The Future of Publishing is “Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow”

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder NEW YORK: Founded seven years ago, MarkLogic is the maker of a database for “unstructured data” — which these days consists of 80% of the information on the Internet, including documents, emails, social media posts, tweets, pictures, video, blogs, and research data. Currently growing at an exponential rate, managing this type of information can be time-intensive and …

Nerd Alert: Tools of Change Confab Addresses a Publishing Industry in Flux

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

“Sometimes it’s okay to make headlines, and sometimes its important to stop reading them.” — Peter Hildick-Smith, President of Codex-Group, discussing book industry prognostication. By Publishing Perspectives staff NEW YORK: There’s a feeling of déjà vu at the Tools of Change conference here in New York City. Not only are we once again at Sheraton Hotel and Towers — site of Digital Book …

English E-books Are In Demand Worldwide, Though Primarily as a Stopgap

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “I believe there is significant potential for English language e-books on the international markets,” David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group, told us last month during an interview at the Digital Book World publishing conference. “What you have to understand is there has always been demand, even in non-English speaking countries. The publishers have tried …

“Translators are the Bottleneck” in Iceland’s Prep for Star Turn at Frankfurt 2011

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco You probably never expected to hear this in reference to Icelandic literature: “Translators are the bottleneck.” But as German publishers gear up for Iceland to be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, that’s exactly how Kristof Magnusson describes the situation. Magnusson, a writer whose most recent novel Das war ich nicht was long-listed for …

The Woman Who Finally Told Her Side of the Story: Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson, Actes Sud and the Languages In Between

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The story of Eva Gabrielsson, the late Stieg Larsson’s partner of 23 years is well known: following Larsson’s sudden and tragic death just before publication of the first Millennium book, Gabrielsson was stripped of her rights to the Millennium books and any of the estate because of Swedish inheritance law. (Larsson had worked tirelessly against racism …

Arab, Western Publishers Have a Responsibility to Egypt

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For obvious reasons, if you want customer service this week from Kotobarabia, Egypt’s predominant e-book store, you’re out of luck. The lifting of censorship will bring a flood of new books, but it’s up to Arab and Western publishers to ensure there’s a pluralism of views. Ramy Habeeb, founder and CEO of Kotobarabia, who spoke to us from …

“Wowed” by the Yanks, UK Indie Booksellers Motivated to Start Selling E-books

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A select group of UK independent booksellers has just returned from the American Bookseller’s Association Winter Institute in Washington DC, where they have had their heads turned around by the strides being made by US independents on the selling of e-books. US indie booksellers, in partnership with Google, are starting to sell e-books, a model that …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …