German Buch News: Sales up 14.7%, Online up 30%; Springer Goes POD for Paperbacks; Humann of Carlsen Verlag is Publisher of the Year

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Sales in the book trade were up 14.7 percent on the first Saturday of the official holiday shopping season in Germany compared to the same day last year, reports the Borsenblatt. Online booksellers announced an increase of up to 30%. Market research firm Media Control GfK International provided the figures to the Börsenblatt and …

A Tale of Two Cookbooks: The Fancy and the Foul-mouthed

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Dennis Abrams and Edward Nawotka There are, essentially, just two different kinds of cookbooks. The first is what can indelicately be called “food p*rnography.” It depicts food that one wants to make but knows is virtually impossible to replicate in a home kitchen, food that exists only in restaurants and one’s fantasies. The second kind of cookbook is the one you …

Global Trade Talk: Limited Edition Sony Reader; Bookstore Sales Down; German Business Climate Up

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin Cox and Siobhan O’Leary The Bookseller reports that Random House has partnered with Sony to create an exclusive limited edition Reader Pocket Edition for James Patterson. Reasoning behind the deal comes from Jonathan Davis, digital publisher at Random House, who said: “The bundle of a limited edition device plus exclusive content make for a distinctive and ideal Christmas …

A Cautionary Tale about POD

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Joanne Gail Johnson PORT-OF-SPAIN: In the Caribbean, we struggle, like other people around the globe, for increased media autonomy and international participation on our own terms. A long, long, long time ago, before I was a published author, when my childhood love of books was being nourished in Trinidad on the imported imaginings of Dr. Seuss rhyme and Enid …

The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Jake Adelstein TOKYO: The Japanese mafia, better known as the yakuza, has been the subject of fan magazines for decades. These magazines serve as de-facto trade periodicals for a world of vicious, autocratic thugs, men who are handy with swords and guns, sport full-body tattoos, deal in illegal contraband and laundered money, and rip off the general public; all …

LibreDigital Promises Fidelity for Digital Pubs

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AUSTIN: “As a human being who reads, we are moving into a world where people don’t make a distinction between how they read,” says Bob Carlton, vice president of marketing for LibreDigital, an Austin, Texas tech company that provides digitization solutions for publishers. “Information is all complex content with images—and it must be reusable across all formats …

What Can Book Publishing Learn from Online Gaming?

In Feature Articles by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury What can book publishers learn from online games developers? More than you might think. Book publishers consider a book’s ability to evoke emotions in the reader as one of its special qualities. Games publishers think along the same lines. Book publishers value books for the way they transport the reader to another world, enabling them to inhabit another life. …

Tough Times, But Europe Is Coping Best: The Global Publishers Ranking Report

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Pearson is the largest conglomerate in publishing, with a turnover of over five billion euros, and all but three of the top 10 publishing businesses are European, according to the recently released 2009 Global Ranking of World Publishing, which lists and assesses the world’s top 52 publishing conglomerates. Now in its third year, the ranking was started …

“Piracy Isn’t Really an Issue:” STM in the Digital Age

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Digital publishing is a huge focus of the Fair this year, yet no one is further along that road than the STM publishers. At yesterday’s STM Frankfurt Conference entitled “Surviving Our Mid-Life Crisis: Forward from Forty,” Science, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishers discussed the already successful tools they use for reaching users digitally while also illustrating …