What’s the Buzz: Merkel Concerned About Online Copyright; Schmidt Wins German Book Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka On the eve of the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she’s uncomfortable with the proposed Google Book Settlement. Speaking in her weekly video podcast, she expressed excitement about attending the Fair, while adding that “The German government has a clear position: copyrights have to be protected on the …

German Buch News: Müller and Her Publisher on Winning the Nobel

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Herta Müller has already been published in 25 languages, including English, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and French, and that number is sure to grow (and grow quickly) now that she has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Praised by the Nobel judges for depicting the “landscape of the dispossessed” with “the concentration of poetry and the frankness of …

Global Trade Talk: Is the Nobel too Eurocentric?; America Gets Film of Dragon Tattoo

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Peter Englund, the new permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy told the Associated Press that the Nobel Prize is too “Eurocentric,” noting that Europeans have won nine out of the last ten awards. The comments come just two days before the announcement, which is expected tomorrow. Could this bode well for Amoz Oz, the frontrunner? After all, …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann Founder Mohn Dies; Roth Wins Die Welt Lit Prize

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Reinhard Mohn, the post-war founder of German media giant Bertelsmann, has died at the age of 88 (as reported in a press release from the company and covered in BuchReport). Mohn was born in Gütersloh in 1921, the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann/Mohn business family, and took over the reins of his family’s printing and publishing house C. …

Finding #happiness on Twitter

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Sharon Glassman Different social media have different theme songs. By this I mean: a combo of info-pacing and density that creates a kind of silent, yet powerful tune. Linked In’s theme-song is coldly John Cage-esque. Facebook’s theme song is jarringly jam-bandish. Twitter’s theme song, by contrast is the Popcorn Song. As a book-loving, book-writing-n-writing-about person, that kind of …

Global Trade Talk: Does Indian Fiction Lack Ambition?; Dylan Thomas Prize Goes Annual

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka While much of world is enamored with Indian English-language novelists, those at home are not always so impressed. Looking at the shortlist for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, Hartosh Singh Bal expresses his discontent with the current state of Indian fiction in the most recent issue of Open magazine. He asserts that “the literature of this …

Global Trade Talk: Sony’s E-Reader Hits Prime Time; Lost Symbol Sells 2 Million; Bologna Back to Four Days

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony has launched a flashy new television ad campaign to promote its new e-reader in the US. The prime time spots features a trio of celebrities — comedienne Amy Sedaris, Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, singer Justin Timberlake — and a guy named Howard who we’re told is “aspeed reader” — sitting on a spinning dais plugging …

Bonus Material: What Can Publishers Learn from Oddsmakers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka No other country in the world has so many people betting on their top book prize as does the UK, where the annual announcement of the Booker Prize Shortlist  — released yesterday — prompts bookies to whet their pencils and scratch out odds on who will win the big prize. It’s a rich irony, for publishers themselves …

Bonus Material: More Online Money Drives Ad Innovation

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Chris Artis The money that’s being poured into online advertising has brought new innovations to the field of online advertising — everything from publishers launching full-fledged web and video sites, such as Penguin’s The Publisher’s Office, to publishers putting out iPhone apps for individual books, such as the app for Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform, which publisher …