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 …

Why Smart Publishers Care About Tech Conferences

In Europe by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson PARIS: Last week’s LeWeb, the largest technology conference in Europe, attracted nearly nearly 2,400 attendees from 50 countries. Started in 2005 by Loic Le Meur (founder and CEO of Seesmic) and his wife Geraldine, it has become perhaps the premier Internet related conference in Europe and a key venue for the launch of new products and initiatives …

Report from Guadalajara’s FIL: “We’re Living in One of History’s Hinge Moments”

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka GUADALAJARA: The annual Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL)—otherwise known as the Guadalajara International Book Fair—finished up last week. Considered by many to be among the most enjoyable of all international book fairs, FIL also featured some provocative deep-thinking about the future of the publishing industry in the Americas. Publishing Perspectives spoke with John W. Warren, Director of …

German Buch News: Buecher’s Sales Up 15%; 2009 is Biggest Year Yet for Downloads; Holiday Sales Stat Correction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The head of online retailer buecher.de, Gerd Robertz, discussed November’s double-digit growth in online sales with Buchreport, adding that his own site has seen a sales bump of 15% for the year as a whole.  He also reports that monthly e-book sales for the company are in the five figure range. Germans have spent more money than …

German Buch News: Men Dominate Mobile Web Use; Thalia Adds Digital Interactivity to New Stores

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New figures on mobile Internet use in Germany have been released by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) [Working Group for Online Media Research]. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the stats, based on a survey of 59 mobile advertisers, revealed that a majority of mobile Internet users are male, young, and educated. Men comprise 60.5% of those who …

German Buch News: Sony to Launch Touch Reader in October

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary On the heels of Sony’s announcement that it will release a new touch screen wireless reader in the US in December, the Boersenblatt reports that a  new Sony reader will be available in Germany in mid-October. Priced at 299 euros, the second generation reader for Germany will feature a touch screen, search, note-taking and bookmarking functions. It …

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German Buch News: Txtr Teams with E-Plus, Ecotel for Wireless Service

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New details are starting to emerge about the Berlin-based txtr e-reader (see our coverage here), the most significant of which is that txtr will be partnering with mobile phone service providers E-Plus and Ecotel to make the txtr reader wireless. Users will be able to purchase books from the txtr bookstore via mobile phone networks anywhere and at …

Austria’s Blackbetty Tackles Arabic Ebooks for Phones

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti VIENNA: For Jörg Hotter, CEO of Blackbetty Mobilemedia GmbH, a Viennese company that creates the software to make texts readable on mobile phones, the future of publishing looks small. Specifically, he says, it will be the small screens on the 800 varieties of mobile devices currently on the market worldwide that will be the next step in …