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Frankfurt Show Daily, Day 2, October 11, 2012

Frankfurt Show Daily, Day 2, October 11, 2012

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For the latest fair coverage, go to www.publishersweekly.com/frankfurt and www.bookbrunch.co.uk
11 October 2012
Frankfurt
Visit us at
Stand R925
clearly the Apple agency model has cost our industry a huge amount of money in terms of legal expenses and things like that, money that could’ve gone into developing new things.Asked for predictions, Lossius offered the most optimistic thoughts: he said that print would stay around, and that the reading community would “double in size as all these e-readers proliferate”. 
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ublishers had failed to remain in charge of their own destinies, the panellists at the CEO session at Frank-furt–chaired by UK Publishers Association CEO Richard Mol-let-yesterday agreed,
writes  Andrew Albanese
. “I don’t think we’ve invested enough in helping authors reach out and use this technology,” Bloomsbury Exec-utive Director Richard Charkin said. “We’ve allowed other inter-mediaries to come in and take some of that away.” For George Lossius of Pub-lishing Technology, “We have allowed ourselves to be gov-erned or directed by big players like Amazon or Apple, and per-haps in the books area, unlike the academic area, [trade] books publishers haven’t as yet sorted out the opportunities to create their own marketplace, their own brands, and loyalty.” Matt Handbury of Murdoch Books (recently sold to Allen & Uwin) said: “Some of the early things like doing deals with Amazon and Apple at these ridiculous levels of discount for the tasks they provide - it just bedevils me that these big international [publishing] companies could make these atrocious deals.” Mollet asked Hanbury about his criticism of those publisher deals with big players, and whether there was really any choice but to play ball, given the consumer pressure. “The only thing you can do to resist some-thing which is undesirable is not to do it, which is always tough,” Hanbury said. “But you have to say no sometimes. Maybe doing so would’ve led to a more book-industry friendly retailer coming forward.”However, Charkin believed that “publishing has adapted remarkably quickly”. Although still “afraid around the edges”, on the academic side publishing was “probably now a 90% digi-tal business”, he noted, and on the trade side, maybe 15% to 20%. What publishers had not done, however, was adapt their print systems to the new digital world. “For example, there are still 24 handlings of a book between manufacture and pur-chase. That’s an awful lot for a $10 thing.” On the subject of collabora-tion in the book industry, Char-kin mentioned the elephant in the room: the Department of  Justice. “On the trade side it is very difficult to collaborate because of antitrust, and we know what happened there. On the question of bad decisions, not because I think people are stupid or anything like that, but
T
he 20 finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards, which were announced Wednesday morning, include five debut works, two memoirs, and a short-story collection. Among the finalists are five Pulitzer Prize winners, two recipients of MacArthur “genius” grants, one previous National Book Award Winner, three previous National Book Award Finalists, and a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award. Six of the 20 books come from small, independent, or university presses.
The Awards will be presented on 14 November.
Fiction
 Junot Díaz
,
This Is How You Lose Her
(Riverhead)
Dave Eggers
,
A Hologram for the King
(McSweeney’s)
Louise Erdrich
,
The Round House
(Harper)
Ben Fountain
,
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
(Ecco)
Kevin Powers
,
The Yellow Birds
(Little, Brown)
Non-fiction
Anne Applebaum
,
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956
(Doubleday)
Katherine Boo
,
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
(Random House)
Robert A Caro
,
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon  Johnson, Volume 4
 (Knopf)
Domingo Martinez
,
The Boy Kings of Texas
(Lyons Press)
Anthony Shadid
,
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Poetry
David Ferry
,
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
(University of Chicago Press)
Cynthia Huntington
,
Heavenly
NBA shortlists–indies do well
CEO panel–Lessons learned
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FAIR DEALINGS
11 OCTOBER 2012
FRANKFURT SHOW DAILY
Bodies
(Southern Illinois University Press)
Tim Seibles
,
Fast Animal
(Etruscan Press)
Alan Shapiro
,
Night of the Republic
 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Susan Wheeler
,
Meme
(University of Iowa Press
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Young People’s Literature
William Alexander
,
Goblin Secrets
(Margaret K McElderry Books)
Carrie Arcos
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Out of Reach
(Simon Pulse)
Patricia McCormick
,
Never Fall Down
(HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
Eliot Schrefer
,
Endangered
(Scholastic)
Steve Sheinkin
,
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point)
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BookBrunch 
