Publishing

EBOOKS AND PRINT: WHY IT’S NOT A ONE-WAY STREET

There have been many wild theories regarding the future of books, publishing and book retail since eBooks became a tangible phenomenon of the industry. For years, we have been talking and writing about how wonderful it would be to be able to travel around the world along with your entire library stored inside an ebook […]

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. OR DO.

In society, a book is a sign of belonging. Its cover is a symbol of bonding and belonging. Letting the cover casually slip out of your handbag or holding it proudly in your hands, is almost a socio-cultural action. A book cover is a strong visual message that says a lot about the book itself, […]

GAME CHANGE: THE SHIFTING WAYS WE READ AND WRITE

When you do something everyday, it becomes, well, quotidian. The cup of coffee you stir in a zombie-like stupor, the Facebook page you open before you even check your emails, the weather app you open on your iPhone to check if you can wear that new summer dress yet (I, incidentally, have not worn my […]

DANGEROUS LIAISONS: THE AUTHOR-EDITOR RELATIONSHIP

The first meeting with an author, somewhere between the cup of coffee and the languorous descriptions of how and why they became a writer, is absolutely essential. By this point, sitting behind your desk, you already have a pretty decent idea of how the relationship will pan out. Here are some scenarios and types you’ll […]

ANTOINE: TAKING A LOCAL ICON INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

The Context A few years ago, the Lebanese bookseller market was considerably shaken up by a flashy new kid on the block, Virgin Megastore. Suddenly, a lot of traditional Lebanese book retailers’ brands started to look stale and old. Many of them stayed stuck in their ways, but Librairie Antoine came to us with a […]