Can Book Talk Shows Succeed as Infotainment?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats As discussed in today’s lead article about French literary talk shows, the quality there is high but is anybody watching? Could more be done to turn literary talk shows into infotainment or “destination programs” (“the kind you look forward to or at least Tivo”) for the mass market, without spoiling the potential for meaningful literary discussion? Or will …

The International Forum of the Novel, The Villa Gillet

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Cédric Duroux This week, The Villa Gillet and Le Monde, in partnership with France Inter, hosted The International Forum on the Novel. Raphaëlle Rérolle and Guy Walter are the co-directors of the event. This is an event where writers, translators and the literary press come together for discussions about contemporary literature. Yet other fields such as the sciences and …

Does Publishing Exacerbate the Cliche that Haiti is Cursed?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing industry has certainly done its part to help Haiti, donating half a million dollars to relief agencies in the days following the disaster, there have been charity books, and more. But one of the issues is that it seems that the writing about the island that draws the most attention underscores the misery, deprivation and …

Haitian Authors Star at France’s Etonnants Voyageurs Festival

In English Language by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije SAINT-MALO: This past weekend, the 21st edition of the French literary and film festival Etonnants Voyageurs took place in Saint-Malo, Brittany. While Russia, with an impressive line-up of authors and films was the guest of honor, Haitian writers played the starring role. Last January the second Haitian edition of the festival was just about to begin in …

French Publishers Launch E-book Distribution Platform

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported today that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform in mid-June, with full operation of the system expected in September of this year. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Distributor Epagine is also involved. …

Vis-à-Vis French-US Lit Fest Hits Cali this Weekend

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Vis-à-Vis,” a new French-American literary festival organized by the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy, will take place in Venice, on May 15, 2010 and then travel to San Francisco on May 16. It’s free and open to the public. Authors participating include some serious bold-faced names, such as Philippe Djian, Steve Erickson, Alain Mabanckou, Véronique …

What is Preferable: Individual, Centralized or Hybrid E-book Distribution?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story we look at the fragmented e-book distribution system in France, where numerous individual publishing houses are developing their own platforms. The government is trying to reconcile this and has recommended a centralized solution, one they claim would offer a single point of purchase and be “three to five times” less expensive than publishers handling the …

How to Fix France’s Fragmented E-distribution Platform

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers, like those in many other countries, are facing the challenge of digital distribution for e-books. Until now, French publishers have opted to distribute books individually. Hachette owns Numilog, l’Harmattan has L’Harmathèque, and Editis has built E-Plateforme. Only Flammarion, Gallimard and Le Seuil-La Martinière are collaborating and are creating their own platform, Eden-Livres. As with most …

Should Book Fairs Mix Professionals and the Public?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at troubles bedeviling Paris’ annual Salon du Livre, the city’s premier book fair. One of the issues that has publishers kvetching is the fair’s lack of focus, which mixes professional events with the public. It’s an issue for many fairs — Frankfurt does it successfully, London doesn’t do it, BEA is thinking about …