12 OCTOBER 2012
FRANKFURT SHOW DAILY
least, and so how good it is to see Jo Fletcher at Quercus stepping up to buy world rights in the Viking trilogy by the Icelandic writer Snorri Kristiansson,” thus securing Cooke’s debut deal. Cooke has just finished editing and designing the travel writer Alistair Carr’s story of his journey into the heart of Niger. Other projects include
The Soldier’s Song,
an Irish soldier fighting with the British Army on the Somme as the Easter Rising begins back home (UK, Macmillan), and English author Karola Gajda’s debut novel
My Polish Roots and Other Vegetables.
Cooke is in Franfurt and can be contacted on email@example.com.
Cooke sets up as agent
eraldine Cooke, responsible for spotting the talents of Andrea Levy and others, has set up as an agent and occasional publisher.The Geraldine Cooke Agency finds the former publisher–who worked with the likes of Paul Sidey and Peter Mayer during the golden age of Penguin and who was the founder publisher of Headline Review
working with a small group of like-minded associates: “Editors and designers whose skills and interest lie in working with authors for as long as it takes”, Cooke told
. Among them is Stephen Davies, “the only editor who could have argued
The Shock of the New
out of Bob Hughes in record time to tie in with the TV series”. Continued Cooke: “In this difficult time for publishing, setting up as an agent might be taken to be challenging to say the
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The General Assembly of the International Publishers Association has re-elected publisher Youngsuk “YS” Chi as President for a second two-year term, starting 1 January 2013. A new team of Vice-Presidents and ﬁve new members of the Executive Committee were also elected.Chi, who is Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier, remarked: “The publishing industry is in the midst of tumultuous change, and I am honoured to be able to continue representing the global publishing industry for another two years. In particular, I will focus my efforts on what I see as the two key issues for the publishing industry today: the migration from print to digital publishing and building greater understand-ing of the value publishers bring to society.”
Judge approves Google scanning
that while the decision was not “exhaustive”, it was emphatic. “Judge Baer was completely unconvinced by the plaintiffs’ arguments,” Grimmelmann said. The Authors Guild filed its copyright infringement suit in September of 2011, alleging that the HathiTrust, a digitization collective of research libraries, was built with millions of “unauthorized” scans created by Google. Among their argu-ments, the Guild stated that the program’s mass digitization was unprecedented under fair use; that the HathiTrust exposed authors’ works to security risks; and that the program deprived authors of a potential licensing market. In his analysis, Baer
n a major ruling, Federal judge Harold Baer has tossed out the Authors Guild case against the HathiTrust, a library-based digital preservation program largely built with scans from Google’s controversial book-scanning program.In granting the HathiTrust’s motion for Summary Judgment, Baer ruled that the scan program was a clear fair use under the copyright law, and in the process dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Authors Guild’s other long-running lawsuit filed against Google over its book scanning program.New York Law School profes-sor James Grimmelmann said rejected each argument, finding that the transformative nature of the index was sufficient to justify the copying; that there was no compelling evidence of a secu-rity risk; and that there was no market for licensing works for search and that such a market was unlikely to develop.The verdict signals that the end is finally near for a seven-year legal fight over Google’s book scanning program. Last week, US publishers dropped their suit against Google after a bare bones settlement. And while the Authors Guild’s case against Google is currently stayed, pending a procedural appeal, this verdict cuts to the heart of their case.
Brazil, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurt 2013, will present its programme under the banner
Brazil in Every Word
. The programme will demon-strate “the wealth, the variety and the vibrancy of Brazilian cultural creativity”. During its year as Guest of Honour, more than 70 Brazilian authors will present their work at the International Literature Festival Berlin and at lit.COLOGNE, as well as at Frankfurt. The events will launch in March, with a presentation at the Leipzig Book Fair.“To showcase the diversity of our culture and its openness to the world, we’ve secured a budget of US$10m for the Guest of Honour appearance,” said Marta Suplicy, Brazilian Minister of Culture.It will be the second time Brazil has been GoH–the ﬁrst was in 1994. Since then, the country has introduced a long-term, state-sponsored programme of cultural support.