Five Tips for Working with Hollywood as a Publisher or Author

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The importance of “key art,” how to work with co-agents, and whether or not to follow your gut. By Edward Nawotka For the past two days we’ve looked at the process of book discovery in Hollywood, and as discussed yesterday, how the cultures between book publishing and filmmaking are often at odds. Continuing yesterday’s conversation with Pat Walsh, former editor …

German E-books Accounted for 0.5% Revenue in 2010, Breakthrough Expected in 2011

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Publishing Perspectives staff Germany’s book market is among the top three in size in the world, though e-books remain only a small percentage of overall sales, accounting for 21.2 million Euros in revenue in 2010, or 0.5% of the total market (excluding academic books and textbooks) and just 5.4% of sales, according to a new joint study between the German …

DISCUSS: Should Bestselling Books Be Awarded Sales Certifications?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At PubCamp@SXSW, discussed in today’s feature story, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books suggested that what the book industry needs is to award sales certification status to bestselling titles. “I know how much the book industry rejects comparison with the music industry,” she said, “but wouldn’t it help customers is books were awarded something like Platinum …

How Can Games Be Used to Promote Literary Brands?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead article today, gamification is a growing trend among marketers. In one current example from the book world, Kirkus Reviews — the venerable American book review magazine — will launch beta version of a new social network trivia game with game developer Qrank at tomorrow’s PubCamp@SXSW in Austin. The trivia game will focus on literary history, …

Is There a Global Market for Indian Comics and Children’s Books?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The first annual Comic Con in India was held last weekend and, according to Andrew Dodd of Campfire Books, it was a runaway success. Homegrown stories from Indian publishers and featuring Indian heroes were especially popular. While Dodd acknowledges that the comics market in India is still “nascent,” there might be potential for Indian publishers to market …

End of Year Sales Bode Well for German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book chain Thalia reported its highest sales to date for its Oyo Reader in December, according to buchreport. The device — which reached stores in November — was one of Thalia’s top 5 bestselling products and, perhaps surprisingly, most of them were sold in-store rather than online. Thalia witnessed a corresponding increase in e-book sales, with figures …