Letter from the Editor: Chinese Fireworks

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives We’ve all been waiting for the fireworks to start, but so far no one has lit a fuse. As a journalist looking for the big story, the question casting a long shadow over the Fair is what effect the co-mingling of official and “unofficial” Chinese delegations would have on the Fair. Would dissidents shout …

Profile: Transatlantic Literary Agency

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Samantha Haywood, agent and rights director for Transatlantic Literary Agency (TLA), lives out the ocean-straddling name of her agency, splitting her time between Toronto, home to the agency’s headquarters, and Amsterdam, where she now lives with her family. Being part of an eclectic team of agents with footholds in Canada, the US and Europe keeps Haywood sensitized …

Though New to Frankfurt, Iris Mor is No Newbie

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti A newcomer to Frankfurt this year, Iris Mor, editor-in-chief of Israel’s Keter Books, is looking forward to meeting some of her growing list of contacts in person. Mor came to Keter last year from Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, where for fifteen years she had been the arts and culture editor, although she had always hoped to move to …

Seen and Heard: Baco Club, Argentine Private Wine Club

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

Among the exhibitors at the Gourmet Gallery in Hall 5.0 is the Baco Club, a company which runs a private wine club in Argentina. “We have 7,000 members have been going for twenty years,” says editorial director Mariana Gil Juncal, who is responsible for publishing the Club’s catalog, elixir magazine, and more recently, wine guides. Their new book, El vino …

What’s Cooking, Chef Geir Skeie?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In January of this year, Norwegian Chef Geir Skeie became an international cooking sensation when he lead the Norwegian team to the gold medal at the Bocuse d’Or—an event known around the world as the Olympics of Food. Not only has he won one of the food world’s most prestigious prizes, he has also won the …

Could This Be the End of Territorial Copyright?

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Frankfurt’s enduring relevance as an international rights fair is built to a great extent on the principle of territorial copyright—that invisible patchwork of rights territories that covers the globe. But what if there was no territorial copyright to enable publishers to safely invest in intellectual property in their own country, safe in the knowledge that another publisher …

Amazon Kindle International, Week Two

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox A week after the international edition of the Amazon Kindle launched, Amazon’s David Naggar, Vice President for Kindle Content, took part in the STM Conference. While he came to appeal to STM publishers to increase the e-books and journals they offer on the Kindle, he also indulged the audience by answering some questions. On rights: “Open …

Books & Bytes Award to Honor Innovative Book Project

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Terzio Verlag Managing Director and book2look co-creator Ralph Möllers launched the first Books & Bytes Prize earlier this year to bring attention to the most innovative online book projects in Germany. “It is intended support not only the truly innovative developers of these projects but also—and probably even more importantly—the ‘fearless digerati’,” says Möllers. There are plenty …