Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka
Book columnist, PublishingPerspectives.com


Edward Nawotka has posed nude for a life-sized hologram, acted in Taiwanese karaoke videos and scripted an unproduced World Music series for MTV. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, an online magazine for the international publishing industry that has been called “the BBC of the book world.”

Publishing Perspectives offers daily updates about the global book business, from Buenos Aires to Beijing, New York to New Delhi, and offers specialized publications covering the Spanish-language book market, Brazil, children’s book publishing, and the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs.

In his capacity as Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, he has delivered keynote speeches and presentations to book fairs and professional conferences in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States.

Ed has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. As a journalist he has reported from more than 30 countries, across Europe, Asia and Africa, covering topics ranging from politics and business, to culture and tourism. His reviews, essays and reporting appearing in The New Yorker, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, People, the New Statesman, among other publications, at home and abroad.

Ed has also worked as a bookseller, literary magazine editor, book festival organizer, and advertising copywriter, first with Ogilvy & Mather in Dublin and then with J. Walter Thompson in Jakarta and Singapore.

Recently, he has served as a consultant to several organizations on the development of their digital publishing programs, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kirkus Reviews and Dow Jones.

A member of the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Libraries, he helped establish the University of Texas Human Rights Documentation Initiative which digitizes and preserves the video, audio and documentary testimonies of the victims and perpetrators of human rights abuses. To date the archive has worked with the Kigali Memorial Center in Rwanda, the Guatemalan National Police, the Burma Free Rangers, and the Texas After Violence Project.
He holds degrees from Boston College, Columbia University and University College Dublin. He currently serves as a lecturer at the Yale University Publishing Course and regularly teaches seminars on literary history across the University of Texas system. He lives in Houston, Texas.


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Edward Nawotka (PublishingPerspectives.com)
Overseas markets have long been resistant to the perceived cultural imperialism of America, but with Apple, Google, and Amazon dominating the digital publishing space, resistance is futile. Right? Perhaps. In this talk, Ed Nawotka, editor of Publishing Perspectives looks at the impact of these companies abroad and their prognosis for the future. Read more.


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