My first experience with "big publishing" involved Salman Rushdie, so I was sorry not to get to the Frankfurt Book Fair in time to hear his opening speech today. Iran is boycotting the Fair, and there was apparently high security, and Rushdie still has bodyguards. It's hard to believe, as I found it hard to believe
Amazon just celebrated its 20th birthday with something called Prime Day. The Authors Guild simultaneously announced a call for a Department of Justice investigation of the company. You may remember my letter last August, “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” I wrote: “I suspect that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is alert to the
A month ago I landed in China for a trip that took me to a food and wine conference in Shandong Province, to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai for meeting with authors, publishers, and distributors, and allowed me to spend two and a half weeks in Beijing seeing friends, colleagues, and family - including my son,
I’ll be spending the day with our partners in Guangzhou, the Guangdong People’s Publishing Group, and found this article from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China an excellent overview of the region. If you don’t know Guangdong, or that Guangzhou is the current name for the city formerly called Canton, this will get you up to speed.
That's what all the books said, and I was intrigued by the idea that guanxi - relationships - is the absolutely fundamental thing, the starting point, for anyone who planned to do business in China. I didn't really understand how this was different from doing business in the West, and I didn't have any special advantages
Berkshire Publishing’s tagline is about to change, but before we make the switch I’d like to explain why we have been, for ten years, “A global point of reference.” This was partly a play on two meanings of the word reference. In early days, we were known for our encyclopedias – reference books that lived in the reference
I woke up in Massachusetts and responded to an email from Mar Kaiser, our Germany-based editor, who said she'd just heard from Kara Lozier, who is currently working from Uzbekistan. I sent a WeChat to Tom in Beijing, and then it was time to pour my first cup of tea. There are emails from our production
The poet T. S. Eliot was a practical joker, and his second wife, the much younger Valerie, liked to loosen the tops of salt shakers and even bottles of Worcestershire sauce at restaurants. I never saw that side of her – she was a grande dame by the time I worked for her in the late