Steve McCurry’s Photos Capture the Universality, Intimacy of Reading

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photojournalists in the world, is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment” — a slice of time that is both personal and honest. He has often found this in moments when people are reading. • “There’s an intimacy people have with a book and its author that is similar, what couples have,” …

Advantage India: Delhi’s Campfire Classics Hark Back to Golden Age of Comics

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

• Indian graphic novel publisher Campfire Books has begun exporting affordable Western classics to the US and other English-speaking nations around the world. • Among the advantages the company has is the ability to keep most of the work in-house. The company employs a bullpen of 20 full-time artists on staff to do with drawing and coloring, thus helping to keep …

Flat World Knowledge’s “Freemium” Textbooks Gain 140,000 Users, Average $34 Per Sale

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Flat World Knowledge, a three-year-old textbook publisher, has released 24 titles which are now in use by 140,000 students at over 800 universities in the United States and another 50 abroad. • The company allows students to read the textbook for free online, while selling them POD, e-book and other editions. Over half of users opt for these additional …

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

In Feature Articles by Belinda Otas

• Established in 2004, Farafina Books has become one of Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers. With 24 titles on its list — including the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the company is leading a revolution in the movement to publish books by Africans for Africans. • Though Farafina continues to struggle against the limitations of publishing in Nigeria, notably poor …

Romanian Alexandru Brie Aims to Bring iApp Books to the Masses

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Romanian app developer Alexandru Brie has already produced several bestselling book apps and now intends to bring standalone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform. • He promises a platform that allows “anyone, regardless of their programming skills, to turn their HTML content into a customizable self-contained e-book app.” By Edward Nawotka BUCHAREST: iPhone/iPad e-book frenzy is …

The 1% Windfall: Why Publishers Need to Implement “Dynamic Pricing”

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• A 1% increase in book prices could lead to significant change in the operating profits of many companies, argues pricing expert Rafi Mohammed. But, contrary to this fact, the publishing industry is under pressure to lower prices rather than raise them. • The answer is to implement “dynamic pricing,” which will enable publishers to respond to the demands of …

B.O.B., University of Texas’ $150,000 Book Machine, Readies for Freshman Year

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• The University of Texas Co-op — the most profitable independent college bookstore in the United States — has purchased an Espresso Book Machine. The aim is to revolutionize how the store does business and interacts with the local community. • The store has launched an independent press, is looking at POD textbook solutions, working with local writers, and has plans …

International Buyers Flock to Remaindered Books

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Overseas book buyers are finding bargains at American remainder book shows and boosting a business that might otherwise be threatened by the steady decrease in the number independent booksellers and adoption of digital books. • Asian markets — in Japan, Korea and China — have proven especially robust as buyers demand more and more affordable English-language reading materials. By …

Publishing People We Admire: Lauren Cerand and Girls Write Now

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Those of you in the publishing world know, the business of printing and selling books is trying. At times, just surviving can be a feat.  So when we come across someone who thrives in the world of publishing, we take notice. And when that same person takes on greater responsibilities carrying their passion and vision into selfless projects of altruism, …