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Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

International News Sampler

  • Foyles, Britain’s largest independent bookstore chain, just launched an ebookstore and ereading apps for both the Apple and Android markets, using txtr, a Berlin-based platform. The Foyles ebookstore allows syncing across multiple device and free cloud storage, providing users with both convenience and an opportunity to buy local without having to purchase a new, branded ereader.
  • James Daunt, the MD of Waterstones, explains why he thinks the last sizeable British bookstore chain is going to survive the Amazon onslaught in this Publishing Perspectives article.
  • How important are foreign rights in the grand scheme of things? According to this Publishing Perspectives article, foreign rights can be crucial for independent publishers, for whom translation rights can comprise over 10% of annual income.
  • The Scandinavian reign of terror brought on by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo may be drawing to a close, as central European crime fiction rises up to take its place.

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