German Buch News: Berlin’s Students Launch Virtual Bookstore

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

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 …

Bonus Material: The Size (of Your E-Book Store) Doesn’t Matter

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It has seemed like every week this summer there has been a new announcement about a large quantity of titles being added to one e-bookstore or another. Whether it’s Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony or Google, the message has been consistent: “My e-book store is bigger!”, “No, my e-book store is bigger!” It’s a bit like children …

Bonus Material: Spain’s First Ebook Fair Set for November

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID: After ebooks were explicitly excluded from the Madrid Book Fair this past June, two of Spain’s technological innovators have joined forces to organize the country’s first ebook fair. Bubok, an ebook 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 …

German Buch News: Books are #3 in Online Shopping Popularity

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By Siobhan O’Leary A recent survey conducted by Bitkom (the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media), published in the Boersenblatt, reveals that books are the third most popular products purchased online. Plane and train tickets were first, while concert tickets came in second. According to Bitkom, 35% of those surveyed have purchased a book online. Music landed …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Comic-Con, Random vs. UK Agents

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka San Diego Comic-Con International dominated the blogs and the Web over the weekend. We’ll have a report out in a few days. In the meantime it’s worthwhile checking out PW’s coverage, where Calvin Reid noted that the first day of the show was “strangely subdued, despite being packed with fans,” and “the biggest announcements focused on digital …

German Buch News: Are Printed Maps a Thing of the Past?

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By Siobhan O’Leary German publishers may soon realize that the printed map is a thing of the past. According to Buchreport’s latest figures, sales of printed maps declined 21% in mid-2008 and have dropped another 4.6% since this time last year. With more readers turning to the Internet for travel information and more travelers carrying around navigation systems in their …

Austria’s Blackbetty Tackles Arabic Ebooks for Phones

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti VIENNA: For Jörg Hotter, CEO of Blackbetty Mobilemedia GmbH, a Viennese company that creates the software to make texts readable on mobile phones, the future of publishing looks small. Specifically, he says, it will be the small screens on the 800 varieties of mobile devices currently on the market worldwide that will be the next step in …