There’s No Business Like Book Show Business

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

93-year-old publishing attorney and author Martin Levin reflects on 60 years of book fairs, starting with the American Booksellers Association meeting in 1950. By Martin Levin In a career that spans six decades, and still counting, I have found that there is nothing quite like the annual trade shows in book publishing. 1950s: Washington D.C. I recall my first American …

To BEA, or Not to BEA, That is the Question

In English Language by Erin L. Cox

When you’re an independent publishing professional, is the time and expense of attending BookExpo America worth it? Editorial by Erin L. Cox In August of 2006, I left the publicity department at HarperCollins for a job as the Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker, where I handled the book advertising. It was not until April the following year that I …

UK’s Waterstone’s Pins Hopes on aNobii “Social Bookselling” App

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …

Magic Seeds: The Art and Science of Book Discovery in Hollywood

In English Language, Resources by Guest Contributor

“The deal-making process is far more fluid than many people realize,” says veteran books-to-film agent Jeff Aghassi. Read Part One of this article, in which ICM’s Josie Freedman and other Hollywood insiders talk about how they decide which books would make good movies. By Peter Cook “Because…essentially, anyone can publish these days, there is so much information out there that it …

The 1,000-to-1 Long Shot: How Hollywood Decides What Books Hit the Silver Screen

In English Language, Resources by Edward Nawotka

In the first of a two part series, we talk to ICM’s Josie Freedman and other insiders about how Hollywood agents, publishers and producers decide which books would make good movies. Read Part Two of this article in which we continue the conversation with books-to-film agent Jeff Aghassi and producer Sarah Ryan Black. By Peter Cook If the supply (books …

Yale’s Summer Publishing “Think Tank” Promises “Education for Me”

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

The Yale Publishing Course, taking place July 24-29, focuses on personal professional development, with an emphasis on leadership, business, technology and international issues. By Edward Nawotka If there’s a problem your trying to solve for your book publishing business, it has likely been discussed at one of the numerous publishing conferences held throughout the year. The first time you go …

Tweets, Blogs and Books: How Online Writers and Publishers Still Rely on Each Other for a Payday

In English Language, Resources by Rachel Aydt

Tweeters and bloggers are teaching publishers new tricks, and each continues to profit from collaboration with the other. By Rachel Aydt Blogger. Vlogger. Tweeter. Author. Journalist. These words aren’t synonymous, and yet they all have one thing in common: behind these terms are people who are jockeying in the media world for your attention. They could be selling something (whether …

Publishing’s Paper Problem and How to Future-Proof the Industry

In Digital by Guest Contributor

There’s an urgent need for publishers to update legacy rights management and content creation systems, according to speakers at BISG’s “Making Information Pay” conference. By Charlotte Abbott Though the idea of publishing as a data-driven industry may still be anathema to its old guard, the Book Industry Study Group’s 8th annual Making Information Pay conference hammered home once again that …

Digital Publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Good News, The Bad News

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

Sub-Saharan Africa’s dearth of cash, political will and a reliable supply of electricity are preventing the “digital revolution” from making large-scale changes in the way Africans read. By Tolu Ogunlesi The Namibian government has a goal of installing computers in every school and every community library in the country by 2014. This is one of the key objectives of the …

A Bookseller Who Bridges Print and Digital, Day and Night, This World and the Next

In Europe by Roger Tagholm

Watkin’s Books — the world’s most famous mind-body-spirit bookstore — nearly went under in 2010. A 21st-century business strategy and an American with vision saved it from extinction. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: You wouldn’t expect the owner of London’s –- if not the world’s -– most famous mind-body-spirit bookshop, Watkins, in Cecil Court, a Victorian walkway off Charing Cross Road, …