*+-UK retail consultant Philip Downer tours New York City’s bookstores and can’t help comparing them–sometimes favorably–to those in London.
*+-Lynn Gaspard of Telegram Books sees publishing as a change agent: ‘I feel I am contributing as much by publishing as by joining a political organization.’
*+-Waterstones is to launch a Russian bookshop within its flagship store in London’s Piccadilly, offering 5,000 Russian language titles and translations.
*+-A makeshift lending library has opened at the Occupy London protest outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. Several authors have donated work to show support.
*+-E-books, royalties, territoriality, piracy, agents as publishers, publishers as booksellers, on the agenda for UK book community at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
*+-UK crowdsourced book funding project Unbound has a strong publishing pedigree and has already put several A-list books under contract. Unbound LIve, a pitch slam with Kate Mosse and Tibor Fischer is being held on Sept. 12.
*+-Publishers Launch London conference considered several issues: territoriality, metadata and the role of publishers in the age of digital DIY.
*+-By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Curatorship and discoverability -– these were the buzz terms at the UK’s Book Industry Conference (BIC) which opened on Monday in King’s Cross, London. Speakers representing independent shops on both sides of the Atlantic emphasized how good bricks and mortar bookshops are at “curating” a vibrant stock perfectly tailored to their community, while both said that …
*+-Some things bear repeating, and repeating and repeating… By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Dedicated e-readers could die out within five years, killed off by the rise of smartphones at the lower end of the market, and by tablets at the top. That’s the view of Benedict Evans, digital media guru at London-based consultancy Enders Analysis and Chair of the final day of …
*+-By Roger Tagholm LONDON: There were some choice phrases on offer at the World e-Reading Congress, held in London this week. “Apple is a walled garden; Android is an open garden – but it has a lot of weeds in it,” was one, from Richard Stephenson, CEO of Yudu Media, the free library of digital content, discussing the relative benefits of …