Berlin Introduces “Literary Surveillance Cameras”

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Commuters at a certain subway station in Berlin might be feeling a bit paranoid this week thanks to a project dreamt up by Argentinian artist Mariano Pensotti. Pensotti arranged four Berlin writers — including Tilman Rammstedt, winner of the Bachmann Prize — at different points on the subway platform at the Hallesches Tor station, armed with their …

Publishing Poetry? Market to Australians!

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson According to a survey conducted by the Australia Council for the Arts, 84% of Australians are avid readers of literature and one in five survey respondents read poetry. The results also showed that 15-24 year-olds are the most engaged in creating art online, whether that is writing, visual arts, theater or music. The Australia Council even made …

Art Book Entrepreneur Tests “Team Publishing” Model

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka TUCSON: How does one man launch a niche publishing company in a credit-and-cash strapped economy, while incurring limited expenses in overhead and even less in personnel? For Greg Albers, founder of Hol Art Books—a new niche press focused on books about visual arts, ranging from art history to original fiction—the answer is “collaboration.” “Our business model is …

Bonus Material: Niche vs. Trade Publishing, Which Has a Brighter Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead article, Greg Albers, publisher of Hol Art Books, explains his business model, which involves “team publishing.” The company focuses on publishing books about art: from criticism and history, to fiction and poetry. “Writing about art isn’t a widely recognized or exploited niche,” acknowledged Albers. In an interview in 2008 with blogger Eoin Purcell, Albers …

German Buch News: Sales Up Slightly, “Psychological DRM”

In Feature Articles, German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Despite the worldwide financial crisis, the German book market continues to remain relatively stable, says Buchreport. The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association) has calculated a 1.4% increase in sales for the first five months of 2009. Of course, the book industry should approach this news with cautious optimism: In 2008, the German book …