Weekly Recap: Our Beta Launch, Looking Ahead to BEA

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

May 2009It was an important week for Publishing Perspectives.

Tuesday: We beta launched our newsletter and web site, signed up our first subscribers, and started hearing back from our readers on Thursday. In our first post, we set the mission for ourselves of offering you a unique, one-of-a-kind perspective on the global publishing industry.

Wednesday : We spoke to Eva Gabrielsson – the long-time partner of the late bestselling Swedish mystery author Steig Larsson – about her struggle to win a fair share of Larsson’s $10 million estate, something denied to her by Swedish law. We also spoke with a Norwegian fan who launched the Web site www.supporteva.com to raise money for her legal fees.

Thursday: Chul Kim, director of publications at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York, discussed his quest to publish “the greenest book possible” and how this led him to Engelhardt und Bauer printers in Karlsruhe, Germany, who operate their plant entirely on wind and solar power. As well as buying carbon offsets for the book, Design for a Living World, he also sourced 100% recyclable shrink wrap.

Bonus Material included a look at the new Scribd Store, Ebook Readers on Video and a way to score cheap rooms at the Algonquin for BEA.

This being our first week, we want to thank you for taking an interest in our project. If you’re a subscriber, then we’d like to say “danke,” “gracias,” “grazie,” “dekuji,” “obrigado,” “shukriyaa,” or however it is you say thank you in your native language.

Next Week we’ll visit both the Middle East and Africa before jetting off to New York for The Big Show: BookExpo America. Not quite as grandiose or efficient as Frankfurt, not quite as buttoned up as London, BEA is very American: bright, brash and something of a circus. Starting mid-week we’ll preview some of the events featuring the international publishing community and offer coverage of the show. See you Monday!

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.