What is Preferable: Individual, Centralized or Hybrid E-book Distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story we look at the fragmented e-book distribution system in France, where numerous individual publishing houses are developing their own platforms. The government is trying to reconcile this and has recommended a centralized solution, one they claim would offer a single point of purchase and be “three to five times” less expensive than publishers handling the …

How to Fix France’s Fragmented E-distribution Platform

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers, like those in many other countries, are facing the challenge of digital distribution for e-books. Until now, French publishers have opted to distribute books individually. Hachette owns Numilog, l’Harmattan has L’Harmathèque, and Editis has built E-Plateforme. Only Flammarion, Gallimard and Le Seuil-La Martinière are collaborating and are creating their own platform, Eden-Livres. As with most …

Should Book Fairs Mix Professionals and the Public?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at troubles bedeviling Paris’ annual Salon du Livre, the city’s premier book fair. One of the issues that has publishers kvetching is the fair’s lack of focus, which mixes professional events with the public. It’s an issue for many fairs — Frankfurt does it successfully, London doesn’t do it, BEA is thinking about …

What’s Bedeviling Paris’ Salon du Livre?

In Guest Contributors by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It should be an occasion for celebration — it’s the 30th anniversary, after all — but Paris’ Salon du Livre opens today in a climate of sniping and mudslinging. It’s “the fair we love to hate,” quipped Nicolas Gary on his literary blog, Actualitté. For years, French publishers have been complaining that the fair is neither …

French Expect E-books to Push Book Prices Down

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted in France and reported in Livres Hebdo shows that 83% of French people “ignore” fixed book prices (i.e. are not aware of them) when making purchasing decisions. In fact, they think that that brick and mortar bookstores are a more expensive sales channel in comparison to online retailers when, in reality, book prices are …

Does Turning Classics into Video Games Indoctrinate Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s a trend going on: We’re seeing more and more classics being turned into video games. Today’s lead story describes how Nintendo is planning to release 100 French language classics for their Nintendo DS handheld game machine (something they’ve already done in Japan and the UK). Earlier this month we saw the release of a video game …

French Classics à la Nintendo (With a Little Help from Gallimard)

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: On March 5th, Nintendo France will release its 100 Classic Book Collection in a deal with publisher Gallimard, becoming the third country after Japan in 2007 and the UK in 2008 to make literary classics available to read on its DS portable games consoles. Gallimard’s 25,000 title-strong backlist catalog includes a great majority of France’s best …

MacBook Sleeves & Handbags That Look Like Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Got a MacBook — like old books? You might be interested in this new BookBook MacBook cases that resemble, you got it, old books. Plus, and it’s too bad I didn’t see this before Valentines day, Paris designer Olympia Le-Tan has taken the covers of classic novels as the inspiration for her limited-edition clutches. Le-Tan says she …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …