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Kobo and Bol.com Launch ‘Kobo Plus’ Ebook Subscription
February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

Entering a sector with a checkered track record, Canada's Kobo and The Netherlands' bol.com start an ebook subscription model for 9.99 euros a month. The post Kobo and Bol.com Launch ‘Kobo Plus’ Ebook Subscription appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing — An Analysis
February 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

An overview of usage trends across libraries and journals indicates that usage is generally stable or up, archives remain of interest, and consumption doesn't align with authorship or funding. The post Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing — An Analysis appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Amazon Publishing’s Newest Imprint Makes Its Debut in Germany
February 22, 2017 at 2:35 am

Tinte & Feder is Amazon Publishing's second German-language imprint, and is to focus on contemporary and historical fiction. First titles out March 7. The post Amazon Publishing’s Newest Imprint Makes Its Debut in Germany appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Publishing in Tumultuous Times: Wiley’s Statement of Values
February 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

'We thrive when our authors and partners are free to work and travel across borders,' writes Wiley's Mark Allin on his company's core values. The post Publishing in Tumultuous Times: Wiley’s Statement of Values appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Malaysia Is Guest of Honor at Riyadh International Book Fair
February 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

Stressing 'intellectual momentum' for Saudi Arabia's younger citizens, the ministry of culture plans a complex 10-day program for the 2017 fair in Riyadh. The post Malaysia Is Guest of Honor at Riyadh International Book Fair appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

US Politics Sparks Republication of Japanese Sci-Fi Story, ‘America’s Wall’
February 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

Sometimes forgotten literature finds new life in current events. The acclaimed Japanese sci-fi author Sakyo Komatsu's short story 'America's Wall' is a new case in point. The post US Politics Sparks Republication of Japanese Sci-Fi Story, ‘America’s Wall’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Ruth Levitt obituary
February 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

My friend Ruth Levitt, who has died aged 66 from cancer, put into practice her strong beliefs in the public good and the importance of culture in a varied career that included posts in the NHS, academia, publishing and management consultancy.Born in London, she grew up in a secular Jewish family, the daughter of Harry…

Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled after outrage over child abuse comments
February 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

Simon & Schuster pulls forthcoming autobiography, titled Dangerous, for which it had reportedly paid a $250,000 advanceSimon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly threatened to quit if he is not fired.A statement from the publisher late on Monday said: “After careful consideration, Simon &…

Milo Yiannopoulos’s enablers deserve contempt – and must be confronted | Owen Jones
February 21, 2017 at 7:45 am

The poster boy of the alt-right has lost his book deal after speaking in defence of suggested sexual relationships between older men and younger boys, but his lucrative bigotry was left unchecked for far too longThey were fine with his bigotry, his in-your-face, two-fingers-up transphobia, Islamophobia and misogyny. It took his defence of relationships between…

International Books Headed to London Book Fair’s Rights Center
February 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

From Italy, Brazil, Iraq, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Germany, the UK, and more, agents and publishers are lining up their offers for #LBF17. The post International Books Headed to London Book Fair’s Rights Center appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Managing Rights in Customized Publishing: Risk and Reward
February 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

Rights today 'are much more stringently controlled than in the past,' says Klopotek's David Hetherington ahead of London Book Fair. The post Managing Rights in Customized Publishing: Risk and Reward appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

German Book Prize Names 2017 Jury: Nominations Are Ongoing
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

The jury for this year's German Book Prize comprises seven jurors who will soon start reading. Deadline for applications: March 29. The post German Book Prize Names 2017 Jury: Nominations Are Ongoing appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s Shortlist: Strong on Issues
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

At a time when literary fiction has a chance to illuminate the struggles and needs of many, the leading Arabic fiction prize's shortlist makes the point. The post The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s Shortlist: Strong on Issues appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Bestseller to Blockbuster? Books at Berlinale Highlights Good Stories
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

Twelve books get a chance each year to be presented for filmmakers' consideration at the Berlin International Film Festival's 'Books at Berlinale' event. The post Bestseller to Blockbuster? Books at Berlinale Highlights Good Stories appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Ladybird phenomenon: the publishing craze that's still flying
February 21, 2017 at 2:00 am

The Books for Grown Ups series is worth nearly £30m – so it’s no wonder that retro books for ‘kids’ have spread to other publishers. Now, serious subjects are getting the toilet-book treatment, too In 1971, a book about the computer was published under the children’s imprint Ladybird as part of a series designed to…

Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's Book
February 20, 2017

After enduring withering criticism since it was revealed in late December that it planned to publish a book by controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Simon & Schuster said late Monday that it has canceled the release of 'Dangerous.'

We need to talk about sense and sensitivity | Lionel Shriver
February 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Some publishers now employ ‘sensitivity readers’ to check books for potential offence – a step that can only have a chilling effect on creativityAfiction editor doesn’t control a manuscript’s content, but tries to ensure that the author’s intentions are fully realised. Authors are free to ignore their editors’ advice. I often avail myself of this…