Why is Indie OK for Musicians and Filmmakers…But Not for Writers?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Amy Edelman believes that self-published books deserve more attention from readers and retailers. • She developed IndieReader.com, a website that curates and sells self-published books. The site is launching a service to distribute these titles to independent bookstores. By Amy Edelman Why is it that indie movies like The Hurt Locker and indie bands like The Shins win tons of …

Our Evolving Publishing Vocabulary: Why Do We Use the Words We Do?

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

• The traditional vocabulary we’ve used to describe publishing is breaking down. We now have traditional publishers, digital first publishers, self-publishers, and quasi-professional vanity presses all vying for our attention. • When is it appropriate to use each term? What are the differences? Here, we at Publishing Perspectives will try to explain the words we use and why. Editorial by Edward Nawotka As …

How I Accidentally Became a Book Scout

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Todd Sattersten, a business book author became a scout by accident: a Twitter exchange led to a relationship with Spain’s Grupo Planeta. • Now preparing for his first Frankfurt Book Fair, he describes his journey into this mysterious profession and offers tips on selling books abroad. By Todd Sattersten “Really?” That’s what most people say when I tell them I …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nordic Publishing in Göteborg

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• The Göteborg Book Fair, Scandinavia’s largest book event, starts this Friday, with Africa as the featured region, with more than 70 writers from the continent attending. • Scandinavian writers are hot all over the world and the fair’s timing just prior to Frankfurt offers a preview what’s likely to be featured from the Nordic countries at the big show. …

Market Crash: How to Publish a Bestseller in 33 Days

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Beaufort Books has rushed several titles to market, including O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It and, more recently, Angelo Codevilla’s The Ruling Class. • Crashing a book is a gamble. But it can also be an effective means of landing a book about a hot topic on the bestseller list. By Margot Atwell, Associate Publisher, Beaufort Books I’ve been told by my authors …

Avalon en Español: iPad Brings Digital Revolution to Biblio-diverse Latin America

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Today’s launch of the iPad across South America should spark a “digital revolution” and significantly shift the Latin American publishing landscape. By Xpectro (Pablo Francisco Arrieta) BOGOTA: South America is a green continent. We have lots of areas covered by green forests, fertile lands for agriculture, mountains, flowers, thousands of different animals and insects. One of the most precious …

Re-inventing Book Marketing

In Digital, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Dave Weich, founder of Sheepscot Creative and former director of marketing and development for Powell’s Books, argues that in today’s publishing environment, book marketing remains something of a “crapshoot.” • Weich argues the opportunities go well beyond the general trade consumer. Editorial by Dave Weich In the next ten years, book marketing will radically reinvent itself. Nowhere will the …

Asian Publishers Gather in Seoul to Talk Shop, Bestsellers, Digital

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• The first Asian Publishers’ Fellowship program was hosted by the Korean Publishers Society in Seoul earlier this month. The project aims to be a starting point for building a strong Asian publishers network. • Attendees discussed what makes a bestseller, the current business climate and “the digital question.” By Linda Tan SEOUL: The Korean Publishers Society (KOPUS) recently organized …

Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris’ Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

• Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. • Despite its age — the store was founded in 1801, but the publishers of the same name date back to 1520 — it has weathered the years well and continues be an important part of Paris’ vibrant literary community. By Rachel Aydt …