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Brexit in academic publishing who were European, plus the 31,000 European researchers and 125,000 European
students in the UK. The students alone were an important
market for academic publishers. He added that 80% of
publishers Wiley had surveyed were worried about the
impact of Brexit on open access.
Robinson pointed out that although non-EU states such
as Switzerland could tap into EU academic funding such as
the Horizon 2020 programme, such funding could be
slashed by the EU to make a political point. Swiss funding
was cut after the EU disagreed with it over restricting
numbers of Croatian researchers.
Fisher pointed out that the cabinet changes since 23 June,
the date of the referendum, had resulted in publishing
being split across at least three government departments,
bringing about an extra level of complexity in the task of
lobbying on behalf of the book industry.
are really in a good place. We have business models that
work. We sell stories, that is what we sell–whether that is in
print, digital or audio, it doesn’t matter, as long as there is a
buyer for that. It is not a walk in the park. The core of what
we do, the literature itself, there is a demand for it and you
have to pay for it.”
Asked about the UK and US markets, where the company
has launched new bookstores (Pocket Shop) and imprints
(Manilla and Little B, among others), and has expressed
ambitions to raise revenue from $40 million a year to as
much as $100 million, Dalborg conceded: “It is a big goal.
Our growth will be organic and it will take time, but we
will get there.”
Dalborg (left) and Wischenbart
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The top 54 companies in the global book business generate
approximately 60 billion euros in value each year, according
to the latest report of the top global publishers compiled
by Ruediger Wischenbart, the Vienna-based publishing
consultant, writes Ed Nawotka.
“You now see that publishing is a global business and
there is a process of stabilisation driven by consolidation–
driven by the big companies absorbing the smaller ones,”
Wischenbart said in his introduction to a staged interview
with Jacob Dalborg, CEO of Bonnier, as part of the Fair’s
Bonnier is one of the world’s largest conglomerates in
publishing, comprising more than 250 brands in 14
different countries. “You may not know it, but Bonnier–
a Swedish conglomerate–is actually the third largest
publisher in Germany,” Wischenbart pointed out.
Dalborg said that he wanted people to think of Bonnier’s
German imprints before they thought of the parent
company’s brand: Ullstein Buchverlage, Piper Verlag,
Carlsen Verlag, et al. But, he emphasised throughout the
hour long interview, “Bonnier really has the closeness of
the family. Our emphasis is on people: finding, training and
retaining, the right people.”
Discussing the company’s book strategy, Dalborg said:
“Compared to other businesses, not only in media, books
CEO Richard Mollet, now head of Government Relations
at the RELX Group, and also included Andy Robinson,
Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Society
Services at John Wiley.
Robinson said that the most significant negative impact
of Brexit could be the status of the 10% of people working
France next year
France is to the Guest of Honour at the 2018 Frankfurt
Book Fair ( 11-15 October). At a press conference yesterday,
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said of France and Germany:
“culture, and especially the culture of the book, has always
been central in [the] exceptional [relationship] between
the two countries”. French is the second most translated
language in Germany, and German is the third most
translated language in France.
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