The IPA, the Arab World, and ‘Building Dialogue’: Bodour on the Controversy

In a Publishing Perspectives exclusive, Bodour Al Qasimi reacts to the International Publishers Association’s recent membership controversy and looks at the Arab world’s industry in globalization. Read More

SELF-e And The World’s Authors: Is English Our Lingua Franca?

‘Keep Calm And Study English’ “Since the smashing success of the first Harry Potter novel—which was a No. 1 bestseller in Germany in its English version at one point—we have evidence of English, as a reading language, to be a global phenomenon.” Rüdiger Wischenbart is the Vienna-based publishing consultant who produces the Global eBook Report and directs… Read More

Wischenbart, Jones, And McCabe: Sightings Of A ‘Second Disruptive Wave’

‘My Personal List Of Ebook Headaches’ Sorry to interrupt that fun-in-the-sun thing you’re doing, but some chilly winds are blowing in on a topic you may have thought you left safely tucked away and handled: ebooks and the digital disruption of publishing. Publishers, if they want to survive…better learn the tricks of ebooks quickly. Not… Read More

Is A Fan A ‘Quantified Reader’?

Michael Bhaskar: ‘Fans are critical to what it means to be a publisher today’ Historically, publishing meant amplification. “Making stuff available,” Canelo Publishing’s Michael Bhaskar told our Berlin audience. Putting something into print was enough to amplify it. But actually, now, on the Internet, when everything can be made available automatically, simply having stuff available is no longer… Read More

‘Publishing Goes Pop,’ Part 1: Can Reading Find True Fandom At BookCon?

‘There Was No Interest At BEA In…Readers’ BookExpo America (BEA) makes its annual appearance next week (27-29 May). It’s one of the world’s big-three publishing trade shows of the year, preceded in April by London Book Fair and followed in October by the largest of all, Frankfurt Book Fair. And while the show officially ends on Friday the 29th, it… Read More

Publishers' Forum in Berlin: 'Reconstructing Publishing'

The 2015 edition of Publishers’ Forum opened Monday (27th April) in Berlin with a determined tagline and programming to match: “How to Reconstruct Publishing: Competing Visions, Channels, and Audiences.” Produced by German publishing software maker Klopotek, the day was launched by welcoming comments from that company’s Klaus-Peter Stegen and by Global e-Book co-author Rüdiger Wischenbart (pictured), who is in… Read More

Monday: Berlin’s ‘Senior’ Publishers’ Forum Convenes In A Digitally Youthful Industry

‘The Most Senior In Continental Europe’ There are, it turns out, myriad ways to structure and calibrate the discussions and debates and conversations that go into a good publishing conference. Rüdiger Wischenbart This year, one of the most interesting contextualizations awaits us in Berlin. There, international publishing specialist and consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart is at the helm… Read More

How widely does Kindle's garden really grow?

  We know what Kindle can do for a single title. It was the Kindle Daily Deal for [Gail Carriger’s] Etiquette & Espionage that happened last week. Thousands and thousands of ebook copies sold during a short period of time. As we can now see from yesterday’s news, it was enough to propel the whole “Finishing School”… Read More