Money For Nothing, And Your Pics For Free

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

• E-books are finally embracing color images, but how much should you pay for them? Op-Ed by Gwyn Headley, Managing Director, FotoLibra When e-readers first made their appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair a decade ago, they caused a sensation. We held the future of publishing in our hands. A lo-res page of black Times New Roman on a grey …

Do Booksellers Sell Too Many Non-book Items?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at moves to stifle Parisian bouquinistes from selling non-book items. Walk into any bookstore and you’re likely to find a lot more on sale than just books? Stuffed animals, e-readers, bookends, notebooks, toys, reading glasses, and all other manner of merchandise crowd the shelves. Sometimes, it’s as much or more than half of …

In Argentina, E-books Are Sexy! (But You Can’t Find Them Anywhere)

In Guest Contributors by Octavio Kulesz

• Publishers and readers across Argentina are talking about e-books — and their relative scarcity • Digital entrepreneurs are hard at work, but the market has a great deal of ground to make up before it catches America or Europe. By Julieta Lionetti BUENOS AIRES: Buenos Aires has a coffee-shop culture similar to that of Vienna or Paris, making it easy to stumble upon people …

Hanvon Begins Publishing Japanese Ebooks in China

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka A report in the Daily Yomiuri reports that “Tokyo-based media firm Creek & River Co. has signed a contract to supply content to Hanvon Technology Co., the largest producer of e-book readers in China.” Creek & River plans to focus on Japanese titles from “small and mid-sized publishing firms and individuals, including comics, novels and magazine articles” starting …

California Coffeehouses and Book Culture

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The bans on computers that are becoming more prevalent in California cafés and coffeehouses are often extended to e-readers, reported eBookNewser this morning. In an effort to keep out squatters, many cafes in the state have disabled free Wi-Fi, given out time-sensitive Wi-Fi passwords, or even covered electrical outlets to keep traffic moving and keep space at …

Hong Kong is Eager to Follow the Fashion of Mobile Reading

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao Reading e-books on Kindle-like e-readers is out of fashion, according to various reports from the 21st Hong Kong Book Fair which was held from 21st to 27th July, 2010. Mobile is the new e-reading platform of choice. Like the Paris Salon du Livre, the annual Hong Kong Book Fair is mainly for the local public to buy …

Getting NOOKy: B&N Encourages Students to Study with E-textbooks

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Just in time for back-to-college, Barnes & Noble announced today the August 2010 release of NOOKstudy, a free software application designed to help students use and manage all of their electronic resources and study aids. Despite the name, the application is for computers -– no Nook required. The new NOOKstudy will allow students to organize their class …

Is the Focus on Devices and Not Readers a Big Mistake?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing media cloud has been obsessed with the introduction of new reading devices. For example, just yesterday, a flurry of posts announced the news of price drops for the Kindle and the Nook (Yes, naturally, we too reported on it). As our lead story today outlines, this same enthusiasm for gadgets seems to have infected publishing …