If E-books Have No Physical Form, What Defines them as Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story James Bridle suggests, “The book — by which I mean long-form text, in any format — is not a physical thing, but a temporal one.” It is, in essence, a commitment of one’s time to having a particular experience dictated by an “author” — whomever or whatever that may be. As e-books challenge …

Survey Says: 25% of Chinese Have Read an E-Book

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Global Times of China reports on the results of the 7th National Reading Survey in China which indicated that 25% of those surveyed — some 19,000 people — have read a digital book. The survey conducted by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the department of the Chinese government that oversees books and publishing, and …

What Power Outage? North Korea’s Got E-books Too

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s a famous photograph — reproduced here — of the Korean peninsula at night as seen from space. The lower half, which is lit up light a light bulb, is South Korea; on top, in the dark, is North Korea. Despite the near constant power outages, that hasn’t stopped the North Korean government from jointing the digital …

Is the Cliche of the Culturally Insulated American a Myth?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Emily Williams looks at the question of why so few foreign writers make it into print in the US. It’s by know become well known that approximately 3% of books published in the US are translations (and I would guess that number would be significantly smaller as soon as you factor in self-published …

CES is Not a Book Fair (and Steve Jobs is No Joe Gutenberg)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka LAS VEGAS: Today is the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where more than two dozen dedicated e-reading devices are expected to be introduced. There are devices coming from the known brands, such as  iRex, Cool-ER, and Plastic Logic, and numerous newcomers. Also on the docket to be presented are several new iterations of the …

Fewer Twentysomething Readers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), revealed the percentage of 20- to 29-year-olds who “read daily” or “more than daily” dropped from 37 to 33%.  The same group, one which grew up using computer technology and the Internet consider themselves as Internet users first and readers second.

Has Owning an E-reader Changed Your Book Buying Behavior?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, author and book marketer M.J. Rose writes that her company AuthorBuzz.com, recently conducted a poll with 200 people who own e-reading devices. “Every one of them reported they were buying at least two times more books because of their e-purchases. Some reported a 300% increase,” she said. Granted, this is a small sample, …

Bonus Material: Turkey’s Perpetual Publishing Crisis

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In 2010, Istanbul, Turkey will serve as a European Capital of Culture, along with Essen, Germany and Pécs, Hungary. The selection gives the country an opportunity to show off its historical heritage, even if, according to Selçuk Altun — novelist and former executive chairman of YKY (Yapi Kredi Publications) — the current literary life is somewhat lacking. …