As Maalouf Joins Académie Française, Label “Francophone” Questioned

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Amin Maalouf, the Franco-Lebanese author, perhaps best known for his Goncourt Prize-winning book The Rock of Tanios was admitted to the venerable Académie Française, or French Academy, in June. Maalouf is the second writer of Arab origin to accede to the Academy — in 2005 Algerian-born writer Assia Djebar was voted in. Founded in 1635, the Académie Française …

Week in Review: Trio of “Big Six” US Pubs Launch Bookish.com; French Sue Google Over Scanned Books

In News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A brief round-up of some of the top global industry trade news… Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Group have teamed up to launch Bookish.com, a new consumer-oriented Web site that will market and promote books. The model is something of a hybrid online bookstore and a community-oriented book promotion site. Industry reaction has been …

Will Collaborative E-book Distribution Platforms Last?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Spain’s Libranda, Italy’s E-digita, France’s Eden Livres, Brazil’s DLD — they’ll all last only as long as publishers need them. By Edward Nawotka Several markets have seen collaborative e-book distribution platforms launch within the last year: Libranda launched Spain; in Italy Rizzoli, Feltrinelli and Gruppo Gems developed the E-digita platform; a French group comprised of Gallimard, Flammarion and others brought out …