UK’s Waterstone’s Pins Hopes on aNobii “Social Bookselling” App

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

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By Marleen Reimer When I think of American indie publishing, I think of Akashic Books, Graywolf Press, Grove, Melville House, Other Press, Seven Stories, the former Soft Skull Press. They might be different in scope and focus, but what they have in common is that they publish what big mainstream publishers don’t publish: books in translation, short story collections, poetry, …

Timo Boezeman on Guiding Dutch Publisher A.W. Bruna into the Digital Future

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By Ashley Mabbitt • Timo Boezeman’s career reflects the broader changes in the publishing landscape. A former Web consultant, he is responsible for developing the digital publishing strategy — as well as acquiring non-fiction titles — for A.W. Bruna, Holland’s largest publisher. • While Europe has lagged somewhat behind the US and Asia in implementing digital publishing, Boezeman believes “with introduction …