Publishing Perspectives’ BEA Show Daily

In Europe by Hannah Johnson

Publishing Perspectives has produced a printed show daily in cooperation with Kirkus Reviews for BookExpo America 2010. Full of news from yesterday’s conference sessions, book reviews, interviews, and feature stories, the show daily will be distributed today from booths around the show floor at BEA. If you are attending BEA, be sure to pick up a copy. Or you can …

BookExpo America 2010: A Pivotal Moment in Show History

In Europe by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Steven Rosato, Event Director, BookExpo America Does a year make a difference? A year makes a big difference or a small difference depending on how you look at it. We didn’t have an iPad to talk about last year, which is a seismic change to the landscape. On the other hand, books are still being bought and sold, …

PEN World Voices as Change Agent

In Europe by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post It was almost seven years ago when I met then PEN executive director Michael Roberts and translator extraordinaire Esther Allen for drinks at the Washington Square Hotel to talk about this new festival they wanted to launch in support of international literature. The Berlin International Literature Festival was going to be their model . . . …

What Publishers Today Can Learn from Allen Lane: Fearlessness

In Europe by Guest Contributor

By James Bridle LONDON: When Allen Lane produced the popular paperback in 1934, his breakthrough was not in the creation of the paperback — they had had been around in various, if poor quality, formats for a number of years. His innovation was recognizing a novel context in which people were reading, or wanting to read. The legend goes that …

Digitizing Double Page Explosions: London Looks at Comics as E-books

In Europe by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion, complete with Comics Café, made its debut at the the London Book Fair this year. The category has enjoyed an upswing in the UK in recent years, as products from the US and Japanese manga has tapped a growing market, and the new forum generated some of the biggest buzz …

How to Fix France’s Fragmented E-distribution Platform

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers, like those in many other countries, are facing the challenge of digital distribution for e-books. Until now, French publishers have opted to distribute books individually. Hachette owns Numilog, l’Harmattan has L’Harmathèque, and Editis has built E-Plateforme. Only Flammarion, Gallimard and Le Seuil-La Martinière are collaborating and are creating their own platform, Eden-Livres. As with most …