#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 …

Does Turkish Publishing Offer a Model for Other Growth Markets?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Several key factors have contributed to Turkey’s rising profile on the global publishing scene, including Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Prize and a stint as Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair. By Edward Nawotka “In some ways, Turkey’s burgeoning publishing industry may be a good model for Arabic-language publishing as it looks to grow its market in the next few …

Who is the “Author” of This Book of Tweets?

In Growth Markets, Resources by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati On the eve of their fifth birthday, Twitter published some remarkable statistics: on average, per day users send 140 million tweets and 460,000 new accounts are opened. Without a doubt, we are living interesting times. The …

DISCUSS: Should Tweeters Be Compensated for Contributions to Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature looks at some of the copyright and compensation issues surrounding the publication of the book Tweets from Tahrir, a collection of tweets that has been collated, edited and expected to be published shortly by OR Books in the United States. The issue is complicated and has implications for how publishers will treat social media contributions …

A Second Helping of Edouard Cointreau’s Paris Cookbook Fair

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Last year Edouard Cointreau, the force behind the Gourmand Cookbook Awards, extended his reach further into the professional culinary world and launched the Paris Cookbook Fair, a trade fair exclusively dedicated to books about food and drink. Yesterday, on a brilliantly sunny Sunday in Paris, the second edition of the Fair ended and while the final count …

SURVEY: Which Rights Deal Do You Opt for Most Often?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

World rights, English-only world rights, territorial rights, language-specific rights? By Edward Nawotka “As the world becomes more and more a global marketplace, there will be fewer barriers to exploiting rights around the world,” says David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group. Increasingly, he notes, this means that means pursuing world rights for titles as a way of eliminating any …

English E-books Are In Demand Worldwide, Though Primarily as a Stopgap

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “I believe there is significant potential for English language e-books on the international markets,” David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group, told us last month during an interview at the Digital Book World publishing conference. “What you have to understand is there has always been demand, even in non-English speaking countries. The publishers have tried …

German Flip-Flopping on Translator Compensation Angers Everyone

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary A recent ruling by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has both German translators and publishers up in arms regarding translator compensation. The Bundesgerichtshof has ruled that German translators are now entitled to claim 20% of the net income earned by the author of the original language edition for any ancillary rights sold, including German paperback and audiobook …

Could Monetizing Fan Fiction Become a Virtuous Circle?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Scott Walker of Brain Candy notes that “there is an untapped market that exists between fandom and commercial entertainment” and “he wants to legitimize fandom.” Obviously Walker is asserting that there is money being left on the table somewhere in the value chain. Producers of commercial entertainment pay top dollar for “canonical texts” …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …