Haitian Authors Star at France’s Etonnants Voyageurs Festival

In English Language by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije SAINT-MALO: This past weekend, the 21st edition of the French literary and film festival Etonnants Voyageurs took place in Saint-Malo, Brittany. While Russia, with an impressive line-up of authors and films was the guest of honor, Haitian writers played the starring role. Last January the second Haitian edition of the festival was just about to begin in …

Whatever Happened to US Spanish-language publishing?

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Emily Williams With Spain as the Global Market Focus this year, we thought it worthwhile to look at the existing market for Spanish-language books in the US. The Hispanic book buying market is estimated at about $1 billion, of which 30-35% of those sales are in Spanish language books. But less than a decade ago Spanish-language readers in the …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

PEN World Voices as Change Agent

In Europe by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post It was almost seven years ago when I met then PEN executive director Michael Roberts and translator extraordinaire Esther Allen for drinks at the Washington Square Hotel to talk about this new festival they wanted to launch in support of international literature. The Berlin International Literature Festival was going to be their model . . . …

Twisted Spoon Press on “Trickle-Up Publishing”

In Growth Markets by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco PRAGUE: In an April 15th New York Times Op-Ed piece, Olga Tokarczuk ruminated on Polish public response to the recent plane crash that had killed the Polish president and 95 other people: “…sometimes I fear that the people of my country can unite only beside victims’ bodies, over coffins and in cemeteries…I dream of Poland becoming a …

Ten Tips to Be Awesome Online (and Other Lessons from O’Reilly’s Web 2.0)

In English Language, Resources by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, Internet gurus and techies gathered in San Francisco for the Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by TechWeb and O’Reilly Conferences, to show off their social media savvy, present their new startups, and to learn about the latest thinking in Internet culture. Web 2.0 explores the nitty-gritty of owning and running a Web site, managing a social …

Publishing Perspectives and Kirkus Want Your Stories for Our BEA Edition

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It was at last year’s BookExpo America that we first introduced the world to Publishing Perspectives. Now, less than a year later, we’ve become a daily must-read for publishing industry professionals around the world. This year at BEA Publishing Perspectives and Kirkus Media LLC are taking a bold step together and collaborating on a first-ever joint print …

Digital Case Study: Can Goodreads Ads Help Unknown Authors Find an Audience?

In English Language by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt Goodreads.com, where authors use social networking to connect with fans and attract new readers, has quietly been building a program that lets writers and publishers pay to kickstart interest in their titles among the site’s 3.4 million book-loving members. Appearing under the label, “Sponsored Books,” the pay-per-click ads typically include a brief description of a title and …

The Potential and Promise of “Live” E-books

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books with web and video links embedded in the text is just the beginning: “One of the things we can do is to enable the creation of unique new data sets using the Internet as a source,” says Bruce Molloy, CEO of Connotate. “Real time analysis and use of this new data will allow publishers to …