The American Gentleman: Roger Straus in Frankfurt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

At first publisher Roger Straus was reticent to come to Germany for a book fair, but once he did, the legendary publisher made friends, struck deals, and left a lasting legacy. By Boris Kachka Roger W. Straus, Jr., the exuberant founder of Farrar, Straus & Giroux who died in 2004, carried himself like a born leader, a man who kept …

Argentina: A Nation of Offbeat Writers, Exquisite Publishers

In English Language by Emily Williams

• This year’s Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair as seen through the eyes of one of its top literary editors • Photo: Argentina Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010 By Alejandra Rodríguez Ballester (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) “If there is one writer that readers outside of Argentina shouldn’t miss, it’s …

E-Books, Google Editions and Struggling Book Sales

In Digital by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 7 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) Livres Hebdo, in partnership with Publishers Weekly, buchreport, and The Bookseller, hosted a panel yesterday titled “CEO Talk: The Global Ranking …

From Frankfurt 2010: Content Knows No Borders

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Liz Bury (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 6 October 2010. Download the complete, 32-page show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) “There is an ocean of stories out there, with endless potential,” noted Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: Douglas Rushkoff on Upstart Publishing, Staying Human in a Digital World

In Growth Markets by Chad W. Post

• In advance of his keynote speech at today’s Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, Douglass Rushkoff discusses his new book Program or Be Programmed and the advantages of working with a small, digital publisher instead of a traditional corporate one. • “People accept the tools and interfaces that they’re presented with as if they were pre-existing conditions of the universe,” says …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: “Customer Experience” is What Matters Most

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Sheila Bounford, a speaker at next week’s TOC Frankfurt conference, believes that publishers need to integrate customer service into their business strategy. • Focusing on customer experience, feedback, and market research could lead publishers to a better understanding of their end-users. By Michelle Jones PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND: Now in it’s second year at Frankfurt, the Tools of Change Frankfurt conference …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nordic Publishing in Göteborg

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• The Göteborg Book Fair, Scandinavia’s largest book event, starts this Friday, with Africa as the featured region, with more than 70 writers from the continent attending. • Scandinavian writers are hot all over the world and the fair’s timing just prior to Frankfurt offers a preview what’s likely to be featured from the Nordic countries at the big show. …

Old World, High Style: A Visit to Paris’ Librairie Galignani, Est. 1801, Publishers Since 1520

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

• Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. • Despite its age — the store was founded in 1801, but the publishers of the same name date back to 1520 — it has weathered the years well and continues be an important part of Paris’ vibrant literary community. By Rachel Aydt …

Brooklyn Embraces the World: Book Fest, Publishers Boost International Lit

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• The Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place this Sunday, is devoting a stage exclusively to international programming. Among those authors appearing will be Pakistan’s Feryal Ali Gauhar and UK graphic novelist Nick Abadzis. • The programming is a reflection of the broad community of independent publishers making their home in the borough, many of which focus on translations, including …