Bookswim.com’s Top 20 Rentals

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

US Book rental service Bookswim.com offers their Top 20 rentals for the week… #1 – Safe Haven #2 – Wicked Appetite #3 – Freedom: A Novel #4 – Room: A Novel #5 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo #6 – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest #7 – I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel #8 – The Girl …

Should Publishers Raise the Price When a Book Becomes Popular?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article discusses why the publishing industry should implement dynamic pricing. Among the arguments made is that a 1% increase in price could lead to a significant hike in operating profits for publishers. One possible strategy would be to raise the price of a book as it becomes more popular. This runs counter to the traditional …

Is the Lack of Interest in Translations a Global Problem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial Chad Post makes a compelling argument for the utility of publishing both translations with the potential to be blockbuster bestsellers and those that cater to a more niche audience. Post is writing primarily with American readers in mind, with the understanding being that US publishers are largely reticent to publish translated works due to …

How to Become a Bestseller in Europe: Write in English, German, French and…Swedish?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart This may sound like an odd question to ask: Are books diverse? Sure! With hundreds of thousands of new titles published every year in the US, over 90,000 in Germany, and a “Long Tail” of millions of titles available to readers and buyers online, there are more books distributed and, arguably, read than ever before in history. That …

PW Says 2009 Bestsellers Lost Ground to the Long Tail

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PW has posted its annual analysis of the top selling book titles of the previous year, in this case, 2009. In summary, PW’s Michael Coffey noted, “bestsellers don’t sell in the numbers that they did in the past,” adding that the “numbers are rich with anecdotal surprises and bald truths.” The most telling paragraph comes toward the middle …

A “Millionaire’s Christmas” in France

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka France’s L’express newspaper rounds up 2009 sales for a variety of titles and dubs the holiday season in France the “Millionaire’s Christmas.” Dan Brown topped the list, moving 565,000 copies of The Lost Symbol. He was followed by Marie Ndiaye’s Trois femmes puissantes, which sold 450,000 copies and Anna Gavalda’s L’Echappée belle (Le Dilettante), which sold 350,000 …

Brazil’s Ten Most Talked About Titles of 2009

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ricardo Costa Last year was a great year in Brazilian publishing, which made it all the more difficult to identify the best books of 2009. I’m sure there will be a great deal of disagreement with my choices, but these are the ones I think you should read. I would have loved to include more than ten titles in …