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London Show Daily 16 April 2012

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The past is prologue
has gone down, despite (orbecause of) DRM-free ebooks.Redmayne said the Pottermoreexperience is an example of how publishers can increasetheir relevance in the digitalage—but comes with a keychallenge on the marketingside: shifting from marketingto the trade, to marketingto consumers.
For more on Charlie Redmayne’sPottermore experience, check out Tuesday’s
Show Daily
 , page 10.
he Digital MindsConference 2012kicked off theLondon Book Fairwith a slate of engaging morning keynotes thatput the future of publishing incontext with its past,
writesAndrew Albanese
. From its newhome in the QEII ConferenceCentre, a full house gathered forwhat Fair Director AlistairBurtenshaw called the LBF’s“accelerator” conference.In the opening keynote, JimGriffin, MD of OneHouse LLC,spoke of what he called “Tarzaneconomics” in the digital age,where companies “cling to thevine that keeps them off the jungle floor,” while alwaysreaching for the next. But thegreatest battle publishers faceis not with “pirates,” Griffinsaid, but with the limitedtime and budgets of consumers.New technology leads tonew culture, he continued,branding Gutenberg a pirateas well as the Library of Alexandria, and the makers of piano rolls. “The lesson is thatwhen actual control beginsto fail us, we do not answerwith more control.”Griffin predicted a shift tomore “actuarial economics,” forpublishing, citing the collectivemodels by which money ispaid into pool and distributed,such as with radio, pressing theneed for better, comprehensive,international rights registries.“Culture is too important to beleft to the tip jar,” he pressed.He also spoke of the challengesand opportunities of dealing inemerging global economies,especially the BRIC countries,suggesting that extendingan “open hand” is better thana “closed fist.”Griffin was followed byAndrew Steele, CreativeDirector of the comedy websiteFunny or Die, who toldattendees that content remainsking. Steele, an entertainmentindustry veteran, remindedpublishers of why they succeedin the first place. For all the fearof “user-generated” content, hesaid, users simply cannot fulfillthe demand for quality.Steele was followed byPottermore CEO CharlieRedmayne, who offered aperfect example of contentas king: JK Rowlings’ HarryPotter series has over 450million books in print globally.How dedicated are Potterfans? During the beta phaseof Pottermore, Redmaynesaid, 97% of users accessed
every page
on the site.Redmayne said ebooksales were in the millions of pounds after just two and half weeks, estimating that salesare at levels he expected to hitin October. Piracy, meanwhile,
Robson unveils Ted Hughesfamily memoir
Frieda Hughes, daughter of Tedand Sylvia Plath. “Frieda and Iwere having a long lunch, andshe mentioned that her Unclehad written a memoir and askedif 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 laterpoems, and a good deal more.”Now 92, Hughes began writ-ing in his eighties and the result,some 70,000 words, is “reallycharming”. It also pinpointslocations which inspired partic-ular poems – a favourite spotwas the pike pond, surely the keyto 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 alsowrote. Such letters, as well asnotes from their sister Olwyn,inform the memoir, adding apoignancy, immediacy andinsight that will delight fansand scholars alike. The bookincludes family photos and aforeword by Frieda Hughes.
he Robson Press is to pub-lish a memoir by GeraldHughes, elder brother of Ted Hughes.
