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Benjamin Thomas Joins Media Services Group as VP of Operations
September 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

Scottsdale, Arizona, September 15, 2017 - Media Services Group Ltd. (MSGL) announced the addition of Benjamin Thomas as Vice President of Operations for the Élan Book and Subscription systems.  Said Tom Jensen, MSGL’s President of the Book and Subscriptions division, “Benjamin joins us with twenty years (20) of experience working for and supporting the publishing…

Mark Sullivan’s ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ Racks Up Rights Sales
September 15, 2017 at 2:30 am

James Patterson collaborator Mark Sullivan's labor of love may turn out to be his most successful book yet in the run-up to Frankfurt. The post Mark Sullivan’s ‘Beneath a Scarlet Sky’ Racks Up Rights Sales appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Russian Book Market Consolidation: Is It Closing Out Smaller Players?
September 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

Larger book publishing companies in Russia attract more government support, say critics, while smaller houses struggle to keep up. The post Russian Book Market Consolidation: Is It Closing Out Smaller Players? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Polish Research: Removing Pirated Books Online Has No Impact on Legal Sales
September 11, 2017 at 2:30 am

In what seems to be inconclusive research work in Warsaw, taking pirated book copies out of the market doesn't appear to mean more legitimate book sales. The post Polish Research: Removing Pirated Books Online Has No Impact on Legal Sales appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Ahead of the Booker Shortlist: Canongate’s Jamie Byng
September 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

'Lazy publishing,' says Canongate's Jamie Byng, 'is just a disservice to what books can be.' The publisher talks Man Booker, reading, and 'Letters Live.' The post Ahead of the Booker Shortlist: Canongate’s Jamie Byng appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

BISG’s Strategic Reinvention Prompts an Updated Board Structure
August 31, 2017 at 2:30 am

Reconstituting its board as a leaner group of sector-specific players, BISG adds new advisory assets and a council of associations to its strategy. The post BISG’s Strategic Reinvention Prompts an Updated Board Structure appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

BISG Changes Governing Structure
August 31, 2017

Among the proposed changes, which must be approved at the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting on September 25, is reducing the number of board members from 33 to 14.

Ukraine Publishing’s Bad Year: Closures Amid a Ban on Russian Books
August 30, 2017 at 2:30 am

As publishers in Ukraine continue to struggle, the country's ban on importing Russian-language books has led to decreased consumer demand and fewer titles. The post Ukraine Publishing’s Bad Year: Closures Amid a Ban on Russian Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Kalimat Foundation’s Ara Initiative Helps Sight-Impaired Children Read
August 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

The Ara program from the Kalimat Foundation in the United Arab Emirates is working to make reading accessible to sight-impaired children in the Gulf region. The post Kalimat Foundation’s Ara Initiative Helps Sight-Impaired Children Read appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Wattpad’s New Video App, Raccoon, Launches in the US Today
August 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

Moving beyond written stories, Wattpad launches its Raccoon video app in the US. The app aims to connect with a generation of YouTube storytellers. The post Wattpad’s New Video App, Raccoon, Launches in the US Today appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

OpenBook’s China Bestseller Lists for July 2017: Fiction and Nonfiction
August 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

As our China Bestseller Lists for July go to press, OpenBook's conference in Beijing has put the 2016 value of the Chinese books market at US$21 billion. The post OpenBook’s China Bestseller Lists for July 2017: Fiction and Nonfiction appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Rights Watch: Rio’s Biennial Book Fair Prepares Its Agents & Business Center
August 24, 2017 at 2:25 am

The year so far shows 'modest growth' in Brazil's beleaguered market, says Marcos da Veiga Pereira ahead of Rio's book biennial and rights trading program. The post Rights Watch: Rio’s Biennial Book Fair Prepares Its Agents & Business Center appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.