Rob Weisbach on Expanding the Agent’s Role

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Rob Weisbach was just 30 years old when he was named president and publisher of Rob Weisbach Books at William Morrow, landing such celebrity writers as television personality Jon Stewart and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. He later worked as editor-at-large at Simon & Schuster, and as CEO of Miramax Books—a job he left in April of 2008. In …

What’s the Buzz: Germany’s Publishing Widows; Why Asian Crime Isn’t Popular; Larsson’s Partner offered $3 Million

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though most of Germany’s largest media companies were founded by men, the tagespiegel points out how many of these companies have since been taken over by the younger wives of said founders. Instead of “publishers”, they are “publishers’ widows”, though they wield as much power as their husbands did. Friede Springer (Axel Springer Verlag) …

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 …

The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Jake Adelstein TOKYO: The Japanese mafia, better known as the yakuza, has been the subject of fan magazines for decades. These magazines serve as de-facto trade periodicals for a world of vicious, autocratic thugs, men who are handy with swords and guns, sport full-body tattoos, deal in illegal contraband and laundered money, and rip off the general public; all …

Pikcha.tv Wins Books & Bytes Award

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The winner of the first NEWBOOK Books & Bytes Award announced yesterday at the Books & Bytes Stand in Hall 3 is pikcha.tv. Pikcha.tv’s goal is to provide younger children with their first contact to TV and the Internet by adapting picture books into digital moving images. Children encounter familiar topics, illustrations and characters in an online …

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 …

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 …

Reading Brazil

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka RIO DE JANIERO: Last week’s news that Rio de Janiero will host the 2016 Summer Olympics raised cheers across South America, a continent that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. The setting for an Olympic games could not be more stunning: the city abuts both the ocean and the forest, with roads cut through mountains that majestically …

German Buch News: Libreka’s Free E-books; Wholesalers Expand Offerings

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Libreka.de, the online book search database run by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, wants you to know that you can, in fact, get something for nothing. According to the Boersenblatt, they’ve just launched a promotion called “Download Days“, in which a selected ebooks can be downloaded free of …