Arab, Western Publishers Have a Responsibility to Egypt

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For obvious reasons, if you want customer service this week from Kotobarabia, Egypt’s predominant e-book store, you’re out of luck. The lifting of censorship will bring a flood of new books, but it’s up to Arab and Western publishers to ensure there’s a pluralism of views. Ramy Habeeb, founder and CEO of Kotobarabia, who spoke to us from …

Barnes & Noble: From Thug to Love

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka For a long time Barnes & Noble, the United States’ largest bookstore chain, was the bully of bookselling. B&N was the bookseller whose massive expansion into superstores in the ’80s and ’90s was seen as the catalyst for the closure of numerous independent booksellers across the country. They were the booksellers who absorbed much beloved small …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

What Can Schools Do to Inspire More Literary Creativity in Children?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Over the last several years literary entrepreneurs, supported by A-list authors, have opened several imaginative creative writing centers and bookshops aimed a children and teens. Arguably, these institutions — from Dave Egger’s 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Roddy Doyle’s Fighting Words in Dublin, to Nick Hornby’s Ministry of Stories in London (as discussed in today’s lead story) …

Do Booksellers Sell Too Many Non-book Items?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at moves to stifle Parisian bouquinistes from selling non-book items. Walk into any bookstore and you’re likely to find a lot more on sale than just books? Stuffed animals, e-readers, bookends, notebooks, toys, reading glasses, and all other manner of merchandise crowd the shelves. Sometimes, it’s as much or more than half of …

Could You Run a Bookstores With Just an Espresso Book Machine?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how the University of Texas Co-op is implementing a new Espresso Book Machine to launch a publishing house and streamline textbook sales. Of course, the Co-op is not the only bookstore in the country to have such a machine. There are 36 locations where machines have been installed (according to the website …

Are Publishers Too Quick to Remainder Titles?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the increasing importance of overseas book buyers to the remainder book market. There’s no exact formula for the amount of time it takes for a title to be released, returned and remaindered, but most authors would agree that the window publishers allow a book to gain traction in the marketplace before it’s …

Is the Serendipity of Book Discovery Dead in the Age of E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Mark Mills discusses how he found the inspiration for his novel The Information Officer in book about the World War II siege of Malta he uncovered in a junk shop. What is interesting to note is that this might never have happened had we been living in a world entirely populated with e-books. …