Those literary values – revisited
June 27, 2007 by admin
Over dinner – or, if you prefer, during the past hour or so – I lost roughly 10 percent of my literary capital. Initially, I had 5000 $, provided by Riesenmaschine, a Berlin based fancy blog, to bet on the outcome of what is still probably the strangest annual event in literature in the German [...]
Is ‘publishing’ just about books? Not exactly!
June 19, 2007 by admin
We proudly announce the birth of our new baby – the Livres Hebdo Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, or the first reliable list of all publishing groups from around the globe with revenues of over 200 million Euros or 250 million dollars. For almost 10 months, we were researched, tracked down data and people [...]
On stealing – and debate – in book country
June 11, 2007 by admin
Roughly a week ago, at this year’s BookExpo America, I ran into a smiling RÃ¼diger Salat, the person in charge of all things bookish at Holtzbrinck. He was beaming as he had just returned from the Google boothÂ where, together with Richard Charkin, the CEO of Holtzbrinck’s Macmillan publisher, they had grabbed two of Google’sÂ laptop [...]
Bookmarkets – where’s the limit?
June 6, 2007 by admin
At BookExpo America, I could set up and launch a debate on the “Internationalisation of English reading“, or a funny 3 bn $ market niche that so far got little attention by book folks aside from the few online and wholsalers who are actively increasing their revenues from it. Anyone exploring a major book store [...]