Anchee Min Offers a Chinese Look at Pearl S. Buck

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka Anchee Min’s new novel Pearl of China re-imagines the life of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth) from a Chinese perspective for what is perhaps the first time. She spoke about the book, which is told from the point of view of a contemporary of Buck, at a recent event at the Asia Society in New York. …

WSJ Uses Foursquare: What It Could Mean for Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Wall Street Journal announced yesterday that it has launched “The Greater New York,” a local section of the newspaper dedicated to covering New York City. In addition, WSJ unveiled its new Foursquare account associated with its “Greater New York” news section “in an effort to help readers explore locations around the city.” Foursquare is a location-based …

Has Your Child Gone Digital?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s story by Kristen McLean of the Association of Booksellers for Children explains why she believes digitization and e-books are good for literacy. Of course, some parents are likely reluctant to put their child in front of any type of electronic gizmo — be it a computer, television or beeping toy. Some may also be reticent to give …

The Kids Are Alright! Why Digitization and E-books are Good for Literacy

In Guest Contributors & Editorial, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Kristen McLean, executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) After several hundred years with a stable model, some of our most basic ideas about books and reading are now under the microscope. The most pessimistic opinions tell us that the book as we know it is dead, but I don’t believe it. It is important to …

Will BEA Be Busier Because of London?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead editorial discusses the importance of book fairs — and getting face-to-face interactions with people — even in the digital age. Since so many Americans missed meeting with their European contacts at the London Book Fair this year, do you anticipate BEA will be better attended as a consequence? Are you getting more calls about meetings …

Goethe-Institut Officially Opens Spring Street Location

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Goethe-Institut New York officially opened on April 15, with a press conference in the late afternoon to introduce the new space, and to reintroduce the Goethe-Institut’s programs and overall mission. In front of members of the press, Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, director of programming, Brigitte Doellgast, Library Director, Dr. Eva Marquardt, Director of Language Programs, and Gabriele …

All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …

It’s Official: Everyone is an Author…or at Least One Million Americans Are

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ll it’s confirmed: Yes, everyone really is an author. According to Publishers Weekly’s report on the annual publishing stats compiled by R.R. Bowker, 2009 saw a whopping 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by “self-publishers and micro-niche publishers.” PW says the “number of ‘nontraditional’ titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year …