CES is Not a Book Fair (and Steve Jobs is No Joe Gutenberg)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka LAS VEGAS: Today is the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where more than two dozen dedicated e-reading devices are expected to be introduced. There are devices coming from the known brands, such as  iRex, Cool-ER, and Plastic Logic, and numerous newcomers. Also on the docket to be presented are several new iterations of the …

Chika Unigwe on the Streets of Antwerp

In Europe by Belinda Otas

By Belinda Otas TURNHOUT, BELGIUM: “I think what I hoped they would get from it is the same thing that I got from the girls; which was, basically, some of us can’t afford to have shame,” says Afro-Belgian author Chika Unigwe, whose second novel On Black Sisters’ Street, a chronicle of the lives of four African women (three Nigerian and a …

Why Sony is Losing the E-Reading Race

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last week, Steve Haber, President of Sony’s Digital Reading Business, has proven why Sony is lagging behind in the digital publishing and e-reading race.  Both at Mediabistro’s eBook Summit and again on the Huffington Post, he called for publishers to “Make your content more interactive” and stated “It’s time for the publishing industry to join them …

What’s Hot in Romance? E-books, Baby!

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Lori James PALM HARBOR, FL: Digital publishing is a popular topic at the moment, and it should be. During a time when our overall world-wide economy is struggling, digital sales are up, way up. The top selling genre? Romance. At AllRomance.com we’re carefully watching this rapidly shifting market. With over 30,000 romance titles, and close to $3 million in …

German Buch News: Ciando/Claudio Team-up; Online X-mas Shoppers Growing; More Google Settlement Reaction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary E-book provider ciando and online audio book retailer Claudio.de are joining forces to offer a broader portfolio to their customers, reports BuchMarkt. ciando’s database of e-books now consists of 35,000 titles from 450 publishers, which will now also be available on Claudio.de. In exchange, Claudio’s 10,000 audio books from 250 publishers will now also be available in …

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 …

French Books en force

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers have weathered the economic downturn comparatively well, and this fall a total of 659 French and foreign novels were published for the inescapable rentrée littéraire (literary season). Many of the books being presented here at Frankfurt have already made the long or shortlist of the numerous French literary prizes that will be announced at the …

Bonus Material: Advice for Frankfurt Newbies

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sarah MacLachlan, not the singer, but the president of Toronto publisher House of Anansi, is a Frankfurt Book Fair vet. In preparing for this year’s Fair, she shared this simple, straightforward advice for newbies: First and foremost, wear comfortable shoes. Take a raincoat and/or an umbrella, and for women, a scarf — that’s always going to get you around, …

German Buch News: 72% of Germans Don’t Read Bestseller Lists; eBuch Offers DIY Online Bookstores to Members

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary According to a survey conducted by the Emnid Institute for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, 72% of Germans don’t look to bestseller lists to help them decide which books to buy. Of the 27% of German’s who do look to bestseller lists for direction, most were women, and 35% of those allow lists to influence their purchases, compared …