About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.

UK Publishers Association’s Juden on Google Settlement, Copyright

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka LONDON: “It’s the least bad outcome from where we got started,” says Simon Juden, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Publishers Association, with regard to the Google Books Settlement. “That is,” he reminds me, “a personal opinion.” “In continental Europe there is almost a religious opposition to the settlement,” continues Juden, “The UK reaction is much more …

Bonus Material: Remembering Poet Kamala Das

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PUNE: Revered Indian poet Kamala Das died this past Sunday, age 75. Known for her work in both Malayalam (the language of her native Kerala) and English, she was a ground-breaking writer, a feminist who did not shy away from the erotic or confronting patriarchy. She started writing as a teenager, using the nom de plume Madhavikutty. …

Bonus Material: Away We Go

In Discussion, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In 2007 the indie movie Juno, about a quirky pregnant teenager, went on to earn an astonishing $250 million worldwide.  Away We Go could easily be its sequel: The film stars John Krasinski (from the American version of The Office television show) and comedienne Maya Rudolph as a thirtysomething couple who, six months pregnant with their first …

The European Point of View on BEA

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Next year BEA will return to New York City, where it will remain at least through 2012. On the face of it, the decision to stop moving it around seems like a good idea, particularly as travel to New York is cheaper than it has been in recent memory. As a consequence, one constituency Americans may see …

Bonus Material: Making Obama’s Video Viral

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One person who understood how to leverage social media was Barack Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe. Obama’s campaign inspired numerous digital campaign messages produced on their own by Obama’s supporters. One of the most popular was musician Will.i.am’s video “Yes We Can.” Michael Terpin of SocialRadi.us was hired to promote it online. Here, he describes his very …

Obama’s Super Secret BEA Party, Small Publishers Schadenfreude

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: On Saturday, US president Barack Obama arrived in New York City to take his wife Michelle to see August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone on Broadway. Soon, the rumor spread that the President planned to visit Random House, his book publisher, for a super-secret party. True or not — we couldn’t get confirmation …

Social Media Gurus Advise “Listen First, Sell Second”

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: “When you search for something on Google, 95% of the time it returns the same results for everybody,” said Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, due from Wiley in the United States in August. “Now, imagine what would happen if you searched for information among …

Bonus Material: Burgers and Cupcakes

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here’s a tip: If you’ve got a craving for some seriously good grub within easy walking distance of the Javits Center, you can’t do better than the patties and cakes at  Burgers and Cupcakes at 265 West 23rd. Don’t like red meat? No worries. They’ve got veggie and salmon burgers as well. There are also pizzas on …

Bonus Material: BEA’s Buzz Panel

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEA’s Buzz Panel is one of the highlights of the first day of events. It offers top editors have the chance to plug one of their forthcoming titles and make a case for why it should be a future bestseller. This year’s panel included Deb Futter, v-p and editor-in-chief, Grand Central Publishing talking about Leila Meacham’s Roses, …

BEA So Far: More Questions Than Answers

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: “Oh, I love Tina Fey!” said one conventioneer, in response to an invitation from a friend to attend a panel  being moderated by publisher Tina Brown in a nearby room. The mistake  –  confusing Fey, a television comedienne, for Brown, the former New Yorker editor and Web mistress – is unfortunate, though not entirely inexcusable. …