How My Mom Landed on Oprah and Launched a Publishing Career

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• Mark Garcia-Prats explains how his mother managed to raise ten sons, land on Oprah, publish three parenting books, and launch her own publishing company. • An appearance on Oprah helped get exposure for Catherine Garcia-Prats’ book Good Families Don’t Just Happen, which has sold more than 55,000 copies so far. By Mark Garcia-Prats Catherine Garcia-Prats never dreamed of writing three …

US E-book Sales top $30m in January, Matching Kids Hardcovers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perhaps fueled by people filling up the new e-readers they received over the holidays, e-book sales in January jumped a drastic 261.2% over the same period last year in the United States, according  to the most recent statistics released by the AAP. As a category e-book sales equaled that of children’s/YA hardcover book sales, which fell 41.6%, …

Lubbe Fighting Lost Symbol Piracy

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe is taking a hardline approach to piracy, particularly with regards to the audiobook version of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Das verlorene Symbol). The Waldorf Chancery in Munich — a staff of attorneys specializing in copyright law — has been asked to send out warnings to individuals who illegally download the audiobook from filesharing …

Author Cory Doctorow on Amazon vs. Macmillan

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox According to an article in The New York Times, Amazon has pulled all Macmillan books from their site (or removed the buy buttons) in response to Macmillan’s request to raise the cost of ebooks on Amazon from $10 to $15. Macmillan author Cory Doctorow wrote a piece on BoingBoing.net sees a bleak future in this fight: “[I]f one …

German Booksellers Optimistic, Shun Self Help

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book retailers are a lot more optimistic at the start of 2010 than they were a year ago. According to a survey conducted by buchreport, only 30% of booksellers are skeptical about their prospects for this year (compared to around 50% who anticipated a decline in business last year). However, publishers of non-fiction and particularly self-help …

German Buch News: October Sales Up 6.4%; Bertelsmann’s Cost-Cutting Works

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Branchen-Monitor BUCH reports that October book sales in bookstores, supermarkets and online channels were up 6.4% (bringing cumulative sales for the first ten months of the year up by 3.2%). Audiobooks experienced significant growth (+9.3%), with paperback sales improving by 8.4% over October 2008. Sales of fiction increased by a substantial 24.4% over October 2008, thanks primarily to the new titles by …

Global Trade Talk: US Online Price War; EC to Fast Track Digitization Talks; German Sales Up

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Mass market retailer Target has joined a worrisome US book price war that started last Thursday and has already reduced the price of some hot new books to a mere $8.99 per copy. As the Associated Press explains, the price cuts began when “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its Web site, walmart.com, would charge just $10, …

Global Trade Talk: Changes Coming for the Google Settlement?; Free Sci-Fi from Hachette

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka On Friday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a brief recommending that the Google Book Settlement should be rejected by the court as it does not meet copyright and anti-trust laws. “Department officials urged the settlement parties to head back to the table,” reports Publishers Weekly. “‘A properly structured settlement agreement in this case offers the potential for …

German Buch News: Book Sales Up 4% in July, Translations Up Too

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary July was another good month for the German book trade, with sales climbing 4% for book retailers, department stores, and online retailers, according to the August Branchen-Monitor BUCH newsletter, issued monthly by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association). This brought overall sales for the first seven months of 2009 up 2.5% over the …