New Study Finds Dramatic Difference Between Author Rights in Germany, Spain, France and UK

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The book and writing “observatory,” le MOTif, funded by the Paris regional government, is becoming increasingly visible in France’s book world. Le MOTif has just released a study on author rights in Europe, the result of a year-long research project about the legislatures, economic and legal aspects of the industry and more than 50 interviews with publishers, …

Is the Lack of Interest in Translations a Global Problem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial Chad Post makes a compelling argument for the utility of publishing both translations with the potential to be blockbuster bestsellers and those that cater to a more niche audience. Post is writing primarily with American readers in mind, with the understanding being that US publishers are largely reticent to publish translated works due to …

Romance vs. Sexy Literary Fiction: What’s the Distinction?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story examines the publishing history of Stephen Vizinczey’s In Praise of Older Women, a novel that is considered by many to be a classic of modern European literature — but has had a checkered publishing history in the United States. Surely, there have been no shortage of literary censorship cases in the United States — …

Some European Publishers Embrace iPad, But Adoption Still Slow

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Apple may have announced that more than 3 million iPads have been sold worldwide since the US launch in April, but just a few weeks after the international launch of the iPad, it appears that many publishers in Europe are still choosing to exercise caution when it comes to the iBookstore. According to Apple spokesman Adam Howorth, …

How Rigid is the Hierarchy in Your Publishing Workplace?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Like academia, publishing can be a rigorously hierarchical business where the adjective before your titles — be it associate or assistant, senior or executive — can make all the difference in your day-to-day life, not to mention your income. Being on the top means you can get your way; being on the bottom means a life of …

How to Become a Bestseller in Europe: Write in English, German, French and…Swedish?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart This may sound like an odd question to ask: Are books diverse? Sure! With hundreds of thousands of new titles published every year in the US, over 90,000 in Germany, and a “Long Tail” of millions of titles available to readers and buyers online, there are more books distributed and, arguably, read than ever before in history. That …

Team Europe Ventures Promises €6 million for Mobile Start-ups

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based investment firm Team Europe Ventures has announced a new initiative to provide funding to promising Internet and mobile Internet startups over the next three years. The €6 million fund will be split among four to five startups each year (approx. €500,000 each), which will be hand-selected by Team Europe Ventures and a team of partners. The …

Translators say, “Show Me the Monnaie

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Thousands of translators across Europe and the rest of the world spend their days and nights scanning their dictionaries and thesauruses for le mot juste, making their living working on everything from novels to air conditioner repair manuals. And while translators, particularly of literary texts, are ultimately tasked with the responsibility of matching the precision and …

What Advice Do You Have for Working in Publishing Abroad

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka When I lived in Dublin in the early 1990s, I helped launch a short-lived literary magazine called The Temple Bar Review. It was a fun gig, but not one that would allow me to stay in the country. For that, I needed a real job — one that would force me to pay taxes — and would …

Should Governments Try to Out-Google Google Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A number of European countries, including Germany (as discussed in today’s lead article), France, and Spain have launched national book digitization projects. But the question remains, should book digitization projects should be taken on by public institutions or left in the hands of private enterprise? Or is there a hybrid model, such as Harvard University’s co-operation with …