Volcano Threatens London Book Fair’s Digital Day

In Guest Contributors 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 …

Sorry Hilary, I’m voting for The Little Stranger

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox If you missed it, The Independent just announced the Orange Prize shortlist.  Among the books where Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning WOLF HALL and one of my favorite books from 2009, Sarah Waters’ brilliant THE LITTLE STRANGER.  Read the article above for more information.  The winner will be announced on June 9th.

Are You Flying British Airways to Bologna? Not Anymore!

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson As reported in the Bookseller today, British Airways cabin crews have announced strikes that will affect travel both before and after the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year, which will be held March 23-26. The strikes are scheduled to take place on March 20-22 and March 27-30. British Airways says that not all of its flights during …

Do We Need Separate ISBNs per E-book per Format per Region?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Liz Bury considers the state of the ISBN debate as regards to the proliferation of e-books in various formats. The debate going on is whether or not it is necessary to issue separate ISBNs for each e-book in each format. More ISBNs mean better analytics on the retail end, but require added logistics. …