Author Archives: Daniel Kalder

Daniel Kalder is an author and journalist originally from Scotland, currently based in Texas after a ten year stint spent living in the former USSR where he (more or less) picked up Russian. He has written two books about Russian life and culture and contributes features, reviews and travel pieces to publications around the world.

Literary Agent/ Film Producer Talks Book-Movie Synergy

A still from the production of "Traces of Sandalwood"

Anna Soler-Pont of Barcelona’s Pontas Literary & Film Agency discusses the her dual careers in books and movies, and role as an agent, writer and producer.

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Opening Minds Through Eyes: Oz’s Milk Shadow Books

Walking to Japan

Australian upstart publisher Milk Shadow Books has tapped a well of multicultural comics talent down under to produce a string of bestselling fringe titles.

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Turkmenistan: Proudly Maintaining the Tradition of Dictator Literature

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, better known as "Arkadag" — "The Protector," can now add "fiction writer" to his numerous honorifics.

Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, aka Arkadag (The Protector), has joined Gaddafi, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein in the line of dictators who wrote fiction.

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Catching Up with Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on New Content, Tablets

Michael Tamblyn

Michael Tamblyn, the Chief Content Officer at Kobo, offers an update on the ebookseller’s magazine store, kids shop and international expansion.

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Will Manga Sell in India and Other Nontraditional Markets?


US manga titan Viz Media is seeking growth in non-traditional manga markets and is launching its first list in India, after starting in the Philippines this year. Will it work?

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UK’s YUDU Sees Future in Apple’s iBooks Platform. Do You?

Laura Austin

British multi-platform publisher YUDU is favoring publishing in the robust iBooks platform over stand-alone apps, which entail greater expense and risk.

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Romania’s ReadForward Angles to Be “Facebook for Education”

Great Gatsby Read Forward

Bucharest-based developer Read Forward has produced original ebooks, luxury digital editions of classics and is now moving into education, with fully interactive HTML5 textbooks.

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Graphic Novel “Beirut 1990″ is a Timely, Fresh Treatment of War

Beirut 1990 Snapshots of a Civil War

The new translation of the graphic novel Beirut 1990 is a timely reminder that when it comes to depicting the reality of war, sometimes waiting a while is best.

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Litbreaker Ad Network Helps Popular Literary Communities Cash In

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Jason Chambers, founder and CEO of Litbreaker Advertising Network, discusses the market for web-based literary advertising and what it says about online literary communities today.

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Graphic Novel Collaboration Targets a Geopolitical Conundrum

American writer Paul Benjamin flanked by his  two Uzbek collaborators, artists Husan Sodiqov and Shavkat Muzaffar.

The US State Department sponsored publication of the graphic novel, Two Legends of Uzbekistan, is an unusual experiment in soft power cultural diplomacy.

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