This is the inaugural event in the international series of programs for writers headed by Gareth Howard and Hayley Radford, who were curators, last year, of London Book Fair’s AuthorLounge. (That program, this year, is called Author HQ, and is being organized by Midas PR as part of LBF’s week-long London Book and Screen Week, April 7-11.) In this in depth review of the event by Porter Anderson on Publishing perspectives, we get a glimpse of the united front that authors are beginning to represent as both self published authors and traditionally published authors find a cohesive spirit. Read the full article here.
eBooks have a taken a fragmented author community and brought it together, thanks largely to the efforts of the world’s largest eBook retailer – Amazon.com. Let’s begin with why you would wish to publish your books in eBook format.
It is coming up to that wonderful time of year again when we must all flock to Franschhoek to feast on bookish delights. The biggest and best festival yet say the organisers and looking at the line up in their press release below, I think they may be right.
The 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival – which runs from 16-18 May – will present 170 authors, journalists and subject specialists in more than 100 events over the three‐day period. We are looking forward to welcoming back many of our best writers, all with new books, including Damon Galgut (Arctic Summer), James Whyle (Walk), Justin Fox (Whoever Fears the Sea), Kgebetli Moele (Untitled: A Novel), Mark Gevisser (Lost and Found in Johannesburg), Richard de Nooy (The Unsaid), and Sarah Lotz (The Three).
There’s nothing more effective in bringing a story to life than your imagination, but it is true that Hollywood does choose good reads to turn into movies. We don’t usually post book reviews but this list I found on Woman and Home last night is too good to pass up.
Labor Day (HarperCollins) by Joyce Maynard
Henry and his mom Adele, a divorcee suffering from agoraphobi and depression, live a lonely life in Holton Mills. Henry’s summer days are spent inside watching TV, entertaining his hamster and thinking about his female classmates. Just before Labor Day, Henry and Adele meet Frank, who openly admits to being a convicted murderer on the run. Despite this, Frank persuades the mother and son to offer him refuge. In turn, he becomes an unlikely father figure to Henry and companion to Adele.
The heartfelt film will be released just in time for Valentine’s Day and stars Kate Winslet as Adele and Josh Brolin as Frank.
In cinemas 7 February.
A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that Internet, cell phone and social media use is surging worldwide. And most people to adopt those technologies are becoming avid, rather than occasional, users of them. It is not really ground breaking news, but the level and speed of adoption is pretty impressive.
The internet “still has a limited reach in the emerging and developing world,” the report states. But “once people do gain access to the internet, they quickly begin to integrate it into their lives,” especially through social networking. Majorities of internet users in 21 of 24 nations also use sites like Facebook, Twitter or their local and national analogues.
“For publishers and content developers today, international and mobile markets are two areas of enormous current and future opportunity. The challenge won’t so much be about finding the latest users to go online but competing for their attention once they do,” reports Digital Book World
Treasury published new electronic services regulations, detailing which digital products and services will be subject to 14% VAT and the good news is that digitised content of any book or electronic publication is included in the list of goods that will be impacted.
The regulations have been published by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for comment, and follow the proposals he made in his 2013 budget speech to impose VAT on foreign businesses who “sell e-books, music and other digital goods and services”. The regulations are called the Electronic Services Regulations and come into operation on a proposed date of 1 April 2014. Read more on www.businesstech.co.za
The team at Open Book, as always resourceful and innovative have produced a South African diary to die for if you run in literary circles. They are flaunting it as the must-have accessory for the year. It is slim, stylish, unique and produced for and by the Open Book Festival. Featuring top tips for what is on in Cape Town this year, plus international literature dates, literary facts to wow your friends with and contributions from 12 of South Africa’s best-loved authors, this will be a stylish companion for any desk or bag for the whole year. Retailing for only R190 and available from the Book Lounge.
The Nigerian branch of UAE telecommunications company Etisalat has announced the 2013 shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature and Bom Boy, written by Yewande Omotoso and published by Modjaji Publishers is on it.
This is the award’s first year, and is the first Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward debut fiction writers in Africa. The winner will be presented with a check for £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstuck and will attend The Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, mentored by Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.
The shortlisted novels are:
Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso (Modjaji Publishers)
Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings (Holland Park Press)
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Little, Brown and Company/Chatto & Windus UK)
When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults. According to a new study from children’s entertainment research and consulting group PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 67% of U.S. children aged two-to-thirteen are now reading ebooks. That’s up from 54%, the number recorded in a similar study from last year. “In the last year, based on this research, the kids e-reading and reached and passed a tipping point,” said Paul Levine, co-CEO of PlayCollective. “This is becoming a normal part of their lives and becoming habitual.”
The study is based on a survey of nearly 900 parents with children conducted online in October 2013. PlayCollective attributes much of the increase in e-reading over the past year to increased digital reading in schools, citing that the gains “may be due to the increase in schools purchasing tablets for students, meaning more children this year are likely completing their school reading assignments digitally.”
The full study, including data on how parents buy ebooks for their children, how much they spend, and more is available for download for a mere $295 on the Digital Bookworld Store here.
For the third year in a row Jeremy Greenfield has taken time in December to speak with about a dozen ebook and digital publishing influencers about the year that was and their predictions of what might happen in the ebook and digital publishing industry in 2014.
After these conversations he put all the predictions together in a big list and then chose the ten best ones to flesh out and share with readers: Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014, this year led by the prediction that Barnes & Noble will close or sell its Nook business. As per usual with My Greenfield the piece is well researched and intuitive. It is certainly worth a read.