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great story are the determiningcriteria for publication. Neithernationality nor religion is takeninto consideration. Te ﬁrsttitle,
by Syrian-bornFadi Azzam, will be publishednext week, and the plan is topublish two books a year, “thevoices of the revolution thateveryone wants to hear”.
Said Schami: “Te swallow hasbeen my favourite bird for many reasons: since childhood herelegant ﬂight pattern fascinatedme as well as the fact that she is athome nowhere and everywhere.Te swallow commutes betweenNorth and South and keepslocked in her heart the beauty of the place she has left behind,creating a longing, whichmakes her return one of thesedays. Tat’s how literature shouldbe, that’s how I imagine the mostbeautiful of Arabic literatureto be.” oo few Arab authors were available in the west, forcommercial as well as politicalreasons, he continued. “Swallow Editions wants to discover theseauthors on behalf of readers fromall over the world and to makethem available without agent orcensorship.”
Haus is on stand C917, Hall 8.
Editions across the English-speaking world. Foreign rights will be sold on a title-by-titlebasis; in the Middle East, they will be licensed to the University of Cairo Press. All proceeds fromsales and licences will beneﬁt theauthors and translators.Schami – who will be onthe Haus stand on Tursday at 5pm – will be assisted by aneditorial board of experts on Arabic and English literature, andsupported by a Board of rustees– including Daniel Hahn, KateGriﬃ n, Caroline McCormick,Peter Clark and Omar al-Qattan,the Lebanese-born British ﬁlmdirector who is head of the QattanFoundation. Te editor, advisorsand trustees will volunteer their work so the maximum rewardgoes to the authors and thetranslators, who will receive therecommended rate of £87 perthousand words. Authors will notreceive an advance, but royalties will be “generous”.Swallow’s aim is to build abridge to connect Arab writers with readers in other continents.Te literary quality, the creativepower of the texts and theability of the authors to tell a
Arab spring continued
Bowker, via BML Bowker inthe UK, is to launch a majorstudy that will assess and trackdevice adoption, attitudes,and purchasing habits ofebook consumers around theworld. Beginning in January andrepeating annually, it will enablecomparisons between ebookmarkets, arming the publishingindustry with a comprehensiverange of qualitative andquantitative data.“Being able to track thegrowth rates of ebooks ona global level as countriesmake the shift to digitalbooks is signiﬁcant,” saidKelly Gallagher, Bower’s VPof Publishing Services. “Thislandmark effort will providethe international publishingindustry with key metricsin understanding digitalopportunities as they emerge.”The project will map thecurrent state of ebook useand acceptance around theworld, creating a benchmarkfrom which to track trends.The research will targetrepresentative samples fromthe UK and US, Germany,France, Spain, India, Australia,Brazil, South Korea andJapan. Consumers from thesecountries will be surveyedon their purchases of digitalcontent versus traditionalformats in multiple settings andcontexts. The study will alsoexplore the use and ownershipof devices.The ebook monitor will besupported by key internationalpublishing industry participants– including A T Kearney, BISG,Pearson, and Tata - who willhave a unique opportunity tocollaborate on the creationof the survey instrumentand provide expertise in theinterpretation of the results.“We are delighted that thekey organizations we identiﬁedto work with us on this projectare on board, representing asthey do different perspectiveson the industry and offering awealth of experience that willhelp provide valuable context forthis study,” said Jo Henry, MD ofBML Bowker.Bowker and BML will releasean executive summary and whitepaper of ﬁndings in March 2012,with detailed analysis revealedannually at key international anddigital book conferences.
BML Bowker to monitor current state of the global ebook market
Nan Graham at Scribner has put down a sum rumoured to be in thehigh six-ﬁgure range for a debut novel called
The Light BetweenOceans
by ML Stedman. Transworld’s Jane Lawson made headlineslast month, acquiring the book in a nine-way auction orchestrated bySusan Armstrong at Conville & Walsh. There is “a huge buzz” aroundthe book, which has now sold in eight other countries, includingGermany, France, Russia and Brazil. Stedman, a former lawyer, wasborn in Australia and now lives in London and works as an internationalconsultant on business writing.
Oceans causes pre-Frankfurt swell
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