Ho Ho Humbug: Weather Delays German Overnight Book Deliveries

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary Next day delivery nationwide is standard among German book wholesalers, giving small and large brick and mortar stores alike a chance to compete with the speediness and broad selection of online retailers. In fact, medications are the only other product that German consumers can expect to receive in as short a time span. But as anyone who …

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Marleen Reimer When I think of American indie publishing, I think of Akashic Books, Graywolf Press, Grove, Melville House, Other Press, Seven Stories, the former Soft Skull Press. They might be different in scope and focus, but what they have in common is that they publish what big mainstream publishers don’t publish: books in translation, short story collections, poetry, …

Do Conglomerates Still Have Advantages Over Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the state of independent publishing in the Netherlands. One of the conclusions of the article is that, at least where Dutch publishing is concerned, bigger isn’t necessarily better. The changes at the conglomerates — perhaps most significantly, the general reduction of sales teams — have started leveling the playing field the big …

Poll: Do You Assign Individual ISBNs to Each E-book Format?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Erik Christopher looks at the various issues publishers have to face when considering whether or not to assign individual ISBNs to each and every e-book format that they publish. No consensus answer to the question has emerged, so for this week’s Publishing Perspectives poll, we wanted to know how you handle e-books and …

Is the Internet Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the pivotal role Farafina Books is playing in the changing landscape of Nigerian and African publishing. Last November, as part of African Literature Week in Oslo, Norway, Farafina owner Muhtar Bakare (pictured on the right) gave a speech in which he stated that the Internet represented Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment.” (You can read …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

When Will E-books be the Answer for Africa’s Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s story about Nigeria’s Cassava Republic suggests that e-books may be the perfect means of overcoming African publishing’s printing and distribution problems. Of course, as the publisher in the story notes, there still isn’t that much Internet penetration, but it is improving. At what point do you foresee e-books being a viable distribution channel for Africa, the …

Feeding the African Imagination: Nigeria’s Cassava Republic

In English Language by Belinda Otas

By Belinda Otas and Tolu Ogunlesi ABUJA: Nigeria may not be the ideal place to start a publishing company, but Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate were crazy enough to take a chance. In 2006 the husband-and-wife team founded Cassava Republic, a publishing house with the goal of “feeding the African imagination” through stories taken from contemporary African life. When they …

What is Preferable: Individual, Centralized or Hybrid E-book Distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story we look at the fragmented e-book distribution system in France, where numerous individual publishing houses are developing their own platforms. The government is trying to reconcile this and has recommended a centralized solution, one they claim would offer a single point of purchase and be “three to five times” less expensive than publishers handling the …

How to Fix France’s Fragmented E-distribution Platform

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers, like those in many other countries, are facing the challenge of digital distribution for e-books. Until now, French publishers have opted to distribute books individually. Hachette owns Numilog, l’Harmattan has L’Harmathèque, and Editis has built E-Plateforme. Only Flammarion, Gallimard and Le Seuil-La Martinière are collaborating and are creating their own platform, Eden-Livres. As with most …