2010 Author Blog Award Winners: Emily Benet, Neil Gaiman

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka The winners of the first annual Author Blog Award winners — were announced yesterday in London are: Best published author blog: Winner: Emily Benet (http://emilybenet.blogspot.com) Runners-up: Cleolinda Jones (http://cleolinda.livejournal.com) & Jackie Morris (http://drawingalineintime.blogspot.com) Best author microblog: Winner: Neil Gaiman (http://twitter.com/neilhimself) Runner-up: Richard Jay Parker (http://twitter.com/bookwalter) Best unpublished author blog: Winner: Sam Starbuck (http://copperbadge.livejournal.com) Runner-up: Jane Alexander (http://exmoorjane.blogspot.com) …

[INSERT PUBLISHER HERE]: Why Branding to Readers Should Matter to Publishers

In Europe by Erin L. Cox

On March 18th, in response to the Publishing Perspectives story “Digital Case Study: Publishers’ Online Marketing in Spain,” Editor-in-Chief Ed Nawotka posed a discussion question asking if readers cared about publisher branding. This sparked a flurry of debate among readers on the Publishing Perspectives site and off-line between Publishing Perspectives Business Development Director Erin L. Cox and publishing veteran, Sarah Russo, who …

Against the Odds: Bringing Arabic Kids Books to Life in Beirut

In Arabic Publishing, Children's by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …

Has Digital and Self Publishing Devalued Authorship?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, we discuss publishing’s place at SXSW interactive festival in Austin this past weekend. One of the things that emerged in various discussions was that the very definition of “author” is changing. It is no longer merely used to describe a solitary writer working away in a room for hours on end. Today, it …

SXSW Digerati: Publishing Assassins or Saviors?

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Q: What do Israeli Mossad agents on a not-so-secret mission to Dubai and the digerati at SXSW have in common? A: Both groups are assassins disguised as geeks wearing thick black plastic glasses. SXSW: I think saw the future in Austin: It was wearing black plastic glasses. This year’s SXSWi — short for South-by-Southwest Interactive — gave …

Should SXSW Become a Fixture on Publishers’ Calendars?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The SXSW Interactive festival is currently taking place in Austin, Texas. There have been chances to discuss everything from “What happens when the New York Times dies?” and the future of news, to how to sell counterculture without selling out and the specifics of integrating HTML 5 into your workflow. What’s more, there have been nearly a …