Changing the World One Magazine at a Time

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: One of the highlights of the final day of the London Book Fair, which closed yesterday, was the giving of the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award. This year, Gavin Weale, 32, of LIVE Futures picked up the £5,000 prize for his work with young people, and his idea to begin publishing a magazine with Langa township in …

Do Comic Book Apps Risk Being Bad Animation?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead article we look at a conversation at the London Book Fair about the future of comic books in the digital age. As more and more publishers translate comics into apps, the question of how to re-imagine the format becomes all the more important. Without new thinking, do comic book apps risk resembling little more …

London Digest: Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates

In Global Trade Talk by Liz Bury

As part of our continuing coverage of the London Book Fair, we offer a variety of perspectives from the show floor. Interview by Liz Bury Lucy Luck, Literary Agent, Lucy Luck Associates I come to London Book Fair to meet editors and to talk about books. With literary debuts it takes time to create a reputation and recognition. They’re difficult …

Digitizing Double Page Explosions: London Looks at Comics as E-books

In Europe by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion, complete with Comics Café, made its debut at the the London Book Fair this year. The category has enjoyed an upswing in the UK in recent years, as products from the US and Japanese manga has tapped a growing market, and the new forum generated some of the biggest buzz …

LBF Digest: Tales of the “Hero Fair Goers”

In Global Trade Talk by Ramy Habeeb

By Ramy Habeeb, founder and CEO, Kotobarabia.com I think one of the most depressing things that a truly committed publisher can see are empty bookshelves. And that certainly was the case at the London Book Fair, where many publishers were unable to shelve their booths with that most precious of commodities, their books. When I first entered the fair, I …

Would You Try a Virtual Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story, a digest of the London Book Fair, notes that while organizers have managed to fill in the gaps of author readings, many trade panels and events have simply been canceled. And no one is trying to find a way to teleconference people in or to schedule online chats, which would seem logical and quite …

LBF Message to South Africans Marooned at Home

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here is a quick hello to everyone who could not make it to the London Book Fair this year from Alistair Burtenshaw (Director of the London Book Fair), Susie Nicklin (Director of Literature at the British Council) and Amy Webster (International Key Accounts Manager at the London Book Fair). httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDva82PRlz0

Many Germans Absent from LBF

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Like much of the rest of the world, many German publishers headed to the London Book Fair were stopped in their tracks by the wrath of Eyjafjallajökull. According to the Boersenblatt, representatives of S. Fischer, Tessloff, KiWi and Rowohlt were among those who did not make it to the Fair. Suhrkamp staff were also grounded and at …