Could the US Co-opt Global E-book Sales?

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams and Edward Nawotka Todays’ lead story looks at the aggressive development of US retailer Barnes & Noble’s Spanish-language e-bookstore and it’s broad ranges of international partnerships. The underlying assumption of a lot of conversations, whether people acknowledge it or not, is the question of whether or not, with the US’s eventually come to dominate the global e-book …

Pitchapalooza 2010: Tips for Perfecting Your Book Pitch

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By David Henry Sterry NEW YORK CITY: Ten years ago, before the Kindle, Facebook and Twitter, Arielle, my ex-agent and current wife, and I both had books coming out. One was about my childhood hero, Leroy “Satchel” Paige. The other was about her childhood hero, Jane Austen. Our publishers, Random House and Simon & Schuster, seemed disturbingly uninterested in helping …

Who Really Benefits from the Growth in MFAs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the creation of Quilliant.com — a new online writing community in the UK — and asks if such communities could replace creative writing programs. In 1990, there were perhaps a few dozen creative writing programs in the United States. Today, there are more than 300 such programs granting Masters of Fine Arts degrees. …

Erin’s Must-Brings for Frankfurt Sanity

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox I’m leaving for The Frankfurt Book Fair on Saturday. With my multiple hats on (literary agent, Biz Dev/writer for PP, and publicist), I am juggling a few things on site and at home while I’m there. Because I’ll be busier than a one-armed paper hanger, it is important for this week to be very organized to …

Bloomsbury UK’s Glee Video

In What's the Buzz by Thomas Minkus

By Alex Hippisley-Cox A video produced by Bloomsbury staff here in the UK has been taking publishing by storm this afternoon. The footage, which has been loaded onto YouTube, shows Executive Director Richard Charkin and various members of his London team dancing around the offices to the ‘Glee’ version of “Don’t Stop Believin”. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-YcGgImhIA As many in the publishing industry …

London Digest: Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates

In Global Trade Talk by Liz Bury

As part of our continuing coverage of the London Book Fair, we offer a variety of perspectives from the show floor. Interview by Liz Bury Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates I come to London Book Fair to meet editors and to talk about books. With literary debuts it takes time to create a reputation and recognition. They’re difficult …

London Book Fair Digital Conference Digest: “Take Risks, Fail, Learn and Try Again”

In English Language by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury The pre-show digital day at London Book Fair kicked off in good spirits on Sunday but regrettably, with numbers depleted due to the volcano eruption in Iceland. Slated speakers Susan Danziger from America’s DailyLit and Michael Tamblyn from Canada’s e-book store Kobo were absent, and about 20% of the seats at the sell-out conference were empty. The …

Is Territorial Copyright Defensible in the Age of E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The instant and virtually frictionless digital distribution of e-books is posing a real challenge to the enforcement of territorial copyright. As discussed in our lead article today, English language e-books are in demand all over the globe. But that demand is likely to put US, UK and even Australian publishers in conflict over territorial copyright. The answer …

Competitors and Collaborators: The New Age in Agenting

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Jason Allen Ashlock NEW YORK: In December, five of the largest magazine publishers in the United States — Time Inc., NewsCorp, Conde Nast, Hearst, and Meredith Corp — announced a joint venture. In an effort to take control of their own fates, the five will become equal partners in developing a new e-reader for magazines. These longtime competitors …