Bonus Material: Is Delaying the E-book Version a Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sourcebooks, an independent publisher based in Chicago, made headlines earlier this year when they announced they would delay the publication of the e-book edition of Kaleb Nation’s Bran Hambric for at least six months in order to avoid online cannibalization of the print edition—or perhaps to prevent Nation’s vast online fan base from finding a way to …

Global Trade Talk: Fixed Pricing Could Be an Obstacle for International Kindle; How to Write a Great Novel

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though Amazon’s Kindle is now available in 200 countries, including Germany, many are asking what good it is if only English-language titles are available for the device. According to the Boersenblatt, negotiations are underway with publishers in Europe, but no German publisher has signed an e-book contract with Amazon at this point. Questions remain …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

Global Trade Talk: Macmillan Pushes for Lower E-book Royalties; Bookstore Numbers Down in Germany, US

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Publishers Marketplace broke the news earlier today of a new contract being pushed out by Macmillian to agents in the United States that asserts the company will only offer a 20% royalty rate for e-books, down from the typical 25% and would be applicable to “all exploitation of the content of the book in …

Bonus Material: Dates Set for Spain’s First E-book Fair

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams After e-books were explicitly excluded from the Madrid Book Fair this past June, two of Spain’s technological innovators responded by joining forces to organize the country’s first e-book fair. Bubok, an e-book and POD publisher and retailer, and e-Cultura, a consulting company and think tank that combines culture with cutting-edge technology, have announced the creation of the …

Global Trade Talk: Frankfurt Survey on E-book Pricing; BN’s Nook; Dan Brown Sales in Germany

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Buchreport asked several agents and publishers for their thoughts on e-book pricing. Joachim Jessen of the Schlück Agency noted that “e-book prices in Germany are too high”, while New York agent Andrew Wylie said that publishers should not bend to the expectations of the public or the trade. While …

German Buch News: Holtzbrinck Launches Ebooks; Wolff Gets an Apology from US

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Holtzbrinck Group, including the publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt, has announced that it will enter the e-book market — starting with around 800 titles (with plans to reach 1500 titles by the end of the year). According to the Boersenblatt, Holtzbrinck has thus far concluded agreements with Internet book retailer Buecher.de and …

German Buch News: 72% of Germans Don’t Read Bestseller Lists; eBuch Offers DIY Online Bookstores to Members

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary According to a survey conducted by the Emnid Institute for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, 72% of Germans don’t look to bestseller lists to help them decide which books to buy. Of the 27% of German’s who do look to bestseller lists for direction, most were women, and 35% of those allow lists to influence their purchases, compared …

German Buch News: Libreka’s Free E-books; Wholesalers Expand Offerings

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Libreka.de, the online book search database run by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, wants you to know that you can, in fact, get something for nothing. According to the Boersenblatt, they’ve just launched a promotion called “Download Days“, in which a selected ebooks can be downloaded free of …