Are Phones More Important than E-Readers to the Future of Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s headline story Hannah Johnson reports back from this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain where a variety of new devices and display technologies were introduced. For publishers in the United States, the focus for the future of e-reading has been primarily on the larger format, dedicated e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Apple …

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 …

German Smartphone Sales to Nearly Double in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Mobile Internet use is growing in leaps and bounds in Germany thanks to new devices on the market and lower monthly rates, reports the Boersenblatt. Unit sales for smartphones are expected to grow by 47% in 2010, to 8.2 million units (with sales in euros likely to grow 33%, to 1.5 billion euros), based on the tech …

The Handmade Edition and E-book Can Coexist

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past weekend I was in El Paso, Texas for the biennial Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design, a prize that honors “fine printing as art” and was this year given to Chad Pastotnik and James Dissette for their edition of Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press, 2008). Carl Hertzog was a discovery to me: It turns out 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 …

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 …