Reading in the Age of Screens

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post Contemporary life is lived through screens. Initially, it was the TV that invaded our families and took over our free time. Now it’s computers, smartphones, tablets; it’s email, digital files, the cloud. For better or worse, the past quarter-century (or more) has powered a move away from the physical and into cyberspace — especially in …

“Translators are the Bottleneck” in Iceland’s Prep for Star Turn at Frankfurt 2011

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco You probably never expected to hear this in reference to Icelandic literature: “Translators are the bottleneck.” But as German publishers gear up for Iceland to be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, that’s exactly how Kristof Magnusson describes the situation. Magnusson, a writer whose most recent novel Das war ich nicht was long-listed for …

Richard Nash on the Future of Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Michelle Jones Richard Nash’s new publishing venture, Cursor, has yet to release it’s first title, but its already caused a quite a stir. Much of what has been written about Nash of late has to do with his plans to overhaul the nature of author contracts. But shortening the contracts to three years and eliminating advances are just part …

Small Press Maestro: Jeffrey Lependorf and the Ecosystem of Independent Publishing

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses has institutionalized best practices for distribution, fund-raising and moving into to digital. CLMP’s annual spelling bee to raise money will take place on October 26 at 7pm in NYC. • “Independent literary publishing is that it is mission-driven, not dollar-driven.” By Kate Travers In 1967 a motley crew of magazine editors including …

Building a Case for Translations, Part 2: “It’s Not The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

• Last Friday, Chad Post argued for the need to prioritize how to increase readership of translated fiction instead of worrying first about how to pay production costs, in turn shifting the focus from production to marketing and sales. • Today, he explains how the rare blockbuster bestselling translation is a mixed blessing, and why there’s still a reason to …

Expatland: On Working in Publishing in Switzerland, Australia

In Growth Markets by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder In part three of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Read parts one and two. Going Global in the Swiss Alps Natasha De Bernardi is …

Bloomsbury Qatar Parties with the Queen, Launches First List

In English Language by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti Not many new publishing imprints are feted with a launch party at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a unique joint venture between the Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing, got the royal treatment when it launched last week. The Windsor reception was attended by Sheikha Moza, the consort of the …

Review: The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson The Golden Calf, a classic Russian novel now available in a new English translation by Konstantin Gurevich and Helen Anderson, published by Open Letter Books, is an exuberant road trip story, a financial thriller, an examination of the criminal underworld, and a social commentary, all rolled into one package. The story spans the era of Lenin’s …

Consider the Customer and Other Lessons from the DLD Conference

In Europe by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Consumer-oriented innovation, online content strategy and digital brand management were at the center of many discussions and panels during the Digital Life Design Conference (DLD), which ended on Tuesday in Munich, Germany. DLD was started six years ago by Hubert Burda Media, one of Germany’s largest magazine publishers, as an invitation-only “platform for progression” and a meeting …