Poll: Who is Driving the Digital Transition in Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, told Publishing Perspectives: I do not think that the e-book shift is being proactively driven by publishers, but by consumer demand. The shift to or inclusion of e-books is still something publishers begrudge. Publishers are comfortable with the analog book and would like to continue that way. …

UNESCO Focus 2011: South Africa Pubs Still Begrudge E-books; In US, Digital Caters to the Public Interest

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Interviews with Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, and Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive in the USA By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté On the occasion of UNESCO’s World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, being held in Monza, Italy this week, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most …

LA Meets NYC: Mulholland Books Marries Hollywood, Video Games and Fiction

In English Language by David Duhr

Little, Brown’s new imprint is delivering page-turners with Hollywood pedigree and has signed unique partnerships with film producers and video game companies. By David Duhr NEW YORK: Albert Brooks in The Muse compared being a screenwriter in Hollywood to being a eunuch at an orgy: “except that the eunuch can at least watch,” Brooks’ character says, “while the screenwriter is …

To BEA, or Not to BEA, That is the Question

In English Language by Erin L. Cox

When you’re an independent publishing professional, is the time and expense of attending BookExpo America worth it? Editorial by Erin L. Cox In August of 2006, I left the publicity department at HarperCollins for a job as the Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker, where I handled the book advertising. It was not until April the following year that I …

Updated: Buyer Bids $700m Billion for Barnes & Noble

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Liberty Media — a company that also owns cable networks QVC (a shopping channel) and Starz (focused on broadcasting movies) has made an offer $17 a share, which values the company at approximately $1 billion, for United States bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. The proposed purchase will be up for review by the company shortly and depends, in part, on …

#BEA11: Tools to Make Scheduling Your Time at BEA Easier

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BookExpo America has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming to try and get yourself organized in advance. To help, the show is offering their own proprietary mobile apps, accessible at at http://www.beamobile.com. These include interactive maps, schedules, and other features to make planning a bit easier. If you find those apps not to your …

Publishing’s Paper Problem and How to Future-Proof the Industry

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

There’s an urgent need for publishers to update legacy rights management and content creation systems, according to speakers at BISG’s “Making Information Pay” conference. By Charlotte Abbott Though the idea of publishing as a data-driven industry may still be anathema to its old guard, the Book Industry Study Group’s 8th annual Making Information Pay conference hammered home once again that …