Weekly Recap: Salinger’s Law, China’s Internet Boycott, Ghana’s New Sleuth, Training CEOs

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week at Publishing Perspectives we were hot on the trail of a number of developing stories; including J.D. Salinger’s lawsuit against his nemesis Fredrik Colting and artist Ai Weiwei’s call to boycott the internet in protest of China’s Green Dam computer filtering software (It worked! – see Bonus Material below). We also offered Ghanaian-American novelist Kwei …

Iraqi, Egyptian Publishers Enthuse Over New CEO Training Program

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti ABU DHABI: KITAB, the joint venture of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair, recently held the first of two five-day CEO-level training programs it has organized this year for publishers from the Arab world. Nineteen publishers from eight Arab countries attended a series of workshops in Abu Dhabi from June …

Will 360 Million Chinese Boycott the Internet?

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Today is the day China turned off the internet. Or at least that is the hope of artist Ai Weiwei. Weiwei called on China’s 360 million internet users to “stop working, reading, chatting, blogging, gaming and mailing” to protest the Chinese government’s demand that computers users have to have installed its controversial Green Dam Youth Escort …

Weekly Recap: Losing Dust Jackets, Africa’s “It” Girl, PubMatch and Granta Go Global

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka (read the Arabic version here) (read the Chinese version here) This past week in Publishing Perspectives we covered paper-over-board printing, spoke with Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, looked at PubMatch.org and considered the international expansion of Granta literary magazine. Next week, we’ll start with a consideration of the legal ramifications of J.D. Salinger lawsuit against Nicotext, as well …

Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Straddling Continents

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka TORONTO: “In the West we have constructed a narrative where African wars and poverty are meaningless, with no real political or historical context, which suggests misery is this atavistic thing,” says Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “But what gets forgotten is at the same time all this is happening, people are falling in love, people are still …

In Praise of Paper-Over-Board

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK (USA): I have a visceral hatred for dust jackets – I strip them off, I crinkle them, I lose them. So in 2007, when in the process of launching Open Letter (a new publishing house at the University of Rochester dedicated to international literature), we had to decide whether we wanted to do …

Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti CAIRO: Most of the difficulties faced by Arabic-language book publishing stem from two basic problems: government censorship and very limited distribution. But with e-books, Ramy Habeeb, founder of the Egypt-based publisher Kotobarabia, has managed to bypass both seemingly intractable problems. As the first e-publisher devoted exclusively to Arabic-language titles, www.kotobarabia.com now offers over 8500 books in 31 …