UNESCO Forum 2011: Spain Concerned About E-Piracy; Japanese Mobile E-books Hit $700m Sales in 2010

In Digital by Guest Contributor

At the UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most urgent issues facing publishing today. By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté Today we look at the markets in Spain and Japan, with Milagros Del Corral., the former Director of National Library of Spain and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Focus …

Will E-books Get Germans to Read Even More?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

E-books have expanded the number of book readers in the US, but in Germany — where they already read a great deal of books — e-books might not make such a difference. By Edward Nawotka Germany’s strong print culture and dedication to reading paper books allow publishers to sustain and maintain many of their traditional practices, even as the digital …

#BEA11: Mark Twain May Be Dead, but Print Books Aren’t

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Erin L. Cox At BEA, “The Report of My Death Was Exaggerated — Book Edition” panel did just what the Mark Twain quote did years ago: chastise the media for being too quick to decree the death of print publishing. Though it’s difficult to ignore the e-books are selling like hotcakes, three publishers and one bookseller proved that, for …

#PubNewsCheat: AMZN Gets Romantic, RH Acquires Smashing Ideas

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

A brief round-up of some of the week’s most notable publishing trade news: In the US Amazon announced the launch of a new romance books digital imprint — Montlake — which is part of their continued expansion into publishing. They are aggressively hiring in both Seattle and New York and appear to be focusing largely on genre titles. Agents are …

German Kindle Store Launches with 25K Titles

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Amazon.de announced today the official launch of the Kindle e-bookstore in Germany with 25,000 titles, including “71 of 100 Spiegel bestsellers” as well as “thousands of German classics downloadable for free.” The Kindle e-bookstore is now the largest e-bookstore in Germany. Authors available in Amazon.de’s Kindle store include Arno Geiger, Adler Olsen, Hans Fallada, Stephenie Meyer, Thilo …

E-Publishing in the UK: The Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

Despite the digital wave sweeping over publishing, some publishers are surprised at how seldom e-books are talked about at this year’s London Book Fair LONDON: As former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said (and I paraphrase) “there are known knowns, known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” London has been rife with news about e-publishing, oddly, much of it …

Bertelsmann Boosted By Sarrazin’s Million-copy Bestseller

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Random House parent Bertelsmann has announced its final results for 2010, the year of its 175th anniversary, showing signs nearly across the board that cost-saving measures and digital expansion are having a positive impact. Revenues for the Bertelsmann Group as a whole increased by 4.5% to €15.8 billion in 2010 and profits jumped from €35 million to …

What Can Publishers Do To Make E-Books Appealing as Gifts?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page believes “the challenge of gift to digital” is one of the major issues yet to be resolved in the book business. By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story about the state of the UK book market, Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page noted the increased importance of gifting for physical books and believes “the challenge of gift …

6.5 Million E-Reader Owners in the UK

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A study by Book Marketing Limited (BML) presented by Jo Henry shows that the number of adults in the UK with e-readers doubled over the holiday period — from 7% to 13%, according to the Bookseller. The study was conducted from December 25, 2010 (Christmas Day) through January 31, 2011. The Kindle is the most popular reading …