What’s the Best Advice for Someone Launching a Publishing Start-up?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the challenges a German journalist faced when launching her own publishing — Berlinica — company in the US. Among the questions she had to answer were: what books to publish, how to get secure the rights, who will design them . . . as well as funding, distribution and promotion issues. She relied …

Irish Kids Co Little Island Launches Today, Heads for Bologna

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhán Parkinson Little Island is a baby imprint. It’s all-grown-up and very-much-wiser parent is New Island Books, an established Dublin-based independent publishing house. When I say baby, I don’t mean Little Island actually publishes books for babies –- for children, yes, but what we hilariously call “older children.” (How old can you get and still be a child? It’s …

Berlin Verlag Launches Open Access Academic Press

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin Verlag plans to launch a new academic division called Berlin Academic. The entire program will be published on a new online platform, a beta version of which will go live this summer, using an open access approach (Creative Commons licenses). The titles will be available via print on demand and in a variety of e-book formats. …

Is There an Untranslatable Book?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the process of translating David Foster Wallace’s supremely complicated novel Infinite Jest into German. The translator, Ulrich Blumenbach, had no input from the author himself, but was nevertheless dealing with a book that involved “a massive text, its pages are riddled with acronyms and American pop-culture references, as well as dialects, characters with …

Austria’s Blackbetty Tackles Arabic Ebooks for Phones

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

by Chip Rossetti VIENNA: For Jörg Hotter, CEO of Blackbetty Mobilemedia GmbH, a Viennese company that creates the software to make texts readable on mobile phones, the future of publishing looks small. Specifically, he says, it will be the small screens on the 800 varieties of mobile devices currently on the market worldwide that will be the next step in …