Amazon Kindle International, Week Two

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox A week after the international edition of the Amazon Kindle launched, Amazon’s David Naggar, Vice President for Kindle Content, took part in the STM Conference. While he came to appeal to STM publishers to increase the e-books and journals they offer on the Kindle, he also indulged the audience by answering some questions. On rights: “Open …

Books & Bytes Award to Honor Innovative Book Project

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Terzio Verlag Managing Director and book2look co-creator Ralph Möllers launched the first Books & Bytes Prize earlier this year to bring attention to the most innovative online book projects in Germany. “It is intended support not only the truly innovative developers of these projects but also—and probably even more importantly—the ‘fearless digerati’,” says Möllers. There are plenty …

“Piracy Isn’t Really an Issue:” STM in the Digital Age

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Digital publishing is a huge focus of the Fair this year, yet no one is further along that road than the STM publishers. At yesterday’s STM Frankfurt Conference entitled “Surviving Our Mid-Life Crisis: Forward from Forty,” Science, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishers discussed the already successful tools they use for reaching users digitally while also illustrating …

French Books en force

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers have weathered the economic downturn comparatively well, and this fall a total of 659 French and foreign novels were published for the inescapable rentrée littéraire (literary season). Many of the books being presented here at Frankfurt have already made the long or shortlist of the numerous French literary prizes that will be announced at the …

Agent Profile: Yasmina Jraissati of RAYA Agency

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti For Lebanese literary agent Yasmina Jraissati, the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair kick-started her entry into the world of literary agenting: “I went to Frankfurt that year since that was the year the Arab world was the guest of honor. At that point, I was already thinking about starting an agency.” Soon afterwards, building on the contacts she …

Paper Republic Catalogue Showcases Independent Chinese Writers

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post With China the Guest of Honor this year, there’s a mountain of information available about Chinese authors and publishers circulating through the Fair But one of the most interesting publications this year has to be the catalog of six independent writers produced by the website Paper Republic (http://paper-republic.org) complete with long—30+ pages—sample translations. Paper Republic was …

Letter from the Editor: Expect Serendipity

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt could have easily become a story about who is not here: the banned Chinese dissidents, the notable reduction of American and UK publishers, thinner crowds of people partying late into the night at the Hofs—a consequence of their having fled from extortionary accommodation prices in the city center by opting for hotels in …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …

What’s Cooking, Chef Wan?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L Cox Few can top Chef Wan. He is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated icons and a star of the Asian Food Channel, as well as having hosted shows in numerous other countries including Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. What’s more, he’s published eight cookbooks, and is also a comedian, talk-show host, and has acted on stage …

Changes and Challenges in the Supply Chain

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By John Mutter of Shelf Awareness Online challenges and opportunities were major themes yesterday at the 31st International Supply Chain seminar, sponsored by Editeur and the Boersenverein. Jonathan Nowell of Nielsen Book noted that the difficult economy has led to a “huge shift in consumer spending.” While the freefall has ended, he said, “restraint characterizes consumer spending behavior.” Book sales …