What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

Global Trade Talk: Europeans Balk at Untranslated Google Settlement

In Global Trade Talk, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The Börsenverein, along with numerous other European publishers, associations and international publishers, has put together a statement of objections against the Google Settlement. Buchreport.de summarizes the statement, which notes that the complicated 334-page Settlement was never made available in foreign languages for foreign class members to review. The objecting parties also point out that …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: EC to Rethink Internet Copyright Rules; 60% Sales Spike for Lagardere

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The European Commission is looking at ways to alter existing copyright law to make it easier for users to post digital copies of “orphan” works — those books with no apparent copyright holder. The new proposals “could also make it easier to acquire a single digital copyright covering the European Union, rather than having to deal with …

The Most Hated Book Down Under

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

Editorial by Andrew Wilkins MELBOURNE: Australia is a nation of booklovers, but you won’t find many fans for a new Australian paperback, ISBN 9781740372817. In fact, there’s an argument for saying it’s “Australia’s Most Hated Book.” That’s because it’s a report by an Australian Government think-tank, the Productivity Commission, which recommends (among other things) the abolition of the copyright protections …

Bonus Material: Take Our Survey on Australian Copyright Reform

In Discussion by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins There is no time frame set for the proposals made by the Australian Productivity Commission to alter copyright protections, as outlined in our lead article, to become law. The next step is for Australia’s Assistant Treasurer to consider the proposal, which he’s indicated he’s in no hurry to do. The ruling Australian Labour Party has announced a …

New AAP Prez Prioritizes Anti-piracy

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

NEW YORK: When Tom Allen took over as President of the Association of American Publishers, his chair was still warm. Pat Schroeder, the former Colorado congresswoman sat in the same chair from June 1997 until April 30 of this year and gave Allen just one month to get up to speed before she took off for Florida and “to sail …