Week in Review: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered, Google Launch E-book Affiliates

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A quick cheat sheet of some notable publishing news from this week and last: Aussie Bookstores Beleaguered: On Monday, Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry had predicted that online shopping would wipe out general bookstores within five years. What’s more, Angus & Robertson said it will close another 42 stores and another 19 A&R stores are being sold …

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 …

Did Russia’s Spotlight at the London Book Fair Generate Business for You?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Russia is taking several star turns at book fairs as “guest of honor” — first in London earlier this month and next year at BookExpo America. The country’s literary reputation overseas is largely based on classic texts and a handful of translated authors who have broken through — Boris Akunin, Viktor Pelevin, Tatyana Tolstaya, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, and Lyudmila Ulitskaya …

Q: What is Global Publishing Worth? A: €80 Billion

In Growth Markets by Tolu Ogunlesi

Ruediger Wischenbart is seeking to undertake an unprecedented project -– the compilation of a comprehensive database of global publishing statistics. By Tolu Ogunlesi LONDON: Publishing — including STM, Educational and Trade material -– is currently estimated at being worth €80 billion and is the second largest creative industry in the world, after television; and is currently bigger than the music …