Top Publishing Links of the Week: January 18-22, 2016

In News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

e-commerce buy cursorMissing Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai paraded on China TV (BBC)
A Hong Kong publisher reported missing last October has appeared on Chinese state TV saying he voluntarily handed himself over to the authorities.

Anuradha Roy wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (The Hindu)
Last weekend, India’s Anuradha Roy was presented wit the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 for her novel, Sleeping on Jupiter, which deals with the subject of violence against women.

People are starting to read more e-books in Europe and Russia (Good E-Reader)
e-Book adoption may have plateaued in Canada and the United States but the digital format is growing in Europe and Russia.

The Face of Ferrante (Guernica Magazine)
Katrina Dodson interviews Ann Goldstein, Elena Ferrante’s English translator who has become the de facto public face of the elusive Italian author.

Oxford literary festival to consider paying authors, following outcry (Guardian)
Following outcry from authors including Philip Pullman, Francesca Simon and Joanne Harris over literary festivals that do not pay writers, the Oxford literary festival has said that it will “discuss how to achieve payment of fees for all speakers” in 2017.

Literature Comprises 1.5% Of Iceland’s GDP (The Reykjavík Grapevine)
Icelanders do love their books, but writing is not just an art; it is also a significant part of the economy.

Bertelsmann invests in India’s KartRocket (The Bookseller)
Bertelsmann is “stepping up” its activities in the Indian e-commerce market, with an investment in New Delhi e-commerce service provider KartRocket.

Ingram Picks 7 Startups for its Accelerator Program (Publishers Weekly)
Ingram Content Group and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have selected seven book tech startups from around the world to participate in an accelerator program for publishing innovation.

Have Publishers Shot Themselves in the Foot With Costly Ebooks? (Book Business)
Caleb Mason argues that mainstream readers are price sensitive, and that current ebook prices do not always match with customer expectations.

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.