There’s No Business Like Book Show Business

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

93-year-old publishing attorney and author Martin Levin reflects on 60 years of book fairs, starting with the American Booksellers Association meeting in 1950. By Martin Levin In a career that spans six decades, and still counting, I have found that there is nothing quite like the annual trade shows in book publishing. 1950s: Washington D.C. I recall my first American …

What’s the Best Business Deal You’ve Done at a Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

What’s your greatest victory from BookExpo America’s past? By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story, Martin Levin looks back his experiences in attending more than 60 years of book fairs. In the piece he recounts some outrageous exchanges — buying an author a Rolls Royce, for example — as well as several exchanges that led to long-term business deals. Tell …

Can Books Serve as Cultural Ambassadors to Change the Reputation of a Nation?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Cultural exports are often described in geopolitical terms as an exercise in “soft power” and book fairs, in particular, provide a forum for developing lasting relationships that are the foundation for change. By Edward Nawotka International book fairs — from Beijing to Buenos Aires (taking place now) to author-centric events like the PEN World Voices Festival — aim in part …

Unearthing New Content and New Rights Opportunities in Frankfurt

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair Publishers of all sizes earn a significant amount of their revenue from rights and licenses. Rights managers at these publishing companies, as well as literary agents, are most often the people who understand how to “translate” stories, ideas and information into other languages, formats and territories — who know how to …

More Stories, More Rights: Films & Games in Frankfurt

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It’s not news to anyone that the rights business is expanding all the time. Technology has enabled more people and companies to create more content faster than ever before. According to Britta Friedrich, Director of Creative Industries for the Frankfurt Book Fair, these technological developments are giving rise to new points of convergence among the publishing, games …

Using Text to “Enhance” E-books and Other Insights from the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

Germany’s second biggest book fair offers a barometer of what’s obsessing the world’s third largest publishing industry By Siobhan O’Leary LEIPZIG: Students from the HTWK Leipzig [Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur] emerged before a standing room only crowd at an event titled “rethinking the book” at the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday afternoon, well-prepared to present the fruits of …

Apply Now for the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

Starting now, publishers, editors and rights professionals from all over the world can apply for the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme 2011. The application deadline for this prestigious support programme is 30 April 2011. The focus of the programme, which has been held every year since 1998 in the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair, is on networking and encouraging …

Literary Life on the Internet: Germany’s Best Book Sites

In German Buch News by Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared in Über:blick — German Book Industry Insight, a publication produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair. DOWNLOAD: the complete Über:blick issue (PDF). By Thomas Palzer The success and acceptance of social websites, platforms and online forums is not determined solely by the financial power of the people who run them. What counts are innovative concepts that manage …