Drawing on his medical-student days, Richard Charkin examines some of the ‘vestigial’ traditions in international book publishing.
Following the publisher Richard Charkin’s column for us on translators and translation, Frank Wynne offers his considered reaction.
The view from Richard Charkin on issues of translators’ credit and compensation is that translators ‘should be careful what they wish for.’
Richard Charkin writes that ‘bringing in outsiders can catalyze extraordinary change and growth’ in the book business.
In publishing, ‘Everywhere, our industry is seeing a plethora of legal or quasi-legal activity.’ Richard Charkin writes.
The trick in digital times, says Richard Charkin, is for publishing’s senior management to ‘back untested ideas’ outside their comfort zones.
While vying for a British Book Award this year, Richard Charkin asks, ‘When will publishers’ egos be large enough?’
‘Perhaps we should consider courtesy in our industry,’ writes Richard Charkin. And even Boris Johnson doesn’t escape this one.
‘Improving publishing by measuring things’ is Richard Charkin’s intent in proposing 15 metrics for examination in the new year.
The season puts Richard Charkin in mind of a dozen things he’d like to see arrive, come about, or evolve by Twelfth Night.