Publishing Industry
Crunch Time for South African Publishing

Crunch Time for South African Publishing

This is a re-blog from arthurattwell.com. It’s rare that a national industry is confronted with a single threat to its future. That just happened to South African publishing. A few days ago, the South African Department of Basic Education released a policy document, for public comment, that explains how the DBE would like to handle textbooks...
„Take Risks“. Interview with Gary Cummiskey, Dye Hard Press, South Africa

„Take Risks“. Interview with Gary Cummiskey, Dye Hard Press, South Africa

The latest issue of African Poetry, published by the Centre for African Poetry (CAP) focuses on Gary Cummiskey’s Dye Hard Press, as part of a planned regular feature highlighting the work of book traders, agencies, educational institutions, publishers and bloggers with a notable commitment to African poetry. Since 1994 Dye Hard Press in South Africa...
Electronic Iran - The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

Electronic Iran – The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

What do you know about Iran? No, I don’t mean the chewed-up bits of news that trickle down to us in the west from time to time when yet another crisis arises. Behind these news, there is a real country with real people and intellectuals who do not fit into our patterns of perceived knowledge....
Holger's Week in Publishing (48/13)

Holger’s Week in Publishing (48/13)

I have just arrived in Mexico to attend the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, which is one of the highlights of my annual schedule. But the fair only opens tomorrow (Saturday), so I will spare the Latin American stories for the coming weeks (I’ll be in Mexico for a month). You may wish to check...
Holger's Week in Publishing (47/13)

Holger’s Week in Publishing (47/13)

In our little world of publishing, many things reminds one of an England v Germany soccer match. As you may have noted, Germany beat England at Wembley, yet again. But oh so many punters had of course put their wagers on the Three Lions, only to lose out, yet again. You may call that the...
Holger's Week (46/13)

Holger’s Week (46/13)

I am still on my reading tour in Northern England, and it has been good fun so far. Being the judge at the “Great German Bake-off” at Manchester University has certainly been one of the highlights of the trip. However, I have to apologise for being late with my weekly review – I trust you...
Holger's Week (45/13)

Holger’s Week (45/13)

I am currently travelling in Northern England on a reading tour. So I have not been following this week’s publishing shenanigans as intensively as usual. But there are a couple of things I found interesting. I hope you’ll find them interesting, as well. Here in the UK, ebooks have been pulled onto the stage yet...
Holger's Week (44/13)

Holger’s Week (44/13)

Publishing is a tough old game, which is possibly not news to you, especially if you struggle on as a small independent publisher. But even the deepest pockets don’t make it much easier, as recent news from Seattle showed. Amazon is scaling back its publishing operations, letting people go and severing ties with its publishing...