Name Your “Lost” Books

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the phenomenon of the bookseller who is frustrated at not being able to deliver the books that his customer is asking for — some obscure, some rather well-known, but for some reason, unavailable for purchase. These aren’t necessarily books that haven’t been translated. On the contrary, they are often available in an English …

Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …

Will E-books Catch on Faster in the BRIC Countries than the US or Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of Gato Sabido, Brazil’s first e-bookstore. And in addition, news has been coming fast and furious in recent months about the launches or impending launches of e-bookstores across the BRIC countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia). But the question remains to just what extent readers in those countries are willing to embrace …

Brazil's First E-bookstore Opens for Business

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa RIO DE JANIERO: On December 15, Brazil’s first e-bookstore — Gato Sabido (Smart Cat) — opened for business, offering approximately 400 titles in Portuguese. “The Gato Sabido is going to work on every step of the e-book process, from conversion to sales,” says Carlos Eduardo Ernanny, company founder and CEO. The new company plans to offer 30,000 …

Will Books Get Even Cheaper in 2010?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses how the remainder book market continues to be robust, despite a relatively depressed global economy. It’s only reasonable that people would search for bargains when the money is tight. It’s also one of the reasons that Amazon, Wal-Mart and others started a brief price war in November, one that saw the price of …

Bookseller Sues Amazon for Thwarting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Buchhandlung Schopf, a small bookstore in the town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany, was fed up with customers strolling in brandishing printouts from Amazon.de touting cheaper prices and took Amazon to court, alleging the online retailer is ignoring Germany’s fixed book price laws. The bookstore’s owner, Dietrich Wienecke, began sending warnings to Amazon as far back as …

Lessons from the Rick Moody Twitter Project

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Andy Hunter, Editor-in-Chief, Electric Literature Earlier this month, twenty co-publishers joined Electric Literature in using Twitter to publish Rick Moody’s “Some Contemporary Characters,” a short story written for the medium in 153 bursts of 140 characters or less. Our goal was to create a conversation, agitate for literature, and expand the readership for Moody’s story. It was an inclusive …

Are Prepub Reviews Irrelevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the demise of Kirkus Reviews, former Kirkus managing director Jerome Kramer asks “whether the industry still needs advance reviews the way it used to?” Kirkus was known among the major journals that published pre-pub reviews—Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist—as the “mean” one. Kirkus didn’t sugarcoat its reviews, which may, in the …

The Bookseller Who Balked at Black Friday

In English Language, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CAMBRIDGE: Last Thursday—Thanksgiving Day in the United States—Lorem Ipsum Books, an independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced what they called a “new Black Friday Shopping tradition”: The Anti-Sale. “In this special, one-day only event, the bookstore with 19,000+ gently used books will be offering none of them for sale at a discount,” said Matt Mankins, the store’s …