UNESCO Forum 2011: Spain Concerned About E-Piracy; Japanese Mobile E-books Hit $700m Sales in 2010

In Digital by Guest Contributor

At the UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most urgent issues facing publishing today. By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté Today we look at the markets in Spain and Japan, with Milagros Del Corral., the former Director of National Library of Spain and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Focus …

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 …

Are You Working on a Publishing Project for Japanese Charity?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature story discusses 2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake, which is just one of many charity and inspiration books being published to aid Japanese charities. Several publishers have books in the works. Tell us about yours or about another project aimed at benefiting the Japanese people in the wake of the disaster.

Japanese Publishing Post-Earthquake: Inspiration and Survival Books Are Top Priority

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Friday, April 15, marked the five week anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that swamped north east Japan, destroying 30 bookstores, damaging several nuclear power plants, and forcing the rest of the country into rolling electrical blackouts. To mark the anniversary, Jim Bonner, director of UK e-book publisher Enhanced Editions, organized a “Read for Japan” …

Dryas Donates Proceeds From Travel Book to Japan Relief

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In an almost prescient move, German publisher Dryas Verlag has spent the last year donating 50 cents from every sale of the book Schattenläufer und Perlenmädchen – Abenteuer Alltag in Japan to the Japanese chapter of Doctors Without Borders to be used in the event of an earthquake. In light of the tragic events of the past week, publisher …