Thu, 20/03/2008 - 16:14
The inaugural Dublin Book festival took place in City Hall, Dublin, from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th March. It seemed a fine success and definitely attracted a fair amount of media attention.
For me, the most exciting event of the festival was the panel discussion on the future of Irish publishing with Seán Ó Cearnaigh of...
Fri, 07/03/2008 - 06:27
Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney is one of a number of leading figures from various sections of Irish life who will work to support Ireland's book publishing industry in the future, reports the Irish Independent.
The new advisory committee has been organised by the Irish Book Publishers' Association (Cle), which will hold...
Thu, 06/03/2008 - 14:44
The Irish book market grew by 16.7% by value last year, just a little more in value terms than the book market in China, according to Nielsen Book commercial director Ann Betts.
Betts, speaking at the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference last weekend in Galway, said that the Irish consumer book market grew 16.7% by value in...
Wed, 05/03/2008 - 07:00
Industry insiders say that despite reports to the contrary, the market for books in Ireland is thriving, reports the Irish Independent. Speaking ahead of this weekend's Dublin Book Festival, Sean O Cearnaigh, president of the Irish Book Publishing Association, said that the market was alive and well.
"It's certainly in a...
Mon, 03/03/2008 - 04:16
Irish publisher Eoin Purcell has blogged the annual conference of the Irish branch of the Bookseller's Association for The Bookseller.
Mon, 25/02/2008 - 14:14
Before the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference takes place on 29th February, it is an apt time to ponder which way the Irish market is going and how it may fare in the face of a cooler economic climate in 2008.
Eason and Hughes & Hughes remain the dominant Irish booksellers for now. At a recent Eason presentation, I was...
Mon, 11/02/2008 - 07:04
The Irish Book Publishers' Association (CLÈ) has launched the Dublin Book Festival, an annual celebration of the best contemporary Irish writing and publishing. Ireland's leading writers, poets, journalists and thinkers will descend on Dublin City Hall between 7th and 9th March 2008, to share their writing, debate the state of...
Fri, 01/02/2008 - 08:24
W H Smith, the stationery and book retailer, could open branches in train stations and airports in Ireland and Scandinavia as it looks to expand beyond the UK, reports the Telegraph. Kate Swann, the retailer's chief executive, said that international expansion is an option for the chain, which yesterday reported Christmas trading ahead of...
Tue, 29/01/2008 - 15:56
Blogging has been brewing up a media storm in the Irish media. Two weeks ago, well known commentator, John Waters, attacked the entire blogosphere on Newstalk, one of Ireland's talk radio stations.
Following the lead of Andrew Keen in his book The Cult of the Amateur, John Waters said that blogs were "stupid", "entirely...
Wed, 02/01/2008 - 06:57
American Elizabeth Gilbert was the bestselling writer in the Nielsen-measured English-speaking book world over Christmas.
Eat, Pray, Love, her account of the year she spent travelling the world alone after a difficult divorce, sold just shy of 300,000 copies in the final week before Christmas in the US, massively ahead of her...