‘Concerned about future solvency as a consequence of supply chain interruption,’ British publishers appeal to the UK government for swift financial aid.
Having taken a major stake in the UK-based Quarto Group, Florence’s Giunti Editore is ‘doing everything possible’ to give workers a safe return.
‘Rights departments of publishing houses invariably seem the poor relation of the sales team,’ says Richard Charkin. The pandemic is a prompt to reconsider.
While the COVID-19 has sent the publisher’s staffers to their home offices, Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel win still pushes the team to introduce emerging voices.
Subscribers to audiobook subscription platform BookBeat are growing during the coronavirus pandemic, with bestsellers and well-known authors performing best.
Italian publishers warn that opening some bookstores must be backed up by financial aid, as Brazilian Publishers increased international outreach with an app and online rights effort.
The Snow Girl by bestselling author Javier Castillo came out two days before Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. So his publisher Suma took his 30-city book tour online—where thousands of fans were waiting.
As print sales fall, Czech publisher Grada focuses on its digital subscription platform and much-needed tech upgrades to meet the growing demand for digital content.
Literary agents at 2 Seas Agency say that, thanks to digital communication, publishers working from home are actively reading submissions and making offers.
For this literature and film agency’s authors, ‘a drawback like this can be really painful,’ says Lena Stjernström at Stockholm’s Grand Agency.