|THE WEB OF ENGLISH|
Submitting material to a publisher
Writing illustrated materials for publication: some tips
USEFUL PUBLISHING LINKS
Publishing newsAUTHORLINK PUBLISHING NEWS
Online site for the well-known US-based publishing and bookselling journal.
Online site for this UK publication.
Online site for the UK-based Bookseller, ‘the meeting place for booksellers, publishers and librarians for over 140 years.’
Not as useful as one might have expected from an organisation like Bowker, but probably worth a look.
Publishing housesACQWEB’S DIRECTORY OF PUBLISHERS AND VENDORS
Useful international list of links to publishers (and other book vendors).
An orthographically-challenged source which nevertheless provides useful links to publishing houses worldwide.
LITERARY MARKET PLACE
The online version of the established print directory to the USA and international book publishing industry. Free registration gives access to lists of publishers with addresses; subscription provides publisher profiles.
According to The Bookseller, 'thought to control a staggering 85% share of web-based book sales through its US and UK sites.'
BARNES AND NOBLE
No longer working with Amazon, Borders are setting up their own online bookstore in 2008. Beta site at:
UK-based portal providing links to a whole range of bookselling sites, incuding second-hand and antiquarian booksellers.
Specialises in academic titles.
Started selling books only in 2004, but (according to The Bookseller) 'has since quietly built itself into the UK’s second-biggest online books player, and is planning dramatic expansion over the next few years'.
Major US book fair
FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR
LONDON BOOK FAIR
BOLOGNA CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
BEIJING INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
For English, click on 'Overseas Exhibitor' at top right on the page specified below.
WORLD BOOK FAIR
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPRODUCTION RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS (IFRRO)
Federation of copyright licensing agencies worldwide.
THE DIGITAL DILEMMA
Very interesting US report on ‘intellectual property in the information age’. (Rather curiously, you have to go right to the bottom of each page to navigate to the next one.)
Relates to US law, but interesting for other readers too. (Also has good links on recent electronic copyright developments.)
ASIAN COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK
Produced by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO
AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PRIMER FOR MULTIMEDIA AND WEB DEVELOPERS
Useful material from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Over ten years old now, however, so important detail probably needs double-checking.)
'Copyleft' is, to quote Wikipedia, 'a play on the word copyright and describes the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work for others and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified versions.'
Electronic publishingTHE BOOK AND THE COMPUTER
Honco’s excellent website from Japan. Look at the archive (especially the ‘100 day dialogues’) as well as the current stuff.
[Sadly, this site now seems to be defunct.]
INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL PUBLISHING FORUM
See especially the Open Publication Structure (OPS), successor to the Open eBook Publication Structure or "OEB" originally produced in 1999.
‘A REVIEW OF BOOKS IN THE AGE OF THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL OBSOLESCENCE’
Joseph Tabbi’s article begins, ‘To introduce an electronic book review, in the very medium that is reducing book technology to a museum piece, is to confront some of the more persistent cultural contradictions of the past few decades.’
Information on electronic books (including publishers)
A recent Business Week look at the current state of play. With a convergence of technological developments, is the e-book's time finally coming?
THE XML FAQ
One place to start trying to get your head round XML. (I’ve yet to find a really good source for a simple introduction to XML's relevance to publishing, specifically. If anyone reading this knows of one, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
A fairly simple initial introduction to the Standard Generalised Markup Language, ‘parent’ of HTML and XML.
Printed material is almost exclusively static and linear, but electronic on-screen presentations need not be either. What are the implications for reading, writing and perhaps the very nature of knowledge and language? Wikipedia offers an introduction to the ideas of hypertext and hypermedia.
International organisationsINTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
‘IPA was founded in 1896 and represents the publishing industry world-wide through 78 national, regional and specialised publishers associations in 65 countries.’
Asia-Pacific Cooperative Programme in Reading Promotion and Book Development
AFRICAN PUBLISHERS' NETWORK (APNET)
Based in Accra, APNET is (to quote its website) 'a pan-African organization established in 1992, which brings together national publishers associations and publishing communities to strengthen indigenous publishing throughout Africa.' Also HQ of the African Publishing Institute, which aims to coordinate publishing education in Africa.
Societies for editorsEDITORIAL FREELANCERS ASSOCIATION (USA)
Provides useful links to resources related to editing.
AMERICAN COPY EDITORS' SOCIETY
Has some useful resources.
EDITORS' ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
SOCIETY FOR EDITORS AND PROOFREADERS (UK)
Other good publishing pagesPUBLISHING LINKS FROM THE STANFORD CREATIVE SERVICES SITE
Good links, well classified.
Useful information about publishing from a US book industry recruitment agency
Useful links on publishing in Africa from the publishing consultant Hans Zell.
IS IT A BOOK?
Some challenging but interesting articles on the past, present and future of ‘the book’.
An interesting attempt to connect authors, editors and agents through an online site.
EAST ASIA PUBLISHERS CONFERENCE
To quote its website, 'The East Asia Publishers Conference is a nonprofit organization that brings together publishing professionals from throughout East Asia.'