“Amateur Thursdays” Launches on Friday

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In June, Publishing Perspectives wrote a piece about a brand-new web program called “Amateur Thursdays,” which we described as “Vogue meets The New York Review of Books.”  Today is the launch date for the website and the world premiere at The Frankfurt Book Fair.  One of the founders, Giovanna Calvino, wrote a piece for today’s Frankfurt edition. …

From Frankfurt: Rights Directors Advise “Don’t Assume Anything”

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday’s International Rights Directors Meeting, entitled “Off the Page! — New Ways to Sell New Rights,” focused on the impact of digital publishing on the role of rights directors — the challenges, the successes, and the important “don’t assume anything” mandate for both rights directors and literary agents. Chairperson David Bowers, Vice President of Global Business …

From Frankfurt 2010: Content Knows No Borders

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Liz Bury (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 6 October 2010. Download the complete, 32-page show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) “There is an ocean of stories out there, with endless potential,” noted Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos …

Frankfurt Launches Official Book Fair Blog, Features PP on US E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Frankfurt Book Fair’s official blog is up and running again. It is offered both in German and in English and will be going throughout the Fair. This year’s English full-time language bloggers will be the trio of Richard Nash, Alex Hippisley-Cox and Roger Tagholm. They’ll provide real-time commentary on what they see and hear throughout the …

Is Retail Distribution the Missing Link to Improving the Image of Self-published Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Amy Edelman discusses why she launched IndieReader.com, a web site curating self-published books and offering the best for sale. She notes that self-published books suffer primarily from an “image” problem in so far as they are not perceived to be of the same quality as titles put out by traditional publishers, even though …

IDEO Offers Three Fascinating New E-reading Concepts

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo. IDEO here offers three fascinating new e-book tablet software concepts. Each involves a form of social networking — one oriented toward the news, a second toward your personal network, and the third is a multi-model storytelling concept that features a kind of geo-caching element to unlock new features …

Get Cultured in Frankfurt

In Frankfurt Tips by Ingrid Süßmann

By Ingrid Süßmann Frankfurt is not only Germany’s business capital and home to the Book Fair, it’s also a city full of culture. When you feel like you need a little break from all the hustle and bustle inside the fairgrounds, you’ll find that the city has a lot to offer. Next to Berlin, Frankfurt has the second-highest concentration of …

Re-inventing Book Marketing

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Dave Weich, founder of Sheepscot Creative and former director of marketing and development for Powell’s Books, argues that in today’s publishing environment, book marketing remains something of a “crapshoot.” • Weich argues the opportunities go well beyond the general trade consumer. Editorial by Dave Weich In the next ten years, book marketing will radically reinvent itself. Nowhere will the …

“The Best Tool Available”: Portugal’s José Rodrigues dos Santos on Truth vs. Fiction

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• José Rodrigues dos Santos, one of Portugal’s best known journalists and novelists, discusses the relationship between truth and fiction. • “If I was doing journalism, I should tell the truth, right?” he posits, only to reveal that sometimes fiction is, indeed, “the best tool available” — the proverbial lie that tells the actual truth. By José Rodrigues dos Santos LISBON: …