UNESCO Forum 2011: Spain Concerned About E-Piracy; Japanese Mobile E-books Hit $700m Sales in 2010

In Digital by Guest Contributor

At the UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most urgent issues facing publishing today. By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté Today we look at the markets in Spain and Japan, with Milagros Del Corral., the former Director of National Library of Spain and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Focus …

LA Meets NYC: Mulholland Books Marries Hollywood, Video Games and Fiction

In English Language by Guest Contributor

Little, Brown’s new imprint is delivering page-turners with Hollywood pedigree and has signed unique partnerships with film producers and video game companies. By David Duhr NEW YORK: Albert Brooks in The Muse compared being a screenwriter in Hollywood to being a eunuch at an orgy: “except that the eunuch can at least watch,” Brooks’ character says, “while the screenwriter is …

Nicholas Sparks, US Bestsellers Help Novo Conceito Race to the Front of Brazilian Publishing

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Former motorcycle racer Fernando Baracchini only started publishing trade books in 2007, but his publishing house dominates Brazil’s bestseller lists with an array of translated imports. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues At first, Fernando Baracchini didn’t seem destined for a career in publishing. Though he grew up as scion to the Ribeirão Preto-based book chain Paraler, instead of helping his mother …

Beyond the E-book: Creating a “3-D Narrative” on Screens

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Should publishers simply be transfering the printed page, unaltered, to the screen? No, especially when there is so much more you can do, argues Kirk Bowe, CTO, of UK app developer TradeMobile. Editorial by Kirk Bowe, CTO, TradeMobile LONDON: The e-book is dead. Let’s be clear: with the transition from paper to electronic screens, which are increasingly more often on …

Why Mergers Are Like Marriages: Aufbau and Eichborn Make Strange Bedfellows in Germany

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

“The publisher with the fly” takes a dive: Germany is abuzz with rumors that the Eichborn/Aufbau merger may be a bust. By Siobhan O’Leary When representatives of Eichborn Verlag and Aufbau Verlag held a press conference in Berlin in January to announce their intended collaboration and Eichborn’s anticipated move from Frankfurt to Berlin, it seemed that the two large German …

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: A Brief Lesson in German Publishing Psychology

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

At the Publishers’ Forum in Berlin earlier this month, it became clear that German publishers have no desire or need to rush into digital publishing. By Amanda DeMarco “It’s inevitable.” At the Publishers’ Forum hosted by digital services provider Klopotek in Berlin earlier this month, several versions of the phrase “Shape your own future!” cropped up in presentations. At first I thought …

SNOB: Billionaire Backs Rebirth of the Russian Literary Magazine

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

It’s difficult to find a Russian author of note who has not written for SNOB, billionaire Mikhail Prokorov’s luxury lit mag. By Daniel Kalder Going back to the 19th century literary journals have played an important role in Russian culture. Indeed, no lesser a figure than Dostoevsky edited not one, but two following his return from Siberian exile. After 1917, …

200 Million Americans Want to Publish Books, But Can They?

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Some 200 Million Americans say they want to publish a book, but lack of attendance at the IBPA’s Publishing University at BEA suggests a disregard for the craft of book publishing. By Justine Tal Goldberg It’s often said the book fairs are no place for writers. But what about at a conference organized specifically to help writers publish? According to …

Romancing the Bookseller

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The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of working with booksellers to promote your books. DISCUSS: Authors, What are Your “Best Practices” for Working with Booksellers? By M.J. Rose When I was growing up we lived on Madison Avenue and 80th street in New York City. Often, after dinner, my mother and I would take a walk down Fifth Avenue. Our destination? The …