Reaching Out to the World: Let the Countdown Commence!
Tickets have been flying out the virtual doors of the PI towers this week for our extremely exciting trade event on 15 November in Smock Alley Theatre. Not only do we have a day-long session of practical advice and discussion on how to market your e-books internationally as well as at home but this unique opportunity to gather publishing industry leaders together under one forum is a steal at €20 a ticket! Our speakers know what it means to grow small businesses into highly successful ones on an international stage and have the CV’s to prove it. Check out our speakers here: http://www.publishingireland.com/2013/11/01/reaching-out-to-the-world-meet-the-speakers/
Easons Makes New Friends?
Easons announced this week that it is to partner up with Canadian e-reading giant Kobo to sell their devices across their 60 stores. The move is an interesting one, particularly given their recent major push of its own in-house dedicated e-reader, the ‘Leaf’ along the lines of previous stores such as Barnes & Noble. What’s more interesting still is the increasingly influential foothold being gained by Kobo as it has also partnered with Hughes & Hughes in addition to having announced plans to open a new European Software Development Centre in Dublin supported by the IDA. Watch this space I think! Check out the full press release at Irish Publishing News– http://www.irishpublishingnews.com/2013/10/30/easons-partners-with-kobo/#.UnORIHBShBk
The cat is well and truly amongst the pigeons now as the long-awaited independent review on Modernising Copyright was published this week by Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Key recommendations in the paper call for the Government to set up a statutory copyright council to protect copyright and said specialist courts should be established for intellectual property claims. The committee also called for an expansion of the small claims procedure in the District Court to include intellectual property claims up to the standard limit of the court’s jurisdiction, currently €15,000. It further called for a specialist intellectual property court to be established in the Circuit Court. The committee will present its findings at a public forum in the Royal Irish Academy on 9 December. Via the Irish Times, http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/expert-committee-calls-for-establishment-of-copyright-council-1.1576122
Irish Book Awards
Congratulations to those Irish writers shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013. Shortlisted authors Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, Michael Harding, Darina Allen, Donal Ryan and Frank McGuinness as well as Eamon Dunphy and UK comedian Jennifer Saunders. The 2013 awards also include a new category, the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year, raising the flag of continuing success for the genre. The award is now in its third year and will be formally presented at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony to be held in The DoubleTree Hotel on Tuesday, November 26th. Voting is open from October 31st to November 21st. Check out the full details of the shortlist by going to http://www.irishbookawards.ie/
Launches and Other Happenings
The Irish Diaries; Alastair Campbell, 1994–2003, edited by Kathy Gilfillan was launched on Tuesday downstairs in The Mac in Belfast while it Dublin launch happened in the RHA the following day- well done to Lilliput! The Gallery Press also launched several titles last night upstairs in Hodges Figgis, Dublin. Next week sees lots of new titles being launched, including Donal Ryan’s next book The Thing About December, as well as Forging a Kingdom and The Heritage Trees of Ireland (Collins Press). Want the details? Keep your eyes peeled for those Clemails!
Beyond the Shore
Amazon Ups The Ante
Amazon has yet again rated a space in our international column this week as not only has it launched two new initiatives for its US customers – a digital literary journal for the Kindle platform and a simple way of giving to charity when shopping on the site. Via The Bookseller. To continue reading, go to http://www.thebookseller.com/news/amazon-launches-literary-magazine.html
Every Little Helps? Tesco Threatens to Pull Plug on Irish Publishers
Tesco Ireland has threatened to pull publishers’ entire range from its shelves if certain titles “bypass” it and go to rival retailers, according to an article in this week’s Bookseller. Gordon Howey, buying and marketing director at Tesco’s book distribution company Reedmoor, claimed “certain top titles” and particularly those involving Penguin Ireland were not being shown to them. To read the full article, go to http://www.thebookseller.com/news/tesco-threatens-irish-publishers-over-missing-bestsellers.html