If E-books Have No Physical Form, What Defines them as Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story James Bridle suggests, “The book — by which I mean long-form text, in any format — is not a physical thing, but a temporal one.” It is, in essence, a commitment of one’s time to having a particular experience dictated by an “author” — whomever or whatever that may be. As e-books challenge …

Face Time

In Guest Contributors by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …

Does Big Publishing Do Enough to Empower the Disenfranchised?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles the winner of this year UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Prize, Gavin Weale, who plans to launch a magazine to be run by at-risk young people in South African townships. The idea mirrors an already successful project in London, which has helped some 75 kids stay in school or find jobs, and otherwise indoctrinate …

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 …