Foreign Rights Acquisitions Put Turkish Book Market on the Map

In Europe by Guest Contributor

By Nermin Mollaoğlu • In the wake of Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel and Turkey’s appearance as Guest of Honour at the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair, Turkish publishers have recently taken a greater interest in foreign rights and in expanding their international presence. • 50% of books published in Turkey are translations, and agencies like Kalem are now a bigger part of …

Stephenie Meyer Tells All!

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Ok, not true, but this is an interview with an author from Arizona who writes about teen age vampires and is also really, really cool. Adam Rex is the author, illustrator or both of more than a dozen books for children. His first YA novel, Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, out today by HarperCollins …

Why Cell Phones Will Dominate the E-Book Market in China

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group (CPG) -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

China Publishing Group Launches Digital Subsidiary, Preps for the Future

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

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The Bookselling Secrets of London’s Daunt Books

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• Independent bookselling is not dead, but it takes close attention to the details — and a carefully edited selection of books — to thrive in the real world. • Selective promotion supported by review coverage and bookseller enthusiasm are the key to moving dozens of books a day out the door. By Edward Nawotka LONDON: One title displayed at …

Middle East Graphic Novelists Push Boundaries

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti • Last week, we looked the market for comic books and graphic novels in the Middle East is small, but growing. • In this, the second part of our two-part series, we examine how graphic novelists in the Middle East are pushing the boundaries of publishing by tackling controversial topics in their work, but also paying a price …

BookSwim.com Aims for Sweet Spot of American Readers

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

• BookSwim’s proprietary data shows that 80% of its users are library users and high income suburban women who read between 40 and 50 books per year — and buy as many as 30. • An analysis of reading habits reveals that BookSwim’s subscribers don’t tend to read in isolated silos. Instead, readers are just as likely to sample numerous …

Ugly Duckling Presse Transforms Into a Digital Swan

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

Brooklyn indie poetry publisher Ugly Duckling Presse has turned to e-books as a means of re-issuing out-of-print poetry chapbooks, which has doubled readership for the books. By Amanda DeMarco BROOKLYN: At first glance, Ugly Duckling Presse seems like an unlikely candidate to offer e-books. The tiny non-profit publishes mainly poetry, often chapbooks in small hand-made letterpress-printed editions. But Ugly Duckling …

Hoaxes, Cons and Lies: A Literary Quiz

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Adam Langer If I could blame any particular place or event for giving me the idea to write a novel about con artists scamming the publishing industry, it would have to be BookExpo America. It was at the Javits Center in New York City that I was first introduced to young, soon-to-be-infamous author James Frey. At the Staples Center …