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 …

Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. By Philip Downer The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …

UK Publisher Orion Still Knows How to Party

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm To the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden – where the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) were held at the weekend – for the Orion Group’s annual Author Party. Just as the highly successful British film The King’s Speech was on everyone’s lips at the BAFTAs, so at the party on Tuesday night …

English E-books Are In Demand Worldwide, Though Primarily as a Stopgap

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “I believe there is significant potential for English language e-books on the international markets,” David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group, told us last month during an interview at the Digital Book World publishing conference. “What you have to understand is there has always been demand, even in non-English speaking countries. The publishers have tried …

6.5 Million E-Reader Owners in the UK

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A study by Book Marketing Limited (BML) presented by Jo Henry shows that the number of adults in the UK with e-readers doubled over the holiday period — from 7% to 13%, according to the Bookseller. The study was conducted from December 25, 2010 (Christmas Day) through January 31, 2011. The Kindle is the most popular reading …

Is the Agency Pricing Model a Net E-Book Agreement in Disguise?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At the end of today’s lead story surveying UK independent booksellers’ attitudes toward selling e-books, writer Roger Tagholm writes: “Many note that [the agency pricing] model is effectively an e-book NBA (the UK agreement, abolished in 1995, that banned discounting) and that it is this which is providing them with the opportunity.” “I’m struck by the fact …