Australian Government Keeps Protections for Publishers

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins CANBERRA: Today, an intense year-long debate about the future of Australia’s publishing industry effectively came to an end with the announcement that the Australian government had rejected a proposal from its own think-tank to turn Australian into an open market for books. ”The Government has decided not to change the Australian regulatory regime for books … In …

France Rates Top Indie Bookshops Like Wine

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Independent bookstores in France—much like the country’s wine—can now qualify for a label indicating high quality. The long-awaited “Librairie Indépendante de Référence” (“Recommended Independent Bookshop”) label, which was part of a 2007 “plan livre” launched by former culture minister Christine Albanel, is now a reality and, as of September, 406 of France’s 3,000 independent bookstores qualified for the …

Cengage CEO Ron Dunn on Re-imagining Information Portals and TXTBKS

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year, when Thomson sold off its education division, a new brand was born—Cengage Learning.  Cengage still retains many of the core characteristics that made Thomson Learning such a juggernaut—focusing on providing textbooks and education materials to schools, universities, and professional organizations—but the company has also been forced to re-imagine itself for the future. It is, by itself, …

Los Angeles Adds Glam to Guadalajara

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Since launching the Guest of Honor program at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in 1993, Guests of Honor at have included Colombia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, Catalonia, Brazil, Italy, Quebec, and even New Mexico, but 2009 marks the first time that a city has been awarded this honor. This year’s fair, which runs from November …

Day One in The Cork-lined Room

In Feature Articles by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams Today we begin our one-year journey through the entirety of Marcel Proust’s 20th-century masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, which will be taking place on our companion website, The Cork-lined Room. We anticipate that at a pace of 10 to 15 pages per day, excepting weekends, we should be finished in a year. The first posting about …

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

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

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 …