The Mertin Agency Has the Hometown Advantage

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams If you’re involved in Portuguese- and Spanish-language publishing, there’s a good chance your Fair experience started on Monday night at a dinner and reception thrown by the Mertin Agency. For many years, agency founder Ray-Güde Mertin hosted the guests in her home, welcoming them back to Germany with a glass of Riesling and a warm laugh. Since …

Whither Book Publishers? Tools of Change Conference Considers Tech’s Relationship with Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza is a tech startup hardly a year old and founded by …

“Differences in Ideologies Must Not Hamper Progress”

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The opening ceremony of the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair featured bestselling Chinese author Mo Yan who quoted Goethe’s concept of international literature, describing it as one that extends beyond borders, comingles cultures and accepts difference. The result, said Mo Yan, was the “amalgamation of thoughts and values.” Xi Jinping, vice president of the People’s Republic of China—a …

Whither Book Publishers? TOC Frankfurt on Tech and Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (This article also appeared in our Frankfurt Edition on October 14) Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza …

Frankfurt Preview: Director Juergen Boos Discusses Economy, Rights, China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “If you’re talking about an economic crisis, then you have to talk about an economic crisis hitting American and UK publishers alone,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on the eve of the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. “Latin America has already come back from its economic crisis, which it experienced ten years ago, …

Reading Brazil

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka RIO DE JANIERO: Last week’s news that Rio de Janiero will host the 2016 Summer Olympics raised cheers across South America, a continent that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. The setting for an Olympic games could not be more stunning: the city abuts both the ocean and the forest, with roads cut through mountains that majestically …

Bringing Asia to France

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije ARLES: “Asia is vast enough to be our only concern” is the motto of Editions Philippe Picquier, the French publishing house based in Arles, France. With more than 800 titles in their catalogue, the Editions Philippe Picquier has been publishing material ranging from classical and modern literature to detective stories and children’s books by Chinese, Japanese, Korean …

Saving Face

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Ever since the controversy surrounding the appearance of Chinese dissidents Bei Ling (貝嶺) and Dai Qing (戴晴) at the symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities” last month, the media has pilloried the Frankfurt Book Fair, suggesting that the organization is compromising its values and support of free speech. What is disheartening to observe …

Young Publishers to Unite at Frankfurt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Jon Slack At Frankfurt Book Fair this year I will be heading up a major initiative to establish an International Society of Young Publishers. The idea stems from a UK-based non-profit group called The Society of Young Publishers (SYP), for which I’ve volunteered for three years now. We run speaker meetings, conferences and other networking (social) events for publishers, …

Let’s Go to the Mall (For a Book Fair)

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AL AIN: In the United Arab Emirates book fairs have traditionally been held outdoors in what amount to open air bazaars, so in 2006 when the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was moved indoors to the city’s new high tech exhibition hall, it was a break from the norm. Today, KITAB — the organization responsible for the …