Global Trade Talk: NYPL’s 500,000 Books on Demand; China’s Big Media Ambitions; Lost Symbol in Spanish

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka On Friday, The New York Public library announced that it is offering half a million of its public domain titles on demand, via digital service provider Kirtas. What’s new about the model is that the library won’t have the book digitized, until a copy has actually been purchased in advance. “ New technology has allowed the Library …

Global Trade Talk: PRISA Sells 25% of Santillana; Spanish Group Suspends Google Deal

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The PRISA Group, owner of Spain’s third largest publishing group Santillana, has been struggling with debt problems since the financial crisis took hold a year ago and on Monday agreed to sell a 25% stake in Santillana to pay off part of its burden.  The agreement values Santillana at $1.45 billion, with DLJ South American Partners, a …

Global Trade Talk: Sony’s E-Reader Hits Prime Time; Lost Symbol Sells 2 Million; Bologna Back to Four Days

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony has launched a flashy new television ad campaign to promote its new e-reader in the US. The prime time spots features a trio of celebrities — comedienne Amy Sedaris, Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, singer Justin Timberlake — and a guy named Howard who we’re told is “aspeed reader” — sitting on a spinning dais plugging …

What’s the Buzz: Digital Pub Insights; Free Downloads

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Twittered and blogged about from every corner of the internet yesterday, the Kindle version of The Lost Symbol is outselling the hardcover version on Amazon.com despite the retailer’s hardcover discount of nearly 50%. Publishers have been reluctant in the past to release ebook and hardcover versions simultaneously because they …

Global Trade Talk: Dan Brown, What Else?

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reports that in the UK, Waterstone’s will open two hours early to sell the only 200 signed copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol shipped to the UK. Waterstone’s is also staging a stunt at their London store by having World Champion Speed Reader Anne Jones become the first person in the UK (besides employees …

What’s the Buzz: Flaws in Google Book Search, Dan Brown Videos, China’s Bestsellers

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Adding to the pervasive anti-Google rhetoric, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the failings of Google’s Book Search, particularly with regards to metadata. He said, “the book search’s metadata are a train wreck: a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.” (via @ColumbiaUP) As Dan Brown hysteria mounts, one UK publisher …

What’s the Buzz: What’s on Scribd, Dan Brown Fever, Digital Textbooks Take Off?

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I’ve become fascinated with all the things people have uploaded onto Scribd.com. Want to read and comment on a rough draft of your favorite author’s work-in-progress? Need the lecture notes from your biology class? Or maybe the instruction manual for your toaster oven? Look no further than Scribd! Some content is free, but Scrib also sells ebooks …