Web 2.0 Publishing with BookRix

In What's the Buzz by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco Gunnar Siewert doesn’t come from a publishing background. He worked at Bertelsmann Music Group from 1992 to 2002, a watershed era of “democratization and digitalization” for the music industry that profoundly affected the founding of his Web 2.0 publishing platform, BookRix. Siewert sees BookRix as a MySpace for literature where writers and readers interact without mediation. Talk …

Richard Nash on the Future of Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Michelle Jones Richard Nash’s new publishing venture, Cursor, has yet to release it’s first title, but its already caused a quite a stir. Much of what has been written about Nash of late has to do with his plans to overhaul the nature of author contracts. But shortening the contracts to three years and eliminating advances are just part …

Will E-books Make or Break Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story is a profile of Jeffrey Lependorf, executive director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. In the article, Lependorf notes that one of the priorities going forward is to help small and independent presses to traverse the tricky digital landscape. The CLMP is assisting them with issues such as digital conversion and distribution. …

The True Cost of Going Digital

In What's the Buzz by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder Digital publishing is transforming the book trade. But are publishers really prepared to grasp the challenges — not only technical but also financial — that transitioning to this brave new world involves? Dominique Raccah — founder, publisher and chief executive of Sourcebooks, one of the largest independent book publishers in the USA — thinks not. “It isn’t …

Will Ardor for E-books Diminish as They Become Commonplace?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Argentina’s e-book market. One of the arguments of the piece, is that e-books are seen as “sexy,” all the more so because of the relative scarcity of e-books and e-readers in the country. E-books are having their moment in the spotlight a look to be this year’s big holiday gift. But once …

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 …

Does Size Matter?

In Ed's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

Editorial by Edward Nawotka One of the most popular panels yesterday at the fair and sparked a lot of discussion concerned the release of the list ranking the largest publishers in the world (see our story in today’s issue). Are you shocked to hear that the biggest is Pearson? Size is important, but perhaps not quite as much as it …

From Frankfurt: Rights Directors Advise “Don’t Assume Anything”

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday’s International Rights Directors Meeting, entitled “Off the Page! — New Ways to Sell New Rights,” focused on the impact of digital publishing on the role of rights directors — the challenges, the successes, and the important “don’t assume anything” mandate for both rights directors and literary agents. Chairperson David Bowers, Vice President of Global Business …

From Frankfurt 2010: Paradoxes Abound at TOC Frankfurt

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Todd Sattersten Everyone knows the past year has been one of great change for the publishing industry, but at the same time there is a growing sense of comfort. It feels like things are starting to work themselves out. Distribution of electronic books now has an ecosystem of devices and distribution points. Readers have actively adopted to new technologies. …

From Frankfurt 2010: Content Knows No Borders

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Liz Bury (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 6 October 2010. Download the complete, 32-page show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) “There is an ocean of stories out there, with endless potential,” noted Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos …