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With Britain days away from leaving the
EU, Brexit was a concern to some, less
to others at Olympia

Tom Weldon, PRH UK CEO, said: “Brexit is a massive issue,


not in deals but in supply chain.” Key concerns were logistics EL James (red top) launched her new novel, The Mister,
and book production, and PRH has been stockpiling books at the Ivy Club at Olympia, in the company of her global
in the UK and looking at printing on the continent. publishers
French publisher Heloise D’Ormesson, whose
eponymous publishing house is owned by Editis, said: “It is Williams described the general mood of the fair as busy,
interesting – because of Brexit, we are seeing an actual saying international publishers had money to spend, and
increase in interest in our books and translations. It is as if pointing to Holly Miller’s The Sight of You, which has gone
the publishing community in the UK, which is largely anti- for large sums in the US and Germany.
Brexit, is worried that they will become intellectually Caroline Michel, CEO of literary agency PFD, said: “It’s
disconnected from the continent and are trying to mitigate been a very good fair, people are saying there is so much to
this by committing to translating more books.” buy and people have money to spend.” She has a record
Suzanne Baboneau, MD of adult publishing at Simon & nine agents at the IRC; this was “at least” her 32nd fair –
Schuster, said Brexit had not affecting any deals – but “we and “there are more deals than ever”. Michel also picked
are in a bubble in here”. Discussing trends, Baboneau said out non-fiction as “becoming more important”.
that true crime was on the up in particular, and non-fiction Alan Samson, non-fiction publisher and chairman at
in general, “in this age of uncertainty”. W&N, said: “I’m surprised at how busy the Hachette stand
Interviewed in the cacophonous International Rights Centre, is – this is the first year when it has been hard to find a
Jamie Hodder Williams, CEO of Hodder & Stoughton and table,” and, “Oddly, Brexit has not cropped up in any
John Murray, said: “The whole world is talking about business meeting.” He noted that Netflix was driving a
Brexit, but it is not affecting business in here.” Hodder surge in crime proposals.

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Ian McEwan leads writers against Brexit


Speaking at LBF to BookBrunch before the House of subsequent fall-off in
Commons vote last night, Ian McEwan described leaving the British people’s
the EU as “a national tragedy”, writes Neill Denny. sense of that Empire,
“I would like the Prime Minister to revoke Article 50, a they still think they
one-line email would do, although we know that’s not going have those 760 million.
to happen. There’s a possibility of a second referendum, but That’s what has fed
an extension is only going to be a couple of months. I think Brexit, but Empire is
the Tories are going to look for a new leader, and the Labour the ugly word that no
party is in a state. So I’m feeling quite pessimistic, but I’ll one in Parliament will
be marching on the 23rd for a second referendum.” say today.”
McEwan’s comments came hours before Prime Minister Struggling to find
May was heavily defeated in the House of Commons; any upside to Brexit,
commenting after the vote went against her, she raised the Meek said: “There is
prospect of a second referendum. at least the hope that
Earlier in the day LBF had seen a session examining the we will break out of
processes that led up to the original decision to leave the EU the very restricted
in June 2016, entitled “Contested Identities; Writing, Writers white, fortified, post-
and the Brexit Enigma”, which featured journalist-turned- Ian McEwan in conversation at the fair
Imperial space that is
novelist James Meek and Caryl Phillips, Author of the Day. the EU, and deal with
“If you are old you actually are from another country, in the rest of the world on a more equal basis. The shock of
fact from an empire,” said Meek, who said he viewed Brexit the reality of being outside fortress Europe will rid us of
partly as an inter-generational issue, and a shadow of a our post-Imperial delusions.”
much more profound conflict between immigrants of the Phillips was asked if he had a message for the 52% who
past and immigrants of the future, between the old and the voted to leave: his message was they should “grow up”.
young. Would a great pro-Brexit novel ever be written? “Someone
Meek also blamed much of the groundwork for Brexit on will write a great Brexit novel,” he said, “but it won’t be
Margaret Thatcher. “We are now living in a different me!”
country, a country that Margaret Thatcher created.

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Rights round-up
Jonathan Galassi and Jeremy Davies at Farrar, Straus and Ravi Mirchandani documentaries I’ve ever seen.
at Picador have signed world rights at auction to Dolores Prato’s Giu’ La I’m so pleased that we will
Piazza Non C’e’ Nessuno (Nobody in the Square) from Raffaella de Angelis now be publishing Lindsay’s
on behalf of Quodlibet Edizioni. Nobody in the Square is billed as a “towering inspirational account – and
work of autobiographical fiction”. It was originally discovered and published it’s very exciting to find that
in abridged form by Natalia Ginzburg, three years before Dolores Prato’s death Lindsay can write as well as
in 1983. The complete version was recovered only recently. It tells the story of take amazing film and stills.
the author’s childhood as an introverted and abandoned girl in the small village This book is a joy.”
of Treia, raised by eccentric and distant relatives, and trying to make sense of
her world through precise observation. Publication will be in spring 2020. Louise Moore, MD of
Michael Joseph/Penguin,
Bloomsbury has signed a work of non-fiction by journalist Eliot Higgins, whose and Jill Schwartzman, VP,
investigative website Bellingcat identified the suspects behind the Skripal poisoning. executive editor at Dutton,
Publishing director Alexis Kirschbaum signed UK and Commonwealth rights have bought a memoir by
at auction from Natasha Fairweather at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Rights have Andrew Ridgeley, who
also gone in Poland and the Netherlands, with sales underway in other territories. with George Michael
The book will tell the story of how Higgins, a college dropout with a passion for comprised pop group
playing online games from his home in Leicester, became the founder of a platform Wham! The agent is Tim
“at the helm of open-source journalism”. Bellingcat’s investigations have also Bates at Peters, Fraser and
uncovered Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and Dunlop, and publication
the sourcing of weapons in the Syrian Civil War. Bloomsbury will publish in 2020. will be this October.

Rupert Lancaster at Hodder has signed a memoir by Lindsay McCrae, a Stephanie Wrobel Michael Joseph won a
cameraman who worked on the acclaimed BBC Dynasties documentary about “major” eight-way auction,
emperor penguins. The book is a record of the year that McCrae spent in the and Penguin/Berkley made an undisclosed pre-empt, for The Recovery of Rose
Antarctic, where he endured conditions including freezing winds in excess of Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. There have been numerous international deals and
100kph. Hodder has world English rights in My Penguin Year: Living with offers. The Recovery of Rose Gold is the story of a young woman who, despite
the Emperors from Annabel Merullo at PFD, and will publish in November. being slowly poisoned by her mother for 18 years, makes a calculated decision
Lancaster said: “That penguins film was one of the best, most moving wildlife to take her in after her prison sentence (agent Madeleine Milburn).

Brexit hits academic publishing


Scholarly research has always been a global affair, which is because “the likelihood of getting renewed funding is
why, explained a panel of stakeholders at LBF, Brexit might diminished”. And the issue of immigration looms as one of
hit the UK scholarly publishing community hardest of all. the biggest challenges, he said, noting that around one in
“Brexit will rewrite rules governing partnerships with six researchers in the UK came from outside the country.
European colleagues,” noted Copyright Clearance Center’s “I actually think at this stage it’s a psychological thing,”
Christopher Kenneally, who moderated the discussion. observed Springer Nature’s Tim Britton. “If I was coming
The session gathered just hours before the UK parliament, out of Berlin in September having just finished my post-
for a second time, overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s doc, would I come to London? No.”
proposed Brexit deal. But the panellists agreed that, deal or Offering an EU perspective, Petra Labriga from Technische
no deal, Brexit had already damaged scholarly research. Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in Germany said that “London
“I think at the moment the most significant consequence is still London.” Nevertheless, Europeans were dismayed:
comes purely from the currency exchange,” said Outsell’s “We feel it’s divisive, and that’s what’s hard to accept.”
Hugh Logue, noting that the prospect of leaving the EU had
hit the pound hard – something acutely felt by academic Windham-Campbell winners
researchers, whose funding is fixed. “When they are buying
equipment or other consumables, those are already 20% The winners of the hugely valuable Windham-Campbell
more expensive.” And that had a “knock on effect” for Prizes were announced yesterday evening at Stationers’
scholarly publishers, he said, because when trimming costs, Hall in London. The prizes, which are administered by the
scholarly publications were often the first cut. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale
University, are worth $165,000 each to eight writers,
Logue also addressed the possibility of further
making them among the richest book prizes for writers
acquisitions in the sector, or potential moves to Europe, to working in English.
take advantage of the labour pool. He conceded that the This year’s Windham-Campbell Prize recipients are: in
weaker pound could mean some bargain-hunting for fiction, Danielle McLaughlin (Ireland) and David Chariandy
international publishers seeking to acquire British firms. (Canada); in non-fiction, Raghu Karnad (India) and Rebecca
But publishers were largely staying mum on those kinds of Solnit (United States); in poetry, Ishion Hutchinson
plans as the political process played out. (Jamaica) and Kwame Dawes (Ghana/Jamaica/United
States); in drama, Young Jean Lee (United States) and
Meanwhile, Logue said he had already heard “anecdotally”
Patricia Cornelius (Australia).
of British lead scientists being dropped from projects

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LBF gallery
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Caryl Phillips, Author of the Day, in conversation with


David McKee (Illustrator of the Fair), Elmer, and friends Katherine Faulkner

Bestselling thriller writer Karin Slaughter was


Special Guest at the fair. She is with Fernando A “protest” in the aisles at Olympia brought Oren Teicher (American Booksellers Association)
Peire, director of the Ivy, which has a pop-up attention to Margaret Atwood’s forthcoming and Tim Godfray (UK and Ireland Booksellers
club at Olympia sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale Association) met up at the Ingram party

BookBrunch presented its inaugural Selfies awards. Left to right are Heleen
Kist (shortlisted), Susan Grossey (shortlisted), Robin Cutler (IngramSpark),
Anita Belli (shortlisted) Kathleen Jowitt (shortlisted), Jane Davis (winner),
Peter Usborne was in characteristically enthusiastic form as he introduced Jane Steen (runner-up), Mel Gough (shortlisted), Jo Henry (BookBrunch),
fairgoers to Usborne’s relaunched Poppy & Sam series Caroline Goldsworthy (shortlisted)

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Spotlight on America What’s up with

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fiction?
Despite rising print
sales since 2013, it
Andrew Richard Albanese reflects on isn’t all good news for
publishers. Over the
the trends that defined 2018 for US same period, adult
publishers and looks at what we might fiction sales have been
on the decline.
expect for 2019 According to NPD
BookScan, sales of
adult fiction declined
For the US publishing industry, 2018 started off with a 4.6% in 2018. And
bang. The January publication of Michael Wolff’s dishy Association of
Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House captured the American Publishers
public’s attention (as well as the attention of Trump (AAP) stats from
lawyers) and just weeks into 2018, the industry had its first reporting publishers
million-seller of the year, and a trend was born. Donald Trump speaking at the 2018 show that adult fiction
Conservative Political Action Conference
According to NPD BookScan, which tracks 80% to 85% sales from the major
of print sales, unit sales of print books in the US rose 1.3% houses declined roughly 16% between 2013 and 2017.
in 2018, continuing a winning streak for print that began So far, 2019 isn’t looking
in 2013. And trade publishers had an even better year, much better. According to
thanks to Trump-related political books like Wolff’s and NPD Bookscan, adult fiction
veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s Fear. NPD’s Kristen fell 8.7% in the first four
McLean confirmed that politics and Trump-related books weeks of the year. And
were driving US print book sales. The question is, she reversing that trend will be
noted, will that continue in 2019? challenging, for a number
It’s early, but so far it doesn’t appear likely. Without a of reasons. For one, US
blockbuster like Michael Wolff, sales of political books publishers have been
were down 40% in January 2019 from a year ago, and hamstrung by a well-publicised lack of printing capacity.
overall print sales slumped 5.9%. And there are signs that Another factor is the softness traditional publishers are
the fascination with Trump may be weakening. The first seeing in genre fiction, as consumers shift away from the
Trump-related titles of the year – Team of Vipers by Cliff mass market paperbacks (mass market sales were off 14%
Sims and Let Me Finish by Chris Christie – sold just in January, 2019) to low-priced ebooks offered by Amazon
15,000 and 13,000 copies, respectively, in their first week (whose sales are not counted by BookScan). And finally, by
on sale. summer, the 2020 election season will be underway,
Of course, there are plenty more books about Trump and commanding the news coverage, and making it harder to
his to come, and it’s possible one or two might hit big. But break out new fiction.
really, how many bombshells are left out there? Robert
Mueller, are you listening? PRH dominated the 2018 adult bestseller list
Given the company’s sheer
Becoming led 2018 bestsellers size it should come as no
Despite not being published surprise: among the Big Five
until mid-November, Michelle publishers, Penguin Random
Obama’s Becoming was House (PRH) dominated the
2018’s runaway top seller, 2018 adult US bestseller lists,
selling more than 3.4 million taking 38.3% of slots on the
copies at outlets that report PW bestseller list, more than
to NPD BookScan. double the share of its closest
And as publishers were competitor, HarperCollins, which claimed 17%. For children’s
arriving in London for the books, however, it’s a slightly different story. Though PRH
2019 London Book Fair, the book remained atop the topped the picture book bestseller list, Scholastic had the
bestseller lists, having sold nearly 320,000 more copies in strongest run of children’s fiction bestsellers in 2018.
January. The former first lady’s memoir looks poised to have
a long run on the list. And don’t forget: Penguin Random Audiobooks lead; ebooks bleed
House also has Barack Obama lined up next, although no A decade ago, in the teeth of the ebook hype, if you’d
release date has been set. No Pressure, Mr President. predicted that audiobooks would lead publishers’ digital

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departments into the


black, few would
Immerse yourself
have believed it. But
that’s the case today
for many houses. In
in Knowledge
2018, digital audio
sales again posted
healthy double-digit
growth, with AAP
reporting sales up a
robust 37.1%.
In contrast, trade
ebook sales for
traditional publishers
reporting to the AAP
declined 3.6%,
marking a fourth
ABA CEO Oren Teicher with Margaret straight year of
Atwood
declines. Of course,
the major publishers don’t seem alarmed – in fact they
seem rather pleased. At the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair,
PRH CEO Markus Dohle suggested that trade publishers
had achieved “a healthy coexistence between print and
digital books”.
In 2019, it will be interesting to see if ebooks have finally
found their floor, while digital audio is expected to
continue its surge. “Given the continued adoption of smart
speakers, the format’s appeal
with younger, 20- and
30-something readers, and
seeing our early sales so far
this year, I feel optimistic
about another year of double-
digit growth,” says Amanda
D’Acierno, president &
publisher, PRH Audio Group.

Indie bookstores resurgent


One of the most heartening publishing stories in recent years
is the resurgence of indie booksellers. Last summer, the
American Booksellers Association (ABA) reported 1,835
member stores, with 2,470 locations, up significantly from
the 1,401 ABA members with 1,651 locations a decade
earlier in 2009. And 2018 was another good year for indie
bookstores, reports ABA CEO Oren Teicher. “We saw
growth of nearly 5% in 2018 over 2017, and the compound
growth in our channel over the past five years is a very
Curriculum-aligned rich media
healthy 7.5%,” Teicher says. “There’s also been a discernible
increase in the number of younger booksellers in our
solutions for elearning portfolios
business, which gives us enormous confidence in the future.”

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Meanwhile, US publishers remain concerned about the
nation’s largest bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble. The
chain’s sales continue to drop, and the company is now
embroiled in an ugly lawsuit after firing CEO Demos
Parneros last July, the fourth change in leadership in five
years. With the company reportedly on the block, publishers
in 2019 will be watching developments closely.
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Javier Llovet: experience in Latin

QA
American markets.

Complexity in These synergies could


help Companhia to
give even more focus
Argentina to the expansion of its
extraordinary catalogue
in Brazil, and in the
Argentina’s book market is the most traditional market in Latin American
all of Latin American. In the 1940s, for instance, its book countries.
production was probably the largest in the Spanish-speaking
world, and Argentina continues to pride itself on a flourishing What is your take on
independent landscape, both in bookselling and publishing. digital books in
The last couple of years, however, have been not easy for Argentina? Do you
Argentinian booksellers and publishers. Carlo Carrenho have an estimate of its
recently caught up with Javier Llovet, CEO of Penguin market share? Do you
Random House in Argentina and also responsible for the expect it to grow?
group’s operations in Latin America. They talked about the Javier Llovet The digital market is
challenges of the industry in a presidential election year. somewhere close to
”The presidential 2%. Until a retailer that
Give us a sense of the market in Argentina, and what are is able to significantly
your expectations for 2019?
election will surely push sales enters the
The market is very recessive. The sales drop in 2018 really divert people’s Argentinian market,
affected the whole commercial chain – printers, publishers, ebook sales will only
booksellers. With annual inflation reaching 40%, it is very attention from keep its organic
hard to keep the prices updated and the whole chain was cultural growth. And that will
forced to drop margins to avoid even deeper sales declines. happen without any
We don’t think 2019 will be any better. The presidential consumption, bounces like the one
election will surely divert people’s attention from cultural that happened in Spain
consumption, including books. The elections affect the book
including books.” after Amazon arrived.
market because people direct their attention to news outlets,
where they can follow the political debates. Meanwhile, What about audiobooks?
they are not so attracted to a more relaxing experience, like Audiobooks are a growing market in the whole world, and it
reading fiction, which requires a certain “peace of mind”. is no different in Latin America. This market has grown a lot
in Argentina and there are cases where the audio edition of a
Argentina has very few online sales of books, around 1% of title has sold more than the ebook version. You can explain
total sales, and a huge presence of brick-and-mortar this by the ease of using an existing device – the mobile
bookstores. Do you expect this to change? phone – to listen to audiobooks, while ebooks demand an
In the short run, we don’t see any meaningful change in the e-reader to provide a pleasing reading experience. The use of
online vs. offline sales ratio. Amazon is not present in Argentina, a single telephone opens the market in a significant way in
and they were the ones who developed the online market in countries where the importation of advanced technology
the countries where they launched operations. Concerning devices, such as Kindles and iPads, is still complicated.
physical retail, the independent bookstores – and also the
chains – were the ones who most suffered with the recent sales What Argentinian author or authors is the world missing
drop. In fixed-price markets like Argentina, booksellers can because he or she hasn’t been translated into English or
only keep or improve their margins by cutting costs, and that other major languages?
has a very precise limit during high inflation. If the economic Fortunately, most of our authors are translated and known
situation does not improve in the short run, we could see a in all major languages. But still, there’s always hope for
very complex scenario in retail with the closure of bookstores. other great voices to be known overseas. That is the case of
María Moreno, a legendary writer and journalist whose
Penguin Random House recently acquired control of recent memoir was an acclaimed success; Daniel Guebel, a
Companhia das Letras in Brazil. Can we expect more 2018 National Literature Award winner; or María Teresa
integration in the region now? Andruetto, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian
Since Companhia das Letras does not report to our LatAm Andersen Award. I would also point out that Florencia
division, I can’t really comment much. That said, PRH Grupo Bonelli’s books (Argentina’s bestselling fiction author) have
Editorial could contribute with many back office synergies to yet to be offered to an English-speaking audience. ■
Companhia, given its presence in seven countries and its wide Carlo Carrenho is a publishing consultant and founder of PublishNews.

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Sharjah Publishing
City strengthens
distribution links
Less than two years after opening for business, Sharjah Publishing
City – a free trade facility offering print-on-demand and other
publishing services – has welcomed more than 50 publishing
houses from the UK, China, Africa, Middle East, India and more,
writes Emma Wenner. In addition to using SPC’s one-site printing
services and storage facilities, publishers are exploring more cost-
effective and efficient distribution services in order to better reach With more than 600 ready offices for leasing, and an additional
markets in the Middle East, as well as Africa and Asia. 53,000 square feet of space for custom, SPC says it is ready for
“All of our offerings are designed to assist the publishing expansion to service the Arab world and beyond, and it expects to
industry reach its targets, nurture them through our offerings to triple the size of the UAE publishing market to $650m by 2030.
expand to neighbouring and international markets, while being “SPC was born with a mission to support and nurture the
strategically stationed in the cultural hub of the UAE and the publishing industry, and enrich the local, regional and
region,” said Salim Omar Salim, director of SPC, in a press release. international markets with quantitative and qualitative content,”
UK publisher Austin Macauley plans to sell English-language Salim said in the release. “To achieve this, we set up a one-stop-
books to the Middle East region through its office in Sharjah. UK shop for publishers where we offer state-of-the-art infrastructure,
publishers Laurence King and Liberty Education, as well as India’s logistics and services in a convenient geographical location, and in
Nageen Prakshan, are also among the companies setting up a cost-effective manner.” ■
business, according to a press release. Sri Lanka’s online bookseller
SPC is a subsidiary of the Sharjah Book Authority, the host of the Sharjah
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Amazon’s antitrust the structural dominance


and the structural market

paradox power that the company


is amassing.”
As the title of Khan’s
At the end of the 19th century, many local railroads in the Yale Law Journal article
United States became consolidated into giant iron networks, implies, Amazon’s
and the anticompetitive practices that resulted soon made “antitrust paradox”
these trusts – also called monopolies – a hot political issue, yields a paradoxical
writes Christopher Kenneally. Now, more than a century later, result – because
a new rebellion is gathering strength against domineering consumers are benefiting
players on the digital network. And e-commerce giant Amazon from lower prices,
could soon find itself in the sights of antitrust regulators. Amazon has escaped
“My argument is that in many regards, Amazon has become antitrust scrutiny thus
a form of infrastructure for 21st-century commerce,” argued far, thus Amazon’s rise
Lina Khan, an academic fellow at Columbia Law School and is effectively promoting
senior fellow at the Open Markets Institute, in a recent concentration in
interview for Copyright Clearance Center’s “Beyond the Book” Lina Khan businesses, not opposing
podcast series. “If you’re an independent merchant [or] an it. And as Khan sees the
independent producer, and you want to reach consumers in the “Because consumers issue, the short-term
21st-century digital markets, you have to ride Amazon’s rails.” are benefiting from attention being paid to
In January 2017, Khan published a piece entitled “Amazon’s prices is overlooking
Antitrust Paradox”, in the Yale Law Journal. It was awarded lower prices, other long-term effects
the 2018 Antitrust Writing Award for best academic unilateral Amazon has on businesses and society.
conduct article from Concurrences Review and the George “If the goal of the
Washington University Law School Competition Law Center. escaped antitrust antitrust laws is to
And her ideas are gaining traction: she was recently named in the scrutiny thus far,” promote competition,
Politico 50, a list of thinkers whose ideas are driving politics. then you need to be
“Amazon now captures $1 of every $2 spent online, and – Lina Khan thinking about that not
that share is growing significantly,” Khan said. “Over 50% of just in the short term, but
American households are [Amazon] Prime customers, and also in the long term,” she said. “If you’re enabling consolidation,
around 99% of Prime customers stop engaging in any real price if you’re enabling concentrations in ways that allow a single
comparison. Amazon’s capture of online commerce and of the company to control 60%, 70%, 80% of the book market [and]
infrastructure of online commerce is significant, and it’s able to use of the ebook market, that will have hazards down the line.”
that dominance in ways that I argue are bad for competition.” In 2019, Lina Khan and others in the so-called “hipster
In its original conception, antitrust enforcement in the US antitrust” cohort strongly challenge whether consumer welfare
focused on how markets are structured and whether there are is the only appropriate “proxy for competition”. Alternatively,
conflicts of interest baked into certain business models. However, she said, “we need to think more about the competitive process
beginning in the 1960s, antitrust enforcers began to focus on what and the structure of competition”.
they called “consumer welfare”, which, Khan explained, has come Of course, even advocates for rethinking antitrust policy in the
to mean asking whether prices are too high. But “viewing Amazon US concede that any successful challenge to Amazon isn’t likely
through the prism of price exclusively,” she argued, “really misses to come soon. “When it comes to [the Amazon] marketplace of
sellers, all of them sign a contract that requires them to bring
any dispute in arbitration,” Khan noted. That leaves the federal
Department of Justice to take up the case. But as time passes, that
prospect, she suggests, is not an entirely unlikely scenario.
“The Justice Department did sue to block the AT&T-Time
Warner merger, which was pretty significant, because it was
the kind of merger that the government hadn’t sued to block in
court for around 40 years,” Khan observed. “I think we are
seeing some renewed activity and interest among both the
Justice Department and potentially the Federal Trade Commission.
Competition is good for innovation. It’s good for consumers. It’s
good for producers. So any move towards greater competition in
the online marketplace I think would have a lot of benefits.” ■
Christopher Kenneally hosts “Beyond the Book”,w a podcast series from
Copyright Clearance Center.

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Tapping the power of


“influencers”
No question, the rise of social media “influencers” has had
a profound effect on the publishing industry, writes
Andrew Richard Albanese, evidenced by the first-ever UK
Book Blog Awards, given at the 2018 London Book Fair,
which recognised award-winners in three categories: Book
Blogger, Bookstagrammer and BookTuber. And at a recent
event in New York, organised by Publishers Weekly and the
NYUSPS Center for Publishing, a panel of experts shared
their views on how publishers are using social media to
Panelists at PubTechConnect’s Unlocking the Power of Influencers panel
connect their books to eager audiences. (l. to r.): Kristin Fassler (Atria); Brittany Hennessy (Carbon); Karah Preiss
(Belletrist); Adam Small (Southern Made); Suzanne Skyvara (Goodreads);
It takes time and Leslie Prives (Penguin Random House)
“I think we all like to think about influencer campaigns as Influencer marketing
being free marketing and publicity,” said Kristin Fassler, “There are books is not new, of course,
v-p, director of integrated marketing for Simon & where we as tracing its roots to
Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group, who moderated the industries such as
day’s programme. “But even if we’re not spending a lot of publishers want to fashion, beauty and
money on influencer outreach, it is a huge investment of an let the readers lead luxury travel, where it is
even more valuable resource – and that’s time. It takes a lot now a prime marketing
of time to find and research these influencers, to cultivate the message about tool. But books, the
them, and to build a relationship of trust so that you can how the book might panelists suggested,
deliver an effective pitch that will motivate them to go out are a good fit for the
there and spread good words about your book.” be promoted.” approach, since people
Fassler said that Atria’s influencer campaigns tend to focus – Leslie Prives who read tend to be very
more on volume – that is, creating a lot of “touch points” for passionate about books.
potential readers, which helps create brand awareness as well
as generate sales. “Given that it is still something of an emerging Look outside your industry
technique, it’s hard to say that every book needs an influencer Brittany Hennessy, author of Influencer: Building Your Personal
campaign,” said Leslie Prives, senior director of consumer Brand in the Age of Social Media, urged publishers to look
engagement and analytics at Penguin Random House. Prives broadly at which influencers might work for them. “I think
talked about the kinds of books that benefit most from PRH’s something that every industry does wrong is that they only look
influencer campaigns – for example, titles that have already for influencers who are in their industry,” she said. “Plenty of
reached those who get PRH email newsletters or follow PRH people read who never talk about reading. You really can reach
social media accounts, but still need a boost, or, on the flip side, out to anybody, as long as they like what you’re talking about.”
titles that need to reach an audience that doesn’t interact with And the thing about books, observed Karah Preiss,
the publisher at all. She also stressed the benefit of early cofounder of Belletrist, an online community for readers
outreach to influencers on sites such as Goodreads, a practice created with actress Emma Roberts, is that reading has a
that cannot only help build buzz for forthcoming titles, but can positive image on social media. “There’s a number of young
yield insight into how best to market a book. “There are books girls starting their own bookstagram accounts because they
where we as publishers want to let the readers lead the message want to show people that they are reading,” Preiss said. “There
about how the book might be promoted,” Prives said. is such enthusiasm – especially because, on social media, it is so
Suzanne Skyvara, v-p of communications for Goodreads, hard to cut through the noise, and I think being a reader gives
agreed that publishers should be reaching out to people something to say,” she added. “It’s not just posting a
Goodreads members – but judiciously. Do your homework, selfie – being a reader can really set you apart.”
Skyvara advised publishers, and then reach out in “a very The panel agreed that influencer marketing has been
personalised” fashion – even if that means hours spent positive for publishers, and Fassler said she expects the trend
sifting through the Goodreads “shelves” or parsing reviews. will continue to grow as publishers sharpen their focus and
“It’s a lot of work,” Skyvara noted, echoing Fassler’s earlier develop better metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of their
observation. “But remember, you’re going in for the long- campaigns. “We know there are lots of consumers hungry for
haul here. You’re going to build relationships over time a new read, and we also know that word of mouth is the most
with these people.” And the key to success in any influencer compelling driver of book sales,” she noted. “I think
campaign, she stressed, is “trust, and authenticity”. influencer campaigns bring those things together.” ■

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Four questions publishers, so you

QA
don’t need a

for Richard warehouse any more,


and you don’t need a
sales force in the field.
Charkin I mean, I basically I
have no overhead
whatsoever. None.
Richard Charkin’s new venture, Mensch Publishing, That allows me, and
launched last month with Guy Kennaway’s darkly funny this is true of many
memoir Time to Go. Andrew Richard Albanese caught up independents, to
with Charkin to talk about his new turn as an indie spend my money on
publisher – and the simple question that inspired it all. the books.

What an interesting new chapter for you – indie publisher – On your website, you
after a 47-year career at some the world’s major houses. proudly state that you
Surely you’ve had plenty of opportunities over that time to have no mission
strike out on your own, so why now? Richard Charkin statement, and no
Okay, so, I often have views, right? I’ve been misquoted stated editorial
from time to time on my views on general book publishing, “The idea of having strategy – but can we
trade publishing, that I’m entirely negative about it, and an utterly bespoke wing it and put
that I love academic publishing. I do love academic something together
publishing, that’s true. And I do have reservations about service for an here that resembles a
some of the developments in trade publishing. But I’ve also author on terms potential mission
thought, wouldn’t it be good to try and do it the way I statement or editorial
think it should be done? And the only way to do that is to that are sensible strategy for Mensch?
do it myself, and to spend my own money rather than other is appealing.” Well, everyone has
people’s money, which I am doing. I’m genuinely taking the mission statements,
risk here myself. I thought setting up my own thing would like “do no evil” or “be the best”. Mission statements are
keep me going and the juices working. And the final trigger fatuous. That’s my mission statement. And as for strategy,
came in the latter stages of Peter Mayer’s life. I saw him people have immense spreadsheets showing growth and
quite a bit, and I was very, very fond of Peter. And I how many books they’re going to publish, 20 or 30 a year,
thought: what would Peter Mayer do? And I think he or whatever. And once you put 30 in the spreadsheet,
would have set up Mensch Publishing. you’ve got to publish 30, irrespective of how good they are.
So, what am I going to do? Well, first of all, I’m very
Why not, right? It certainly seems like indie publishing is limited in what I can publish because my terms are not
having a moment. In this era of conglomerates, what is attractive to literary agents: I will not pay advances. I will
enabling small publishers, including you, to get into the not acquire anything less than world rights, in all
book business? languages. I won’t pay a royalty based on published price.
Look, I think the modern trade book publisher is doing an So that limits me. But what isn’t limited is what I will
amazing job. However, size isn’t everything. And the idea of publish. It could be anything: kids’ books, quasi-academic,
having an utterly bespoke non-fiction. It even might be literary fiction. I do not think
service for an author on terms I’m going to come out with a list – you know, like this is the
that are sensible is appealing. I Mensch List. I mean, it’s just me. And the joy of not going
suppose there are three aspects to meetings and being told a load of nonsense by people,
to why more people are doing it’s great. I can recommend it.
it. One, production is no
longer such a problem. What do you expect will be the talk at this year’s London
Technology has made that Book Fair?
feasible. Secondly, the internet I hate to be political about it, but I think the sort of
enables marketing. That’s an nationalist stuff going on in various countries, including
expense that in the past was the UK and the USA, is unhelpful to global publishing. And
impossible. And thirdly, there I think that’s going to appear again this year. I think the
are the big companies that are threat to copyright is still there, and has to be taken
very happy to gain extra seriously. And I think the threats to freedom of expression
income by representing continue to be an issue. And of course, here in the UK,
smaller independent Brexit is absurd and irritating and unhelpful. ■

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I N T E R N AT I O N A L
M O N E TA R Y F U N D
Launching Boldwood P U B L I C AT I O N S
Another Book Fair, but
this year – for me at
least – with a
difference... After 35
years in this industry,
as a loyal employee of
both corporate and
independent
businesses, I am now
proudly representing
the company I founded
just over a month ago,
Boldwood Books.
While all around us
uncertainty and
political incompetence,
or worse, prevails, we
are optimistic enough Amanda Ridout
to believe that the
power of storytelling is
alive and well, and
that it is still
commercially viable and exciting. Boldwood will be
everything that I hold dear – global; a true partnership with
authors and team members; multi-format; flexible and
innovative, while underpinned by experience and energy.
So why now? Worldwide English-language fiction
consumption has never been higher with the established formats
of ebook and print still growing (as far as available statistics
allow us to judge), and the additional audio strand is genuinely Spring 2019. $25. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-48433-974-9. 382pp.
bringing in new consumers. Low-cost, technology-led
production and data management processes with global reach
mean that publishers can fully concentrate on partnering with Brazil: Boom, Bust and
authors to bring their very best work to readers worldwide,
in every format, through proper editorial collaboration and
the Road to Recovery
focused, energetic marketing. And an independent company, “A timely book providing a candid assessment
reaching the world from a basement in Fulham, can quickly of Brazil’s economic performance and the many
scale-up as long as it is nimble and energetic.
challenges that lie ahead. It offers a range of
The future should also look bright. Book content will
continue to provide the foundation and inspiration for so reforms that could put Brazil on the path of
many other cultural activities, creative industries and stable sustainable growth, and is an important
entertainment companies. As technology in the workplace read for anyone interested in the Brazilian
ensures more leisure time for the global consumer our industry economy.”
should be ready to offer product to fill that time. New —Raghuram Rajan, University of Chicago Booth
consumer formats will evolve needing ever-more content, and School of Business
AI will help to further reduce costs and to offer solutions for
everything from translation to voice recording and more. 
As a founder of a new publishing house I have to be optimistic, Visit IMF in Stand 7G10a
but have good cause to be so. With a great team around me
and strong early support from authors, agents, retailers and
our industry friends from all over the world, we will look to be
fearless and innovative whilst being informed by the many years of
experience we share between us. And of course we are determined bookstore.imf.org
to be commercially successful whilst also having fun... ■

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Tackling the anti-

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Total publishing income

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5% to £5.7bn (Physical and digital books, journals and rights,

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(Physical and digital books)

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Sarah Faulder looks at copyright, its
(Digital books and journals)

5% to £1.6bn Total journal income


challenges and what publishers should do

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8% to £3.4bn (Physical and digital books, journals and rights,
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Copyright remains fundamental to the economic success of the

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publishing sector. The Publishers Association’s (PA) statistics 8% physical book Digital book
export income export income
published in July 2018 reveal that the turnover of the sector is at

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ges calculat
least £5.7bn, with more than half of this coming from exports of
UK publications. Publishing makes a significant contribution 5% to £1.4bn Total journal export income

ed
to the creative industries sector, which overall is now worth
more than £100bn – that is 5.5% of the UK economy – and it
is growing at nearly twice the rate of the rest of the economy. “Copyright … is in some countries
And yet the fundamental principles of copyright are being towards giving users
increasingly challenged by those who do not want to have to pay important as it their own “rights” which
for access to content, which all too often they can download for incentivises more could effectively trump
free from the internet. Copyright is traditionally a property right the rights of copyright
belonging to creators and those who invest in them. It allows creativity.” owners. We have already
them to maintain control, subject to certain limitations, over seen the devastating
how creative works are used and paid for. This is important as consequences of user rights for educational publishers in Canada.
it incentivises more creativity. There is a growing view, however, on Other governments are giving serious consideration to relaxing
the part of users that they should also have rights – rights to use copyright by introducing more exceptions which allow free use.
the world’s content without permission or payment. This is not a The American doctrine of fair use is being promoted by Google
sustainable model if our creative economy is to continue to thrive. and others as the solution to freely accessing content, which they
A combination of developments is fuelling this anti-copyright perceive to be locked up. Fair use tests the boundaries of free
climate. The root causes can arguably be traced back to: use through litigation, an enormous expense for the defending
• The extension of the term of copyright by the EU in 1993 copyright owners. Australia, Singapore and South Africa are
to life of the author plus 70 years from life plus 50 years. This amongst those that have been considering this option.
extension was and still is perceived by many as allowing Recently we have seen copyright protection for publishers being
business to lock up content for much longer than necessary. threatened in the EU. In 2015 publishers lost their right to share in
This ignores the fact that most copyright owners want to make the levies collected around Europe from private copying. There has
their content available as that is how they generate revenue. been a concerted effort to recover the position for publishers ever
• The evolution of the internet with a culture that encourages since in the very slow-moving draft European Copyright Directive.
the view that all information should be free and open. For many In the same Directive, which has attracted unprecedented
consumers their first exposure to copyright was when the record levels of opposition driven largely by the tech giants, there has
industry started to sue individuals for illegally downloading been a struggle to preserve the commercial interests of publishers
songs from Napster and the numerous illegal download sites in the drafting of an exception for text and data mining, to
that followed after it was closed down. The more traditional prevent any expansion of the exception for education and to
broadcast model of disseminating music on radio or TV relied drive forward a new right for press publishers.
on b2b licensing to which listeners were oblivious. If publishers are to retain and strengthen their copyright
• The creative commons movement, which describes itself position they must use their rights effectively. Publishers need to:
as “the global community that breaks down the walls that • Get better at explaining their role and importance and the
keep people from sharing their knowledge”. This suggests, value that they contribute.
wrongly, that copyright per se prevents sharing. • Audit and manage their rights efficiently so that they can:
The tech giants have been turning the resulting anti-copyright exercise their copyright and monetise their assets effectively;
sentiments to their advantage and free-riding on the back of make their assets available through licensing; and enforce their
the owners of copyright content. rights when they are infringed.
But the free use of copyright content is simply not sustainable. • Engage in the copyright debate through their trade
The ecosystem which is dependent on copyright supports the associations and other industry bodies representing publishers,
creation and production of high-quality content for the benefit of including not least Publishers’ Licensing Services. ■
society as a whole. Money flowing through the system is essential Sarah Faulder is chief executive of Publishers’ Licensing Services. This is
if this ecosystem is to survive. And yet we are seeing a definite shift based on her presentation to the IPG Autumn Conference 2018.

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Barefoot Books Bestselling products


also include the Mindful

partners with A&CB Kids and Yoga Pretzels


activity decks, as well
as a singalong series
In a new push to strengthen its reach to UK markets, independent accompanied by videos.
US-based children’s publisher Barefoot Books has partnered “We are so pleased
with distributor Abrams & Chronicle Books (A&CB). to welcome Barefoot
Under the new agreement, A&CB will sell Barefoot’s titles Books to our client
throughout the UK as well as in selected European and family and to extend our
international markets, effective at the London Book Fair. outstanding children’s
CEO and co-founder of Barefoot Books Nancy Traversy called offering,” Brenda
the move a “new chapter” for the press. “We’re thrilled to be Marsh, managing
partnering with Abrams & Chronicle Books to expand our director at A&CB,
presence in the UK, where our Barefoot story began more than said in a statement.
25 years ago,” she said in a statement. “Our mission to nurture “Barefoot’s books and
children’s compassion, curiosity and creativity has endured gifts promote critical
over the decades and feels more relevant now than ever.” Nancy Traversy thinking, mindfulness
The publisher of books for children aged 0-12 previously and social emotional learning, encouraging awareness of
had offices in London as well as in Bath, England, but it is the world, and sparking creativity and imagination.”
now based in Cambridge, Mass. With a backlist of more than In the US and Canada, Barefoot Books focuses on direct
700 titles, including I Took the Moon for a Walk by Alison sales from its website as well as its Ambassador network of
Jay and Barefoot Books World Atlas by BBC presenter home-based sellers. The home-selling programme, which
Nick Crane, Barefoot has a mission“to create beautiful Traversy called “a community-based grassroots selling
books that celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture model” while previously speaking to PW, launched in 2007
children’s imagination,” according to a press release. and includes community and school events.  ■

Programme Highlights
Thursday, 14th March 2019
Olympia Centre

The City and the Sea Some Like it Hot + Soto of the Day What’s Next for Indonesian Literature?
Indonesia has extremes of urban and rural identities Sambal is a chili sauce typically made from a Book fair market focuses can play an important role
- Jakarta is one of the world’s megacities, yet many mixture of a variety of chilie peppers plus a variety of in shining a spotlight on languages and counties
islands and regions remain lightly populated. Is secondary ingredients. Sambal can be served raw or underrepresented in the English-language publishing.
there a ‘city’ identity, different to the lives of people cooked. Some cooks insist on making freshly prepared But what comes next? How do these literary markets,
in other areas? Do the people in the countryside feel sambal just a few moments prior to consuming in and literature itself, react to a new global readership?
affected by rising sea levels and climate change? order to ensure its freshness and flavor; this is known This discussion will examine Indonesia, London Book
Sheila Rooswitha Putri - whose work focuses on life as sambal dadak or “impromptu sambal.” What kind of Fair’s 2019 Market Focus and the Guest of Honor at
in the city of Jakarta, giving depth and complexity sambal goes well with your soto of the day? Listen as the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015. With readers globally
to the lives there and exploding clichés by creating Chef Bara Pattiradjawane explains. reading Indonesian literature, how does that impact
sympathetic portraits of mongrel dogs and thieves - what writers, translators, and publishers are doing
discusses this with Agustinus Wibowo, a travel writer Speakers : Bara Pattiradjawane now? And what is the future of Indonesian literature?
whose work unpicks the narratives of identity behind Venue : Spice Café (4B30) @ LBF
the enmity of different ethnic groups. They will be Time : 12:00—12:45 Speakers : Dee Lestari, John H. McGlynn,
joined by Malachy Tallack, a Scottish writer whose Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tiffany Tsao
novel The Valley at the Centre of the World is a story Chair : Liza Darnton
about islands, community and isolation. Venue : Club Room @ LBF
Time : 14:30—15:30
Speakers : Agustinus Wibowo, Malachy Tallack,
Sheila Rooswitha Putri
Chair : Katherine Demopoulos
Venue : Cross Cultural Hub (3D10) @ LBF
Time : 13:00—14:00

#ImagineNation #LBFIndonesia

19
LONDON SHOW DAILY THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2019

Four questions growing line of

QA
amazing Korean

for: Chad Post, women writers to be


translated into
English. But I’ll talk
Open Letter about books from
other presses that I
think deserve wider
What’s the state of the US market for literature in attention. Like Sjón’s
translation? Andrew Richard Albanese caught up with CoDex 1962, which
Open Letter and Three Percent founder Chad Post to get a was one of the best
glimpse at where things stand. translations published
last year – ambitious,
You founded and maintain the translation database, so let’s and incredibly well-
start there, with a wide lens on where the translation market written and translated.
stands – what notable trends have you’ve observed in the data? It is also going to be
I hate starting off on a negative note, but let’s get this out of the the subject of the
way: 2018 was the second year in a row that the overall number Chad Post eighth season of the
of literary translations published in the US, that is fiction and “Two Month Review” podcast that Three Percent/Open
poetry translated into English for the first time ever, decreased. Letter runs – a sort of weekly book club where we
The peak was in 2016 with 666 titles, whereas 2018 ended with demonstrate how much fun it is to dig into titles like this.
609 new works. Percentage-wise, that’s a significant drop. But Another recent discovery for me was Catherine Leroux, a
in reality, we’ve had consistent growth from 2008, when we Quebec author with two titles out from Biblioasis. Her
counted 369 total titles, so maybe this is a just a minor hiccup? Madame Victoria, a collection of short vignettes imagining
It terms of other trends, two jumped out – at least at the the lives of an unidentified skeleton found in the woods
macro-level: Spanish surpassed French as the most translated behind a hospital, deserves to be considered for any and all
language. French, Spanish and German have always been the major awards. And, I think Virginie Despentes is about to
top three, with French generally being the most translated. And, have a major moment. She’s already well known in France
the gender gap has been somewhat reduced. In 2017, some and has a cult following in America for her books King
66% of translations were books written by men, and only Kong Theory and Pretty Things. But the Man Booker
about 30% by women. Last year, just over 59% of translated nomination of the first volume of Vernon Subutex, her
books were written by men, and about 36% by women. That three-volume magnum opus, coming out later this year [in
is still bad, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. the US] from FSG, is going to take her to the next level.

On a more granular level, any other trends that have caught In 2018, Open Letter, the publisher you founded, celebrated
your attention – are we seeing new publishers in the 10 years – can you reflect a little on the last decade, and
translation market, or are the same publishers still carrying where you hope to go in the next 10 years?
the load? I think we’re about where we wanted to be – I mean, I thought
There are a lot of micro-trends I’ve been writing about at by year 10 we would’ve had a Ferrante or Knausgaard, but
Three Percent over the past year, but the one thing that always that’s kind of unrealistic! We’ve done just over 100 titles so far
stands out to me is the balance between translations published – which fits our plan of doing 10 a year. And we did have an
by independent and non-profit presses, and the number done Enard, a Gospodinov, a Zambra and several Rodoredas. The
by the Big Five. As has been the case throughout the history publishing industry runs off of aspiration, ambition and luck,
of the database, about 86% of translations last year were so it’s hard to ever really be satisfied. There’s never enough
published by indie presses. And while these books may not donors or sales, and losing authors to larger houses always
generate massive sales, they definitely are a source of prestige. hurts. But I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.
A New Directions title won the National Book Award for I’m also extremely happy with what we’ve done with Three
Translation, and in recent years, some of the most talked Percent, which encompasses a lot of the more altruistic
about authors are Ferrante (Europa Editions) and Knausgaard aspects of the Open Letter mission – connecting readers,
(Archipelago). So many exciting voices are finding their way translators, authors, and raising awareness of international
into English via passionate editors working at smaller houses, literature and the art and craft of translation. We’ve expanded
and a lot of critics and booksellers are recognising this. from a simple blog and review site to become the home of
multiple podcasts, the Best Translated Book Awards, and
Talk about some of these authors and books – what should the origin of the Translation Database – all of which is
we keep an eye out for? pretty gratifying. So, I feel like we’ve helped expand both
It’s always tempting to talk about Open Letter titles, like the number of translations published in the US, and the
Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan, who is the next in the way these books are discussed by the media.  ■

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Changing the story


Our industry is based on storytelling and we are acutely
aware of the ways in which multiple realities can co-exist,
writes Saskia Bewley, but how much time and space do we
give to uncovering the realities within our own
workplaces? How much time and space do we dedicate to
telling our own stories? And do we really know the stories
of the people we work with?
Diversity and inclusion can sometimes appear to be an
opaque, intangible and esoteric area of focus for businesses,
sensitive to address and often difficult to measure. Right at
Networks launch event
its core, however, is something which the publishing
industry understands intimately and something which can This has been achieved in no small way by our community
be an incredible way of taking the temperature of our of Employee Networks; employee-led groups which are
organisations. Storytelling can be one of the most powerful sponsored by the company. We currently have eight active
tools at our disposal when it comes to inclusivity. networks and a combined membership of more than 800
Hachette UK’s approach to diversity and inclusion – colleagues. Our largest and most established networks are
Changing the Story – began formally in May 2016, our Gender Balance Network, and Thrive (our BAME
established by David Shelley and taken over by Nick Davies employee network), which both have more than 200
and Sharmaine Lovegrove as co-chairs in January 2018. In members. Our most recently formed networks Ageless and
little under three years diversity and inclusion engagement at All Together focus on issues of intergenerational diversity
Hachette UK has seen incredible growth, and what began as and regionality and socio-economic status respectively.
a core group of 13 colleagues now stands at more than 150. In order that all our employee networks are sustainable
and embedded in the culture of the company they each have
an executive sponsor who is their direct line to the board.
IN THE SHADOW OF WAR: This is a critical two-way line of communication, ensuring
alignment of network goals to strategic business objectives, as
Spies, Love & the Lusitania well as providing a channel for the business to listen to the
by Colleen Adair Fliedner needs of employees, offer support and facilitate change. We
have introduced operational guidelines for our networks to
When the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German provide a steer in terms of an operating model, the setting
U-boat off the coast of Ireland in 1915, nearly 1,200 people of KPIs (key performance indicators) and communication.
drowned, including 128 Americans. The British government Our Employee Networks shape a positive and supportive
wanted the U.S. to join the Allied Forces in WWI. Did community at Hachette. They have cultivated safe spaces
they set in motion actions allowing the luxury liner to be a within our working environment where colleagues feel able
target for a German U-boat’s torpedo to achieve that goal? to express their views and share their realities. Our Gender
This compelling novel is the story of a family torn apart by Balance Network, for example, has been instrumental in
death, and lovers who are separated when the ship slides aiding the development and implementation of our Gender
into the icy sea. German Pay Gap action plan through facilitation of open and
honest discussion across the company.
spy rings in New York,
At Hachette our employee networks provide us with a
America’s $500 million
rich source of qualitative data around how people feel and
dollar loan to replenish
experience life within our company, data sets which we can
England and France’s
use to inform meaningful change that benefits our colleagues.
empty war chests and
For us to be truly intentional about diversity and inclusion
much more are woven
we must ensure that our own stories can be told, because if
into this gripping drama. we assume stories, we assume needs, and when we assume
needs, we risk compromising the integrity and wellbeing of
ISBN: 978-1-937818-93-7 ( PB )
ISBN: 978-1-937818-94-4 ( HC ) our people and our culture. Our culture should be constantly
evolving, supporting people who feel safe to reveal
Sand Hill Review themselves, to challenge the status quo and to present an
Press, LCC ... Available alternative vision. Changing the Story is ultimately about
from: Ingram Content cultural change and it unfolds one story at a time. ■
Saskia Bewley is diversity and inclusion manager at Hachette.

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Building bridges At Springer Nature


we have a long tradition
of making change
I cannot play the “new boy” card for much longer, writes Daniel happen. We were early
Ropers, but I hope readers will continue to indulge me as it is this movers in offering more
status which is helping me bring fresh eyes to the challenges subscription value
facing academic publishing, and this status which is guiding my through Big Deals, first
thinking as to how we move forward. The challenges facing to pilot offset deals and
academic publishing are wide and varied: how to speed up the are by far the largest
transition to open access; transitioning from a predominately open access publisher in
B2B business model to a B2C one; evolving funder mandates; the world. We invested
and the need to navigate more content than ever and the need in the future of books
to access it across multiple devices from multiple locations. by digitising our entire
However, the overwhelming challenge I have identified is catalogue, were
how to build trust and coordination amongst publishers and instrumental in the
the community they are dedicated to serve; there is a worrying industry initiative
disconnect, which is restricting the ability for publishers to be CrossRef and the first
viewed as partners by the majority of our stakeholders. This is Daniel Ropers publisher to enable the
extremely concerning and there are many fundamental legal sharing of subscription content, via our SharedIt initiative. We
improvements that we, as one of the major global publishers, have recently launched a groundbreaking pilot with ResearchGate,
are keen to lead on. These include, but are not limited to: providing ResearchGate users with legal seamless access to Nature
• Helping researchers make their data, protocols and content. I am proud to be part of a company that has shown that
methods open, and access the data sets of others it’s not afraid to introduce new ways of doing things when the
• Improving peer review quality and processes to save time whole community stands to benefit and vow to work with all
for all involved, including a vastly reduced time between stakeholders in the interests of future sustainable change. ■
submission and publication Daniel Ropers is chief executive officer of Springer Nature.
• Driving change in the reputation and recognition models
and metrics, for authors, researchers, members of our editorial
boards and peer reviewers
• Publishing negative results and reproducibility studies at scale
• Making usage easy: we should create common standards
and user-friendly interfaces that make it easy for every legally
entitled user to consume the research information they need
As is evident from this list, the prizes are huge. But we need
to re-establish the connection with the research community,
funders and decision-makers in institutions. And we, the
publishers, need to get much better at working together as
many of the improvements noted above have the ability to
deliver the most value if they happen at cross-publisher level.
So, if we have so much to offer and we are so necessary to
creating even more value to the world of research, why are
research publishers too often regarded by others in the research
community as the enemy? During my first year (and a bit) in
academic publishing there are four statements that I have heard
frequently: we are too profitable and charge too much; we are a
for-profit company in a world which should be the domain of
not-for-profits; researchers feel a level of dependency on
publishers that they are not comfortable with; and researchers
don’t feel (see?) we are providing the change they want.
Reassuringly we can provide evidence to refute each of these
statements, but the fact remains that this is what people think
and because of this, publishers have lost their right to a seat at
the table. We need to win it back, but can only do this by not
just understanding our own interests, but also the interests of
others. It means looking at what’s possible, and not shying
away from the inconvenient truth of what’s not going to work
for one or other constituent.

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Reaching one with some of the


lowest communication,

community at a time language and literacy


skills in the country.
Five years on, the
Literacy remains one of the UK’s biggest challenges, writes attainment gap with
Jonathan Douglas. One in six adults lacks basic literacy the national average
skills1 and, as a result, faces a high risk of unemployment, has halved5.
poverty, poor health and crime2. Add to this the fact that low There is no silver
literacy is set to cost the UK economy £32.1 billion by 20253 bullet. The impact we
and you start to see the immensity of the challenge we face. are seeing in these
UK business is increasingly recognising that it has a key communities is a
role to play in addressing this challenge. This year, 74 result of multiple
businesses from a wide range of sectors have signed the partnerships, campaigns
Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, committing to tackling and interventions. But
low literacy in their workforce, in the local communities the message is clear: if
where they work and on a national level. But no single we focus tightly on the
industry has the power to transform the UK’s literacy Hastings Hub launch - A pupil from The places where the
Baird Primary Academy performs the
profile like the book industry. literacy challenge is
poem she wrote on the literacy-themed bus
Countless initiatives over the past two decades have shown sharpest, we can make
how publishers, booksellers, authors, poets and illustrators a meaningful difference to children’s lives.  
have an unparalleled ability to get the nation reading, The active ingredient that brings literacy alive and makes
especially when working in partnership with libraries, charities reading irresistible in these communities is the engagement
and schools. Industry-backed campaigns such as World Book of the book industry. That’s why we were so delighted that,
Day, the National Year of Reading, the Summer Reading in his inaugural speech as President of the Publishers
Challenge and Bookstart have been transformational. Association, Charlie Redmayne (CEO of HarperCollins
The UK’s literacy challenge is now more specific than UK) announced the launch of The Literacy Project –
ever before. Working with Experian, we have been able to enabling the National Literacy Trust to help publishers
pinpoint the nation’s literacy cold spots – communities where channel their incredible assets into boosting literacy and
as many as a third of the adult population is functionally social mobility in the UK’s poorest communities.
illiterate4, child poverty is rife, social mobility has stagnated Masses of activity is already underway as part of the
and life expectancy hasn’t improved – providing publishers project. In the early years space, several publishers have
with unrivalled insights into where their campaigns can be committed to working in communities where large
targeted to make the biggest difference. numbers of five-year-olds are starting school with poor
To date, we have set up nine Literacy Hubs in these language and communication skills.
communities, bringing together local partners in decade-long
campaigns to transform literacy levels for an entire generation. Early Words Together
We are starting to see evidence that place-based approaches can In Glasgow, employees from HarperCollins UK’s local
move the dial on literacy in the nation’s most disadvantaged distribution centre are volunteering on our Early Words
communities: when we began working with local partners in Together programme, which has already given 170
Middlesbrough, children from the town were starting school disadvantaged parents in the city the skills and confidence
to support their child’s language development at home. In
Nottingham, Scallywag Press illustrator Rose Robbins
helped us design A5 flyers for our Christmas book gifting
campaign, encouraging parents to read and chat together
with their young child. And in the North East, Penguin
Random House has provided us with funding, books and
intellectual property – including the iconic Peppa Pig and
Spot the Dog – to help get key literacy messages out to
parents who are traditionally hard to reach.

Puffin World of Stories


Penguin Random House has also been making huge strides in
the primary space, where almost twice as many children from
disadvantaged communities leave school unable to read and
write well compared with their better-off peers6. Working
Words for Work together, we have launched a new pilot programme, Puffin

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Rebuilding the library


IS destroyed
In many conflict zones around the world, books and
education become targets. Classrooms are closed, books
burned and even where schools remain open learning is
disrupted by violence, writes Emma Taylor. After war,
rebuilding libraries and schools is an important part of
returning to normalcy and is often a top priority.
Before Mosul fell to Islamic State (IS) forces in 2014,
the University of Mosul’s library collection was one of the
most important in the region. It held more than one
million books on philosophy, law, science and poetry –

November
including many irreplaceable historic texts. IS led a brutal
campaign of violence and repression – devastating
museums, schools and libraries in an attack on free
thought itself. In 2015, fighters deliberately destroyed all

17-24, 2019
but a few of the university library’s books and the
building itself in what UNESCO called “one of the most
devastating acts of destruction of library collections in
human history”.
During the IS occupation, many students refused to give

MIAMI, FLORIDA up on their education. Some relocated to other cities where


they could continue to study, and many others sought
refuge overseas. University of Mosul’s Dr Alaa Hamdon
was one of the many academics who were forced to leave
because of the threat IS posed. When he returned to Mosul
he was shocked to see what had happened to his city, and
particularly the library. In response, he founded a new
campaign, the Mosul Book Bridge, with a simple aim:
replace the books destroyed by IS. In March 2017, the
POETRY, FICTION Mosul Book Bridge reached out to Book Aid International.

& NONFICTION FROM Books reaching Mosul


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ALL OVER THE WORLD has access to the books that will enrich, improve and
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The destroyed library

When Mosul Book Bridge approached us, we were eager


to help – but while Mosul had been liberated, it was still a
Congratulations
difficult place to reach. The University of Mosul also
needed higher education books which are often in short
supply. The logistical challenges of shipping to Mosul
meant it would be far more expensive than an average
to all the
shipment. It was a challenge from every angle.
Over the next 12 months, we worked to find a safe route
into Mosul and asked our publishing partners for support
in funding the costs of sending the books. In March 2018,
winners
3,700 new books arrived at the University of Mosul. It was
a moment of celebration both in Mosul, where Dr Hamdon
quite literally danced in the street, and here in the UK,
where the delivery made BBC headlines. Today, those
books are reinvigorating the university’s vibrant and
diverse academic community after years of repression. FIND OUT MORE
They will also help ambitious students gain the skills they
need to begin rebuilding Mosul.
The challenges that Mosul Book Bridge and the university www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk
face are still immense. The library needs a new building,
chairs, shelves, computers and a new filing system – but
progress is being made, and a plan to renovate the damaged
library has recently been agreed.
By the time this article is published, a second shipment of
5,400 new books will be on its way to Mosul – but with a
new library space being prepared, many thousands more
books will be needed.

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countries, including thousands of books to Mosul, Syria, Iraq,
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robbed people of their libraries and left communities shattered.
It is only through the generosity of the publishers who
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In collaboration with
do this. If you would like to be a part of helping rebuild the
University of Mosul’s Library or other conflict-affected
communities please visit www.bookaid.org or call us on
020 7733 3577. You can also find out more about Mosul
Book Bridge by visiting https://mosulbookbridge.org/. ■
Emma Taylor is head of communications at Book Aid International.
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Spanish markets Audiobooks are


creating new
readers
As in the rest of the
Sales of print books in Spain are again global publishing
showing modest growth, but it’s ebooks market, Spanish-
language audiobooks
and audio that are doing really well. have also gained a
Javier Celaya reports firm foothold and
increasing acceptance
among consumers,
After almost a decade of decline in print sales, a staggering evidenced by a 250%
40% aggregated sales drop, the Spanish can now point to increase in the number
five straight years of modest increases, with sales up roughly of titles available in
2% in 2018. Print unit sales are still well off the levels they just the last three
were at five years ago – roughly 45 million units sold in years. According to a
2018, compared to 50 million units in 2014. The latest study published last
“Barometer of Reading Habits” study, published in January Javier Celaya February by Dosdoce.
2019 by the Federation of Spanish Publishers’ Guilds, com, there will be
indicates that just over 67% of consumers in Spain “Spanish-language more than 10,000
reported reading a book in 2018, a hopeful sign. audiobooks have audiobooks in Spanish
The really good news, however, is from the digital side of at the end of 2019,
the business, with double-digit growth reported in both [seen] a 250% compared to the
ebooks and audiobooks. The 2019 edition of The Spanish increase in the scarce thousand only a
Markets Digital Report, compiled by Bookwire, the leading few years ago.
ebook and audiobook distribution platform in the region, number of titles The arrival of
showed average digital growth of 57% in 2018 over 2017. available in just the audiobooks platforms
And the Barometer pointed out that digital readers in Spain like Storytel, Kobo,
read on average 13 books per year, compared to 11 books last three years.” Google, and coming
for a print-only reader. soon, Audible, among
others, in Spain and Latin America is not just introducing
Digital surges readers in the region to this new reading method, but it is
And publishers are capitalising on the trend: in the last also creating new readers. Several market reports indicate
three years, close to 400 Spanish and Latin American that 50% of today’s audiobook listeners in the Spanish
publishing houses, of all sizes, have increased their ebook markets did not read a print book in the last year, and 30%
offerings, resulting in roughly 100,000 digital titles now of them are under 35 years of age and listen to more than
available in the market. one audiobook a month via their smartphone.
Each year, more and more Spanish and Latin American Audiobooks generated close to €5 million in sales in
publishers are converting their print books into ePubs, Spain in 2018, compared to less than €3 million in 2017.
which has not only enabled them to better serve their local Like the rest of the world, audiobook sales will continue to
markets, but to export their titles worldwide as well; in grow in 2019, likely surpassing the €7 million mark.
fact, some 49% of Spanish digital sales come from outside Meanwhile, the arrival of leading entertainment
Spain. Mexico reached the highest sales figures for digital platforms in the Spanish markets (Netflix, HBO and
content exported by Spanish publishers (15%) in 2018, Spotify, for example) continues to transform consumers’
whereas the rest of ebook exports to Latin America (20%) cultural habits. Although unit sales via online platforms
are shared among other countries in the region (Argentina, such as Amazon, Apple and Kobo are the most relevant
Colombia, Chile, etc). sales channels for Spanish and Latin American publishers,
The US Hispanic market, meanwhile, has also grown, subscription platforms like Scribd, Nubico, 24Symbols and
now representing 10% of digital sales, double the share Storytel are becoming increasingly significant, reaching a
going to the European market, which now accounts for 5% total of 17% of digital sales, compared to just 5% in 2016.
of digital exports from Spain. And sales figures for ebook While the subscription model is developing slowly for
licences to libraries is also increasing, reaching 7% of total publishers in other markets around the globe, subscription
digital sales in 2018, compared with 5% in 2017 and 2% is a trend to watch in the Spanish markets. ■
in 2016. According to the figures provided by the Spanish
Javier Celaya is CEO and founder of Dosdoce.com, an online portal that
Ministry of Culture, ebook lending in libraries increased
analyses the impact of new technologies in the publishing sector, and a
from fewer than 500,000 lends in 2017 to nearly to 1.2 member of the executive board of the Digital Economy Association of Spain
million in 2018. (Adigital), and of the newly created E-book Association of Spain (Aselid).

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PW Star Watch 2019


This year marks the
fifth anniversary of
PW Star Watch, a
partnership between
Publishers Weekly
and Frankfurter
Buchmesse, to
recognise those
up-and-coming
members of the US and
Canadian publishing
communities and help
expand their network
internationally.
“Publishers Weekly
“We look forward
and Frankfurter to… highlighting
Buchmesse are pleased
to be celebrating five
those people who
years of PW Star are innovating and
Watch and all of the
improving the Every day BookBrunch
publishing professionals
who have been industry, and provides the book trade with:
honoured through
the programme,” says
inspiring their
Jim Milliot, editorial colleagues.” • Insight and perspective
director of Publishers
Weekly.  “We look
– Jim Milliot • Concision and accessibility
forward to many more
years of highlighting those people who are innovating and • Reliability and immediacy
improving the industry, and inspiring their colleagues.”
Frankfurter Buchmesse provides the top honoree with a
trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair each fall.
Past winners have included Helen Yentus, art director
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“It’s an incredible honour to receive such a prestigious
award, coming, as we have, from such an unusual path,”
Favilli said in her acceptance address at last year’s award
ceremony in New York. “During this journey, we had many
moments of fear, despair, profound self-doubt. But we
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welcomed those moments as part of the conquest of for members of SYP, SoA
something bigger.”
Nominations have just opened for this year’s event. Those
and IPG and freelancers;
interested may nominate themselves, their colleagues, or students and booksellers
peers who are working hard to advance publishing in
North America. If you have been nominated before, but
free of charge.
have not been honoured, you can be nominated again.
To make a nomination go to www.publishersweekly.com/
starwatch19. ■

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Affordable
accommodation
BTBS is helping young people from
diverse backgrounds enter the book
trade. David Hicks explains
Many people in the book trade know of The Retreat, run
by the Book Trade Charity BTBS (at Kings Langley, in
Hertfordshire) – although the prevailing opinion may be
The Retreat, Kings Langley
that it is where old booksellers go to die!
In the last couple of decades the age range of Retreat further help. The housing there had 22 flats, but only 12
residents has widened considerably – the youngest are now were occupied, by older, retired individuals. This provided
in their 30s and 40s, and the average age is 64 – with a BTBS with the opportunity to refurbish one block of six flats,
third still working; we rarely have vacancies for long. We offering high-quality but affordable housing, turning three into
offer accommodation for about 40 people; four couples units of two bed-sits, sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities,
and the rest single people, in a range of accommodation – and offering three one-bedroom flats. These all filled within
flats, townhouses, one- and two-bedroom flats, as well as weeks, and demand was such that two further flats were
the original almshouses. It is fairly evenly split between upgraded and a total of 11 new residents were installed. The
male and female, publishing and bookselling backgrounds. idea is that tenancies will last for about a year, to allow people
Over the years, we have realised that, while our to get established before moving on and making way for others.
accommodation offered to people working or retired from the The flats are close to both Northern and Piccadilly lines, so are
trade is very valuable in helping with mid- to later-life issues convenient for internships and employment in central London.
(including retirement housing or addressing homelessness The success of this initiative led the BTBS Board to consider
arising from a change in circumstances) – and our grants how it could be expanded. Two blocks of four flats (a couple
support people with a range of domestic difficulties (illness, of which were not suitable even for refurbishment, so still
disability, redundancy, debt, carer situations etc) – we need to unoccupied) were identified as a development opportunity.
consider how we can also help young entrants to the industry. Plans have now been drawn up, and planning permission
sought, to demolish these, rebuild them and – to make the
New partnerships development cost-effective – add on a further two new blocks.
Over the last two years BTBS has developed a partnership with This will provide eight new one-person studio flats, while
Penguin Random House (PRH) to accommodate one (often all of the nine new one- and two-bed flats will be flexible,
two) young people from the PRH work experience programme. so could also be shared accommodation, while still suitable
PRH contract to use one dedicated bungalow, as well as our for any new “traditional” applicants. The development will
guest bungalow when free. These are two-weekly placements also contain an office and facility for social events.
(paid at the London Living Wage), so the individuals change
regularly. The Retreat’s proximity to Kings Langley railway Additional funding needed
station (25 minutes from Euston and its tube connections) Funds from Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust and
means we are providing a very convenient place to stay for Bookbinders will cover about half of the cost of the
young people who may not be familiar with London. development (about £2.5 million); hopefully funds can be
The recent merger with Matthew Hodder Charitable raised from the industry to expand this vital provision –
Trust has provided additional funds, which mean that significant corporate donations can gain “nomination
while continuing our traditional support, we can offer new rights” if required! – while any shortfall will be covered by
entrants to the trade help with interview costs (travel, a bank loan. Repayment of the interest and capital will put
accommodation, and even appropriate clothing on pressure on the charity’s normal activities, such as grants, so
occasion!) and support for those engaging in paid we would prefer to minimise the amount we have to borrow.
internships. These initiatives have proved very successful in Subject to planning consent, this exciting new development
helping many young people to take up opportunities that should be ready in 2020, and BTBS will be able to expand
might previously have been beyond their reach. significantly its services to the UK book trade. ■
It became clear that the major obstacle to taking employment
David Hicks is chief executive of BTBS.
in the industry was finding affordable accommodation. A
further merger in 2016, with the Bookbinders Charitable For further details, or to discuss funding opportunities, David Hicks or
Society based in Whetstone, London, has allowed us to offer BTBS president Ursula Mackenzie would be delighted to hear from you.

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