At #LBF11: The Book is Dead – Long Live the Global Book

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm In order to protect territorial rights and the best interests of authors, the industry should adopt the model used in other areas of publishing, such as STM and academic, and look at global publishing for trade works. That’s the view of Evan Schnittman, Bloomsbury’s MD, Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital. He says: “Whilst the ineluctable surge …

Oneworld, One Household: A Husband and Wife and a Life in Publishing

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

How do you negotiate a publishing career and a marriage when they are one in the same? Editorial by Juliet Mabey LONDON: In 1986, my husband, Novin Doostdar, and I founded a publishing house called Oneworld Publications, with a focus on bold, intelligent non-fiction across the humanities. Now, 25 years later, despite the recent downturn in the global economy and …

Chinese, Lebanese Writers Among Finalists for Man Booker International Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

The finalists for the biennial Man Booker International Prize have been announced. The winner — who receives £60,000 pounds — will be announced at the Sydney Writers Festival on May 18. Unlike the Booker prize, the award is open to living authors writing in English or those whose works are generally available in an English translation. If applicable, the winner can opt …

What Can Publishers Do To Make E-Books Appealing as Gifts?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page believes “the challenge of gift to digital” is one of the major issues yet to be resolved in the book business. By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story about the state of the UK book market, Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page noted the increased importance of gifting for physical books and believes “the challenge of gift …

Looking for Digital Inspiration? Take a Look at the Digital Innovation Award Winners

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller FutureBook announced the winners of its inaugural Digital Innovation Awards yesterday in London. The awards were launched in December 2010 at the FutureBook Conference with the goal to “highlight and celebrate professionals across the trade who are doing the real work to facilitate digital innovation.” And fitting with the speed of digital innovation in the …

Timely, Prescient: Libyan Fiction Featured in New Banipal Magazine

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije When I mentioned to Banipal magazine’s publisher Margaret Obank that their timing was uncanny, Obank answered, “Yes, we thought so too.” The preeminent magazine on Arabic language fiction in translation, Banipal’s 40th issue, out this past Monday, is dedicated to Libyan literature. Their previous issue was on Tunisia and back issues of number 38 on Yemen can …

Proof that Publishers Know the Public Doesn’t Care About Publisher Branding

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Notice anything odd about this illuminated panel advertisement for Sean Rayment’s Bomb Hunters currently adorning the London Underground? No? Try answering this then: who’s the publisher? It’s a real oddity. Think how many times you read about publishers launching new imprints, re-vamping existing ones, re-doing their logos “we’re really pleased with this design, the way x represents …

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A Perfect Example of Video That Could Work for Enhanced E-books (via the UK and Sweden)

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Video and film is a tricky format, especially for book publishers who are working in the medium. When it comes to “enhancing e-books” publishers need to be careful. The enhancements shouldn’t interrupt the text or repeat it, but offer a lateral view of the subject at hand – a genuine enhancement – rather than the core material …