Speech Act Protects Against “Libel Tourism”

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Speech Act, a law intended to protect US publishers and journalists from facing libel charges in countries with more stringent defamation laws, reported Publisher’s Weekly. Putting an end to “libel tourism,” the law ensures American authors are protected by the First Amendment for material produced in the United States, and prevents …

Abstinence or Sex: Twilight vs. In Praise of Older Women

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• In Praise of Older Women is the anti-Twilight, telling the story of a young man’s sexual education in the arms of older women. • Stephen Vizinczey believes one reason his novel In Praise of Older Women isn’t in print in the U.S. is because it doesn’t fit into America’s “puritanical or macho traditions.” Editorial by Lewis Manalo When I …

3D Consumer Camera, Russia Bans YouTube, EU Lobbied on Privacy

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Welcome to the first Tech Digest roundup of noteworthy links about new technology, digital developments, social media, cool gadgets, and more. Without further ado, here is today’s digest: Amazon Announces New Kindle As everyone predicted this week when they saw the Kindle was out-of-stock, Amazon has announced a “smaller, lighter, faster” Kindle. It looks like Amazon is …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …

Do Booksellers Promote Too Many Titles at Once?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes some of the bookselling strategies of London’s Daunt Books. One focus of the piece is the fact that the bookstore displays just one or two titles in the windows per week, a move that has led to significant sales of certain titles. A carefully edited and curated selection of titles can be a …

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The Bookselling Secrets of London’s Daunt Books

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• Independent bookselling is not dead, but it takes close attention to the details — and a carefully edited selection of books — to thrive in the real world. • Selective promotion supported by review coverage and bookseller enthusiasm are the key to moving dozens of books a day out the door. By Edward Nawotka LONDON: One title displayed at …

Is Analog More Authentic Than Digital?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story about Underwood’s first release of a recording of short stories on vinyl suggests that analog recordings offer a richer experience than listening to an MP3. Print versus digital. Pen and paper versus keyboard and computer. Vinyl versus MP3. Each has its own advocates. One one side is the argument that analog is more authentic, …

Who is Your Favorite Foreign Rights Rep?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Graham Cook who recently won the Rights Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the UK Bookseller Industry Awards. Of course, that competition was limited to the UK. So tell us, who is your favorite foreign rights rep from around the world? Tell us a little bit about …