In Praise of Paper-Over-Board

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK (USA): I have a visceral hatred for dust jackets – I strip them off, I crinkle them, I lose them. So in 2007, when in the process of launching Open Letter (a new publishing house at the University of Rochester dedicated to international literature), we had to decide whether we wanted to do …

Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti CAIRO: Most of the difficulties faced by Arabic-language book publishing stem from two basic problems: government censorship and very limited distribution. But with e-books, Ramy Habeeb, founder of the Egypt-based publisher Kotobarabia, has managed to bypass both seemingly intractable problems. As the first e-publisher devoted exclusively to Arabic-language titles, www.kotobarabia.com now offers over 8500 books in 31 …

Cape Town Book Fair Attracts Crowds, Questions Role

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka SOUTH AFRICA: “Sustainability of the Fair is a challenge, if you measure it against what it intends to be as a trade event, then we have significant challenges ahead of us,”  said Vanessa Badroodien, director of the Cape Town Book Fair, which has been running since June 13, and ends today. “It’s simply hard for publishers to …

Mexico Deemed Too Dangerous for Novelist to Tour

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Dylan Foley MEXICO: In his new novel Into the Beautiful North, the Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea has created a satirical tale about three teenage girls who, after seeing a screening of the classic Steve McQueen classic film The Magnificent Seven, leave their small southern Mexican town of Tres Camarones — itself overrun by drug dealers and corrupt cops …

Weekly Recap: Digitalizing Europe, Chinese Opportunities, Israel On Sale

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week Publishing Perspectives brought you news from an increasingly digitalized Europe, overpublished US, burgeoning China and bargain hunting Israel. Next week, you can look foward to more fresh and enlightening stories from across the globe, including a the challenges faced by the Cape Town Book Fair as it enters its third year, yet another new E-reader …

Israel’s Bookstore War

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ISRAEL: Hebrew Book Week started yesterday and — not unlike the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, where oil meant for a single day burned for eight — will miraculously last for ten days. Festivities are spread out across nine cities, while forty smaller towns will be hosting smaller three day events. Established in 1926 in Tel Aviv, it …

Harper UK’s Lucy Vanderbilt on Chinese Opportunties

In Feature Articles by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON & BEIJING: At a time when ‘flat’ is the new ‘up’ in the UK, publishers are eager, some  might event say desperate, to find new markets – and as relatively untapped markets go, none comes bigger than China. HarperCollins has been quick to realise this and is already reaping the benefits.  At last week’s British Book …

Douglas Rushkoff Dissects Publishing Inc.

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: “About half to two-thirds of the publishing industry needs to disappear,” says Douglas Rushkoff, professor of media studies at the New School in New York City and author of eight books, including novels, nonfiction and comics.  “There is an oversupply in the market. What we’re learning is that publishing is an industry that doesn’t scale-up …