German Book Title Production Drops 7% in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New releases in Germany in 2010 were once again heavily weighted toward fiction titles, which accounted for an overall share of 70% of new titles published (up from 66% in 2009). However, overall title production was down 7% compared to 2009 and 9% compared to the long-term average. According to buchreport, a total of 5431 new titles …

Richard Nash on the Future of Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Michelle Jones Richard Nash’s new publishing venture, Cursor, has yet to release it’s first title, but its already caused a quite a stir. Much of what has been written about Nash of late has to do with his plans to overhaul the nature of author contracts. But shortening the contracts to three years and eliminating advances are just part …

Working in Publishing v. Writing (and Unicorns v. Mexican Wrestlers)

In Feature Articles, Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sloane Crosley is the deputy director of publicity for Vintage Books and has been called “New York’s favorite book publicist.” She’s also the author of two essay collections: the bestseller I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, which was published this week by Riverhead. She spoke with Publishing Perspectives about publicity …

In the Age of E-books, Does the Cheap Paperback Have a Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses Penguin’s 75th anniversary campaign in Australia, New Zealand and India which has seen the company reissue backlist titles from their line at the low price of AU$9.95. The result has been sales that have exceeded more than 250,000 copies in their first three months — a phenomenal sales pace. The series has proved …

Is Penguin Trying to Rewrite History?

In English Language by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins The Popular Penguins follow Allen Lane’s ethos of making great writing affordable and available to everybody — now you can own a piece of the Penguin story. — marketing blurb from Penguin Web site If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. — Sir Isaac Newton MELBOURNE: You may have heard …