BEA Video Interviews: Erik Rigters, eBook.nl

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In this short film, Erik Rigters of eBook.nl discusses the Dutch e-book market. He says: “In general, we can be said to be about two years behind the United States. We have 50% of of the bestsellers and about 5,000 titles in total. In general, the resistance from Dutch publishers is gone — publishers know it is …

UK’s Waterstone’s Pins Hopes on aNobii “Social Bookselling” App

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …

Myth and Memory in South Africa: David Schmahmann’s Ivory from Paradise

In Author Interview by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The year 2011 marks the end of a busy decade for Boston-based novelist David Schmahmann. It was a period that he spent thinking, exploring and writing a great deal about his birthplace…South Africa. The decade was bookended by the publication of two seminal books about the country: 2001’s John Gardner Book Award-winning Empire Settings, a drama about the relationship …

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Marleen Reimer When I think of American indie publishing, I think of Akashic Books, Graywolf Press, Grove, Melville House, Other Press, Seven Stories, the former Soft Skull Press. They might be different in scope and focus, but what they have in common is that they publish what big mainstream publishers don’t publish: books in translation, short story collections, poetry, …

Timo Boezeman on Guiding Dutch Publisher A.W. Bruna into the Digital Future

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Ashley Mabbitt • Timo Boezeman’s career reflects the broader changes in the publishing landscape. A former Web consultant, he is responsible for developing the digital publishing strategy — as well as acquiring non-fiction titles — for A.W. Bruna, Holland’s largest publisher. • While Europe has lagged somewhat behind the US and Asia in implementing digital publishing, Boezeman believes “with introduction …

What’s the Most Exciting Publishing Project in the Netherlands?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at digital developments at A.W. Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands. Under the guidance of Timo Boezeman, the company is forging ahead into the brave new world of digital publishing. The Netherlands has a rich creative scene and its publishing houses produce some of the most stylish titles available. That said, its …

Translators say, “Show Me the Monnaie

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Thousands of translators across Europe and the rest of the world spend their days and nights scanning their dictionaries and thesauruses for le mot juste, making their living working on everything from novels to air conditioner repair manuals. And while translators, particularly of literary texts, are ultimately tasked with the responsibility of matching the precision and …

Bonus Material: Deals Taking Longer, says Dutch Rights Manager

In Discussion by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Netherlands has always occupied a curious place in the European book business. Although a small country, it has an unusually high percentage of book consumers and an extremely active publishing industry that often outstrips much larger markets in speed and competitiveness for the biggest international books. The country also produces its own domestic literary stars, which …