International publishing this season is downwind of hot blasts of political potentials that many feel could be damaging to our books industries and their readerships. Welcome to a summer of insecurity.
With an election in July, the Australian creative industries, including publishing, are roiled by the Productivity Commission’s draft report on intellectual property, with copyright terms, fair use, and parallel import restrictions in debate.
In a moment of mutual ‘flattery,’ two leaders in direct-to-consumer promotion take up each other’s tools to increase their effectiveness in the gold standard: discoverability.
‘It distresses me to see how anxious our technocrats are to piss all this good work up against the wall.’ Australian ABIA-winner Tim Winton is among those speaking out loudly against shortened copyright terms and other adjustments.
As Australia’s Productivity Commission reviews the country’s intellectual property arrangements, Copyright Clearance Center’s Roy Kaufman says Canberra needs to heed Ottawa’s warning.
Candlewick Press’ ‘Studio’ will feature design-driven children’s books and be carried by both Walker Group’s US and UK imprints, as well as by Walker Books Australia.
Using “new technologies to tell culturally relevant stories,” three co-productions pull in more than $500,000 in Canadian and Australian funding.
Following commentary about its launch in France, NetGalley now confirms its expansion into the German market this week at Leipzig Book Fair.
Writer’s Edit, a Sydney-based literary magazine, has branched into books and is winning industry accolades and launching new careers.
Icelandic author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir’s Facebook initiative urging Iceland to accept Syrian refugees has prompted similar campaigns across the globe.