Two very interesting, and contrasting, maps just put online suggest some fascinating conclusions about current UK publishing, book selling, and reading habits. The first, apparently a one-man production from Jakub Marian, a Czech mathematician, linguist, and musician currently living in Germany, illustrates the “number of books published per year per capita by country in Europe.” […]

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As proven by the conversations at BookExpo America, American publishers, editors and readers may finally be coming around to embracing more foreign literature.

Nose-guard. Knouse-gourd. Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard's name was on everyone's lips. Some were uncertain how it should be pronounced and said as much, other simply raved about the Norwegian author and his six-part autobiographical novel. From the evening cocktail parties with a view that stretched out to the Statue of Liberty to the climate-controlled floor at BookExpo America (BEA), Knausgaard inevitably would be mentioned.

Amazon’s push to expand further in Central and Eastern Europe has hit a – probably temporary – stumbling block, as the southern Czech city of Brno said no to a new warehouse and fulfillment center, as reported in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. However, other plans to build a similar warehouse near Prague and […]

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In honor of our frequent contributor Piotr Kowalczyk.  From Radio Praha.  A full interview with Jaroslav Balvin is on the site: If you’re looking for an overview of the current Czech literary scene in English – everything from surrealist poets to second-hand bookshops – the new “Czech Literature Guide” should be just the book for [...]

In a world where small, independent business owners have been giving way to the likes of Wal-Mart or the seemingly ubiquitous Starbucks, there is one segment of society in which independents are on the rise. Independent operations in publishing are swarming the market like bees on a honey-drenched hive. The reason, some say, is due in part to advanced home technology, making the idea of becoming a published writer more accessible to the masses—specifically with the advent of print-on-demand, blogging, e-zines and other venues that allow sometimes even the not-so-literate to become self-described authors. But high numbers do not translate to

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