Is Analog More Authentic Than Digital?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story about Underwood’s first release of a recording of short stories on vinyl suggests that analog recordings offer a richer experience than listening to an MP3. Print versus digital. Pen and paper versus keyboard and computer. Vinyl versus MP3. Each has its own advocates. One one side is the argument that analog is more authentic, …

Who is Your Favorite Foreign Rights Rep?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Graham Cook who recently won the Rights Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the UK Bookseller Industry Awards. Of course, that competition was limited to the UK. So tell us, who is your favorite foreign rights rep from around the world? Tell us a little bit about …

Hachette Dominates UK’s Bookseller Industry Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last night in London the first annual Bookseller Industry Awards (which  combines the Bookseller’s own trade awards with the old Nibbies) were given. Hachette, still reaping rewards for publishing Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, took home three prizes and saw its Little, Brown imprint take home “Publisher of the Year.” Foyle’s won “General or Trade Bookseller of the …

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 …