Author Contracts 2.0: Putting Cash Before Copyright and Control

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury In the world of multi-channel digital distribution the future author contract is likely to put transparency and cash flow above copyright protection, as a new working dynamic emerges between publishers and authors. The advent of digital distribution means that authors should “surrender to the inevitable” and let go of control of their work, said Clive Rich, principal …

“Trust Me” Isn’t a Good Sales Pitch (for a Lover or a Book)

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Kevin Smokler “Move along!” That’s what my meaner self tells me to say when I meet publishers, event producers and literary magazine editors whose mission/passion is “bold new fiction.”  Move along. I’ve no room for you in this life and probably not the next one. I feel terrible about this.  I write about and discuss books for fun, …

Leipzig Book Fair’s New Tune

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Leipzig Book Fair has announced that it will have a new exhibition area for publishers in the field of music at next year’s fair, scheduled for March 18 – 21, 2010. The 300 sq.-meter space will feature around 20 publishers of musical scores and literature and will include a professional program for booksellers, as well as …

German Buch News: Bookstores Give Classical Music a Boost

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Sales of classical music products increased by 23% in the first half of 2009 and it’s booksellers who are partially responsible. According to figures published by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie, and reported in BuchMarkt, classical music generates about 100 million euros in sales in Germany each year, with about 10% of that sold in bookstores. Could this be an …

UK’s Myebook Attracts DJs, Gamers, South Americans

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CHESHIRE, UK: User generated e-book sites are extremely popular in Asia, where widespread access to cheap broadband connections as well as cutting edge telephone and computer hardware have made them the preferred self-publishing platform for writers. The rest of the world is now picking up on the trend, with new sites launching seemingly every week. Myebook.com is …

Bonus Material: Punker Goes Soft for Houellebecq

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka PARIS: Throughout much of the summer of 1995, legendary punk musician Iggy Pop and I frequented the same coffee shop in Dublin, Ireland. He’d show up at odd times — sometimes in the afternoon, sometimes for Sunday brunch, usually with a beautiful companion and, if not, with a book.  It was an incongruous sight to see world-worn …