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 …

HarperStudio Shutters, Imprint Generated More Buzz than Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers around New York City may be indulging in a bit of schadenfreude this morning with the news that HarperStudio, the two year-old imprint founded by Bob Miller, is being shuttered. The news comes in the wake of Miller’s decision last month to leave Harper to become group publisher at Workman. HarperStudio generated an extraordinary — and …

What Are the Hot Publishing Jobs of the Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story recounts three stores from publishing professionals who were fired during the ongoing economic recession. All three have subsequently found jobs, but only two of them in publishing. Judging by the number of names and jobs titles that have been changed in my own contact list/address book, I would guess the number of people employed …

Fired & Hired: Three Professionals on Working in the New Publishing Economy

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

Interviews by Daniel Kalder The 2008 financial meltdown cut a swath of destruction through many industries, and publishing was no exception. Today, Publishing Perspectives talks to three publishing professionals who were victims of the crash to find out how they coped, what they’re doing now, and how their experience changed their attitude to the world of books. Liz Scheier Until …

Stephen King Rejects iPad, Praises Kindle, Furnishes with Books

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here’s something I don’t get to write that often: Stephen King agrees with me (sort of). It the April 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, King devotes his pop culture column — this week’s title is “Inspector of Gadgets” — to the forthcoming iPad. As you might remember, King was himself a pitchman for the launch of …

US E-book Sales top $30m in January, Matching Kids Hardcovers

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perhaps fueled by people filling up the new e-readers they received over the holidays, e-book sales in January jumped a drastic 261.2% over the same period last year in the United States, according  to the most recent statistics released by the AAP. As a category e-book sales equaled that of children’s/YA hardcover book sales, which fell 41.6%, …

PW Says 2009 Bestsellers Lost Ground to the Long Tail

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PW has posted its annual analysis of the top selling book titles of the previous year, in this case, 2009. In summary, PW’s Michael Coffey noted, “bestsellers don’t sell in the numbers that they did in the past,” adding that the “numbers are rich with anecdotal surprises and bald truths.” The most telling paragraph comes toward the middle …

Ilya Kaminsky on Translating Poetry

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In the March Issue of Poetry, Adam Kirsch did an interview with Ilya Kaminsky, the editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. Kirsch asked a lot of questions that might provoke some other questions from you: is there such a thing as an international poem? Do you lose some of the meaning when translating a line of poetry …

Will E-books Kill the Remainder Book Business?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Larry May, director of the Spring Book Show, explains the ins-and-outs of the bargain book business, a lucrative secondary market that most publisher would rather not acknowledge. The business deals in hurts, returns, overruns and books that have been published but gone unsold. But as the industry moves closer and closer to digital …

The Bargain Book Business By the Numbers

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Larry May, director of The Spring Book Show KNOXVILLE: When I was younger and much more foolish, I studied Judo with a former South Korean Olympic Champion. Quite often, after a grueling round of randori (Judo sparring where he used the bodies of his students to “clean up” the mats) he loved to go out and eat and drink…and …