ISBNs and E-books: The Ongoing Dilemma

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Should publishers assign a unique ISBN for each e-book format of each title they publish, and what are the implications either way? • There is no consensus of what is the best practice, but one thing is clear: you need to make the decision yourself and not leave it up to someone else. By Erik Christopher ST. CLOUD, MN: …

Barnes & Noble’s Patricia Arancibia Hunts for International E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams For Patricia Arancibia, Manager of International Content at US bookseller Barnes & Noble’s Digital Group, the e-book revolution is all upside. A native of Buenos Aires who moved to New York a decade ago, Arancibia started out at B&N buying international titles in print, primarily in Spanish, for the company’s online store. While selling these titles online …

Self-Publish with Apple, Call Free Using Google, Discover the Internet of Things

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Welcome to our Tech Digest with cool updates from the world of digital innovation. Self-Publish iBooks with Apple iWork Update On Thursday this week, Apple released its iWork update (iWork is basically Apple’s version of Microsoft Office) which includes a new feature in its word-processing program, Pages, that allows users to create ePub files compatible with Apple’s …

Bookrix Self-pub Site Goes Mobile

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BookRix.de — a free social media community of authors, readers and publishers that allows authors to self-publish their work online — has now launched a mobile site (mobile.bookrix.de) featuring more than 25,000 e-books available for free download. The books are available in EPUB format, searchable by keyword and broken down into 55 categories, ranging from novels to …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

“E-book ISBN Mess Needs Sorting Out,” Say UK Publishers

In Digital, Resources by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The subject of how book digitization is affecting the future of the ISBN may not be as sexy as say pricing or sequencing issues, but it is just as important. Right now, publishers around the globe are taking different approaches to assigning ISBNs to e-books, that is if they are assigning them at all. The situation …

Global Trade Talk: Sweden’s Publit Aims for POD; Interview with Tin Drum Translator; Danish Retailer Won’t Stock Symbol

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Is this the birth of a booming Swedish e-book market? The epub blog reported that a Swedish company called Publit has challenged itself with making all of Sweden’s out-of-print books (or böker, the Swedish word for books) available to readers using Print on Demand. “Considering that 95% of all Swedish books ever in existence are now out …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Bookstore Sales Up for First Time in 09

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “For the first time this year, bookstore sales rose in June, increasing 3.4% compared to June 2008, to $1.10 billion,” but “for the first six months of 2009 were down 2.7% compared to the first half of 2008, with sales falling to $7.41 billion,” reports Publishers Weekly. Sony has announced it will convert its e-bookstore to the ePub format …