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great story are the determining criteria for publication. Neither nationality nor religion is taken into consideration. Te ﬁrst title,
by Syrian-born Fadi Azzam, will be published next week, and the plan is to publish two books a year, “the voices of the revolution that everyone wants to hear”.
Said Schami: “Te swallow has been my favourite bird for many reasons: since childhood her elegant ﬂight pattern fascinated me as well as the fact that she is at home nowhere and everywhere. Te swallow commutes between North and South and keeps locked in her heart the beauty of the place she has left behind, creating a longing, which makes her return one of these days. Tat’s how literature should be, that’s how I imagine the most beautiful of Arabic literature to be.” oo few Arab authors were available in the west, for commercial as well as political reasons, he continued. “Swallow Editions wants to discover these authors on behalf of readers from all over the world and to make them available without agent or censorship.”
Haus is on stand C917, Hall 8.
Editions across the English-speaking world. Foreign rights will be sold on a title-by-title basis; in the Middle East, they will be licensed to the University of Cairo Press. All proceeds from sales and licences will beneﬁt the authors and translators.Schami – who will be on the Haus stand on Tursday at 5pm – will be assisted by an editorial board of experts on Arabic and English literature, and supported by a Board of rustees – including Daniel Hahn, Kate Griﬃ n, Caroline McCormick, Peter Clark and Omar al-Qattan, the Lebanese-born British ﬁlm director who is head of the Qattan Foundation. Te editor, advisors and trustees will volunteer their work so the maximum reward goes to the authors and the translators, who will receive the recommended rate of £87 per thousand words. Authors will not receive an advance, but royalties will be “generous”.Swallow’s aim is to build a bridge to connect Arab writers with readers in other continents. Te literary quality, the creative power of the texts and the ability of the authors to tell a
Arab spring continued
Bowker, via BML Bowker in the UK, is to launch a major study that will assess and track device adoption, attitudes, and purchasing habits of ebook consumers around the world. Beginning in January and repeating annually, it will enable comparisons between ebook markets, arming the publishing industry with a comprehensive range of qualitative and quantitative data.“Being able to track the growth rates of ebooks on a global level as countries make the shift to digital books is signiﬁcant,” said Kelly Gallagher, Bower’s VP of Publishing Services. “This landmark effort will provide the international publishing industry with key metrics in understanding digital opportunities as they emerge.”The project will map the current state of ebook use and acceptance around the world, creating a benchmark from which to track trends. The research will target representative samples from the UK and US, Germany, France, Spain, India, Australia, Brazil, South Korea and Japan. Consumers from these countries will be surveyed on their purchases of digital content versus traditional formats in multiple settings and contexts. The study will also explore the use and ownership of devices.The ebook monitor will be supported by key international publishing industry participants – including A T Kearney, BISG, Pearson, and Tata - who will have a unique opportunity to collaborate on the creation of the survey instrument and provide expertise in the interpretation of the results. “We are delighted that the key organizations we identiﬁed to work with us on this project are on board, representing as they do different perspectives on the industry and offering a wealth of experience that will help provide valuable context for this study,” said Jo Henry, MD of BML Bowker.Bowker and BML will release an executive summary and white paper of ﬁndings in March 2012, with detailed analysis revealed annually at key international and digital 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 the high six-ﬁgure range for a debut novel called
The Light Between Oceans
by ML Stedman. Transworld’s Jane Lawson made headlines last month, acquiring the book in a nine-way auction orchestrated by Susan Armstrong at Conville & Walsh. There is “a huge buzz” around the book, which has now sold in eight other countries, including Germany, France, Russia and Brazil. Stedman, a former lawyer, was born in Australia and now lives in London and works as an international consultant on business writing.
Oceans causes pre-Frankfurt swell
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