#LBF11: LeCarre’s Son Inks Digital Deal, King Speech Backs Kwai Nov, Hecht’s B’day

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

London Book Fair “Floor Talk” by  Roger Tagholm Digital Deal for LeCarre’s Son Roland Phillips at John Murray has bought the first non-fiction title by Nick Harkaway, son of John le Carre. Peak Digital will look at where “society and technology are interacting”, says Phillips, who concluded the deal with agent Patrick Walsh. “It’s about the search for authenticity in a technological …

Should Reading Be Promoted as a “Legal Drug”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story Shashi Martynova, who is known as one of the most enthusiastic advocates of reading in Russia, suggested that one tactic that could be used to entice a younger generation of readers to pick up books instead of video games or submit to other distractions was to promote reading as “a legal drug.” “Often, …

Russian Publishing is No “Depressing” Siberia; E-book Innovation from Bookmate.ru

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Hannah Johnson and Edward Nawotka As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia shows off its literary culture, growing e-book market and readiness for international cooperation. As the Market Focus of this year’s London Book Fair, Russia was represented by a robust program of events featuring authors, publishers and industry experts — truly the elite of …

#LBF11: Deals for The Tools and Secret Nazi Conversations

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Vermillion Acquires The Tools “Event publishing” is one of the phrases of the fair, it seems.  It’s how Ebury Publishing MD Fiona McIntyre is already referring to next spring’s publication of The Tools, the self-help title that has had London publishers talking (and calling their own therapists if they missed the deal). The book is by US therapist …

Publishing Point’s Susan Danziger Intros LBF Panel “The Great Debate”

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Susan Danziger, CEO of DailyLit.com and Founder of The Publishing Point I realized several years ago that I lived in two worlds. As the founder of DailyLit, I met with cutting-edge entrepreneurs (such as the founders of Twitter and Foursquare) who were pursuing dreams that others thought crazy. And then there was the other world of established executives at …

Read Publishing Perspectives London Book Fair Edition

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson For the first time, Publishing Perspectives is attending the London Book Fair! We will be reporting live from the fair, both here on our website and on Twitter (@pubperspectives). We have also created a fantastic (if I say so myself!) print edition for the London Book Fair that is full of articles about rights, UK publishing, and …

London Book Fair 2011: A Relentlessly Strong Program

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

Alistair Burtenshaw, Group Exhibition Director of the London Book Fair, talks about the Fair’s 40th Year By Edward Nawotka The London Book Fair, which kicks off today, certainly has a knack for timing. Last year, volcanic ash prevented a significant part of the international publishing community from making the Fair — fully 30% of registered attendees. This year, political upheaval …

At #LBF11: The Book is Dead – Long Live the Global Book

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm In order to protect territorial rights and the best interests of authors, the industry should adopt the model used in other areas of publishing, such as STM and academic, and look at global publishing for trade works. That’s the view of Evan Schnittman, Bloomsbury’s MD, Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital. He says: “Whilst the ineluctable surge …

At #LBF11: 24symbols – the Spotify Model for Books

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that music is now “tasted” and explored through sites like Last FM and Spotify, why shouldn’t this model be applied to books? That is part of the reasoning behind 24symbols, the Madrid-based books site whose co-founder Justo Hidalgo is at the fair to outline his particular vision of the digital future. “With 24symbols you can read …