Korea is looking to export more of its fiction, even as reading declines at home, while in Russia, talented authors see sale squandered by a faltering publishing and distribution system.
South Korea’s Paju Bookcity is unique in the world: home to some 200 publishing companies and 10,000 publishing professionals, mere miles from the North Korea border.
Let’s face it: the American book industry doesn’t exactly “need” BookExpo America any more. If you ran the show, what would you do to make it essential again?
Porter Anderson follows the post-London Book Fair buzz covering self-publishers at the event, fights over the value of legacy publishers, literary agents, and more.
Self-publishing has taken hold in the UK and two authors at the London Book Fair encouraged writers to consider DIY, offering observations and advice applicable to all.
The modern book industry is a multiverse that requires increasingly complex and specialized skill sets, said several publishers at the London Book Fair.
Privately, publishers are raising concerns over Amazon’s term demands, listing of editions for which it doesn’t have territorial rights, and sourcing of titles from wholesalers.
Publishing doyen Anthony Cheetham believes if the book is to remain at the center of our culture, publishers must become more specialized.
Books with first hand accounts of life in North Korea are rare, so John Sweeney’s Zombie Nation and Jang Jin-Sung’s Crossing the Border are generating unique buzz at the London Book Fair.
Turkey’s professionalized publishing industry is on full display at the London Book Fair with the hope that foreigners will take a greater interest in translations and trade.