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Amazon said the acquisition would help Westland’s authors to grow their physical and digital book businesses in India as well as expand their reach to customers globally.
The past few years have seen several changes of publishers and editors among India’s English-language publishing companies, but if there was one person who was always considered unshakeable from her post, it was Karthika VK, publisher at HarperCollins India.
"The Sellout" by Paul Beatty is named winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The book, a searing satire on race relations in contemporary America, is published by small independent publisher Oneworld.
After ignoring the Nobel committee for almost a week, Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged the Nobel prize awarded to him.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse was characterised by political appeals and discussions which reflected today’s social tensions around the world. Meanwhile, the book and media industry in Frankfurt was also occupied by the question of what a forward-looking approach to intellectual property looks like.
Download the PDFs of all three Publishing Perspectives show dailies from the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, featuring the people and discussions at the Fair. Brought to you Publishing Perspectives.
This issue of Publishing Perspectives Magazine asks book publishing leaders how they see the business today and tomorrow, in a post-Brexit world. It also has interesting snapshots of other markets.
Nine Dots award invites book proposals from writers exploring whether digital technologies make politics impossible.
In 1985, actress Joanna Lumley had this to say of her experience as a judge: “The so-called bitchy world of acting was a Brownie’s tea party compared with the piranha-infested waters of publishing.”
Copyright laws the world over acknowledge the importance of access as a way to disseminate knowledge. Why are people upset that Indian courts want the same?
In March, the company announced plans to open its first new stores in several years, and in June it unveiled its potential future: smaller locations, with full-service bars and restaurants, and a more boutique feel. It seemed to be a move away from the model of “superstores” that the company once defined itself by.
Susan Harris is the longtime editorial director of Words Without Borders, an online magazine devoted to international literature in translation. The magazine has published work from 130 countries and 110 languages and counting. Harris is the woman with the map.
Keith Topping, professor of educational and social research at the University of Dundee, is behind two academic research papers: one using data from 852,295 students in 3,243 schools (a tenth of the 8.4 million children in the UK), and another examining the quiz answers relating to the comprehension of books read by 150,220 children in 967 schools. Between them, they reach a damning conclusion.
Navneet Education Ltd has announced that is acquiring Britannica’s Indian curriculum business. The company will market Britannica’s existing India-specific curriculum titles, as well as develop new titles under Britannica’s brand, editorial supervision and guidelines for seven years.
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ContentShift, an accelerator for publishing startups, named Papego the startup of the year for its potential to become an international industry standard.
The publisher, which owns 50 specialist titles across photography, film and gaming, has been investigating the technology, which lets multiple ad tech companies compete for the publisher’s inventory simultaneously, driving up competition and, therefore, ad yields.
If you're a fan of podcasts, here's something that might be worth checking out. Publishing Perspectives has rustled up a list of publishing-related podcasts that you might find useful.
In November 1797, Thomas Cadell, of the eminent London publishing firm Cadell & Davies, rejected Jane Austen’s early draft of Pride and Prejudice. In five words Cadell condemned Pride and Prejudice to remain, sight unseen, on Jane Austen’s desk for the next sixteen years until it was finally published by Thomas Egerton in 1813.
The big new trend in digital publishing in 2016 is serialized novels that are delivered to you via an app or directly to the email inbox. Penguin Random House has launched Season of Stories, Simon & Schuster has launched Crave, and Harlequin has BookBreaks.
How an unknown writer named Ajay K Pandey hit the big league of pulpy romance: carefully study the market, market a true-life story, and get your company's CEO to endorse it.