German Flip-Flopping on Translator Compensation Angers Everyone

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary A recent ruling by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has both German translators and publishers up in arms regarding translator compensation. The Bundesgerichtshof has ruled that German translators are now entitled to claim 20% of the net income earned by the author of the original language edition for any ancillary rights sold, including German paperback and audiobook …

Could Monetizing Fan Fiction Become a Virtuous Circle?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Scott Walker of Brain Candy notes that “there is an untapped market that exists between fandom and commercial entertainment” and “he wants to legitimize fandom.” Obviously Walker is asserting that there is money being left on the table somewhere in the value chain. Producers of commercial entertainment pay top dollar for “canonical texts” …

Rethinking Rights in a Transmedia World

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder As President of Brain Candy LLC, Scott Walker is one of the individuals behind the project Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world in which a community of fans are invited to contribute characters, concepts and stories to the central concept. It’s what Walker bills as “a guided collaborative enterprise breaking down the barrier between creator and …

TYPA’s Gabriela Adamo Talks Argentine Lit at Home and Abroad

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Matías Fernández (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) Gabriela Adamo worked for a number of years as a literary editor for the celebrated imprint Sudamericana, now part of Random House Mondadori. When she left her editing post, she started off the new millennium working with TYPA, a non-profit institution that specializes in connecting Argentinian writers with editors abroad. …

Lorna Evans of Ubisoft on Turning Games into Comics, Books and Movies

In What's the Buzz by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder Lorna Evans is Cross Media Producer for video game developer Ubisoft, and also helps the UK games industry find new business opportunities with books, TV and film. She has worked on some of the UK’s biggest games titles, including Tomb Raider and Resident Evil and is passionate about the need for increased cooperation between media. “Sometimes when …

Are Publishers Ready to Make Movies?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

Op-ed by Alex von Rosenberg Frankfurt Storydrive jumped out at me as particularly relevant while I was reviewing events related to the 2010 Fair. The potential collaboration of companies dedicated to divergent areas of the media landscape is very exciting and long overdue. Long ago, the advent and spread of moving pictures combined with sound created and subsequently revolutionized many …

The American Gentleman: Roger Straus in Frankfurt

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

At first publisher Roger Straus was reticent to come to Germany for a book fair, but once he did, the legendary publisher made friends, struck deals, and left a lasting legacy. By Boris Kachka Roger W. Straus, Jr., the exuberant founder of Farrar, Straus & Giroux who died in 2004, carried himself like a born leader, a man who kept …

New Study Finds Dramatic Difference Between Author Rights in Germany, Spain, France and UK

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The book and writing “observatory,” le MOTif, funded by the Paris regional government, is becoming increasingly visible in France’s book world. Le MOTif has just released a study on author rights in Europe, the result of a year-long research project about the legislatures, economic and legal aspects of the industry and more than 50 interviews with publishers, …

Are US Publishers Using E-books to Undermine Territorial Rights?

In What's the Buzz by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury Frankfurt Book Fair veteran agent Andrew Nurnberg has raised the specter of e-book deals being used to undermine territorial rights in an interview with Publishing Perspectives. But his fear that some American publishers may try to use e-book negotiations to break existing rights boundaries left other agents unruffled. Arguments about the primacy of authors’ relationships with their editors, …