Despite a tech-savvy population of avid readers, Singapore has been overlooked by the global e-booksellers and local solutions are slow in developing.
A strong showing from China, Turkey, India and Brazil, YA publishers waiting for the next big thing and confidence in the future pervaded this year’s Bologna.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is finally released as an official e-book, while Random House Mondadori launches a new, global imprint for digital shorts, RHM Flash.
Is continuing to group together Commonwealth book rights good business, hopeless inertia, or merely a self-serving tradition?
At Berrett-Koehler Publishers foreign rights sales account for 10% of revenue, much of it from backlist, and are rewarding both financially and culturally.
There will be a war over e-book rights only if the the opposition — the upstarts and indies are willing and financially able to put up a costly legal fight.
With digitization offering authors new opportunities faster that publishers can take advantage of them, long book contracts grow increasingly unattractive.
Petra Hardt, Foreign Rights Director at Berlin’s Suhrkamp Verlag, has written ‘Rights: Buying. Protecting. Selling’ to help publishers make the best choices.
Rebecca Carter is leaving Random House to become an agent for Janklow & Nesbit. ‘My motivation comes from wanting to work with writers on editorial,’ she says.
Rights are publishers’ primary assets and relinquishing them for fixed fee may not be immediately enticing.