Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. By Philip Downer The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …

Who Gets Hurt Most By Borders’ Bankruptcy?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Thousands of out-of-work booksellers, indebted publishers, smaller mid-list print-runs, fewer book reviews . . . the long-term repercussions of Borders’ bankruptcy are unpleasant to contemplate. By Edward Nawotka In today’s story, Philip Downer, former CEO of Borders UK examines why Borders went bankrupt. As someone who grew up outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, I was always a little proud to point …

Gourmand’s List of the 57 Best Cookbooks from Around the World in 2010

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have announced the winners for individual “best of” awards for cookbooks from 57 countries. One overall winner will be announced on March 3, 2011 on the opening day of the 2011 Paris Cookbook Fair. The Gourmand organization also released stats on the worldwide cookbook industry and cited particularly strong growth in Asia …

Asia’s Literary Writers Now – Quietly – Demand Your Attention!

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Asia Literary Review managing editor Duncan Jepson discusses the five year history of his magazine, why Westerners sometimes struggle to comprehend Asian writing, and why it’s important to see beyond China. Editorial by Duncan Jepson When we launched the Asia Literary Review five years ago, it was still a Western World and Asia, regardless of 5,000 years of history, was …

Asian Publishers Address “The Digital Question” and Forge Fellowship

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Linda Tan Yesterday we offered the first half of our report on the inaugural Asian Publishers Fellowship conference. Today we look at what the publishers said about “the digital question.” A gathering of editors and publishers would not be complete today without a discussion on digital publishing and a forum entitled “The Digital Waves in Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities,” …

Asian Publishers Gather in Seoul to Talk Shop, Bestsellers, Digital

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• The first Asian Publishers’ Fellowship program was hosted by the Korean Publishers Society in Seoul earlier this month. The project aims to be a starting point for building a strong Asian publishers network. • Attendees discussed what makes a bestseller, the current business climate and “the digital question.” By Linda Tan SEOUL: The Korean Publishers Society (KOPUS) recently organized …

Face Time

In Guest Contributors by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …

Bye Bye Twitter, Hello Bubbly

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Just when you think you’ve mastered Twitter, there’s a new social media network that’s gaining ground, Bubbly. Started by the Silicon Valley and Singapore-based company, Bubble Motion — a global provider of mobile messaging and social media applications, Bubbly is said to act like Twitter, where you can follow your favorite voices using your cellphone. For book …

Gourmand Awards at Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS (FEBRUARY 11): The first Paris Cookbook Festival kicked off tonight on Paul Bocuse’s birthday. It was sleeting in Paris but the auditorium for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards was packed with invitation-only authors, publishers and people from the trade coming from countries as far as Australia, Cambodia and Argentina. Three women won honors for their lifetime careers …