The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

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By Jake Adelstein TOKYO: The Japanese mafia, better known as the yakuza, has been the subject of fan magazines for decades. These magazines serve as de-facto trade periodicals for a world of vicious, autocratic thugs, men who are handy with swords and guns, sport full-body tattoos, deal in illegal contraband and laundered money, and rip off the general public; all …

C-O-L-O-P-H-O-N: Literati Tackle Tricky Words for CLMP

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By Chris Artis NEW YORK: On Monday evening, more than a hundred publishing professionals gathered at the Diane Von Furstenberg Studio in New York City’s meat packing district for the sixth annual “Let It Bee,” a spelling bee fundraiser for the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), the 42-year-old nonprofit organization aiding small literary publishers (see our videos from …

LibreDigital Promises Fidelity for Digital Pubs

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka AUSTIN: “As a human being who reads, we are moving into a world where people don’t make a distinction between how they read,” says Bob Carlton, vice president of marketing for LibreDigital, an Austin, Texas tech company that provides digitization solutions for publishers. “Information is all complex content with images—and it must be reusable across all formats …

Grijalbo’s Liarás Seeks a ‘Coup de Coeur’

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams BARCELONA: Random House Mondadori’s Grijalbo imprint has been on a roll. Under the leadership of Barcelona-based editor-in-chief Ana Liarás, it has been producing homemade bestsellers such as Ildefonso Falcones’s historical epic The Cathedral of the Sea, which sold over 1 million copies in Spain and went on to become a bestseller in Italy and Germany. This year …

Beirut39 Spotlights Arab Writers Under 40

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije LEBANON: The UK-based Hay Festival has announced the shortlist of writers who will be part of Beirut39, a project that intends to give exposure to 39 of some of the most accomplished Arab writers under the age of 40.  Hay had previously organized Bogotá39 in 2007, which identified talented young Latin American writers and introduced them to …

Can Proust Really Change Your Life?

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By Dennis Abrams You know you’ve been meaning to. You’re pretty sure that you’ve got a dusty copy of Swann’s Way sitting around somewhere. You’ve probably even read the book’s famous opening line, “For a long time I would go to bed early,” and thought to yourself, well, not now, maybe some other time. That time has finally come. Next …

Bonus Material: Salon Confidences Written by Marcel

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka If Marcel Proust if famous for anything other than his novels, it’s the “questionnaire” that bears his name. The “Proust Questionnaire” was not, surprise, something Proust himself conceived of — it was, instead, a Parisian parlor game popular  during the 1880s. “It is believed to have been popularized by the daughter of the 19th-century French president Felix Faure,” writes …

Global Trade Talk: Frankfurt Survey on E-book Pricing; BN’s Nook; Dan Brown Sales in Germany

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By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Buchreport asked several agents and publishers for their thoughts on e-book pricing. Joachim Jessen of the Schlück Agency noted that “e-book prices in Germany are too high”, while New York agent Andrew Wylie said that publishers should not bend to the expectations of the public or the trade. While …

What Can Book Publishing Learn from Online Gaming?

In Feature Articles by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury What can book publishers learn from online games developers? More than you might think. Book publishers consider a book’s ability to evoke emotions in the reader as one of its special qualities. Games publishers think along the same lines. Book publishers value books for the way they transport the reader to another world, enabling them to inhabit another life. …