Ted and I 
, due thisautumn, reveals the closenessbetween the two boys and theextent to which the aspiring poetwas influenced in his love of natureand outdoor pursuits by Gerald.Publisher Jeremy Robson, apublished poet who gave read-ings with Ted Hughes, boughtworld rights from Ros Edwardsof Edwards Fuglewicz, agent to
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n a major deal,
in theUS and
in theUK acquired
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
, adebut novel by Sahar Deli-jani, an American-educated Ira-nian whose multigenerationalnovel follows a group of Irani-ans through the country’stumultuous recent history. Asimultaneous auction conductedby Victoria Sanders with co-agent Chandler Crawford alsosaw Italian rights sold to
.Tie Ning, a member of theChina delegation, is Laura Dea-con’s first acquisition for
. The Bathing Woman
which spans four decades fromMao to the 1990s – has soldmore than 1m in China and is “abeautifully intricate tale explor-ing universal themes that we canall relate to”. UK/Common-wealth rights were acquiredfrom Arabella Stein at AbnerStein on behalf of Sobel Weber.Blue Door also announcedthat
The Hypnotist 
, the best-selling debut of Lars Kepler, is tobe filmed by Lasse Hallström forSF/ Sonet. Rights have been soldin 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 than30 years, serving as spokesmanand press secretary. CurrentlyCzech Ambassador to London,he will draw on Havel’s literaryand political connections, aswell as official papers.
have WELrights from Andrew Nurnberg.Publication will mark 25 yearssince the 1989 Revolution.On the digital front, the
Ran-dom House Group
has becomethe first UK publishing partnerof Small Demons, whichextracts and displays people,places and other references inbooks. The first titles to go liveare Jo Nesbo’s novels.
Touch Press
are tofollow their Waste Land appwith
Shakesepeare’s Sonnets
,produced with Illuminationsand The Arden Shakespeare.The app, in its “final stages”of preparation, will featurespecially filmed performancesby actors including Fiona Shaw,Sir Patrick Stewart and DavidTennant. It will include thecomplete Arden notes.
LBF opens to a feastof international fiction
Exhibit A
Backed by ACE, English PEN has launched a fund for literarytranslation. PenTranslates! will distribute £120,000 per year totranslators and publishers and will support up to 20 works ofoutstanding literary merit translated from any world language.Meanwhile, the winners of its bi-annual Writers inTranslationawards include
Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets 
.The first contemporary collection to be published in the West, it’stranslated from Burmese by Ko Ko Thett and James Byrne (Arc).Other winners are
The Iraqi Christ 
by Hassan Blasim, translatedfrom 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, translatedfrom Spanish by Anne McLean (Bloomsbury).At LBF, PEN is urging open dialogue while expressing “deepdisappointment” that “the official programme of visiting authorswill not include the voices of those in prison, or the many otherswho live in exile”. Director Jonathan Heawood said: “We want toengage with Chinese authors, but we do not want to endorse theChinese regime.
PEN launches translation fund
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New Grove 
to China
UP has reached anagreement to producea Chinese edition of its 29-volume
New GroveDictionary of Music and Musicians
.Hunan Literature and ArtPublishing House will publishthe bible of music reference inmainland China, completewith bilingual jackets and tablesof contents. Grove dates backto 1878;
New Grove
waspublished in 1980 and revisedin 2000, before passing fromMacmillan to OUP. It containsmore than 29,000 entries from6,000 contributors covering awide range of musical styles.Catherine Johnson-Gilbert,OUP’s Academic RightsManager, said: “This agreementhas the potential to greatlyenhance music scholarshipin China. OUP’s academicpublishing is increasinglypopular in the country, and forsuch a large reference work tobe produced for the market is afantastic achievement.”Mr Sun Jia, Editor-in-Chief atHunan, said: “My companyhopes that this agreement willstart the exchange and coopera-tion between music publishers of different countries and promotethe flourish and development of music publishing in the world.
ake Smith-Bosanquet hasbeen appointed MD at Con-ville & Walsh. FoundersClare Conville and PatrickWalsh described Smith-Bosan-quet, 33, as “a brilliant strategistwith a rare ability to adapt tochanging markets and a passion-ate belief in the books that he hashandled for the agency”. He ischarged with leading an “ambi-tious” growth plan for theagency over the next five years.He joined C&W in 2005, andbecame a Director in 2009.
ngry Robot, the SFFsubsidiary of Osprey, isto launch a crime list,Exhibit A. The list will beginpublishing 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 wellas of several bestselling collabo-rations with his wife, JosieLloyd. The first titles fromAngry Robot’s YA list, StrangeChemistry, will appear inSeptember 2012.
MD for C&W

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