Did You Hear Anything New at LBF’s Digital Conference?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We know that many of you didn’t make it to the London Book Fair for their digital conference, but we hope our digest of the day will help you feel a little like you were there. For those who did make it to the event, we’re curious if you heard anything new at the conference? What struck …

London Book Fair Digital Conference Digest: “Take Risks, Fail, Learn and Try Again”

In English Language by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury The pre-show digital day at London Book Fair kicked off in good spirits on Sunday but regrettably, with numbers depleted due to the volcano eruption in Iceland. Slated speakers Susan Danziger from America’s DailyLit and Michael Tamblyn from Canada’s e-book store Kobo were absent, and about 20% of the seats at the sell-out conference were empty. The …

If Canceled, Will You Rebook for London?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Canceled flights, hotel receptionists that won’t refund your room deposit, thwarted plans…Iceland’s volcanic eruption is throwing travel to the UK into disarray and the skies over London may not clear till Monday. Liz Bury discusses the situation in more detail in today’s lead story. Still, the London Book Fair is an important fixture on many the publishing …

Volcano Threatens London Book Fair’s Digital Day

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury By now it’s well known that plumes of volcanic ash from an eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland have drifted across the Atlantic to cover Europe at high altitude. The ash is damaging to aircraft engines and the UK National Air Traffic Service announced that all the country’s airports have been shut down until at …

Should We Fear the Digital Economy Bill?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, the UK passed a controversial piece of legislation called the Digital Economy Bill. The bill is intended to protect copyright holders against piracy and illegal filesharing online. While many companies would like to combat and stop online piracy of intellectual property, protests against the bill have grown steadily since it was introduced last year. The decision …

Are There Still Topics Too Taboo for Fiction?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Chip Rossetti discusses the popularity of Essam Youssef’s heroin-fueled novel 1/4 Gram, which is set in the world Cairo’s high society. Some of the popularity of the novel is that it portrays a world — a taboo world — little seen by readers in the Arab world. The same could be said for …

James Bridle Explores the Bookshops of Mexico City

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka UK publisher and internet entrepreneur James Bridle recently made a side trip to Mexico City following his appearance at the SXSW conference in Texas. He blogged this week about his time there visiting the bookstores, including Atrio, Librería Pegaso, and MUCA Roma, among others… I walked a lot (in one very small area of the central city), …

Author Contracts 2.0: Putting Cash Before Copyright and Control

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury In the world of multi-channel digital distribution the future author contract is likely to put transparency and cash flow above copyright protection, as a new working dynamic emerges between publishers and authors. The advent of digital distribution means that authors should “surrender to the inevitable” and let go of control of their work, said Clive Rich, principal …