalypse… It starts when a Houston housewife in tennis whites pulls over her gleaming black Denali to give a homeless man $20. That innocent encounter ends luridly, like so many of the true-crime stories that come from the nation’s fourth-largest city, with the woman floating dead in her pool and the man, named …