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London Show Daily 16 April 2012

London Show Daily 16 April 2012

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The past is prologue
has gone down, despite (or because of) DRM-free ebooks. Redmayne said the Pottermore experience is an example of how publishers can increase their relevance in the digital age—but comes with a key challenge on the marketing side: shifting from marketing to the trade, to marketing to consumers.
For more on Charlie Redmayne’s Pottermore experience, check out Tuesday’s
Show Daily
 , page 10.
he Digital Minds Conference 2012 kicked off the London Book Fair with a slate of engaging morning keynotes that put the future of publishing in context with its past,
writes Andrew Albanese
. From its new home in the QEII Conference Centre, a full house gathered for what Fair Director Alistair Burtenshaw called the LBF’s “accelerator” conference.In the opening keynote, Jim Griffin, MD of OneHouse LLC, spoke of what he called “Tarzan economics” in the digital age, where companies “cling to the vine that keeps them off the jungle floor,” while always reaching for the next. But the greatest battle publishers face is not with “pirates,” Griffin said, but with the limited time and budgets of consumers. New technology leads to new culture, he continued, branding Gutenberg a pirate as well as the Library of Alexandria, and the makers of piano rolls. “The lesson is that when actual control begins to fail us, we do not answer with more control.”Griffin predicted a shift to more “actuarial economics,” for publishing, citing the collective models by which money is paid into pool and distributed, such as with radio, pressing the need for better, comprehensive, international rights registries. “Culture is too important to be left to the tip jar,” he pressed. He also spoke of the challenges and opportunities of dealing in emerging global economies, especially the BRIC countries, suggesting that extending an “open hand” is better than a “closed fist.”Griffin was followed by Andrew Steele, Creative Director of the comedy website Funny or Die, who told attendees that content remains king. Steele, an entertainment industry veteran, reminded publishers of why they succeed in the first place. For all the fear of “user-generated” content, he said, users simply cannot fulfill the demand for quality.Steele was followed by Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne, who offered a perfect example of content as king: JK Rowlings’ Harry Potter series has over 450 million books in print globally. How dedicated are Potter fans? During the beta phase of Pottermore, Redmayne said, 97% of users accessed
every page
 on the site. Redmayne said ebook sales were in the millions of pounds after just two and half weeks, estimating that sales are at levels he expected to hit in October. Piracy, meanwhile,
Robson unveils Ted Hughes family memoir
Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted and Sylvia Plath. “Frieda and I were having a long lunch, and she mentioned that her Uncle had written a memoir and asked if I’d like to see it. What a ques-tion! It’s an evocative account of their childhood together, roam-ing the fields, fishing, shooting - all the material for Ted’s later poems, and a good deal more.”Now 92, Hughes began writ-ing in his eighties and the result, some 70,000 words, is “really charming”. It also pinpoints locations which inspired partic-ular poems – a favourite spot was the pike pond, surely the key to Hughes’ 1959 poem “Pike”. As Robson puts it, such recollec-tions “amplify” Hughes’ work. The brothers exchanged fre-quent letters when Gerald emi-grated to Australia; Plath also wrote. Such letters, as well as notes from their sister Olwyn, inform the memoir, adding a poignancy, immediacy and insight that will delight fans and scholars alike. The book includes family photos and a foreword by Frieda Hughes.
he Robson Press is to pub-lish a memoir by Gerald Hughes, elder brother of Ted Hughes.
Ted and I 
, due this autumn, reveals the closeness between the two boys and the extent to which the aspiring poet was influenced in his love of nature and outdoor pursuits by Gerald. Publisher Jeremy Robson, a published poet who gave read-ings with Ted Hughes, bought world rights from Ros Edwards of Edwards Fuglewicz, agent to
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n a major deal,
 in the US and
 in the UK acquired
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
, a debut novel by Sahar Deli-jani, an American-educated Ira-nian whose multigenerational novel follows a group of Irani-ans through the country’s tumultuous recent history. A simultaneous auction conducted by Victoria Sanders with co-agent Chandler Crawford also saw Italian rights sold to
.Tie Ning, a member of the China delegation, is Laura Dea-con’s first acquisition for
Blue Door
. The Bathing Woman
