8 Lessons from the UK’s World E-Reading Congress

In Resources by Roger Tagholm

Some things bear repeating, and repeating and repeating… By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Dedicated e-readers could die out within five years, killed off by the rise of smartphones at the lower end of the market, and by tablets at the top. That’s the view of Benedict Evans, digital media guru at London-based consultancy Enders Analysis and Chair of the final day of …

#LBF11: LeCarre’s Son Inks Digital Deal, King Speech Backs Kwai Nov, Hecht’s B’day

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

London Book Fair “Floor Talk” by  Roger Tagholm Digital Deal for LeCarre’s Son Roland Phillips at John Murray has bought the first non-fiction title by Nick Harkaway, son of John le Carre. Peak Digital will look at where “society and technology are interacting”, says Phillips, who concluded the deal with agent Patrick Walsh. “It’s about the search for authenticity in a technological …

Dedalus Saved by Fairy Godmothers: How the UK’s Esoteric Literary Publisher Survives Trying Times

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

“We exist to do the difficult things of publishing,” Eric Lane of Dedalus on life running “the most literary publishing house in Europe.” By Daniel Kalder CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK: I first encountered Dedalus Books’ esoteric literary catalogue in the old Science Fiction Bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a strange place: upstairs they sold Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and French editions …

Changing the World One Magazine at a Time

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: One of the highlights of the final day of the London Book Fair, which closed yesterday, was the giving of the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award. This year, Gavin Weale, 32, of LIVE Futures picked up the £5,000 prize for his work with young people, and his idea to begin publishing a magazine with Langa township in …

French Literary Agents Stage a Quiet Revolution

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS:  Until very recently, literary agents have been viewed in France with suspicion and the very topic seen as taboo. Traditionally, authors would submit and sell books directly to publishers. Agents were viewed as mere interlopers, interfering with a privileged relationship between author and publisher and introducing a mercenary, Anglo-Saxon element into the closed publishing circuit. But …

Publisher Witnessed Assassination During Tehran Protests

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti TEHRAN: Amid the post-election turmoil and public protests that have roiled Iran over the last several weeks, one of the most poignant (and potent) symbols for the opposition has been Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman shot by a government sniper in the midst of the Tehran crowds on June 20. A short, shaky video of her death …