Chilean Artists Bomb Berlin with 100,000 Poems

In Growth Markets by Siobhan O'Leary

• On Saturday, Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war. • This is the fifth instance of the “Poetry Rain” project, which has also taken place in four other cities that were subject to intense aerial bombings during their history. By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Last Saturday night, just as the …

The Ideavirus: Seth Godin as a Microcosm of Publishing’s Flux

In English Language by Mike Springer

• Following Seth Godin’s decision last week to leave traditional publishing behind, several questions have been raised. Is he really making a radical change? Or is this simply another smart marketing play? • Godin’s very public defection is just one more example of how publishing is in flux. He may be the exception to the rule, but his example sets a precedent for others to …

Beijing International Book Fair: E-books and Digital Content Boost China’s $150bn Publishing Media Market (Update)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• The Beijing International Book Fair (August 30 through September 3) reflects China’s booming digital publishing business with 2,000 sq. meters of digital exhibits. • Sales of ebooks, downloaded games, apps and other digital content in China hit 80 billion RMB ($11.8 billion) in 2009. By Edward Nawotka UPDATED 8/29: Our initial statistical information stated that the $150bn applied exclusively to …

Steve McCurry’s Photos Capture the Universality, Intimacy of Reading

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photojournalists in the world, is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment” — a slice of time that is both personal and honest. He has often found this in moments when people are reading. • “There’s an intimacy people have with a book and its author that is similar, what couples have,” …

Advantage India: Delhi’s Campfire Classics Hark Back to Golden Age of Comics

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

• Indian graphic novel publisher Campfire Books has begun exporting affordable Western classics to the US and other English-speaking nations around the world. • Among the advantages the company has is the ability to keep most of the work in-house. The company employs a bullpen of 20 full-time artists on staff to do with drawing and coloring, thus helping to keep …

Flat World Knowledge’s “Freemium” Textbooks Gain 140,000 Users, Average $34 Per Sale

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Flat World Knowledge, a three-year-old textbook publisher, has released 24 titles which are now in use by 140,000 students at over 800 universities in the United States and another 50 abroad. • The company allows students to read the textbook for free online, while selling them POD, e-book and other editions. Over half of users opt for these additional …

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

In Feature Articles by Belinda Otas

• Established in 2004, Farafina Books has become one of Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers. With 24 titles on its list — including the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the company is leading a revolution in the movement to publish books by Africans for Africans. • Though Farafina continues to struggle against the limitations of publishing in Nigeria, notably poor …

Romanian Alexandru Brie Aims to Bring iApp Books to the Masses

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Romanian app developer Alexandru Brie has already produced several bestselling book apps and now intends to bring standalone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform. • He promises a platform that allows “anyone, regardless of their programming skills, to turn their HTML content into a customizable self-contained e-book app.” By Edward Nawotka BUCHAREST: iPhone/iPad e-book frenzy is …