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Go Global, Think Local: Baby Book Fairs are Growing Up

It’s July and publishing folk the world over have settled back down now that the spring trifecta of book fairs—London, Bologna, BEA—has passed. The jury’s still out on which one––including Frankfurt of course––wins the rights race, and, as usual, there’s been plenty of speculation. But as big book fair chatter continues, another conversation is ramping…Continue Reading

Porn! (at the Licensing Show)

Welcome to America would have made an appropriate slogan for this year’s annual Licensing Show at New York’s Javits Center. The 27th edition proved to be bigger, badder and more overwhelming than the last: complete with a free thong giveaway, real live penguins and Disney characters galore, exhibitors went to extremes to get their brand…Continue Reading

Distribution Evolution

The distribution terrain underwent a few sizeable rumbles last year, not to mention the major quake of the AMS bankruptcy that sent PGW flying to Perseus after a tussle with NBN, resulting in Perseus’ coopting of the indie publisher distribution biz. As the dust settles, smaller distributors are poised to grab the trickle down of…Continue Reading

Our Long and Winding (& Costly!) Supply Chain

Six-hundred year-old businesses are not rolling stones. Moss gathers. And in book publishing, no stone has thicker moss than the one representing the complex pathway that every single book follows as it moves from printer and manufacturer to ultimate consumer. (And, unfortunately, sometimes back again.) While a picture may be worth the proverbial thousand words,…Continue Reading

This Book Is Brought To You By…

With ads appearing on everything from cup holders to subway risers to (ok, to use an extreme case) people’s skin, books remain one of the last of the ad-free sacred spaces. Other than the occasional unsuccessful attempt at inserts (1970’s cigarette ads) and product placement (Bulgari anyone?), publishing has never looked seriously at advertising as…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers: Murders & Miracles

Tannöd, Germany’s current number one fiction title, overcame two obstacles to win the prestigious 2007 Krimipreis for the best crime novel: the protagonist is not an investigator or super sleuth as is typical in crime fiction, and it is Andrea Maria Schenkel’s debut. She based the genre-bending novel on actual unsolved murders that took place…Continue Reading

BEA Does Social Networking

During the last week of April, everyone registered for BEA received an email with a log-in code and password for MyBEA – the BEA social networking site created by EventMingle. Following the links and setting up an account is easy (especially for the MySpace crowd), but whether people will actually use the site to its…Continue Reading

Hey Old Media, What Are You Doing?

South by Southwest Interactive. Austin, Texas. For over ten years now the creators and users of technology’s cutting edge have gathered in the town of great Tex-Mex and live music to, well, interact, after a fashion. This is truly the realm of the ADD generation. Everywhere you looked at the convention center, at the panels,…Continue Reading

What I Learned On The Other Side

You could call them secret shoppers. Like the plainclothes informants who check out department stores for a lapse in customer service, publishers who slip on authors’ shoes return from their writing experience armed with anecdotes and tips that market research can’t devine. What many intelligencers see shocks them. Even thirty-year publishing veterans see their industry…Continue Reading

Industry Ink Slingers

When we checked in with publishing “ink slingers” just over two years ago, Sara Nelson’s move to Publishers Weekly was imminent, and Jerome Kramer was in mid-launch of VNU’s The Bookstandard. Today, most of the industry stalwarts are still chugging along (including yours truly), many with expanded offerings. We’ve extended our profiles to include blogs…Continue Reading