“Millions of people now own Kindles”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Millions of people now own Kindles. And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books — free Kindle books would make the number even higher. It’s been an exciting 27 months.” The statement was made by  Jeff …

Harvard Biz Seeks Executive Access via Amazon

In What's the Buzz by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Harvard Business Review Press filled us in a bit further on their reasons for partnering with Amazon to launch its Short Cuts series — digital editions of chapters from some of their popular business titles, sold in the shorter format to appeal to busy business readers (as discussed on Monday). Group Publisher Josh D. Macht cites the press’s …

Is Territorial Copyright Defensible in the Age of E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The instant and virtually frictionless digital distribution of e-books is posing a real challenge to the enforcement of territorial copyright. As discussed in our lead article today, English language e-books are in demand all over the globe. But that demand is likely to put US, UK and even Australian publishers in conflict over territorial copyright. The answer …

E-books Should Be Like Television (And Other Ideas from Digital Book World)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “E-books should be like television,” said literary agent Larry Kirshbaum, founder of LJK Literary Management, at the first annual Digital Book World conference held in New York this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The former publisher-turned-agent offered a vision of e-books that resembles the way a television works, where you can turn on a Nokia device in Finland, …

Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kassia Krozser In an earlier piece for Publishing Perspectives, “‘E’ is for Experimentation,” Guy Le Charles Gonzalez makes the point that industry fetishists tend to salivate over bright and shiny things — and honestly, who among us hasn’t ascribed magical properties to the Apple Unicorn, due to be announced this week? Gonzalez thinks 2010 will be a year of …

Is Giving Too Much Away A Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For a long while now publishers have released sample chapters online to give readers a sense of what a book might be like. You can have them e-mailed to you, download them, or browse for them on the Web. Then there’s Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature and others that allow you to “browse” the flaps and opening of …

Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

Is $0.99 the Fair Price for a Poem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead article today, PoetrySpeaks.com is a place for poets to gather online, for readers to browse new work, and a place for poets to make a little money for their effort. The site allows poets to sell individual poems much the same way a band might offer a single for sale on iTunes, …

Can Poetry Turn a Profit Online?

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Mark Garcia-Prats Even for a poetry lover, PoetrySpeaks.com (PS) can be overwhelming. The site features poetry blogs, weekly highlighted poets, and — perhaps of most importance — a fully-searchable archive of poems (available to purchase in both text and audio format). There’s also a poetry book store and a forum to post and view video of poetry performances. The …