Do We Need Separate ISBNs per E-book per Format per Region?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Liz Bury considers the state of the ISBN debate as regards to the proliferation of e-books in various formats. The debate going on is whether or not it is necessary to issue separate ISBNs for each e-book in each format. More ISBNs mean better analytics on the retail end, but require added logistics. …

“E-book ISBN Mess Needs Sorting Out,” Say UK Publishers

In Digital, Resources by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The subject of how book digitization is affecting the future of the ISBN may not be as sexy as say pricing or sequencing issues, but it is just as important. Right now, publishers around the globe are taking different approaches to assigning ISBNs to e-books, that is if they are assigning them at all. The situation …

Stumbling on My “Dream Story” in Malta (Circa 1941)

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Mark Mills My new novel, The Information Officer, marks something of a new departure for me in that it’s a story that came about through pure chance. My previous two novels, Amagansett and The Savage Garden, are set in corners of the world that I know intimately — the South Fork of Long Island and the hills of Tuscany, respectively. …

Kobo UK E-Bookstore: “First of Many International Launches this Year”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Earlier this month we wondered why the UK was so far behind other countries in e-book adoption. Well, things are suddenly heating up: Kobo, the Canadian e-book company previously named Shortcovers, has launched a UK e-bookstore. At launch the company will offer some two million titles for download (no doubt a large percentage of those being public …

The Book That Almost Never Was: 100 Stories for Haiti

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By Greg McQueen AARTHUS, DENMARK: The book 100 Stories for Haiti — a forthcoming charity anthology with proceeds going for Haitian earthquake relief — wouldn’t have been possible five years ago. As it happened, I posted an appeal for stories on the morning of Tuesday, January, 19. Just one week after the earthquake that left over 200,000 dead. The final …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Who is to Blame for Slow E-Book Adoption in the UK?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Liz Bury documents a recent meeting of the of the digital directors group of the UK Publishers Association. It’s clear from the comments of many present that more has to be done — and fast. The UK has lagged behind the US and, I would argue, Germany in e-book adoption, be it devices …

Radical Changes Needed to Put UK E-book Strategy on Track

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury It was a curious experience listening to speakers at the recent e-books industry strategy event in London, run by the digital directors group of the UK Publishers Association. A lot of rational ideas about how to combat piracy were being talked about, like how improving access to content and enhancing the quality of experience offered to e-book …

German, UK Book Sales Drop in January

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Book sales in Germany dropped much like the temperature in January, coming in 7.8% lower than the same month last year. The results, compiled by the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag and reported in Buchreport, were attributed to a number of factors. First off, January 2010 was one shopping day shorter than January 2009 (which …