Bookish Guide to SXSW

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I love to recount the story of how Penguin tried to host a panel at the 2009 South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) and how the audience ate the panelists alive with snark via Twitter and accusations about unfair gatekeeping practices (read about it here, here and here). Afterwards, one of the panelists explained the audience-speaker clash …

Strengthening Copyright Protections in the Middle East

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ABU DHABI: “Copyright is the legal principle that expresses society’s respect for authors and publishers, and protects the commercial interest in their creation,” said, Herman P. Spruijt, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), at the IPA Copyright Symposium which took place this past Sunday and Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. “It is at the …

German Buch News: HMH Expanding to Germany; New Beijing Outpost for German Pubs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is planning to expand overseas, and in particular into Germany, which it has dubbed “the most important market”, according to Buchreport. Once the company explores the German market further, including the specifics of the German schoolbook market and public school system, it will be seeking publishing and distribution partners. The publisher will focus on …

Dark Horse Comics Hits the Ground Running (and Jamming)

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In the US the comic book industry is known for its own giant fair, San Diego’s ComicCon, which this year attracted over 100,000 attendees (most of them readers and fans) who revel in the glitter of outlandish costumes and exclusive Hollywood screenings. So what happens to comic book types, steeped in movies and gaming and increasingly grappling …

Rights Directors Aim To Hit a “Moving Target”

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins While hardcore digitizers were immersed in the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference at the Radisson Hotel, back at the fair grounds rights managers were congregating to discuss the practicalities of making money from digital content. This year’s International Rights Directors Meeting—the 23rd—was appropriately themed, “Hitting a Moving Target,” and captured the sheer speed of change that has …

Whither Book Publishers? Tools of Change Conference Considers Tech’s Relationship with Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza is a tech startup hardly a year old and founded by …

Whither Book Publishers? TOC Frankfurt on Tech and Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (This article also appeared in our Frankfurt Edition on October 14) Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza …

Could EC Digitzation Debate Pave the Way for a Competitor to Google?

In Feature Articles by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: Deep in the Bodleian Library, the scholarly heart of Oxford University, England, is a locked room emitting, I imagine, a low hum. This is Google’s digitization suite, the control center of its scanning operation at the library, into which no Bodleian staffer may enter. That, at least, is the story doing the rounds among British librarians, …