This year, Germany is a bit on edge politically, and it should surprise no one that protest came to the Frankfurt Book Fair.
In 1989, the last time French authors and publishers were Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair the Berlin Wall still stood. Yet in 2017, along the miles of aisles across multiple trade show complexes, a visitor could almost believe that the generation since had not witnessed much technological change.
The publishing world heads to the airport or the road starting this weekend to converge on the Frankfurt Book Fair.
“In 2015, for example, nine out of the top 10 challenged books were by and about diverse populations, mostly the LGBTQ community, and that trend continued into 2016.”
Heading into 2017, the Frankfurt Book Fair is simply a better event, says Andrew Albanese. The Literary Agents & Scouts Center (LitAg) has set a new attendance record with about 500 tables sold this year.
Rights and permissions have evolved from a back-office service department that was supposed to get stuff done and stay out of the way. In the modern era, with the introduction of software packages and digital rights management, these departments have become significant revenue producers.
Like Hillary Clinton’s emails, her latest memoir was supposed to remain secret (at least, until the September 12 publication date)
In the digital era, the publishing industry enjoys global reach; the crowded field of top publishers includes just six American companies.
“Who would ever pay full boat for a new e-book if the same ‘used’ copy was available at a discount, or even free? And all those copies would compete against the publishers’ new copies on the same exact platforms.”
We may be in the midst of a journalism revival, but books are getting lost. Readers are spending more time reading news, watching news, and less attention to new books.