Welcome one and all to this week’s publishing news roundup. We begin with the digitally-packed line-up for our rather excellent Publishing Ireland Trade Day, which will happen on Friday, 15 November in Smock Alley Theatre. Join us for a day of in-depth discussion and practical advice for publishers on how to maximise their resources and use what they have to market books at home and abroad.
Bookings are now open to all via https://www.eventbrite.ie/event/8972752745 On the list are ePubDirect’s Gareth Cuddy, publishing trend-spotter Isolde Roache (GDR Creative), data-driven publisher Anne-Marie Scully and business-grower Rebecca Smart (Osprey Group)- all of whom will be delving into the best ways to optimise your publishing resources and how to stay ahead of the curve! For full details of the day, go to http://www.publishingireland.com/2013/10/17/reaching-out-to-the-world-irish-publishing-at-home-and-abroad-publishing-ireland-trade-day-15-november/
PI Seminar Series: Legal Issues for Publishers
We have taken on board feedback from the members and have come up with a day that will satisfy the trickiest of legal quandaries! Join us on Wednesday, 27 November for a day-long session with two of the country’s leading experts in the field of copyright, libel and defamation Andrea Martin (Media Lawyers Solicitors) and Samantha Holman (Irish Copyright Licensing Agency)who will offer practical advice on how to steer your way through legal issues that affect publishers every day.
For more information about the day and our speakers, go to http://www.publishingireland.com/2013/10/25/legal-issues-for-publishers/.
TS Eliot Goes Green
Two Irish poets have been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize. Sinéad Morrissey has been chosen for her collection, Parallax, the fourth time her work has been shortlisted, and Maurice Riordan for The Water Stealer as well as Maurice Riordan for The Water Stealer. The prize, worth £15,000 prize, will be announced on January 13th, 2014, while the runners-up will receive £1,000 each. Via The Irish Times. For more details, go to http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/two-irish-poets-shortlisted-for-ts-eliot-prize-1.1571798
In other news, a big congratulations to ROADS which launched this week and is made up of not one but three different companies: ROADS Fragrance, ROADS Publishing and ROADS Entertainment. Started by RADA graduate Danielle Ryan, whose family founded Ryanair, along with other aviation companies, ROADS describes itself as an ‘international lifestyle brand’. Watch this space? Check it out at http://www.roads.co/about
Launches and Other Happenings
This week has been jam-packed with launches including not one but two from Lilliput Press with The Last Knight; A Tribute to Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin by Robert O’Byrne in lovely environs of City Assembly House on Sth William St and debut novelist Elske Rahill with Between Dog and Wolf which was launched by none other than Donal Ryan upstairs in the Workman’s Club. And he didn’t’ stop there. The Eloquence of the Dead by Conor was launched by Donal last night at the Irish Writers’ Centre for New Island Books. Collins Press also had Professor Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist launching Hanged for Murder – Irish State Executions by Tim Carey Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Beyond the Shore
It’s been a tricky week for Britain this week as Brussels votes to ‘harmonise’ the country’s VAT rate to zero- a move that could change the landscape of ebook selling in Britain completely (See more – http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2467417/Price-ebooks-plunge-EU-orders-cut-VAT.html). Meanwhile, the London Book Fair’s move to the ExCel Exhibition Centre in the far eastern Docklands area of London is already causing concern in terms of the impact on visitor numbers (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/london-book-fair/article/59673-london-book-fair-s-return-to-excel-raises-industry-concerns.html).
The Tablet Wars
And in this week’s edition of The Tablet Wars, Apple have once again upped the ante with the release of its iPad Air Tablet, making it the lightest full-size tablet in the market. Check out the specs in this week’s Bookseller. Nokia meanwhile has launched the world’s first Windows tablet at a special event in Abu Dhabi (Via What’s New In Publishing: http://www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk/content/nokia-unveils-first-windows-tablet)