“Piracy Isn’t Really an Issue:” STM in the Digital Age

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Digital publishing is a huge focus of the Fair this year, yet no one is further along that road than the STM publishers. At yesterday’s STM Frankfurt Conference entitled “Surviving Our Mid-Life Crisis: Forward from Forty,” Science, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishers discussed the already successful tools they use for reaching users digitally while also illustrating …

French Books en force

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije French publishers have weathered the economic downturn comparatively well, and this fall a total of 659 French and foreign novels were published for the inescapable rentrée littéraire (literary season). Many of the books being presented here at Frankfurt have already made the long or shortlist of the numerous French literary prizes that will be announced at the …

Paper Republic Catalogue Showcases Independent Chinese Writers

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post With China the Guest of Honor this year, there’s a mountain of information available about Chinese authors and publishers circulating through the Fair But one of the most interesting publications this year has to be the catalog of six independent writers produced by the website Paper Republic (http://paper-republic.org) complete with long—30+ pages—sample translations. Paper Republic was …

Letter from the Editor: Expect Serendipity

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt could have easily become a story about who is not here: the banned Chinese dissidents, the notable reduction of American and UK publishers, thinner crowds of people partying late into the night at the Hofs—a consequence of their having fled from extortionary accommodation prices in the city center by opting for hotels in …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …

What’s Cooking, Chef Wan?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L Cox Few can top Chef Wan. He is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated icons and a star of the Asian Food Channel, as well as having hosted shows in numerous other countries including Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. What’s more, he’s published eight cookbooks, and is also a comedian, talk-show host, and has acted on stage …

Fair Security Tighter This Year

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Security at this year’s Fair is tighter than in previous years, with bag checks added to the entrances of all Halls. “Security was extended this year in response to multiple video threats made by Al Qaeda promising revenge for Germany’s military presence in Afghanistan” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos, who said it is the same …

Rights Directors Aim To Hit a “Moving Target”

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins While hardcore digitizers were immersed in the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference at the Radisson Hotel, back at the fair grounds rights managers were congregating to discuss the practicalities of making money from digital content. This year’s International Rights Directors Meeting—the 23rd—was appropriately themed, “Hitting a Moving Target,” and captured the sheer speed of change that has …

The Mertin Agency Has the Hometown Advantage

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams If you’re involved in Portuguese- and Spanish-language publishing, there’s a good chance your Fair experience started on Monday night at a dinner and reception thrown by the Mertin Agency. For many years, agency founder Ray-Güde Mertin hosted the guests in her home, welcoming them back to Germany with a glass of Riesling and a warm laugh. Since …

Whither Book Publishers? Tools of Change Conference Considers Tech’s Relationship with Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Describing the philosophy behind the launch of the Stanza iPhone reader, Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle (the company behind Stanza), set the tone of the TOC Frankfurt Conference on Tuesday in his keynote speech, saying, “We focused on the readers because that’s all we knew.” Stanza is a tech startup hardly a year old and founded by …