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Top 10 Articles on Rights and Licensing of 2014

In Resources by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

international booksAs the year comes to a close, Publishing Perspectives is looking back at our most-read articles of the year. In the field of rights and licensing, our contributors covered the globe from Beijing to Serbia. We wrote about trends in digital and self-publishing, explored growing rights territories, and highlighted copyright and licensing issues.

Take a look at our top 10 rights articles of 2014, or browse our rights archive to read more about global book rights and licensing.

1: 9 “Don’ts for Publishers” 2014 Edition

By Edward Nawotka
Richard Charkin of Bloomsbury UK, offered a list of “Don’ts for Publishers,” riffing on Bloomsbury’s two million-copy bestselling revivals from 1913: Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives.

2: Yawn No More: Americans and the Market for Foreign Fiction

By Saskia Vogel
As proven by the conversations at BookExpo America, American publishers, editors and readers may finally be coming around to embracing more foreign literature.

3: Global Book Market Snapshots: France and Germany

By Tom Chalmers
France and Germany are two of Europe’s largest publishing powerhouses. Global demand for French books appears to be on the rise, and Germany is experiencing a big jump in ebook revenue.

4: Book Publishing Market Snapshots: Serbia and Malaysia

By Tom Chalmers
Serbia offers high-quality literary fiction and commercial women’s fiction. Malaysia hosts Southeast Asia’s largest rights fair and the government actively supports digital publishing initiatives in education.

5: An Insider’s Guide to How One UK Agency Places Its Writers

By Andrew Lownie
Andrew Lownie, recently short-listed for The Bookseller UK literary agent of the year, explains how the agency goes about selling its authors.

6: India’s Buoyant Book Market Attracts More Foreign Deals

By Libby Whitehouse
From IPR License, Libby Whitehouse looks at whether India’s effervescent literary culture is attracting established and new writers from either side of the Atlantic.

7: Life and Death at Frankfurt

By Barbara J. Zitwer
Literary agent Barbara J. Zitwer reflects on the pivotal role the Frankfurt Book Fair has played in her life and career.

8: When Courts Adjudicate the Quality of Literary Characters

By Dennis Abrams
In a January 2014 copyright trial, the courts were forced to decide if the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Watson were so well-rounded that they couldn’t be parsed.

9: World Rights vs. Territorial Rights: What Are the Advantages?

By Edward Nawotka
Frequently, literary agents argue that selling the territorial rights for a book has advantages over selling world rights. But in many cases, it also makes sense to sell world rights.

10: The Beijing Cookbook Fair: Tasting the $4bn Global Cookbook Market

By Hannah Johnson
For Gourmand’s new Beijing Cookbook Fair, launched this year, publishers came from around the world for a taste of China’s and the world’s $4 billion cookbook market.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.