German Buch News: “The Readers” premiers, Ebooks for iPhones

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Today Publishing Perspectives begins a new daily column that aggregates the best publishing and book news from Germany. Enjoy, and look for similar columns coming from other countries in coming weeks. Following the contentious firing of Elke Heidenreich – who wielded Oprah-like authority over book sales with her program, Lesen, – German TV network ZDF has launched a new series …

Dear Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

We are always looking for ways to improve Publishing Perspectives so that your reading experience is the best it can be. Enjoy our latest new features, and let us know what you think! Friday editorials: Last week, we ran our first editorial piece about an ongoing debate in Germany between literati and digerati. We will continue to run editorial pieces …

Hyperbolic Heidelberg Appeal Distracts from Real Issues in Germany’s Literary Future

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Rüdiger Wischenbart Is the glass half empty or half full? At the moment, German publishing circles are absorbed in a very public debate over the digital future, one that threatens to split the literary establishment from the younger generation of “digerati” and “digital natives.” The debate was prompted in March after literature professor Roland Reuss (at left) published …

Clarice Lispector’s Biographer on the Thrill of the Hunt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Benjamin Moser UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS — Nobody’s ugly at two a.m., so the t-shirt slogan goes. One evening a few years ago, I was sitting in my Dutch garden, talking to some friends about Clarice Lispector, the Jewish-Brazilian mystic writer. Having recently left the security of my publishing job in order to devote myself full-time to writing, I’d been …

How the Tokyo Book Fair Helps Rights Seekers

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Japanese publishers don’t have a lot of experience selling rights, so we did what we could to make it easier,” said Eiko Han, spokesperson for the Tokyo International Book Fair, which opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. “We’ve made it so exhibitors and visitors can put their rights information online. Businesses can search and, if they are …

Macmillan’s Caribbean Dream

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: “I visited a library in Cedros on the southern most part of our island,” said writer and editor Joanne Gail Johnson,”from the outside it looked like an old hut, one with all the filigreed carving on the eaves. You stand there and you can see the sea through the palm trees. It looks almost dilapidated. …

UK’s Myebook Attracts DJs, Gamers, South Americans

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CHESHIRE, UK: User generated e-book sites are extremely popular in Asia, where widespread access to cheap broadband connections as well as cutting edge telephone and computer hardware have made them the preferred self-publishing platform for writers. The rest of the world is now picking up on the trend, with new sites launching seemingly every week. Myebook.com is …

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 …