Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

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By Marleen Reimer When I think of American indie publishing, I think of Akashic Books, Graywolf Press, Grove, Melville House, Other Press, Seven Stories, the former Soft Skull Press. They might be different in scope and focus, but what they have in common is that they publish what big mainstream publishers don’t publish: books in translation, short story collections, poetry, …

Do Conglomerates Still Have Advantages Over Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the state of independent publishing in the Netherlands. One of the conclusions of the article is that, at least where Dutch publishing is concerned, bigger isn’t necessarily better. The changes at the conglomerates — perhaps most significantly, the general reduction of sales teams — have started leveling the playing field the big …

Will E-books Make or Break Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story is a profile of Jeffrey Lependorf, executive director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. In the article, Lependorf notes that one of the priorities going forward is to help small and independent presses to traverse the tricky digital landscape. The CLMP is assisting them with issues such as digital conversion and distribution. …

Brooklyn Embraces the World: Book Fest, Publishers Boost International Lit

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• The Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place this Sunday, is devoting a stage exclusively to international programming. Among those authors appearing will be Pakistan’s Feryal Ali Gauhar and UK graphic novelist Nick Abadzis. • The programming is a reflection of the broad community of independent publishers making their home in the borough, many of which focus on translations, including …

German Indie Publishers Celebrate and Promote at Fifth Annual Gathering

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary On Saturday, German-language independent publishers and their fans gathered together at the beautiful Literarisches Colloquium villa in Berlin for the fifth year in a row to hear readings by some of the most respected voices in German independent publishing. The event drew an impressive crowd of literature enthusiasts. Hosted by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB), the event …

If New Media is a Giant Killer, Will Independent Publishing Get the Golden Eggs?

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Editorial by Andy Hunter In these stormy times, large publishers are jettisoning everything they can in order to lighten their sinking ships. What are they tossing overboard? Among other things, promising authors who haven’t found an audience, as well as anything too literary, difficult, or narrow in appeal. As Random House clings to the desperately inflated Dan Brown, hoping a …