All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …

Deutsche Telekom/Ciando Partnership Says “Game On” to German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary It’s “game on” — or is that “books on” — in Germany when it comes to the e-book market. Sensing an opportunity to broaden its customer base given last year’s marked increase in e-book sales, German e-book retailer Ciando.de has teamed up with German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom to launch a second e-book platform called BooksOn.de. The …

French Expect E-books to Push Book Prices Down

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted in France and reported in Livres Hebdo shows that 83% of French people “ignore” fixed book prices (i.e. are not aware of them) when making purchasing decisions. In fact, they think that that brick and mortar bookstores are a more expensive sales channel in comparison to online retailers when, in reality, book prices are …

Switzerland Debates Details of Reinstated Fixed Price Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Switzerland’s Council of States will be meeting on March 2nd to discuss the upcoming reinstatement of the country’s fixed book price law. According to buchreport, the law could be adopted as early as March 19th and the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verlegerverband (SBVV – Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association) sees only a couple of drawbacks in the draft …

Amazon May “Capitulate” to Macmillan’s Demands

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The battle may already be over in the burgeoning saga of Amazon v. Macmillan (standing in for the rest of the publishing world) which saw Amazon stop sales of Macmillan titles after the publisher told Amazon it wanted to change it’s terms of business, moving to an agency model. On Sunday Amazon posted a letter to its …

E-books Should Be Like Television (And Other Ideas from Digital Book World)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “E-books should be like television,” said literary agent Larry Kirshbaum, founder of LJK Literary Management, at the first annual Digital Book World conference held in New York this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The former publisher-turned-agent offered a vision of e-books that resembles the way a television works, where you can turn on a Nokia device in Finland, …

Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kassia Krozser In an earlier piece for Publishing Perspectives, “‘E’ is for Experimentation,” Guy Le Charles Gonzalez makes the point that industry fetishists tend to salivate over bright and shiny things — and honestly, who among us hasn’t ascribed magical properties to the Apple Unicorn, due to be announced this week? Gonzalez thinks 2010 will be a year of …

Is $0.99 the Fair Price for a Poem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead article today, PoetrySpeaks.com is a place for poets to gather online, for readers to browse new work, and a place for poets to make a little money for their effort. The site allows poets to sell individual poems much the same way a band might offer a single for sale on iTunes, …

Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …