Bhutanese Cuisine, Charity Books Among Winners of 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Gourmand’s 16th Awards took place last night at Paris’ famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, following the opening yesterday of the second Paris Cookbook Fair (from which we’ll have our report on Monday). For over two hours Edouard Cointreau’s ever-growing cookbook awards ceremony paid homage to chefs, publishers, photographers and designers, this year with a penchant for …

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 Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

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. By Philip Downer 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 …

DIY Digital Libraries and E-book Demand in Japan

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Yesterday, BusinessWeek reported on how many Japanese are embracing the iPad and other tablet computers as a space-saving replacement for their print library. Japan’s notoriously small living spaces –- the average single family home in Japan is half the size of the US average -– and the introduction of the iPad last April have caused many to …

Publishing Intel from RAND Corporation

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder SANTA MONICA: For over 60 years now the RAND Corporation has carried out research and analysis for governments, organizations, and institutions around the world. Famously, it was the work of Dr. Herman Kahn — a RAND employee –- that provided the seed for the military doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (Kahn was lampooned by Peter Sellers in …

Best of Publishing Perspectives 2010: Middle East and China

In Growth Markets by Hannah Johnson

Markets like China and others in the Middle East have shown that they have huge capacity for growth and can offer opportunities to Western publishing companies. In order for you to get to know these markets better, here are our top articles on China and the Middle East from 2010. China The E-reader Market in China (And Its Unique Business …

Tell Us About the Top App and E-book Developers in Your Country

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here at Publishing Perspectives we’ve covered app and e-book developers in some far-off lands — Romania, Indonesia (Equinox is a major iApp developer) and, as featured in today’s lead story, New Zealand. In this digital age, writers, authors and publishers are looking to work with the top talent wherever they can find them. We too are lookout for …

Asia’s Literary Writers Now – Quietly – Demand Your Attention!

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Asia Literary Review managing editor Duncan Jepson discusses the five year history of his magazine, why Westerners sometimes struggle to comprehend Asian writing, and why it’s important to see beyond China. Editorial by Duncan Jepson When we launched the Asia Literary Review five years ago, it was still a Western World and Asia, regardless of 5,000 years of history, was …