When Will We Have E-book Bestseller Lists?

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Op-ed by Tim Coronel (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 8 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) For all the data we are collecting about the book industry, there is one crucial piece of the puzzle we don’t …

Thank You, Helen!

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

In today’s Frankfurt print edition, we thanked our reporters, our leader, our friends and advertisers, but the person who deserves a post all to herself is Helen Gregg. Our PP team member and the Deputy Queen of the GBO New York, she is not only the most thoughtful, supportive, and diligent colleague and friend, she also knows how to mix …

Books to Film: No Hard and Fast Rules

In What's the Buzz by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury The heyday of huge film deals being made for books may be over, but, there’s still big money on the table for the right kind of story. Deals are being done, however the sums are often more conservative than they were during the boom years. “The money is less,” said Josie Freedman of ICM, as part of …

Does Size Matter?

In Ed's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

Editorial by Edward Nawotka One of the most popular panels yesterday at the fair and sparked a lot of discussion concerned the release of the list ranking the largest publishers in the world (see our story in today’s issue). Are you shocked to hear that the biggest is Pearson? Size is important, but perhaps not quite as much as it …

E-Books, Google Editions and Struggling Book Sales

In Digital by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 7 October 2010. Download the complete show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) Livres Hebdo, in partnership with Publishers Weekly, buchreport, and The Bookseller, hosted a panel yesterday titled “CEO Talk: The Global Ranking …

From Frankfurt: Rights Directors Advise “Don’t Assume Anything”

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday’s International Rights Directors Meeting, entitled “Off the Page! — New Ways to Sell New Rights,” focused on the impact of digital publishing on the role of rights directors — the challenges, the successes, and the important “don’t assume anything” mandate for both rights directors and literary agents. Chairperson David Bowers, Vice President of Global Business …

From Frankfurt 2010: Paradoxes Abound at TOC Frankfurt

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Todd Sattersten Everyone knows the past year has been one of great change for the publishing industry, but at the same time there is a growing sense of comfort. It feels like things are starting to work themselves out. Distribution of electronic books now has an ecosystem of devices and distribution points. Readers have actively adopted to new technologies. …

From Frankfurt 2010: Content Knows No Borders

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Liz Bury (This story originally appeared in the Publishing Perspectives show daily at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 6 October 2010. Download the complete, 32-page show daily here or click on the image to view the online version.) “There is an ocean of stories out there, with endless potential,” noted Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos …

TOC Frankfurt Preview: Douglas Rushkoff on Upstart Publishing, Staying Human in a Digital World

In Growth Markets by Chad W. Post

• In advance of his keynote speech at today’s Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, Douglass Rushkoff discusses his new book Program or Be Programmed and the advantages of working with a small, digital publisher instead of a traditional corporate one. • “People accept the tools and interfaces that they’re presented with as if they were pre-existing conditions of the universe,” says …