‘Bond was, and is, pure escapism. Bourne reflects the world around him,’ says author Eric van Lustbader, who is at work on the 11th Jason Bourne novel.
As the fifth Bourne film is released, a trio of author Robert Ludlum’s publishing colleagues think back on his writing and the book business.
‘We will have to strengthen our voice,’ says a panelist from the UK’s Publishers Association on the implications of Brexit for the book industry there.
‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work.
‘The reason we want to start selling ebooks direct into ASEAN,’ says Monsoon’s Philip Tatham, is because it’s a major and rare territory still without heavy competition from major ebook retailers.
We have yet to make a satisfying gift of an ebook, said Nielsen’s Andre Breedt at BookInsights in London. Such breakthroughs still seem far, far away
From Brexit (no) to bookstore social space (yes) Waterstones’ managing director James Daunt is certain about one thing: He wants ‘to sell more books.’
UK publisher Lord Weidenfeld was a towering and influential figure in the book industry, and he seemed to embody not only the history of publishing but also the history of Europe.
Penguin Random House has sold over a million Ladybird parody books in the UK, success that was preceded by a self-published book they once tried to quash.
Mehmet Demirtas has channeled his creativity into the Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival, which he views as a neutral gathering place for cultures.