Beautiful Books, Great Hair: The Unlikely Publishing Career of Simon Petherick

In Europe by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: With a fierce mane, a fondness for striped socks and the ruddy complexion of an outdoorsman, 51-year-old Simon Petherick — the MD of Beautiful Books — cuts a striking figure. Increasingly, his books are getting noticed too, a testament to his outgoing nature and openness to new ideas. Founded in 2006, to publish titles that are “off …

Publishing Intel from RAND Corporation

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder SANTA MONICA: For over 60 years now the RAND Corporation has carried out research and analysis for governments, organizations, and institutions around the world. Famously, it was the work of Dr. Herman Kahn — a RAND employee –- that provided the seed for the military doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (Kahn was lampooned by Peter Sellers in …

Future-proofing Your Publishing Business: F+W Media President Sara Domville on Developing Vertical Communities

In English Language, Resources by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The old publishing model of creating a product and then hoping it sells is clearly not working,” says Sara Domville, President of F+W Media, Inc. “The beauty of verticals is that it gives you an opportunity to create a relationship with those communities you’re selling to – you learn from them and then create a product that …

End of Year Sales Bode Well for German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book chain Thalia reported its highest sales to date for its Oyo Reader in December, according to buchreport. The device — which reached stores in November — was one of Thalia’s top 5 bestselling products and, perhaps surprisingly, most of them were sold in-store rather than online. Thalia witnessed a corresponding increase in e-book sales, with figures …

Sens Critique: Social Book and Culture Reviews, the French Way

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: “It’s all about de-materialization,” says Clément Apap, co-founder of Sens Critique (Critical Sense), a new virtual library for books, films, TV series, graphic novels and music –- which launched in December and has already attracted 85,000 users. Users can join Sens Critique for free or simply adopt the site as something akin to a cultural magazine. …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu…Who Knew?: Words Without Borders’ Surprise Hit

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Last fall marked the release of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, an anthology of modern Middle Eastern literature in translation that has had a surprising success in the American market. Tablet & Pen represents a fruitful collaboration between the literature-in-translation online magazine Words Without Borders and anthology editor Reza Aslan, author of …

For Digital Publishers and Device Manufacturers, CES 2011 Was All About the Deal

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson LAS VEGAS: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) concluded on Saturday with over 140,000 total visitors and 2,700 exhibitors representing a huge range of products and companies, from the largest technology giants like Microsoft and Sony to small startups — and now, media companies. Since its debut in 1967, the focus of CES has been on hardware. Well-known …

21st Century Brand Management: How the UK’s Chorion and Coolabi Cash In on Author’s Creations

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Sarah Weinman An author’s career trajectory generally goes something like this: he or she writes books which are represented by literary agents who sell various rights to publishers. That arrangement can change over time if the author switches agents or publishers (as happens a lot, especially these days) or opts for non-traditional routes to reach an audience, but in …

With 150,000 Daily Print Subscribers, France’s Children’s Newspapers Remain Popular Despite “Digital Distractions”

In Children's, Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije At least French kids are reading newspapers. There is always a business model that works against the odds. France’s book publisher Play Bac presse, which also publishes three newspapers for children, is simultaneously celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its founding paper, Mon Quotidien’s (My Daily) 15th birthday. At a time when newspapers worldwide are struggling, and in …