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 …

Brazilian Book Market Grows to Nearly $2bn, Led by Growth in Trade and STM

In Growth Markets by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

For expanded coverage of the Brazilian book market, visit our new site and newsletter — PublishNews Brazil — powered by Publishing Perspectives. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues, PublishNew Brazil The Brazilian publishing market continues to exhibit modest growth. According to the most recent figures released by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Publishers Union (SNEL), the total market was …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

6.5 Million E-Reader Owners in the UK

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A study by Book Marketing Limited (BML) presented by Jo Henry shows that the number of adults in the UK with e-readers doubled over the holiday period — from 7% to 13%, according to the Bookseller. The study was conducted from December 25, 2010 (Christmas Day) through January 31, 2011. The Kindle is the most popular reading …

Android Becomes Top Smartphone Platform Worldwide

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Often, publishers and content creators develop for Apple devices first, and then think about expanding development to the Android, Blackberry and other mobile platforms. However, a new report from tech industry analysis firm Canalys shows that Android and Nokia’s Symbian platforms have shipped more devices worldwide. In 2011, as competition heats up in the mobile sphere both …

Bold Predictions: Half of US Publishers Expect E-books to Be Dominant Format by 2014

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: Facts and figures about the e-book business remain elusive. So anyone who can provide some concrete data is a welcome guest at any publishing conference. On Tuesday, James McQuivey, a research analyst at Forrester, served up several intriguing data points as part of the Digital Book World conference taking place in New York this week. Forrester’s …

No Surprise: US is 75% of Global E-Reader Market, Apple & Amazon Dominate, Says IDC Study

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US-based Apple and Amazon are the leading global vendors of tablet computers and e-readers, respectively, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, published by International Data Corporation (IDC). Pandigital and Barnes & Noble have lapped Sony to become the #2 and #3 global vendor of e-readers. Sony is neck and neck with Chinese-producer Hanvon in distributing …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

German Book Title Production Drops 7% in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New releases in Germany in 2010 were once again heavily weighted toward fiction titles, which accounted for an overall share of 70% of new titles published (up from 66% in 2009). However, overall title production was down 7% compared to 2009 and 9% compared to the long-term average. According to buchreport, a total of 5431 new titles …

Just 7% of Publishers Enhancing E-books, Among Findings in New Aptara E-book Survey

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Digital service provider Aptara released the second in a series of surveys tracking the development of the e-book market. This new survey covered some 600 publishers across trade, professional and education markets. Dev Ganesan, Aptara’s President and CEO, noted in the press release about the survey, “With a desire to meet the growing expectations of digitally-savvy readers, …