Even in Peace, Lebanon’s Literary World Remains at War

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Yasmina Jraissati BEIRUT: This year, with Beirut serving as the World Book Capital for 2009, the city’s literary world remains linguistically and cultural divided: the city will be hosting two distinct book fairs, the Lebanese Francophone Book Fair (Salon francophone du livre de Beyrouth) which took place in October and November, and the International Beirut Book Fair (Maarad al …

Global Trade Talk: 753 Million French Euros for Digitization; Sem-Sanberg Wins August Prize; Thalia Takes Control of Buch.de

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Some French may not appreciate the Google Book Settlement, but at least they’re proving that they are not afraid of digitization. To wit, France’s Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, has requested 753 million euros to support the digitization of French cultural content, reports Reuters. It is estimated that the amount would cover the total …

Global Trade Talk: Google Book Settlement gets “Preliminary Approval;” Palin-mania; A “Verbrechen” Wave hits Europe

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary The Google Book Settlement has been given “preliminary approval” by Judge Denny Chin, who is overseeing the judicial challenge to its validity, reports Publishers Weekly. “A final settlement/fairness hearing has been set for February 18 at which Judge Chin will hear arguments to determine whether the agreement is ‘fair, reasonable, adequate;’ consider whether to …

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 …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

Global Trade Talk: Big Book Awards, US Price Wars, Germany’s Scoyo for Sale

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary On Monday, Marie NDiaye won France’s Prix Goncourt for her novel Trois puissantes femmes (Three Strong Women). Meanwhile, this past Sunday, Nam Le was awarded Australia’s richest prize for fiction, the AUS $100,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his short story collection, The Boat. The non-fiction prize, which also carries a AUS $100,000 …

German Buch News: DVAs Hot Madonna

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The debut novel by German author Rolf Bauerdick garnered quite a bit of attention among international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, according to BuchMarkt. Publisher DVA reports that his book “Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam” (Madonna on the Moon) has now been sold in eight countries, including the US (Knopf) and UK (Atlantic), France, …

Books to Look For in the LitAg

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka All week, LitAg—the center for literary agents and scouts—has been buzzing with activity, while others have been busy at their stands taking meetings with editors and publishers. Here’s a sample of some books being showcased for rights and translation sales throughout the fair—a list that includes a surprising range of topics, from a French cultural history of …

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 …

Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart Editor’s Note: For the past three years publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released a “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry,” which looks at companies with revenues over $US250 million. Here is his analysis of the latest ranking, focusing on how the changing dynamics between the professional/science, education and trade sectors have have affected this year’s ranking. It …