What’s Cooking, Chef Geir Skeie?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In January of this year, Norwegian Chef Geir Skeie became an international cooking sensation when he lead the Norwegian team to the gold medal at the Bocuse d’Or—an event known around the world as the Olympics of Food. Not only has he won one of the food world’s most prestigious prizes, he has also won the …

Could This Be the End of Territorial Copyright?

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Frankfurt’s enduring relevance as an international rights fair is built to a great extent on the principle of territorial copyright—that invisible patchwork of rights territories that covers the globe. But what if there was no territorial copyright to enable publishers to safely invest in intellectual property in their own country, safe in the knowledge that another publisher …

Amazon Kindle International, Week Two

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox A week after the international edition of the Amazon Kindle launched, Amazon’s David Naggar, Vice President for Kindle Content, took part in the STM Conference. While he came to appeal to STM publishers to increase the e-books and journals they offer on the Kindle, he also indulged the audience by answering some questions. On rights: “Open …

Books & Bytes Award to Honor Innovative Book Project

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Terzio Verlag Managing Director and book2look co-creator Ralph Möllers launched the first Books & Bytes Prize earlier this year to bring attention to the most innovative online book projects in Germany. “It is intended support not only the truly innovative developers of these projects but also—and probably even more importantly—the ‘fearless digerati’,” says Möllers. There are plenty …

“Piracy Isn’t Really an Issue:” STM in the Digital Age

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Digital publishing is a huge focus of the Fair this year, yet no one is further along that road than the STM publishers. At yesterday’s STM Frankfurt Conference entitled “Surviving Our Mid-Life Crisis: Forward from Forty,” Science, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishers discussed the already successful tools they use for reaching users digitally while also illustrating …

French Books en force

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers have weathered the economic downturn comparatively well, and this fall a total of 659 French and foreign novels were published for the inescapable rentrée littéraire (literary season). Many of the books being presented here at Frankfurt have already made the long or shortlist of the numerous French literary prizes that will be announced at the …

Paper Republic Catalogue Showcases Independent Chinese Writers

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post With China the Guest of Honor this year, there’s a mountain of information available about Chinese authors and publishers circulating through the Fair But one of the most interesting publications this year has to be the catalog of six independent writers produced by the website Paper Republic (http://paper-republic.org) complete with long—30+ pages—sample translations. Paper Republic was …

Letter from the Editor: Expect Serendipity

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt could have easily become a story about who is not here: the banned Chinese dissidents, the notable reduction of American and UK publishers, thinner crowds of people partying late into the night at the Hofs—a consequence of their having fled from extortionary accommodation prices in the city center by opting for hotels in …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …