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Here we post provocative questions and food for thought on the current state of publishing to our readers. Weigh in with your opinions and read what others have to say.

Librinova: Answering the Call for Self-publishing in France

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Founded by two publishing veterans, Librinova provides ebook creation and distribution services for self-published authors in France.

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The Evolution of Blurb: Adding Distribution and Experts

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Over the past two years Blurb has transitioned from small-scale custom publishing to a high-end, full service self-publishing operation.

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Exploring the African Continent in Children’s Books

Meshack Asare

Ghanian children’s book writer Meshack Asare discusses his mission to cover the rich regional diversities of Ghana and the continent as a whole.

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A Call for Digital Media Ethics

Marcello Vena

Marcello Vena of AllBrain in Italy is repulsed by a recent report on publishing on Vox.com and calls for a renewed sense of ethics in those covering digital media.

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French NYC Festival Examines “Extremist Fiction”

Emmanuel Carrere

France’s Albertine Festival finale in New York featured a discussion on “Extremist Fiction in Ordinary Language” with superstar author Emmanuel Carrère.

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Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden’s Book Market?

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Sweden’s book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable.

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Finland, Very Cool: “A Huge Success” in Frankfurt

Sofi Oksanen, one of Finland's star authors, embodied the theme of Finland. Cool.

Finland was a hugely successful Guest of Honor country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, prompting more than 7,500 news articles and numerous rights deals.

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Is Social Media Marketing Heaven or Hell?

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HarperCollins UK’s Sam Missingham argues there’s no better way to promote books than social media, but you really have to work at it.

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How Soon Will the Majority of Books Be Self-Published?

Andrew Lownie

Literary agent Andrew Lownie believes that in 5-10 years, 75% of books will be self-published, 20% assisted by agents, and only 5% traditionally published.

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Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK?

Alexandra Buchler

A panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair compared international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

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