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PI News Roundup: Frankfurt Goes Digital, PI Training Continues and Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

Frankfurt: The Week so Far

Good Friday to you all and welcome to this week’s roundup of publishing news. What better way to start than by summing up what has been a stellar week at Frankfurt: It’s all about e-books this week as e-divisions of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Blackwells make their debut at the fair. Afghanistan has also entered the fair for the first time. Markus Dohle, C.EO of Penguin Random House opened the week with a statement saying the relationship between publishers and Amazon should be one of co-operation and not confrontation and that both of their interests were ultimately the same (for more, go to Key topics that have been floated this year range from the importance of pricing for publishers and how to strike the perfect market balance to digital platforms and how publishers must shift their focus in order to evolve. In addition to the extremely well-attended digital Contec conference, which debuted this year, the panel discussion entitled ‘What is a Publisher Now’? stirred the audience with a vision of the future that looks bright for those willing to take a risk and think differently when it comes to digital content. For more news on this year’s fair, go to


PI Seminar Series

On the back of a hugely successful session on grammar with Fergal Tobin, we asked our members what they would like to see next in our series. So far we have gotten quite a few responses favouring digital strategies and data-driven publishing. If you would like to have a look at the options available, go to


Publishing Ireland and DBF 2013

Last year’s incredibly successful publishing trade day is back again this year and we are putting together a spectacular line-up of internationally-renowned experts to come and speak on Friday, 15 November. Why not join us for  a day-long session of in-depth talks on digital strategies, market trends and what does and doesn’t’ work when marketing your book internationally? Tickets for the day are €35 and €20 for members and associate members of Publishing Ireland. More details to be announced early next week so eyes peeled!


Launches and Other Happenings

This week has seen a plethora of new books being launched. Highlights included the rather beautiful surroundings of the Old Library in Trinity College, where Trinity Tales was launched by Lilliput Press. There was a great turnout as usual in the Gutter Bookshop where Gobblefunked, a new children’s books site was launched and books on Mary Lavin and Irish Women’s Fiction was launched last night in Boston College to a packed crowd and some very nice chocolates thanks to Irish Academic Press!


Beyond the Shore

The online wars continue as Amazon respond to Sainsbury’s 99p e-book promotion by matching their prices. Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Blackwell’s all make their debut at this years’ Frankfurt Book Fair. Paulo Coehlo pulls out of the fair protesting the literary choices of the  Brazillian Government for its delegation and Canadian author Alice Munroe has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

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