Nicholas Sparks, US Bestsellers Help Novo Conceito Race to the Front of Brazilian Publishing

In Growth Markets by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

Former motorcycle racer Fernando Baracchini only started publishing trade books in 2007, but his publishing house dominates Brazil’s bestseller lists with an array of translated imports. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues At first, Fernando Baracchini didn’t seem destined for a career in publishing. Though he grew up as scion to the Ribeirão Preto-based book chain Paraler, instead of helping his mother …

Bertelsmann Boosted By Sarrazin’s Million-copy Bestseller

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Random House parent Bertelsmann has announced its final results for 2010, the year of its 175th anniversary, showing signs nearly across the board that cost-saving measures and digital expansion are having a positive impact. Revenues for the Bertelsmann Group as a whole increased by 4.5% to €15.8 billion in 2010 and profits jumped from €35 million to …

Fallen Angels Take Berlin

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary To promote the newly released German edition of Lauren Kate’s New York Times bestselling novel Fallen (Engelsnacht in German) — a book about a teenager who falls for a fallen angel — German publisher and Random House division cbt Verlag set an unusual marketing team on the loose in Berlin last week. Five teens were professionally made …

NY Times Looks at Stieg Larsson’s Life and Legacy

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Stieg Larsson is nothing short of a phenomenon and the wait for the third volume of his popular Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, due in US stores this month the most widely anticipated book since  Harry Potter, and “the early 1840s, when [Americans] thronged the docks in New York, hailing incoming ships for …

The Best Year-End Book Lists You Never Knew Existed

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Andy Selsberg At the end of each year, our innate human itch for lists gets pretty well-scratched: best, worst, and most-seen movies, top songs, choicest quotes, most salacious scandals, hottest web memes—you name it. When it comes to books, I admit I’m often more excited about reading bestseller lists than I am about reading the bestsellers. I think …

Bestsellers and Others, What Other Book Lists Do You Want?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead editorial today, Andy Selsberg suggests a number of new book-related lists he’d like to see, ranging from “biggest advances and smallest books sold” to “the most-purchased but least-read books “ to “the ten most read and loved literary sentences.” If you’ve not read the editorial, please take a moment to do so (you won’t …

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 …