UK Library Supporters to Protest Over 400 Possible Closures

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Guardian UK reports that library supporters have declared a “carnival of resistance” to protest library closures across the UK. The “carnival” will take place on February 5 with nationwide events and “read-ins” at over forty libraries. The Public Libraries News website currently counts 398 libraries and 40 mobile libraries that are under threat of closure. These …

E-Ink Can Make Tanks Invisible

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson You thought E-Ink was just for dedicated e-reading devices like the Kindle, but defense contractor BAE Systems has discovered another use: making tanks invisible on the battlefield. According to a report in the Telegraph, sensors on the outside of the tank will record and project a realtime image feed of the surrounding landscape back onto the tank’s …

Beautiful Books, Great Hair: The Unlikely Publishing Career of Simon Petherick

In Europe by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: With a fierce mane, a fondness for striped socks and the ruddy complexion of an outdoorsman, 51-year-old Simon Petherick — the MD of Beautiful Books — cuts a striking figure. Increasingly, his books are getting noticed too, a testament to his outgoing nature and openness to new ideas. Founded in 2006, to publish titles that are “off …

Do Author Brands Ever Die?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how two UK companies are aggressively managing the literary estates and character properties of some long dead — and some very alive — authors. Literature has long been held as a means for someone to “live forever,” a least in the minds of readers — provided a given author’s books continue to …

21st Century Brand Management: How the UK’s Chorion and Coolabi Cash In on Author’s Creations

In Europe by Guest Contributor

By Sarah Weinman An author’s career trajectory generally goes something like this: he or she writes books which are represented by literary agents who sell various rights to publishers. That arrangement can change over time if the author switches agents or publishers (as happens a lot, especially these days) or opts for non-traditional routes to reach an audience, but in …

What Can Schools Do to Inspire More Literary Creativity in Children?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Over the last several years literary entrepreneurs, supported by A-list authors, have opened several imaginative creative writing centers and bookshops aimed a children and teens. Arguably, these institutions — from Dave Egger’s 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Roddy Doyle’s Fighting Words in Dublin, to Nick Hornby’s Ministry of Stories in London (as discussed in today’s lead story) …

Best of Publishing Perspectives 2010: Europe

In Europe by Hannah Johnson

Publishing Perspectives aims to bring you new and important stories from the international publishing community, stories that don’t always get reported in English. Today, we present our list of this year’s best stories from Europe that represent the major issues and developments there over the last 12 months. France France’s Fnac Introduces FnacBook, E-Reader War Heats Up Read the article …

Is the UK Ahead of the US in Enhancing E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books are a hot topic in publishing. So far, I think, our imagination has outpaced our ability to execute and there have been few steller examples of how publishers can harness recent technological change to advance books as they appear in digital formats. One of the few examples that has really worked is London-based Touch Press’s …

“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …