“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …

Dedalus Saved by Fairy Godmothers: How the UK’s Esoteric Literary Publisher Survives Trying Times

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

“We exist to do the difficult things of publishing,” Eric Lane of Dedalus on life running “the most literary publishing house in Europe.” By Daniel Kalder CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK: I first encountered Dedalus Books’ esoteric literary catalogue in the old Science Fiction Bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a strange place: upstairs they sold Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and French editions …

Report from the UK’s FutureBook Conference: Bringing Great Writers into the Digital, Multimedia Mix

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By Sophie Rochester LONDON: If there was a key lesson from the first FutureBook conference organized by The Bookseller magazine and held in London for the first time last year, it was “experiment, learn and adapt”. Back again for a second conference, held the past Tuesday, the UK publishing industry appears to be responding well to the challenges of digital …

Penguin Enters Arab Market with Joint Venture

In Arabic Publishing by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Pearson PLC announced today that its Penguin Group has launched a joint venture with Egyptian publisher Dar El Shorouk. The “Shorouk-Penguin project” will translate into Arabic 12 English-language titles from the Penguin Classics series, in addition to publishing up to eight original Arabic classics. The first titles will be available in early 2011. According to the press …

Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A new study, “Publishing in the Digital Era,” commissioned by the Forum d’Avignon and compiled by Bain & Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices “could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015,” and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The “redistribution of value among …

Poll Results: Libraries Should Lend E-books, But Few Have Borrowed

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Shortly after the UK Publishers Association announced stricter guidelines for library lending (geographic restrictions and a ban on remote lending), we asked our readers what they thought of library e-book lending. Should libraries loan e-books? The large majority of poll-takers, 81%, said that libraries should loan e-books, despite arguments that lending e-books could lead to more piracy. …

Poll: Should Libraries Loan E-books?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (Scroll down to take the poll!) Many libraries in the UK and USA see e-book lending as a possible solution to dwindling visitor numbers because people can access and “borrow” e-books without visiting a physical library location. For those of you who haven’t tested this at your local library, a patron “checks out” an e-book and downloads …

Could Online Writing Communities Replace Creative Writing Programs?

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• Quillant.com, an online writing community based in the UK launched two months ago • Chris Vannozzi, a co-founder of Quilliant.com discusses the role online communities can play in developing talent for the traditional publishing industry By Chris Vannozzi LONDON: Two months ago we launched Quilliant.com , a new online writing community that aims to recreate the classic writing group …

UK Launches “Fiction Uncovered” to Promote Eight Underappreciated Authors

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Arts Council England has announced a major new initiative to support eight underappreciated writers in the UK with through major publicity, marketing and retail promotions with Waterstone’s, Foyles and The Book Depository. Dubbed, Fiction Uncovered, it is described as “a major new promotion to support our best fiction writers The promotion pledges to support those writers …