In the UK, the PA opens its ‘Textbook Challenge’ to the educational community, while in the States, PRH backs its people’s PEN memberships.
The Shanghai Children’s Book Fair opens this week with a global roster of speakers; Penguin Random House rolls out a plan to help employees pay off student loans.
‘It’s important that the book industry stays culturally in touch with the whole of society,’ says PRH Ebury’s Rebecca Smart. She brings her viewpoints to Frankfurt’s The Markets conference.
It’s no surprise that book publishing giant Penguin Random House has plenty of success selling rights around the world. Here are their most recent highlights from the US and UK.
The high view of self-publishing, in Jon Fine’s words, is peopled with ‘increasingly sophisticated’ authors supported by ‘increasingly sophisticated consultants’—a movement growing into its own alongside ‘the curatorial mark’ of trade publishing.
After the arrival in Mexico of Amazon and Apple, ebook sales growth has slowed and some wonder what all the fuss was about, according to editors, publishers and entrepreneurs.
‘Ebooks are essentially Web sites in wrappers. So what happens if you take the wrappers off?’ One answer lies in the layered reading world of Strata, a digital storytelling project from Penguin Random House and a host of collaborators led by Dan Franklin.
With 42 percent of Spain’s population reporting to surveys that they’re not reading books, last week’s symposium in Madrid about bookselling had an extra edge of urgency.
‘There never really seemed to be a change,’ says one player in a new network aiming to provide support for UK publishing workers of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
A reluctant industry? At Publishers’ Forum in Berlin, a first day of sessions has exposed what some see to be a surprisingly entrenched reluctance to embrace data’s centricity in a new and critical relationship with consumers.