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Nicholas Clee in London and Liz Thomson in Frankfurt
Reporting for
Publishers Weekly 
 by
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Quercus has acquired WEL rights in two new novels by Richard North Patterson, previously with Pan Macmillan. The first novel in the deal, LOSS OF INNOCENCE, will appear simultaneously in the UK and the US in autumn 2013. The second,
Eden in Winter 
, is scheduled for 2014. Loss of
Innocence 
 will be on the launch list of Quercus’ North American publishing programme, revealed in yesterday’s
Show Daily 
. David North, Executive Director and Publisher, negotiated the deal through Cullen Stanley at Janklow & Nesbit in New York.Clare Reihill of Fourth Estate has acquired from David Godwin Associates WEL rights for the third installment of Nikki Gemmell’s best-selling trilogy, begun by
The Bride Stripped Bare 
 and
With My Body 
. The books–precursors to the recent erotica movement– have enjoyed a resurgence in the wake of Fifty Shades.Hodder and Hachette Ireland have paid a “significant six-figure sum” for a further two novels by Ciara Geraghty. The agent is Ger Nichol. The publishers released Geraghty’s fourth novel,
Lifesaving for Beginners 
, at the end of September.YouTube sensation Annoying Orange has been the subject of licensing deals in the UK and Ireland. Annoying Orange books will be published by Egmont, while Pedigree Books will release annuals. Other deals cover clothing, toys, gifts, all brokered on behalf of The Collective by Rocket Licensing.Legendary Pictures has pre-empted an option in REVIVER, the first novel in a three-book series by debut author Seth Patrick. The deal was handled by Sylvie Rabineau at RWSG Agency on behalf of Luigi Bonomi. Tor publishes
Reviver 
 in June 2013. The novel focuses on a small group of people who have the talent of pulling the recently deceased back into their bodies.Rebecca McNally and Helen Garnons-Williams at Bloomsbury have signed Brian Conaghan’s “uproariously funny, life-affirm-ing and moving novel” WHEN MY DOG BITES, about a teenage boy with Tourette’s Syndrome. They plan to publish jointly in adult and YA editions in January 2014. The publisher has world rights following a pre-emptive bid through Ben Illis at AM Heath.
Rights round up
Tallack takes pre-empt in Ananthaswamy book
Ananthaswamy’s book sets out to disentangle the threads that form one’s identity and to provide a new view of the self. He introduces readers to the regions of the brain responsible for disorders including schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and out-of-body experiences.A consultant editor for
New Scientist 
, Ananthaswamy is the author previously of
The Edge of Physics
.Tallack has five WEL offers on the table for another project,
Life’s Greatest Secret: The Story of the Race to Crack the Genetic Code
by Matthew Cobb, Profes-sor of Zoology and an Associate Dean at the University of Man-chester and the author of award-winning
Egg and Sperm Race.
Apparently the first popular book to tell the story of the dra-matic race to crack the genetic code, it explores the competition between some of the twentieth-century’s most outstanding and eccentric minds–“a scientific story and a story about how science is done–and what it holds for the future”.
P
eter Tallack has accepted “a substantial pre-empt” from Stephen Morrow at Penguin Dutton US for WEL rights in Anil Ananthaswamy’s
Maladies of the Self.
An offer for German rights is on the table and other sales are expected at the Fair. Translation rights are being sold on behalf of the Science Factory by the English Agency in Japan, Duran Kim in Korea, and Louisa Pritchard Associates in the rest of the world. Delivery of the manuscript will be in 18 months.“From Autism to Out-of-Body Experiences–What Mental Disorders Are Telling Us About Who We Are”,
Ebooks grab 16% share of Canadian book purchases
Ebooks accounted for about 16% of Canadian book purchases in the first half of 2012, a new survey commissioned by BookNet Canada found. According to the report, “The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: Book-Buying Behaviour in Canada January to June 2012”, the most popular format in the period was paperback, which accounted for 57% of sales, while hardcovers represented 24% of unit sales. Ebooks’ share of sales declined slightly between the first and second quarters, down from 17.5% to 15%, which BNC speculated was due to the high rate of e-readers given as presents over the holidays that resulted in a burst of ebook buying in the first quarter.Among ebook buyers, Kobo, developed in Canada, was the most popular e-reading device, with 27% saying they planned to use a Kobo device to buy their next ebook, followed by Kindle at 19% and the iPad at 14%. Despite the inroads made by digital books, 86% of Canadians still purchased print books in the January-June period. According to the report, 20% of print purchases (and 27.5% of all purchases) were made online in the first six months of 2012. Bricks-and-mortar stores commanded the largest market share, with all bookstores taking a 37% share, and and non-book retailers a 32% share.BNC plans to continue the survey, conducted by Bowker Market Research, through 2013. More information is available at http://consumer.booknetcanada.ca.
NBA shortlists

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