Race to the Bottom for E-readers Part II: Amazon Strikes Back

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg It’s on. In response to Barnes and Noble’s price reduction on its Nook e-reader, Amazon.com Inc. quickly slashed the price on its Kindle, reported the Wall Street Journal. Barnes and Noble announced this morning that the Nook with 3G connectivity will now retail for $199, down from $259. Hours later, Amazon knocked its previously-$259 basic Kindle to …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

Swiss Publisher Spurns ISBNs, Opts for Direct to Consumer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary When independent Swiss publisher Urs Engeler lost the financial support of his patron last year, he opted to divest himself of the traditional structures of publishing, rather than close up shop. As he recently told the Boersenblatt in an interview, staying in business meant anything but business as usual. Founded in 1995, his eponymous publishing house focuses …

Bakkers “The Twin” Wins €100,000 IMPAC Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Twin by Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won the 2010 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The prize is touted as being among the richest book prizes in the world, with €100,000 awarded to the winning author. In this case, since the book was translated, Bakker receives €75,000 and the translator, David Colmer, wins €25,000. The Twin …

A List of International Epics

In News, What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Yesterday, one hundred and six years ago, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus journeyed through the cobbled streets of Dublin. Well . . . sort of. Bloom and Dedalus are the famous characters from James Joyce’s Ulysses, the story of which takes place in Dublin on a single day — June 16, 1904. Each year on that date, fans …

A Rare Book Signing in Saudi

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats At the Virgin Megastore in Saudi Arabia, four women authors were signing copies of their newest books for devoted fans. Though this event might not seem newsworthy to many of us in established book markets, book signings are truly rare in Saudi Arabia. Signings by women…rarer still. (Of course, as with most everywhere else in the world, …

June Frankfurt Book Fair Newsletter: Argentina, China, Iran

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The June issue of the Frankfurt Book Fair newsletter was sent out today and includes a variety of articles that will interest our cosmopolitan readers, including: Guest of Honor Argentina: literary memories of the military dictatorship The “Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo” were clearly the focus of attention at the international symposium “The Culture of Memory” …

$270,000 Arabic Kid’s Lit Prize Under New Management

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature is under new management. The annual award, created in 2009 will no longer be directed by the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum. The responsibility of organizing the hefty award, worth 1 million dirhams (about $270,000), has been handed over to the United Arab Emirates Board on Books for Young People …

Why French E-books Don’t Deserve Lower VAT

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine, Pascal Fouche, bibliographer and editor of the three-volume Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses the changing definition of the book in the age of digitization, largely in favor of the argument that a lower rate of V.A.T. — 5.5.% in France — not be extended to e-books: “A book is an …