Feature Articles

News, trends and opinions on book publishing from around the world. Our feature articles are written by journalists, authors, digital innovators and publishing professionals, each with specific knowledge and experience in their respective international markets.

“Beat Amazon!” Is Not a Business Plan for Startups

Craig Mod

At the Yale Publishing Course, Craig Mod lauds Wattpad, despite its flaws, and urges entrepreneurs to delight and encourage your readers if you want to be a successful startup.

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How the UK’s Folio Society is Changing with the Times

Odes of Horace

The Folio Society, the UK publisher of up-market limited editions, is moving into retail, innovating in print, and continuing to seek out the best writers have to offer.

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LA’s Unnamed Press: Relatable Foreign Fiction, Unlikely Protagonists

C.P. Heiser and Olivia Taylor Smith of Unnamed Press

New Los Angeles publisher Unnamed Press is on a mission to carve a niche for new, international authors who may not fit into the traditional mold.

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Publishing Picasso in the “Infinite Real Estate of Digital”

MoMA Picasso Ebook

After 18 months clearing rights, at a cost of some $25k, the Museum of Modern Art has put out the first interactive ebook featuring the work of Picasso.

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Mexico’s Manuvo: Building Book Apps for Spanish Readers

Carlos Mondragón

Award-winning Mexican app development studio Manuvo is at the forefront of building book apps for the Spanish-language market.

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Polish Book Chains Re-imagine Stores, Expand to Small Cities

Matras Store

Poland’s two largest bookstore chains, Matras and Empik, are adding new services and plan vast expansions amid a shrinking number of independent bookstores.

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Holy Qu’ran, Ancient and Modern, Celebrated in Sharjah

Islamic arches at the exhibition

The Qu’ran is the star at the Islamic Book Exhibition in the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah, where the holy book being celebrated in a myriad of guises.

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Bragelonne: Fighting France’s Book Snobs with Success

Stéphane Marsan

Publisher Bragelonne has found extraordinary success selling what others in France might deign to be untouchable, including fantasy, romance, and ebooks.

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What Brazilian STM Publishers Learned in Germany

Eduardo Blücher

When Brazilian STM publishers visited their German counterparts last month they found common ground in questions surrounding Amazon, Open Access and more.

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British Museum’s Wheel of Books Attracts Gawkers

Wheel of books 2

A new display at the recently refurbished bookshop at the British Museum in London, The Wheel of Books, has become a tourist attraction for literati.

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