Graphic, Novel: Cuba: My Revolution Brings the Harsh Reality of Castro’s Revolution to Comics

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

•  Cuba by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel, offers a unique view of Castro’s Revolutionary-era Cuba from the point-of-view of one of its dissident artists. • Haspiel offers a visual interpretation of his interview with PP writer Rachel Aydt and discusses the challenges of interpreting with such a highly-charged and personal story. Interview by Rachel Aydt Some 20 years ago, Eisner …

Could Online Writing Communities Replace Creative Writing Programs?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Quillant.com, an online writing community based in the UK launched two months ago • Chris Vannozzi, a co-founder of Quilliant.com discusses the role online communities can play in developing talent for the traditional publishing industry By Chris Vannozzi LONDON: Two months ago we launched Quilliant.com , a new online writing community that aims to recreate the classic writing group …

Small Press Maestro: Jeffrey Lependorf and the Ecosystem of Independent Publishing

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses has institutionalized best practices for distribution, fund-raising and moving into to digital. CLMP’s annual spelling bee to raise money will take place on October 26 at 7pm in NYC. • “Independent literary publishing is that it is mission-driven, not dollar-driven.” By Kate Travers In 1967 a motley crew of magazine editors including …

Enhanced E-books 5X More Popular than Conventional E-books, says Germany’s Textunes

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

• Germany’s textunes reports that sales of its enhanced e-books have surpassed conventional e-books • Managing Director Simon Seeger credits the iPad with some of this growth By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based textunes announced last week that downloads of its e-books have doubled to the one million mark in the past six months, with enhanced e-books emerging as the most popular …

Paris’ Seine-side Bookselling bouquinistes Tout Trinkets, but City Hall Cries “Non”

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

• Paris’ Seine-side booksellers — known as bouqinistes — have existed in the city for 300 years and are a must see tourist attraction for book lovers. • Lately, the bouqinistes have started selling souvenir trinkets to augment lackluster booksales — a move that has prompted a crack down by city hall. By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Paris’ antique booksellers, or bouquinistes, …

So Many “Friends,” So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion and Real Life

In English Language by Rachel Aydt

• Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn’t always pleasant or appropriate. • What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer’s life, and the nature of real friendship, blends with the public persona of our professional selves online? By Rachel Aydt “My original goal with Facebook was to use it as a marketing tool,” …

In Argentina, E-books Are Sexy! (But You Can’t Find Them Anywhere)

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Publishers and readers across Argentina are talking about e-books — and their relative scarcity • Digital entrepreneurs are hard at work, but the market has a great deal of ground to make up before it catches America or Europe. By Julieta Lionetti BUENOS AIRES: Buenos Aires has a coffee-shop culture similar to that of Vienna or Paris, making it easy to stumble upon people …

A Little Bit of Brazil in Frankfurt

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Ricardo Costa In 2013, Brazil will be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and it’s not too early to consider what the country has to offer. With 220 million people and $2.5 billion in book sales for 2009, Brazil, has a book industry that is booming, one producing more titles –- with more efficiency –- and …

The American Gentleman: Roger Straus in Frankfurt

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• At first publisher Roger Straus was reticent to come to Germany for a book fair, but once he did, the legendary publisher made friends, struck deals, and left a lasting legacy By Boris Kachka Roger W. Straus, Jr., the exuberant founder of Farrar, Straus & Giroux who died in 2004, carried himself like a born leader, a man who …