“October has long been synonymous with the Frankfurt Book Fair,” writes Tom Chalmers in a blog post for Digital Book World, “and this continues to be the largest and most important one-off rights and licensing event on the publishing calendar.”
“The completion of key deals is commonplace at FBF, and each fair will have its own ‘buzz books,’” Chalmers continues. “For such titles, this makes it straightforward for international buyers to contact the relevant rights holder to inquire about the remaining rights.”
“However, such titles are rare when you consider the sheer volume of books released throughout the year. The reality is that it’s not always so easy or straightforward to track down the rights holders for other less well-known or less high-profile titles. And if you can’t find the rights holder, how can an inquiry be made and seen during the busy event period?”
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URL Structure and Site Architecture (DBW)
In the latest installment of his DBW column, The Optimized Publisher, Murray Izenwasser discusses the SEO issue of URL structure and site architecture. “I hope to define some website and URL best practices for the Digital Book World audience,” Izenwasser writes, “while pointing out how Google and other search engines find this SEO factor important to your page ranking in its SERPs.”
Will Frankfurt Deals Pick Up? (Pub Lunch)
Every year, Publisher’s Lunch checks in on deal volume and pricing a couple of times ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. This season is a little different, though, in that the Fair is a week later than usual this year, and Labor Day was late—perhaps delaying the beginning of the fall selling period. But for the month of September, which has been the consistent “first measure” for years, US deal volume lagged measurably. Last year, the site recorded 603 US deals in September, compared to 593 deals in 2013. But this year, they posted only 506 deals during the month.
Using Technology to Boost Bookstores (Joe Wikert)
Joe Wikert imagines bookstores using technology to enhance the customer experience: “As you go through the store the shelves communicate with an app on your phone to surprise and delight, taking the shopping experience to a whole new level. You’re greeted with information about new releases that interest you and special deals offered exclusively to you and available only during your current visit. You prefer ebooks over print books? No problem. The app already knows that and offers similar information and focuses on ebook deals which are only available while you’re in the store.”
Amazon Sets Sights on Internet of Things (Fortune)
Amazon plans to announce a cloud-based service for the Internet of things this week at its AWS Re:Invent trade show, according to sections of a memo Fortune has viewed. The document implies that the new AWS service will mimic similar offerings from Microsoft, IBM, Ayla Networks and others that target developers trying to build connected devices in that it will link the AWS cloud platform to silicon from specific vendors.
Indie Comic Book Publishers Push Toward TV and Film (New York Times)
DC and Marvel have taken their superheroes to the big and small screens, building cinematic universes and earning billions in the process. Now, smaller comic book publishers want to get in on the action. But the publishing model of smaller houses differs from that of their larger counterparts. Instead of having a monthly series that can run for years, they publish shorter series, usually about five issues. If a series is a hit, the publisher can order a second short series or make it ongoing. To bolster revenue, the series can be repackaged and sold in collections.
The Evolution of Author Business Models (Jane Friedman)
After attending and speaking at the NINC Conference for published novelists, publishing consultant Jane Friedman offers her observations on “the business of authorship as publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven.”
New Online Bookseller Bookman & Black to Launch (Bookseller)
Goldsboro Books owner David Headley is set to launch an international online bookseller next spring, funded by “significant investment” from Headley and his business partner Lee Wilson. Headley owns independent bookseller Goldsboro Books, located in London’s Cecil Court, and also runs his own literary agency, D H H. He is embarking on a joint venture to launch online bookseller Bookman & Black with web developer Wilson, m.d. of Project X Development.
A Manifesto on Metadata (Futurebook)
The only way to make publishing’s great content discoverable is “via rich metadata linked into smart search systems,” according to Thad McIlroy. We’ve learned via the recent disclosures of government surveillance of our email and mobile phone calls that most people’s awareness of metadata isn’t grounded in books or publishing. In the book publishing world there are two very separate kinds of metadata: metadata for bibliography and metadata for commerce. This manifesto considers only the commercial side of metadata for publishers, ONIX, in its two versions, 2.1 and 3.0.
Bringing Indonesian Literature to the World (Inside Indonesia)
John H. McGlynn first came to Indonesia in 1976 to learn the art of shadow puppetry, but after becoming fluent in Indonesian, he decided to pursue a different career path, first as a translator and then as a publisher of Indonesian literature in translation. Holding an advanced degree in Indonesian language and literature, McGlynn is a co-founder and current chairman of the Lontar Foundation, the only organization in the world whose primary focus is the promotion of Indonesia through literary translations. In an interview with Inside Indonesia, McGlynn discusses Indonesia’s preparations for being Guest of Honor at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair.