Online Bookselling in Germany: Word-of-mouth vs. Online Search

In German Buch News by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco For a small publisher, getting titles onto bookstore shelves is a crucial challenge, to say nothing of gaining attention for them once they’re there. For customers, book buying can be an overwhelming experience. Tubuk, an online bookstore for independent publishers, aims to take the pain out of both. Independent publisher Andreas Freitag launched the German online community …

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. …