In Spain, Two Special Alliances Form to Tackle E-Books Head On

In Spanish World Book News by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In Spain, a pair of intriguing publishing alliances promises to bring unique digital content to Spanish readers. The first is ​​​​​​​​​​​​Unebook, a digital platform created by 62 of Spain’s university presses to digitize and sell their content.  With the help of digital distributor Publidisa , the group has created a direct-to-consumer website www.unebook.es where titles from the participating publishers …

Publishers Weekly E-book Rights Panel Focuses on the Financial

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On September 28, Publishers Weekly hosted a panel called “Know Your E-book Rights,” the first event in its fall discussion series. In Random House’s Café Auditorium, the four panelists -– Neil de Young, Executive Director, Hachette Digital; Paul Aiken, Executive Director, Authors Guild; Lloyd Jassin, attorney; and Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency –- spoke mainly on the …

Program Announced for International Supply Chain Seminar at the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Thomas Minkus

From the press release: Now in its 32nd year the International Supply Chain Seminar has become an essential event in the diaries of all publishers, distributors and booksellers who are interested in improving the effectiveness of their businesses. This year’s Seminar will continue to focus on the application of new technology to the supply chain for both traditional and digital …

B.O.B., University of Texas’ $150,000 Book Machine, Readies for Freshman Year

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• The University of Texas Co-op — the most profitable independent college bookstore in the United States — has purchased an Espresso Book Machine. The aim is to revolutionize how the store does business and interacts with the local community. • The store has launched an independent press, is looking at POD textbook solutions, working with local writers, and has plans …

Changes and Challenges in the Supply Chain

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By John Mutter of Shelf Awareness Online challenges and opportunities were major themes yesterday at the 31st International Supply Chain seminar, sponsored by Editeur and the Boersenverein. Jonathan Nowell of Nielsen Book noted that the difficult economy has led to a “huge shift in consumer spending.” While the freefall has ended, he said, “restraint characterizes consumer spending behavior.” Book sales …