Price Fixing vs Fixed Prices: Europe’s Emerging E-book Quagmire

In Europe, Resources by Edward Nawotka

On Monday, the European Commission investigated several French publishers for illegal e-book price fixing, this in a country with fixed book prices. Ironic, hypocritical…or merely confusing? By Edward Nawotka Yesterday we learned from a dozen news sources that on March 1 several European publishing houses were “raided” by European Commission officials in search of evidence of price fixing among e-book …

Brazilian Book Market Grows to Nearly $2bn, Led by Growth in Trade and STM

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

For expanded coverage of the Brazilian book market, visit our new site and newsletter — PublishNews Brazil — powered by Publishing Perspectives. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues, PublishNew Brazil The Brazilian publishing market continues to exhibit modest growth. According to the most recent figures released by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Publishers Union (SNEL), the total market was …

Arabic and Hebrew: The Politics of Literary Translation

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Olivia Snaije Anyone involved in the art of translation knows the delicate balancing act it entails: remaining faithful to the original text but allowing the work to stand on its own in its new incarnation. It also …

India’s First Comic Con Draws 15,000, Homegrown Heroes Are a Hit

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Andrew Dodd, editorial director, Campfire DELHI: It has never happened before, but it’s sure to happen again. Last weekend, fifteen thousand comic book fans gathered together in Delhi for India’s first ever Comic Con. Comic Con India proves there is untapped potential for comics and graphic novels in the region. The two-day convention was a phenomenal success, far …

Digitizing Beyond E-books: Optimizing Content Brings New Opportunities says France’s Jouve

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Just having e-books won’t cut it anymore. “Many publishers today are still trying to focus on traditional e-books,” said Emmanuel Benoit, Executive VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Jouve. But what is the next step? One of Jouve’s goals for the publishing industry is to help publishers move beyond simply converting their print content into e-books. …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Philip Downer In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …