English E-books Are In Demand Worldwide, Though Primarily as a Stopgap

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “I believe there is significant potential for English language e-books on the international markets,” David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group, told us last month during an interview at the Digital Book World publishing conference. “What you have to understand is there has always been demand, even in non-English speaking countries. The publishers have tried …

“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …

Canadian Government Approves Apple iBookstore

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Canadian government has approved Apple’s iBookstore Canada with some stipulations for the media giant, CBC reported on Tuesday. The iBookstore launched internationally on May 28 of this year, but only select US and public domain works were available to Canadian consumers while the government examined the cultural impact of the iBookstore. The iBookstore was approved after …

Try a Kobo eReader in your Hotel Room

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Kobo and Random House are spreading the word about e-reading to hotel guests. At 10 Fairmont Hotels locations in the USA and Canada, guests can use a Kobo eReader loaded with bestselling Random House titles by authors like Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith…all for free! Guests even get coupons off Random House titles …

A Little Slap-and-Tickle: The Double Life of Author/Bookseller Deborah Willis

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

By Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: In one of my lives, I’m a writer. This means, essentially, that I contemplate the human experience while wearing my pajamas. This writer –– let’s call her Deborah Willis––prefers to be alone. Her shoulders are hunched from bending over a notebook and her eyes are strained from the computer screen. Fortunately, there’s another me, and …

Aussies Get Kobo, Half to Buy E-Readers in Three Years

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Kobo is now available Down Under. REDgroup retail launched its Kobo ereader and e-books platform in Sydney earlier this week, reports Bookseller+Publisher. The reader is available at the group’s Borders website and priced at $199. It is is also available at Borders stores, and is expected to be available in Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls in the …

Richard Nash gives “best speech about the future of books” in Canada

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson “Assuming that the physical book is the only incarnation for the writer-reader connection is, I think, a mistake,” said Richard Nash during his presentation at the BookNet Canada conference called “Calculated Risk: Adventures in Book Publishing” on March 25 in Toronto, Canada. The crux of Nash’s presentation was about supply and demand. The current supply chain that …

Kobo UK E-Bookstore: “First of Many International Launches this Year”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Earlier this month we wondered why the UK was so far behind other countries in e-book adoption. Well, things are suddenly heating up: Kobo, the Canadian e-book company previously named Shortcovers, has launched a UK e-bookstore. At launch the company will offer some two million titles for download (no doubt a large percentage of those being public …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Will the UK Get Cheap Ebooks?; Munro Nixes Giller Prize

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony’s general manager for content and services development, Richard Palk, said that the UK would likely have to follow suit with US pricing of ebooks as the devices become more widespread in the UK. The Bookseller reports that publishers and booksellers are divided on the issue, with publishers setting prices as the same as hardcovers and while …