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A Miracle In Almere: The Business Case for RFID in Retail

First there were the presentations in Frankfurt, then others in New York, for B&N and the Book Industry Study Group, followed by a blitz of press coverage. The subject? The ground-breaking use of item-level RFID tags on all books in a bookstore located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, something that to date has only been…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers: Comebacks and Debuts

After a four year sabbatical from novel-writing, the prolific and provocative Juan José Millás returns this month to sweep the Spanish bestseller lists. A slim novel at just 135 pages, Laura and Julio takes place in the author’s unusual world of the Borgesian double, exploring the idea of the original versus the copy with the…Continue Reading

Gettign Engaged: ad tech New York 2006

Internet marketing is back – with a vengeance. Witness the 330 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees – the most ever – at this year’s ad:tech New York show on November 6-8. With a fresh crop of buzzwords every year, ad:tech consistently delivers substantive advice on the real problems marketers face. “Consumer engagement” was this year’s buzzword…Continue Reading

Would That We Yanks Could Be So Collegial…

A challenging economic situation. Cover prices up; consumer spending habits down. Consolidation of distributors; retailers flexing muscles. Traditional media expensive and fragmented; new media baffling and unproven. Add a new political administration on the horizon, natural disasters creating additional uncertainty, and domestic terrorism threats dominating the news. Ask yourself: is this the environment to inspire…Continue Reading

Full Cast vs. Podcast: Digital Audiobook Update

It’s over, tape worms. Audio Renaissance published its last cassette this year: Janet Evanovich’s Lean Mean Thirteen. Random House Audio reports a format breakdown of 85% CDs and 15% digital downloads, with tape sales negligible. Retailers don’t sell cassettes, duplicators don’t duplicate them, and publishers don’t produce them anymore., often considered the benchmark of…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers: Russia, Russia, Russia

“Intellectual Bestseller” may sound like a contradiction in terms for the U.S. book market, but Russia’s literary tradition of complex allegory and existential musing is still going strong. Cheap romance novels and Lord of the Rings knockoffs haven’t faltered (whatever happened to censorship?) – but Russian book prizes are what make or break many of…Continue Reading

DM Days with DM Hints

Imagine attending the Direct Marketing Days NY conference at Javits, and finding out that the thumping music, whirling characters and international crowd are there for Licensing Show, not the lettershops and list brokers. But whatever DMD Days doesn’t have, it can claim to have a corner on e-commerce. This was not always so: for years,…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers: Different Books From Elsewhere

International buzz is building over Mizé, the Portuguese novel by Ricardo Adolfo that appeared last year from Dom Quixote. Berlin Verlag recently nabbed German rights and in a hush hush deal, film rights were just sold to a major film company, so far nameless. Rumor has it the location will be changed from Lisbon to…Continue Reading

Go Global, Think Local: Baby Book Fairs are Growing Up

It’s July and publishing folk the world over have settled back down now that the spring trifecta of book fairs—London, Bologna, BEA—has passed. The jury’s still out on which one––including Frankfurt of course––wins the rights race, and, as usual, there’s been plenty of speculation. But as big book fair chatter continues, another conversation is ramping…Continue Reading