 – which spans four decades from Mao to the 1990s – has sold more than 1m in China and is “a beautifully intricate tale explor-ing universal themes that we can all relate to”. UK/Common-wealth rights were acquired from Arabella Stein at Abner Stein on behalf of Sobel Weber. Blue Door also announced that
The Hypnotist 
, the best-selling debut of Lars Kepler, is to be filmed by Lasse Hallström for SF/ Sonet. Rights have been sold in 37 countries. Kepler’s second,
The Nightmare
, will be pub-lished in September (US, FSG; Canada, McLelland & Stewart).Vaclav Havel is the subject of a biography by Michael Zan-tovsky, who knew the play-wright-president for more than 30 years, serving as spokesman and press secretary. Currently Czech Ambassador to London, he will draw on Havel’s literary and political connections, as well as official papers.
 have WEL rights from Andrew Nurnberg. Publication will mark 25 years since the 1989 Revolution. On the digital front, the
Ran-dom House Group
 has become the first UK publishing partner of Small Demons, which extracts and displays people, places and other references in books. The first titles to go live are Jo Nesbo’s novels.
Touch Press
 are to follow their Waste Land app with
Shakesepeare’s Sonnets
, produced with Illuminations and The Arden Shakespeare. The app, in its “final stages” of preparation, will feature specially filmed performances by actors including Fiona Shaw, Sir Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. It will include the complete Arden notes.
LBF opens to a feast of international fiction
Exhibit A
Backed by ACE, English PEN has launched a fund for literary translation. Pen Translates! will distribute £120,000 per year to translators and publishers and will support up to 20 works of outstanding literary merit translated from any world language.Meanwhile, the winners of its bi-annual Writers in Translation awards include
Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets 
. The first contemporary collection to be published in the West, it’s translated from Burmese by Ko Ko Thett and James Byrne (Arc). Other winners are
The Iraqi Christ 
 by Hassan Blasim, translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright (Comma);
Woman in the Crossfire 
 by Samar Yazbek translated from Arabic by Max Weiss (Haus); and
The Sound of Things Falling 
 by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from Spanish by Anne McLean (Bloomsbury). A t LBF, PEN is urging open dialogue while expressing “deep disappointment” that “the official programme of visiting authors will not include the voices of those in prison, or the many others who live in exile”. Director Jonathan Heawood said: “We want to engage with Chinese authors, but we do not want to endorse the Chinese regime.
PEN launches translation fund
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Publishers Weekly 
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New Grove 
 to China
UP has reached an agreement to produce a Chinese edition of its 29-volume
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
.Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House will publish the bible of music reference in mainland China, complete with bilingual jackets and tables of contents. Grove dates back to 1878;
New Grove
 was published in 1980 and revised in 2000, before passing from Macmillan to OUP. It contains more than 29,000 entries from 6,000 contributors covering a wide range of musical styles. Catherine Johnson-Gilbert, OUP’s Academic Rights Manager, said: “This agreement has the potential to greatly enhance music scholarship in China. OUP’s academic publishing is increasingly popular in the country, and for such a large reference work to be produced for the market is a fantastic achievement.”Mr Sun Jia, Editor-in-Chief at Hunan, said: “My company hopes that this agreement will start the exchange and coopera-tion between music publishers of different countries and promote the flourish and development of music publishing in the world.
ake Smith-Bosanquet has been appointed MD at Con-ville & Walsh. Founders Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh described Smith-Bosan-quet, 33, as “a brilliant strategist with a rare ability to adapt to changing markets and a passion-ate belief in the books that he has handled for the agency”. He is charged with leading an “ambi-tious” growth plan for the agency over the next five years. He joined C&W in 2005, and became a Director in 2009.
ngry Robot, the SFF subsidiary of Osprey, is to launch a crime list, Exhibit A. The list will begin publishing in late spring 2013, with two titles a month at first, and one title a month thereafter. It will be run by Emlyn Rees, author of solo novels as well as of several bestselling collabo-rations with his wife, Josie Lloyd. The first titles from Angry Robot’s YA list, Strange Chemistry, will appear in September 2012.
MD for C&W

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