Digital Case Study: The Mobile and E-book Market in Spain

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams This is a continuation of our Digital Case Study of Spain. Yesterday we covered publishers’ online marketing strategies. You can read that article here. Spanish-language publishers have taken their time moving into the e-book market, but that is finally changing. Using two companies as examples — small independent publisher Maevea and Random House Mondadori — we take a …

The Future in the Palm of Your Hand (Publishing at Mobile World Congress 2010)

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson and Thomas Minkus BARCELONA: On February 15, the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg predicted that in five years, there will be three billion new mobile broadband users, and by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. According to the Congress Show Daily, smartphones represented 15.4% of the …

Are Graphic Novels Ideally Suited to Digital?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Alex de Campi describes the publication of Valentine, a serialized, digital-first graphic novel that is being translated and published simultaneously in 14 languages. It’s an amazing feat, and one that makes sense when one considers the relatively small amount of text on the typical page of a graphic novel. At the same time, …

The Digital Book in Practice: Valentine’s 14 Languages, Multiple Formats, Wireless Delivery

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Alex de Campi BROOKLYN: Imagine a graphic novel series, released every month simultaneously in 14 languages and across all major wireless platforms (Kindle, e-Reader, Android phone, iPhone), hopefully soon via the Web and, eventually, in collected print editions. Every month, you pay 99 cents and get 70-75 screens of action, adventure and suspense. In its first fortnight after launch, in …

What’s the Buzz: Working with Netbook Makers; LeWeb Starts Tomorrow; Mediabistro Launches E-book Newsletter

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson On Teleread, David Rothman poses an interesting question: Should publishers form relationships with netbook makers like Hewlett-Packard? Rothman believes that more consumers will be trying out e-books in the coming year on netbooks, not dedicated e-readers. Year-to-date sales of netbooks have grown by 264%, and if prices continue to drop, publishers might want to consider ways they …

Global Trade Talk: Borders UK Closing; Moody’s Twitter Story, Germany’s iPhone App Association

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Black Friday had a different ring in the UK, where The Independent is reporting that the closing of Borders UK’s 45 stores may account for as many as 1,150 job losses.  The Bookseller states that the going-out-of-business sales at the stores will begin tomorrow. Meanwhile, in The Observer, Rachel Cooke says that she doesn’t …

German Buch News: October Sales Up 6.4%; Bertelsmann’s Cost-Cutting Works

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Branchen-Monitor BUCH reports that October book sales in bookstores, supermarkets and online channels were up 6.4% (bringing cumulative sales for the first ten months of the year up by 3.2%). Audiobooks experienced significant growth (+9.3%), with paperback sales improving by 8.4% over October 2008. Sales of fiction increased by a substantial 24.4% over October 2008, thanks primarily to the new titles by …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

German Buch News: Read a Mystery and Learn German, Amazon.de Breaks Embargo on Raunacht

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Read a murder mystery and learn some German in the process. That’s the idea behind Cornelsen Verlag’s latest iPhone and iPod Touch app, produced in collaboration with textunes, for the book Liebe bis in den Tod (Love Unto Death). According to BuchMarkt, the app is part text and part audio book. It features interactive exercises, definitions, and …

German Buch News: IBM’s E-Readiness Rankings; Falks Travel iPhone Apps

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In IBM’s latest “e-readiness” rankings, measuring the quality and effectiveness of information and communication technology in the world’s largest economies, Germany has landed at number 17 — three spots lower than last year, reports BuchMarkt. However, when it comes to the specific categories of innovation and e-business development, Germany ranks among the leaders. Denmark, Sweden and the …