Frankfurt Book Fair

To sell books to China, foreign publishers may have to play by its rules
October 9, 2012

China has a huge publishing industry, with over 367,000 titles published in 2011 — making it a large and lucrative market for foreign publishers who want to sell book rights there. But they may face unique challenges, including an ebook market very different from the one in the West.

“Times are hard,” Diane Spivey, rights and contracts director at Hachette’s Little, Brown in the UK, acknowledged in her introduction at Tuesday afternoon’s 26th annual International Rights Directors Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

World's biggest book fair homes in on children's literature
October 9, 2012

The world's biggest book fair opened here on Tuesday with the spotlight on children's literature, traditionally an "under-recognised" sector but now seen as a driving force in publishing.

More than 7,000 exhibitors are expected from Wednesday at the five-day Frankfurt Book Fair, which this year also puts the literary traditions, arts and culture of New Zealand in the spotlight as its guest of honour.

"Childrens' books have been doing very well around the world," Richard Robinson, president and chief executive of the publisher and distributor of children?s books, Scholastic told a news conference.

INTERQUEST Digital Book Printing Forum Draws Industry Professionals to Frankfurt
October 8, 2012

INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, today announced a rich and diverse lineup of speakers and panelists for its second Frankfurt Digital Book Printing Forum. The full-day educational forum focuses on trends and opportunities in digital book manufacturing.

Frankfurt Book Fair to highlight latest publishing ideas By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa Eds: Pre-events scheduled Tuesday Oct 9, fair takes pla
October 5, 2012

 New methods of publishing including so-called crowdsourcing are to be the one of the focuses of this year‘s Frankfurt Book Fair, which opens to the public on October 10.

The five-day fair is the world‘s biggest market-place for the rights to translate books, with US and British publishers dominating the international trade. Publishers from round the globe come to the fair looking for successful titles to republish in their own languages.

De Gruyter Presents New Model for Digital Content Distribution – Patron Driven Acquisition Offers Libraries Considerable Benefits
October 4, 2012

Berlin, 4 October 2012 – The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. In partnership with the University of Hagen, Jülich Research Center, and University of Mannheim, De Gruyter recently completed a one-year trial of PDA, an innovative form of distribution that provides users with full content access prior to purchase.

Publishing Business Street Team: In Which Our Intrepid Content Director Braves the Wilds of New York City
August 10, 2012

I'll admit that it still thrills me to walk past and gaze up, wide-eyed, at the Empire State Building. Nonetheless, no tourist am I (proven by the fact that three people so far have asked me for directions). I am here to do business.

We Book Business and Publishing Executive editors are a peripatetic lot. Earlier this week you heard from Jim Sturdivant reporting from New Bern, N.C. (Yes, he’s on vacation—what dedication!) Now I am in New York to meet with some of the speakers for our forthcoming Publishing Business Virtual Conference & Expo.

Scribe’s Well-Formed Document Workflow Is Adopted by Random House, Inc.
January 10, 2012

Scribe’s Well-Formed Document Workflow (WFDW) has been adopted by Random House, Inc., in an effort to refine its publishing methodology and connect print and electronic publications.

The WFDW combines methodology and technology to enable publishers to produce print and electronic publications efficiently and cost-effectively. Scribe’s workflow functions within the normal editorial and production processes and does not require an investment in expensive new software or hardware.

Kodak Discusses High-Speed Inkjet Book Printing at InterQuest Digital Book Printing Forum during Frankfurt Book Fair
December 2, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec 1— Digital inkjet book printing first began to draw the attention of printers and publishers at drupa 2008. Today, just a few years later, Kodak has multiple customers in Europe, North America and Asia producing and selling millions of digitally printed books that are virtually indistinguishable from their offset counterparts. Kodak and other leaders in digital book publishing recently gathered at the InterQuest 2011 Digital Book Printing Forum to discuss the latest trends, opportunities and success stories in an industry brimming with change. During the forum, many leading book publishers, printers and distributors highlighted their success

Live Mint: Schiffrin: Kafka’s first book sold 600 copies; Beckett sold three
November 4, 2011

André Schiffrin, 76, a leading figure in the New York book publishing world, quit Pantheon in 1990 to establish a not-for-profit independent publishing house, The New Press, explaining that economic trends prevented him from publishing serious books.

Schiffrin describes the crisis in Western publishing in his 2011 book, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read. In 2010, in Words and Money, he commented on the role of conglomerates in the newspaper and film business.

AJE: E-books edging out traditional print
October 19, 2011

"In North America, depending on whose numbers you want to believe, e-books are already 15-25 per cent of book business," said Bill McCoy, executive director of the International Digital Publishing Forum, speaking earlier this month from Frankfurt, where he was attending one of the world's largest book fairs.