Week in Review: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered, Google Launch E-book Affiliates

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A quick cheat sheet of some notable publishing news from this week and last: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered: On Monday, Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry had predicted that online shopping would wipe out general bookstores within five years. What’s more, Angus & Robertson said it will close another 42 stores and another 19 A&R stores are being sold …

There’s No Business Like Book Show Business

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

93-year-old publishing attorney and author Martin Levin reflects on 60 years of book fairs, starting with the American Booksellers Association meeting in 1950. By Martin Levin In a career that spans six decades, and still counting, I have found that there is nothing quite like the annual trade shows in book publishing. 1950s: Washington D.C. I recall my first American …

What’s the Best Business Deal You’ve Done at a Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

What’s your greatest victory from BookExpo America’s past? By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story, Martin Levin looks back his experiences in attending more than 60 years of book fairs. In the piece he recounts some outrageous exchanges — buying an author a Rolls Royce, for example — as well as several exchanges that led to long-term business deals. Tell …

Did Russia’s Spotlight at the London Book Fair Generate Business for You?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Russia is taking several star turns at book fairs as “guest of honor” — first in London earlier this month and next year at BookExpo America. The country’s literary reputation overseas is largely based on classic texts and a handful of translated authors who have broken through — Boris Akunin, Viktor Pelevin, Tatyana Tolstaya, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, and Lyudmila Ulitskaya …

Q: What is Global Publishing Worth? A: €80 Billion

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Ruediger Wischenbart is seeking to undertake an unprecedented project -– the compilation of a comprehensive database of global publishing statistics. By Tolu Ogunlesi LONDON: Publishing — including STM, Educational and Trade material -– is currently estimated at being worth €80 billion and is the second largest creative industry in the world, after television; and is currently bigger than the music …

Mysterious J.J. Abrams Novel Inspires Mysterious Sale

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Canongate’s Jamie Byng has bought what he describes as “the most high concept novel I have ever come across”, a debut novel from J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost and director of Star Trek. Byng concluded the deal with Cathryn Summerhayes of William Morris Endeavour (WME) in London, with the primary agent being Jay Mandell of WME US …

What is Your News from the London Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our reporting of news from the London Book Fair will continue, even as people back up their bags and make the long trek to their respective homes. Tell us what your news was from this year’s LBF — announcements, deals, impressions, memories — and we’ll follow up with you over the next several days. Email the information …

E-Publishing in the UK: The Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

Despite the digital wave sweeping over publishing, some publishers are surprised at how seldom e-books are talked about at this year’s London Book Fair LONDON: As former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said (and I paraphrase) “there are known knowns, known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” London has been rife with news about e-publishing, oddly, much of it …