The venerable and gigantic London Book Fair started this week, with hundreds of international vendors of all stripes from the publishing world. It's also well known for bringing together film and TV producers with over 400 literary agencies and publishers offering content with screen adaptation potential. Here are some of the highlights thus far from the blogosphere:
Ayo Onatade is blogging about the event for Shots Magazine online and has some of the book and TV deals that have already been inked (more to come!).
Barnes & Noble is recruiting publishers for new content to show up in the Nook Store in the US, including British and global authors and books.
Josh Getzler is reporting on the LBF for the blog Hey, There's a Dead Guy in the Living Room, including the fair's international flare and how the "people have been simply wonderful--smart, productive, all excited to talk books."
OverDrive reported on recent library ebook usage data, noting that during the month of March, OverDrive recorded a total of over 12.6 million visits from 219 different countries; 86% of those visitors came from the US, with another 10% coming from Canada with UK, NZ, and Australia rounding out the top 5.
International Publishers Association also talked about digital publishing at the "Global Publishing Statistics" seminar. Digital migration has taken off in the UK and US, but not in other countries, and small and medium-sized publishers were encouraged to look to foreign markets to increase the bottom line. One possible bright note: in China, reading and writing online is an enormous industry, with very successful authors started online which have then migrated into the printing world."
Speaking of China, the LBF opened with a protest against a special section dedicated to China, thanks to the Chinese government's censorship policies that have led to the imprisonment of authors and also the LBF's decision to invite only an officially sanctioned slate of Chinese writers.
For a listing of all the crime fiction publishers/exhibitors, check out the listing here.