Toshiba to Launch an E-book Store

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Toshiba is set to launch a new e-book store in the next few weeks, reported TeleRead. Powered by Blio, the new Book Place site will offer current bestsellers, along with cookbooks, travel guides, children’s books, and textbooks. From the press release: “Toshiba Book Place will offer you a full-color, 3-D, interactive reading experience – powered by Blio, …

Your Book as a Database: A Primer

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

  By Chris Kubica Read Part Two and Part Three of this article on our news blog. Imagine the future of books not as physical objects, but as relational databases… Autobiographies, written in semi-real-time as the authors live their lives Massively multi-reader “Choose Your Own Adventure”-like role-playing books where everyone’s choices shape the story Serialized novels, like David Copperfield, only …

How Digital Technology Turbocharges Traditional Education

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ron Mobed, Cengage Learning We can all agree that technology is sweeping across the educational frontier like a wildfire. Many say digital innovations transform the relationships between instructors and students, students and learning material, and students and their peers. More important, the correct use of technology, together with high-quality content, pedagogy and instruction, offers a dramatic improvement in …

Feeding the African Imagination: Nigeria’s Cassava Republic

In English Language by Belinda Otas

By Belinda Otas and Tolu Ogunlesi ABUJA: Nigeria may not be the ideal place to start a publishing company, but Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate were crazy enough to take a chance. In 2006 the husband-and-wife team founded Cassava Republic, a publishing house with the goal of “feeding the African imagination” through stories taken from contemporary African life. When they …

Volcano Threatens London Book Fair’s Digital Day

In Guest Contributors by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury By now it’s well known that plumes of volcanic ash from an eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland have drifted across the Atlantic to cover Europe at high altitude. The ash is damaging to aircraft engines and the UK National Air Traffic Service announced that all the country’s airports have been shut down until at …

German Court Stops RapidShare Book Downloads, Threatens Fines and Jail time

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Several of the largest textbook companies in the world, including Bedford, Freeman & Worth; Cengage Learning; Elsevier; the McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson; and John Wiley & Sons — have won a preliminary injunction in Hamburg, Germany against Swiss-basd filesharing Web site RapidShare, preventing the service from distributing copies of some 148 of the company’s titles. In a report …

Frogs in a Well: Literary Life in North Korea

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka North Korea is without a doubt among the most mysterious of countries, which begs the question: What kind of literary life is there in North Korea? The answer — according to two new books about the country, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick (Spiegel & Grau) and The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers (Melville House) — is nothing …

Career Reinvention for Publishing Professionals

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Andrew R. Malkin NEW YORK CITY: Fifteen years ago, after I already had spent ten years in trade book publishing with three major houses, I thought I had figured out my dream destination: a marketing manager spot under the tutelage of Carl Lennertz, at Knopf.  I had held two field sales positions for the Knopf Publishing Group in what …

The Internet is Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment”

In Growth Markets by Tolu Ogunlesi

By Tolu Ogunlesi “There are lively publishing enterprises in different areas of Africa that are not formalized in the European sense. But they exist, they are not cataloged, [they] don’t have ISBN numbers… there’s no systemic way of tracking and engaging these enterprises…” said Muhtar Bakare, founder of Kachifo Limited, an independent literary publishing house in Lagos, Nigeria, during a …

Omniprom Report on the Mexican Book Industry

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Marcelino Elosua, President of LID Editorial Empresarial, directed and published a report on the Mexican Publishing Industry released during the recent Guadalajara International Book Fair. The report focused on trends in publishing, distribution, book selling, and reading. While 229 publishers are active in Mexico, only 12 are considered large publishers with more than 200 million pesos (US$15.7 million) in sales …