Frankfurt Book Fair

Find us in Frankfurt!

OBS will be exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 12-16—come and visit us at the Independent Publishers Guild stand A934-937 in Hall 8A! We started coming to Frankfurt in 1985 and look forward to this year’s event! The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest trade show in the world of books, an annual industry

Reykjavik: City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has granted Reykjavik, Iceland official “City of Literature” status. Reykjavik is the fifth city to receive the honor, following Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.; and Dublin, Ireland. It is the 29th member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network overall. UNESCO Cities of

Our “Cogni-rights” to Private Thought

I heard a thought-provoking webcast today, offered by the Book Industry Study Group entitled “Digital Books: A New Chapter for Reader Privacy” and presented by an ACLU representative. She spoke of case law that has been passed protecting our reader’s right to privacy, whether that means prohibiting Google Books from recording our thoughtpaths, and subsequently aggregating, archiving,

Frankfurt Book Fair — Pastures New for Publishing!

More than any other year, 2010 at Frankfurt was one for problem solving, partner finding, and planning practical approaches to the new terrain our industry is moving into. We finally settled on a platform for publishing e-content that seems almost too good to be true: Negligible up-front set-up cost Strong yet flexible DRM Publisher-controlled backend

Google Settlement Causes International Ruckus

“Americans shoot first, ask questions later,” said the moderator of one panel discussion on the Google settlement held at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair, reflecting widespread sentiment among non-US-based publishers and agents. “You Americans are all asleep,” noted one agent to me. “Why are you allowing this takeover of the publishing industry by a .com

OBS and Protean Press in Germany

Our president, Laura Fillmore, is visiting Germany this week for the Frankfurt Book Fair and for the annual conference of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), which OBS has just joined. At the Book Fair, we’re participating with the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) at Hall 8.0, Stands A935 & A936, and we’re also displaying Unknown Soldiers: Reliving

On Arriving in Frankfurt, Germany

On arriving in Frankfurt, Germany, for our 20th Frankfurt Book Fair, culture shock first manifested itself in the pocketbook. A $50 Travelers Check cashed in at the on-site bank returned 26 euros, enough for lunch and a postcard. Our apartment’s landlady requested cash up front. We haven’t experienced the dollar’s loss in value quite so much

Frankfurt Book Fair

We have participated actively in the fair since 1992, when OBS brought the first Internet link to the Frankfurt Book Fair, and over the years have delivered papers and online projects there as well: “A Penny for your Thoughts: Copyright into Cogniright” “Internet Publishing in a Borderless Environment: Bookworms into Butterflies” We planned, built and