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‘Fix Our Marketplace,’ Canadian Publishers Tell Parliament in Copyright Act Hearings
May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

'My colleagues and I are suffering real-time damage triggered by this act.' Glenn Rollans and Kate Edwards of the Association of Canadian Publishers, along with John Degen of the Writers' Union, testify in hearings on the Copyright Modernization Act. The post ‘Fix Our Marketplace,’ Canadian Publishers Tell Parliament in Copyright Act Hearings appeared first on…

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Shortlisters: Lawyers in Love With Literature
May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

Three attorney-authors are up for this year's Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, with an autographed copy of the late writer's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' waiting for the winner. The public votes through June 30. The post Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Shortlisters: Lawyers in Love With Literature appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Shortlisters: Lawyers in Love With Literature
May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

Three attorney-authors are up for this year's Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, with an autographed copy of the late writer's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' waiting for the winner. The public votes through June 30. The post Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Shortlisters: Lawyers in Love With Literature appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Industry Notes: Canada’s PRH Gets a Female CEO; Sweden’s Universities End Elsevier Contract
May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

The global chief of Penguin Random House names Kristin Cochrane to the role of CEO in Canada. And in Sweden, the national universities' and research consortium says it can't get the open-access arrangements it needs from Elsevier.  The post Industry Notes: Canada’s PRH Gets a Female CEO; Sweden’s Universities End Elsevier Contract appeared first on…

Industry Notes: Canada’s PRH Gets a Female CEO; Sweden’s Universities End Elsevier Contract
May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

The global chief of Penguin Random House names Kristin Cochrane to the role of CEO in Canada. And in Sweden, the national universities' and research consortium says it can't get the open-access arrangements it needs from Elsevier.  The post Industry Notes: Canada’s PRH Gets a Female CEO; Sweden’s Universities End Elsevier Contract appeared first on…

FlatWorld Returns to Its Roots
May 18, 2018

FlatWorld Knowledge, intended to combat the high cost of college textbooks by publishing low-cost, quality educational materials, began straying from its mission over the years. Now, under new leadership and with a shortened name, it's back on track.

Sixth Annual StoryDrive Asia Conference in Beijing Explores the New Media Landscape
May 17, 2018 at 2:30 am

The upcoming StoryDrive conference in Beijing from the Frankfurter Buchmesse and its Chinese office puts a focus on new media business models in Asia and international markets. The post Sixth Annual StoryDrive Asia Conference in Beijing Explores the New Media Landscape appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Sixth Annual StoryDrive Asia Conference in Beijing Explores the New Media Landscape
May 17, 2018 at 2:30 am

The upcoming StoryDrive conference in Beijing from the Frankfurter Buchmesse and its Chinese office puts a focus on new media business models in Asia and international markets. The post Sixth Annual StoryDrive Asia Conference in Beijing Explores the New Media Landscape appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Brexit Gets Personal: An Illustrator Draws a Picture of Publishing’s Dilemma
May 17, 2018 at 1:40 am

The text of acclaimed Illustrator of the Year Axel Scheffler's comments at the British Book Awards this week makes Brexit more personal for many, as an intensely valued and celebrated publishing artist tells London: 'It hurts and makes me angry every day.' The post Brexit Gets Personal: An Illustrator Draws a Picture of Publishing’s Dilemma…

Russian Government Initiates a Program Promoting a Return to Summer Reading
May 17, 2018 at 1:30 am

With what's described as a waning summer-reading habit since the end of the Soviet era, Russian government officials say they're working on a new program to promote vacation reading both for youngsters and adults this year. The post Russian Government Initiates a Program Promoting a Return to Summer Reading appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Russian Government Initiates a Program Promoting a Return to Summer Reading
May 17, 2018 at 1:30 am

With what's described as a waning summer-reading habit since the end of the Soviet era, Russian government officials say they're working on a new program to promote vacation reading both for youngsters and adults this year. The post Russian Government Initiates a Program Promoting a Return to Summer Reading appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

HBG Has 5.4% Sales Gain in Q1
May 17, 2018

Revenue at Hachette Book Group rose 5.4% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, over the comparable period last year, parent company Lagardère reported. Total sales for the Lagardère publishing group increased 0.4%, to 442 million euros.

Fact or friction: the problem with factchecking in the book world
May 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

Recent controversies surrounding books by Sally Kohn and Amy Chozick have revealed a system that makes it hard to authenticate the claims of authorsRecent weeks have seen a flurry of conversation about factchecking in the publishing industry. Two high-profile authors have had their work’s accuracy questioned by their sources, leading to something of a reckoning…

Waterstones U-turns over unbranded bookshop in Edinburgh
May 16, 2018 at 7:44 am

Stockbridge branch to open under Waterstones name rather than appearing independent Waterstones has backtracked on plans to open one of its new unbranded stores in a district of Edinburgh that is already home to an independent bookshop – following an outcry that included criticism from figures including the Scottish novelist Val McDermid.A shop will be…

Peter Mayer obituary
May 16, 2018 at 6:54 am

Charismatic publisher who combined erudition with commercial savvy to turn Penguin Books into a global brandIn 1978 Peter Mayer, who has died aged 82, was drafted in from the US to rescue a moribund Penguin Books. He took the beloved but by then loss-making publisher and turned it into a global brand, along the way…

Peer Review – Authors and Reviewers – our “North Star”
May 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

Robert Harington suggests that publishers need to do more for researchers to help authors, and to help reviewers understand their role as a reviewer and be recognized for their work. We need to tackle implicit bias in peer review. We need to focus on our “North Star” The post Peer Review – Authors and Reviewers…

Translator Nick Andrews Wins Gutekunst Prize; France Offers Grants in Canada
May 16, 2018 at 1:30 am

This year's Gutekunst Prize from the Goethe-Institut NY goes to translator Nick Andrews. And in Canada, the French Embassy has announced two translation initiatives, both with July 20 deadlines. The post Translator Nick Andrews Wins Gutekunst Prize; France Offers Grants in Canada appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.