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St. Gallen Book Conference Announces New Plenary Speakers

The 2010 Book Conference held at the University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 6-8 November, welcomes three new speakers to its international line-up of plenary speakers.

Rafael Ball
Professor Rafael Ball is currently Director of the University Library Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany. After receiving his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in biology in 1994 from the Institute of General Botany at the University of Mainz, he went on to train as a scientific librarian at the Library Management School of Frankfurt from 1994-1996. Following this, he took the position as the Head of the Central Library at the Research Centre Jülich where he stayed from 1996-2008 before moving on to the University of Regensburg. More…

Stephanie Jacobs
Dr. Stephanie Jacobs studies history of art, German studies, philosophy and psychology at universities of Bamberg, Bonn, Berlin (Germany) and Perugia (Italy). Her doctoral work at the Free University of Berlin concentrated on German and French book illustration in the 19th century. Jacobs was awarded scholarships in Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, and the Mellon Center of Yale University. More…

Wulf D. von Lucius
Wulf D. von Lucius is the Director of Lucius & Lucius Verlag in Stuttgart, Germany and has been with them since 1996. Since 1970, he has been engaged in honorary positions in the book trade, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on copyright. He was chair of the STM Copyright Committee from 1990-93, Chair of IPCC 91/92 and 97/98, Chair of the German copyright committee 1994-2008 and was on the IPA’s Copyright Committee from 1997-2000. More…

Community News
Book owners have smarter kids

From Laura Miller at Salon

When I was 12 years old, I read most of the plays of George Bernard Shaw. That’s not to say that I understood the plays of George Bernard Shaw, or even that I passionately loved them. They just happened to be around the house, in a set of neat little green paperbacks left over from my father’s college days. I doubt that puzzling over the mysteries of “Pygmalion” taught me much about the British class system, but it definitely got me into the habit of searching for understanding in the pages of challenging books.

A study recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility found that just having books around the house (the more, the better) is correlated with how many years of schooling a child will complete. The study (authored by M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikorac and Donald J. Treimand) looked at samples from 27 nations, and according to its abstract, found that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is “as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father.” Children with as few as 25 books in the family household completed on average two more years of schooling than children raised in homes without any books. More…

‘Vanity’ Press Goes Digital

By Geoffrey A. Fowler and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at The Wall Street Journal

Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books. In July, the 49-year-old mother of three decided to publish it herself, online.

Eleven months later, Ms. McQuestion has sold 36,000 e-books through Inc.’s Kindle e-bookstore and has a film option with a Hollywood producer. In August, Amazon will publish a paperback version of her first novel, “A Scattered Life,” about a friendship triangle among three women in small-town Wisconsin.

Ms. McQuestion is at the leading edge of a technological disruption that’s loosening traditional publishers’ grip on the book market—and giving new power to technology companies like Amazon to shape which books and authors succeed.

Much as blogs have bitten into the news business and YouTube has challenged television, digital self-publishing is creating a powerful new niche in books that’s threatening the traditional industry. Once derided as “vanity” titles by the publishing establishment, self-published books suddenly are able to thrive by circumventing the establishment. More…

Conference News
8th International Conference on the Book

2010 Book Conference
University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
6-8 November

Plenary Speakers

  • Rafael Ball, University Library Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
  • Jens Bammel, International Publishers Association, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Herbert Burkert, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Stephanie Jacobs, German Book and Font Museum, German National Library, Leipzig, Germany
  • Lucy Küng, University of Jönköping, Jönköping, Sweden
  • Wulf D. von Lucius, Lucius & Lucius Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Springer Science+Business Media, Berlin, Germany
  • Ernst Tremp, Abbey Library of St. Gallen/University of Freiburg, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Call for Papers

If you intend to present a paper at the conference, your participation begins by submitting a paper proposal. More information on proposals, presentation types, and other options available here. If your proposal is accepted, you will then need to register for the conference.


Those who submit paper proposals should register following the acceptance of the proposal. Conference delegates who do not intend to present may register at any time. 2010 Book Conference registration options.


Publishing News
Submissions Open for next Volume of the Book Journal

Want to get your publications underway now?

We are now accepting submissions for the next volume of The International Journal of the Book. The next submission deadline is Monday 2 August 2010.

Refereeing of submitted papers will commence shortly so start the submission process early by submitting your proposal.

Paper submission guidelines are available online.

Book Journal, Volume 7 now complete

The final issue of Volume 7 of The International Journal of the Book is now available.

Volume 7, Number 4 contains:


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