Whither Book Publishers? TOC Frankfurt on Tech and Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (This article also appeared in our Frankfurt Edition on October 14) Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza …

Frankfurt Preview: Director Juergen Boos Discusses Economy, Rights, China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “If you’re talking about an economic crisis, then you have to talk about an economic crisis hitting American and UK publishers alone,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on the eve of the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. “Latin America has already come back from its economic crisis, which it experienced ten years ago, …

Bonus Material: Li Jiwei on His “Book Mountain” for the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Artist Li Jiwei’s “Book Mountain” is the artistic centerpiece of the official Chinese exhibit at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The installation takes the form of a giant sheet of paper that undulates over a “river of books” incorporating 10,000 volumes. Surrounding the exhibit is a display that traces more than 2,000 years of Chinese writing, from …

Bonus Material: Advice for Frankfurt Newbies

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sarah MacLachlan, not the singer, but the president of Toronto publisher House of Anansi, is a Frankfurt Book Fair vet. In preparing for this year’s Fair, she shared this simple, straightforward advice for newbies: First and foremost, wear comfortable shoes. Take a raincoat and/or an umbrella, and for women, a scarf — that’s always going to get you around, …

Bringing Asia to France

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije ARLES: “Asia is vast enough to be our only concern” is the motto of Editions Philippe Picquier, the French publishing house based in Arles, France. With more than 800 titles in their catalogue, the Editions Philippe Picquier has been publishing material ranging from classical and modern literature to detective stories and children’s books by Chinese, Japanese, Korean …

Saving Face

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Ever since the controversy surrounding the appearance of Chinese dissidents Bei Ling (貝嶺) and Dai Qing (戴晴) at the symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities” last month, the media has pilloried the Frankfurt Book Fair, suggesting that the organization is compromising its values and support of free speech. What is disheartening to observe …

Bonus Material: The Year of Twitter at Frankfurt

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I don’t tweet as often as I should. But I do often feel compelled to tweet when I attend conferences. The instant feedback on a speaker’s presentation can be just as interesting as what’s being said at the front of the room. Or, if you’re not present at an event, by following a stream of tweets you …

Young Publishers to Unite at Frankfurt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Jon Slack At Frankfurt Book Fair this year I will be heading up a major initiative to establish an International Society of Young Publishers. The idea stems from a UK-based non-profit group called The Society of Young Publishers (SYP), for which I’ve volunteered for three years now. We run speaker meetings, conferences and other networking (social) events for publishers, …

German Buch News: Frankfurt’s Digital Survey Results Are In

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Frankfurt Book Fair has released the results of its annual survey on the digital future of the publishing industry and the good news is that, of the 840 international industry insiders who participated in the survey, 80% see the radical change sweeping the industry as an opportunity, rather than as a crisis. Teaming up with the German …