Bonus Material: The Dual Nature of Romania’s Bookfest

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson ROMANIA: For five days, June 17-22, publishers and the general public gathered in the Romexpo-Complex in Bucharest for the 2009 Bookfest, Romania’s book festival. Visitors had free access to the show’s 13,700 square meters of exhibition space to browse and buy the 25,000 titles on display. Publishers expressed satisfaction with this year’s festival and sold more books …

Cape Town Book Fair Attracts Crowds, Questions Role

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka SOUTH AFRICA: “Sustainability of the Fair is a challenge, if you measure it against what it intends to be as a trade event, then we have significant challenges ahead of us,”  said Vanessa Badroodien, director of the Cape Town Book Fair, which has been running since June 13, and ends today. “It’s simply hard for publishers to …

Hashtags and Cocktails

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Jerome Kramer, special to Publishing Perspectives If you were to judge an industry by its parties, consider this: The last time BEA was held in New York, the “hot” Friday night party was held by Google, the then-reigning king of the future of publishing. This year it was Twitter. “That’s how much things have changed in two years,”said Rebecca …

Bonus Material: How to Book Cheap Rooms at the Algonquin for BEA

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

There’s probably no hotel in New York saturated with as much literary nostalgia as the Algonquin. It is, after all, where Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and the rest of the famed Round Table met for endless liquid lunches. Sure, these days Michael’s is the place for the literati to see and be seen, but that doesn’t mean the old Algonquin …