Aldus Network's Survey of European Book Fairs: Business Is Rising

For publishing players looking to know more about entry points into some of Europe’s book markets, Aldus’ new brochure may be useful. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Cooperative Apples and Oranges While the Aldus network of European book fairs writes its name in all caps, ALDUS, that name, it turns out, is not an acronym.… Read More

International Publishing and the UK’s Vote for ‘Brexit’

Amid ‘a strong populist allergy to elitism’ in Brexit, we also learn of the directors of a dozen nations’ trade fairs working together. Publishing, like the best of humanity, remains internationally engaged. Read More

Publishing and Politics: ‘Toxic Negotiations,’ ‘Trumpian Dystopia’

International publishing this season lies downwind of hot blasts of political potentials that many feel could be damaging to various countries’ book industries and readership. Welcome to a Summer of Insecurity. Read More

#IDPFDigiCon Preview: A Few Words With Michael Healy

Content today is ‘born digital, transmitted digitally, used digitally, consumed digitally,’ and a leading player in the field plans his address at IDPF’s conference at BEA to highlight some of the hotspots in a world teeming with copyright issues. Read More

European Commission Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’

The input of publishers, authors, librarians, researchers and more is sought in the European Commission’s period of public commentary open to June 15. Read More

Europe’s Taxing Dilemma: When ‘A Book Is a Book’

By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson Editor-in-Chief ‘Business as Usual Appears To Be a Thing of the Past’ The European Parliamentary Research Service describes itself as the European Parliament’s “in-house research department and think tank.” It promises “independent, objective and authoritative analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union.” The research documents the… Read More

Gaming the system: Amazon at home and abroad

The special symmetry of ‘the disrupter that demands to be undisrupted’  As Friday’s edition of The Bookseller points out, last week brought Amazon’s place in European markets into tighter focus. A scene-setting article from my colleague Lisa Campbell announced the European Commission’s formal antitrust investigation into the retailer’s relationships with publishers and ebook distribution. Campbell also pointed to… Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

We like that word now, don’t we? Disruptive. Oh, yes, we do. Not for nothing did Gayle Feldman, covering the American Association of Publishers for TheBookseller quote one publishing executive saying, “things are going to get ugly” as the US Department of Justice circles with warnings of a collusion suit. Read More