What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

Bonus Material: Founder Apabi’s Chinese Kindle Clone

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One segment of the exhibition that is likely to be of enormous interest to Western publishers visiting the Beijing International Book Fair is ebooks. Last year at the BIBF, Penguin made headlines when it became the first Western publisher to announce an ebook distribution deal for English language titles in China, and it’s likely that this year will …

German Buch News: 65,000 Ebooks Sold in Germany So Far in 09

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By Siobhan O’Leary What’s in a number? The GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), a market research and consumer insight agency, recently announced that 65,000 e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2009. Boersenblatt editor Michael Roesler-Graichen analyzes the significance of this figure, stating that most industry insiders are agnostic as to whether this should be seen as a …

German Buch News: Humorous Happiness Guide Tops 800,000 Copies Sold

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By Siobhan O’Leary Rowohlt has taken the unusual step of repackaging the latest book by “medical comedian” Dr. Eckard von Hirschhausen, the happiness guide Glück kommt selten allein…” (Luck rarely comes alone…) as a limited edition of 150,000 copies that includes a diary with quotations from the author, a set of postcards, a CD of the author reading from the …

German Buch News: No E-book for Dan Brown; Der Club Opens to Non-members

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By Siobhan O’Leary Despite the announcement in the US that Doubleday will release an e-book edition of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol simultaneously with their hardcover edition, Buchreport notes that Brown’s German publisher Lübbe has no plans to release an e-book version of the German translation. However,  Lübbe Audio will be releasing an abridged audio edition for the same price as the …

German Buch News: Berlin’s Students Launch Virtual Bookstore

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By Siobhan O’Leary A new virtual academic bookstore/library has been founded by Berlin students for students. The platform, called PaperC.de, provides free access to academic texts and can be searched by key word, author, title or ISBN. BuchMarkt reports that users can pay extra for certain services, like copying and pasting, printing pages, or marking certain passages. What’s more, it’s all completely …

Digital Distribution Means Global, Not Local

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By Andrew Savikas, vice-president, O’Reilly Media Within a few years (or sooner) more people will read the books we publish at O’Reilly Media in digital form than in print. While it won’t happen that quickly for other publishers, it will happen. That doesn’t mean that print books will go away — it just means that publishing will be about digital …

German Buch News: Free BookRix.de Hits 30,000 Users

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By Siobhan O’Leary Since its introduction last year, BookRix.de — a platform for authors and readers to publish and read free of charge — has added social networking features, added the ability to create audio books, and has made some 10,000 e-books available to read free of charge online. In addition, BookRix now offer over 8,000 e-books for free download …

Falling In and Out of Love, with E-books

In Children's, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Prior to having a child, I loved e-books. After she was born, I appreciated them even more because when I would cradle my newborn daughter in one arm, I loved that I could hold my Kindle in the other arm and flip a page with my thumb, one handed. It was convenient, it was handy. Now …