Europe

Learn more about publishers and authors in Europe, one of the world’s most established book publishing regions.

In France, Right Wing Attacks “Immoral” Children’s Books

Everybody's Naked

A growing right wing movement France has begun attacking children’s books depicting content (nudity, homosexuality) they call ‘immoral.’

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Slovenians Cheer Passage of Fixed Book Price Law

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Years of effort on behalf of publishers has resulted in a new fixed book price law in Slovenia, which should help stabilize the tiny nation’s book business.

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Can Textbook Nationalization Curb “Profiteering Publishers”?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

Hungary nationalized primary school textbook production to thwart what are viewed as ‘profiteering publishers’; Poland and South Africa are considering similar changes.

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France’s Bernard Pivot: A Lifetime of Literature

Bernard Pivot (Photo: AFP Alain Jocard)

Bernard Pivot is the new president of the Académie Goncourt, a perfect role for ‘the best informed man on what is happening today in the world of books in France and even abroad.’

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New Boutique Publishers Return to the “Essence” of Publishing

Felicity

France’s Allary Éditions and Sweden’s Haute Culture Books promise a return to the ‘essence’ of publishing, producing books with greater care and exuberance.

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Rome’s Book Fair Reflects a Country Unwilling to Surrender

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Italian publishing is struggling, but the recent book fair in Rome offered signs of vitality and reflected a strong commitment to carry on.

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German Transmedia: Storytelling to Stimulate Several Senses

Insa Kohler and Andresa Winkelmann

Germany’s Rowohlt and Das Wilde Dutzend (The Wild Dozen) embody the latest thinking in transmedia storytelling, one is re-imagining the thriller and the other, fairy tales.

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Sweden Shifting Away from Crime, While UK Seeks Sure Things

Elisabet Brannstrom

Sweden is shifting away from the acute focus on crime toward both quirkier and more literary titles, while in the UK risk-averse publishers are seeking surefire hits.

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Italy’s “Masterpiece” TV Competition for Writers Defies Low Expectations

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Rather than being an exercise in humiliation, Italy’s new television literary talent show proves to be stylish, fun and surprisingly compelling viewing.

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For a £25,000 Fee, Jeffrey Archer Is Still Extremely Quotable

Jeffrey Archer

UK author Lord Jeffrey Archer, still combative and unapologetic, believes bookstores are doomed, but is happy to continue cranking out bestsellers — as ebooks.

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