About the Author

Roger Tagholm


Roger Tagholm is based in London and has been writing about the book industry for more than 20 years. He is the former Deputy Editor of Publishing News and the author of Walking Literary London (New Holland) and Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press).

At #LBF11: 24symbols – the Spotify Model for Books

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that music is now “tasted” and explored through sites like Last FM and Spotify, why shouldn’t this model be applied to books? That is part of the reasoning behind 24symbols, the Madrid-based books site whose co-founder Justo Hidalgo is at the fair to outline his particular vision of the digital future. “With 24symbols you can read …

Proof that Publishers Know the Public Doesn’t Care About Publisher Branding

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Notice anything odd about this illuminated panel advertisement for Sean Rayment’s Bomb Hunters currently adorning the London Underground? No? Try answering this then: who’s the publisher? It’s a real oddity. Think how many times you read about publishers launching new imprints, re-vamping existing ones, re-doing their logos “we’re really pleased with this design, the way x represents …

UK Publisher Orion Still Knows How to Party

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm To the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden – where the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) were held at the weekend – for the Orion Group’s annual Author Party. Just as the highly successful British film The King’s Speech was on everyone’s lips at the BAFTAs, so at the party on Tuesday night …

“Wowed” by the Yanks, UK Indie Booksellers Motivated to Start Selling E-books

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A select group of UK independent booksellers has just returned from the American Bookseller’s Association Winter Institute in Washington DC, where they have had their heads turned around by the strides being made by US independents on the selling of e-books. US indie booksellers, in partnership with Google, are starting to sell e-books, a model that …

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 …

It’s Elemental: Touch Press at the Vanguard of Enhanced E-books

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Digital books can boost the sales of their physical equivalents, but success in the digital arena will only come to those publishers that form “deep, serious partnerships”, according to Max Whitby, CEO of new, west London-based digital start-up Touch Press. “It’s no good publishers coming along and saying well here’s some technical people who can do …

Sharjah’s Int’l Book Fair Makes a Big Push for UK and US Publishers

In Digital by Roger Tagholm

• Sharjah’s International Book Fair, October 26 to November 6, emphasizes collaboration with western publishers. • Several new awards were bestowed at this year’s Fair to highlight excellence in English-language publishing. By Roger Tagholm SHARJAH, UAE: It was a good day for Chicago at the Sharjah International Book Fair’s inaugural international awards, presented by His Highness Sheik Dr. Sultan bin …