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 …

Finding #happiness on Twitter

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Sharon Glassman Different social media have different theme songs. By this I mean: a combo of info-pacing and density that creates a kind of silent, yet powerful tune. Linked In’s theme-song is coldly John Cage-esque. Facebook’s theme song is jarringly jam-bandish. Twitter’s theme song, by contrast is the Popcorn Song. As a book-loving, book-writing-n-writing-about person, that kind of …

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 …

French Women Just Aren’t Into It (Self Help, That Is)

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Debra Ollivier When the American self-help mega bestseller He’s Just Not That Into You was published in France last year, co-author Liz Tuccillo made a shocking discovery: French Women Just Weren’t That Into Her Book. France was the last Western country to buy the rights to her book, and when it was published in French, few seemed to care …

How to Turn Video Gamers into Readers (Millions at a Time)

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: It might seem counterintuitive for a video game company to set up shop in a bookstore, but as we reported last month, Nintendo Germany has now established its own 40 sq. meter “shop within a shop” in the Mayersche Buchhandlung in Cologne. They have been selling consoles at the bookstore (and at German book chain Hugendubel) …

Frankfurt on a Shoestring

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije With the Frankfurt Book Fair looming, UK independent publishers hard hit by the economic crisis are trimming and pruning wherever they can for the upcoming Book Fair. While the Book Fair is considered vital, a general trend is that publishers will be sending fewer people to Frankfurt this year. Juliet Mabey, publisher and co-founder of Oneworld based …