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 …

#LBF11: Waterstone’s to Close 200 Shops in the UK?

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A shadow hangs over the aisles this year and if it’s not made up of volcanic ash this time, the consequences could be even more worrying for British publishers. The shadow is called Waterstone’s whose fate is of concern to almost everyone at Earls Court. At the moment, the chain’s founder Tim Waterstone and his Russian investor …

#LBF11: LeCarre’s Son Inks Digital Deal, King Speech Backs Kwai Nov, Hecht’s B’day

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

London Book Fair “Floor Talk” by  Roger Tagholm Digital Deal for LeCarre’s Son Roland Phillips at John Murray has bought the first non-fiction title by Nick Harkaway, son of John le Carre. Peak Digital will look at where “society and technology are interacting”, says Phillips, who concluded the deal with agent Patrick Walsh. “It’s about the search for authenticity in a technological …

Should Reading Be Promoted as a “Legal Drug”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story Shashi Martynova, who is known as one of the most enthusiastic advocates of reading in Russia, suggested that one tactic that could be used to entice a younger generation of readers to pick up books instead of video games or submit to other distractions was to promote reading as “a legal drug.” “Often, …

Russian Publishing is No “Depressing” Siberia; E-book Innovation from Bookmate.ru

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Hannah Johnson and Edward Nawotka As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia shows off its literary culture, growing e-book market and readiness for international cooperation. As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia was represented by a robust program of events featuring authors, publishers and industry experts — truly the elite of …

#LBF11: Deals for The Tools and Secret Nazi Conversations

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Vermillion Acquires The Tools “Event publishing” is one of the phrases of the fair, it seems.  It’s how Ebury Publishing MD Fiona McIntyre is already referring to next spring’s publication of The Tools, the self-help title that has had London publishers talking (and calling their own therapists if they missed the deal). The book is by US therapist …

Read Publishing Perspectives London Book Fair Edition

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson For the first time, Publishing Perspectives is attending the London Book Fair! We will be reporting live from the fair, both here on our website and on Twitter (@pubperspectives). We have also created a fantastic (if I say so myself!) print edition for the London Book Fair that is full of articles about rights, UK publishing, and …