Price Fixing vs Fixed Prices: Europe’s Emerging E-book Quagmire

In Europe, Resources by Edward Nawotka

On Monday, the European Commission investigated several French publishers for illegal e-book price fixing, this in a country with fixed book prices. Ironic, hypocritical…or merely confusing? By Edward Nawotka Yesterday we learned from a dozen news sources that on March 1 several European publishing houses were “raided” by European Commission officials in search of evidence of price fixing among e-book …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

In Europe E-books are Approached with “Concern, Not Hysteria,” says Italy’s Mussinelli

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder MILAN: “The problem in Italy and in Europe in general, is that data on e-books is scarce, says Cristina Mussinelli, a digital publishing consultant for the Italian Publishers Association and European member of the IDPF board. “There is no central entity collecting information in an organized way, and the ways in which different countries collect data may not …

Amazon Launches Italian Site Amazon.it

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon.it, the first time the company enters the Italian market with a dedicated portal. According to the press release, the store launches with more categories than any Amazon site has ever launched with, focusing for now on video games, music, DVDs, toys, computers, electronics, small appliances . . . and “over …

A Report from Italy’s Unique “Women’s Fiction Festival”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Beate Boeker The seventh Women’s Fiction Festival (WFF) took place in Matera, Italy, from Sept. 23rd to Sept. 26th, 2010. Matera is located in the south, roughly where you’d expect the Achilles heel in the boot-like shape of Italy. The meetings are held in the historical Sassi district, a town set like a honeycomb into stone, remarkable enough to …

Hot Italian Readers: The Feltrinelli Era

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Boris Kachka Superstores and publishers have had some run-ins of late—decades after the heyday of one-stop publisher-printer-bookshops working on several floors of the same building. Tech-savvy startup OR Books cited that golden age at the fair, explaining their plan to sell print and e-books directly to consumers. But there’s one independent house, a ripe 55 years old, that manages …

Italian E-books: Agent Roberto Santachiara Deems 25% Royalty Too Low

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Andrew Wylie isn’t the only agent rebelling on the e-book front. La Repubblica has an interview with big Italian agent Roberto Santachiara (who represents Italian bestsellers Roberto Saviano and Carlo Lucarelli and acts as the Italian co-agent for such English-language heavyweights as Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, James Ellroy, and Ian McEwan) in which he explains why he …

Dropping by the Almost Corner Bookshop in Rome’s Trastevere

In Global Trade Talk by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt New York writer Rachel Aydt is traveling through Europe this summer, and has been filing occasional posts on her bookish adventures. Today, she visits an English-language bookshop in Rome. We headed to Rome for a few days after spending two days with my mom and stepdad, who’d done an apartment swap in Anzio (despite its somber WWII …