B&N’s NOOKBooks en Español Gives US Retailer Unique Position in Global E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

  By Emily Williams There has been a lot of talk about digital content in Spanish-language publishing over the past three years, and publishers have started the e-book ball rolling with major digitization and e-distribution initiatives, but one key link has still been missing: the final retail connection with the consumer. The booksellers in Spain seem to be dragging their heels, …

Could the US Co-opt Global E-book Sales?

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams and Edward Nawotka Todays’ lead story looks at the aggressive development of US retailer Barnes & Noble’s Spanish-language e-bookstore and it’s broad ranges of international partnerships. The underlying assumption of a lot of conversations, whether people acknowledge it or not, is the question of whether or not, with the US’s eventually come to dominate the global e-book …

Lonely Planet’s Ranking of the World’s Greatest Bookshops

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Lonely Planet has put out a top ten list of the world’s greatest bookshops, which is led by San Francisco’s City Lights Books. The top three are rounded-out by Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires and Livraria Lello in Porto. Also on the list, are several stores which we’ve covered here, including London’s Daunt Books, Shakespeare & Co. in …

Building an Author Platform from Scratch

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Publishers want to work with authors who have an existing audience. • Following-up on last Friday’s article about personal marketing, model, author and self-publisher Isobella Jade, shares how she’s built her own impressive platform. By Isobella Jade Whenever a girl comments on my Facebook page saying she just bought my books, I know it is because she Googled words that …

Should I Tweet?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• This piece is adapted from Betsy Lerner’s new book The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century). By Betsy Lerner When I was a young editor at Houghton Mifflin in the mid-Eighties, I was assigned to work on a paperback series of successful books called Guerrilla Marketing. The books were an …

TOC Conference Announces Speakers and Program

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference has announced its preliminary list of speakers for 2011, and the program now available online as well. Featured speakers include: Margaret Atwood, Syngrafii, acting CEO Anil Dash, Expert Labs, Director Kevin Kelly, Wired, Senior Maverick Ben Huh, I Can Has Cheezburger, Chief Cheezburger Gus Balbontin, Lonely Planet, Global Innovation Manager …

Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A new study, “Publishing in the Digital Era,” commissioned by the Forum d’Avignon and compiled by Bain & Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices “could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015,” and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The “redistribution of value among …

Richard Nash Q&A: Sneak Peak at Redlemonade, Discusses Reading, Personal History

In Global Trade Talk by Guest Contributor

By Chris Kubica Last week, I asked my colleague, Richard Nash, founder of Cursor — a “Publishing 3.0” startup based in Brooklyn, New York, publishing consultant, and former editor and chief of Soft Skull Press — if I could have a public conversation with him about himself, his work and reading habits, all things publishing, and about Cursor. Graciously, Richard …