WEBINARS

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Email Andrea.DaSilva@trade.gov to request a webinar topic that interests YOU!

Past Webinars

How to Sell Book Rights Internationally

Took place February 2014

Speakers:

Lynette Owen, Copyright and Rights Consultant

Sara Jones, Commercial Specialist, US&FCS London

Andrew Menniss, Reed Exhibitions London

Topics Discussed:

o How US publishers can identify and build relationships with overseas publishers - direct or via subagents - to expand rights opportunities for their publications.

o The current state of the UK book market.

o How to tap into networking to meet publishers, schools, book retailers, literary agents, scouts, and wholesalers from among the 25,000 London Book Fair participants.

o Trends and bestselling genres including Children’s; Academic; Royalty; Digital; Theology; Accessories; and Comics.

o Latest industry and market developments on rights negotiation, and content sales and distribution.

Children’s Publishing Industry in China

Took place July 2013

  • -Market entry and trend of Chinese market discussed by Henan Sun, Supervisor: Xiaohong Yan, Deputy Director of GAPP and the National Copyright Administration of the People's Republic of China
  • Perspective discussed by Linda Warfel,  Scholastic Asia
  • Copyright discussed by Jennifer Ness, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Children’s Book Fair discussed by Jackie Xu, Reed Exhibitions 

Opportunities and Challenges in Expanding EBook Publishing Internationally

Took place December 2012

Publishers looking to sell eBooks overseas must navigate foreign laws, cultures and mores to build a successful international eBook business. Digital Book World and the Department of Commerce hosted a one-hour webcast where we explored some of the biggest opportunities and most difficult challenges with expanding internationally. Attendees left with a solid idea of how to take their eBook publishing business international.

Speakers:

– Dr. Ruediger Wischenbart, content and publishing consultant based in Austria
– Volker Wirsdorf, senior commercial specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service
– Michael Tamblyn, executive vice president of content, sales & merchandising, Kobo

Middle Eastern Publishing Markets

Took place September 2012

The Middle East is opening up to U.S. publishers. 350 million people from Morocco to Iraq are increasingly young, globally savvy and curious consumers, with English language fluency and interests in American ideas and lifestyle. Learn from our panel of experts about how best to approach the Middle Eastern book markets, current and emerging trends, and upcoming events to promote your titles. Our panel will include experts from the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Embassies in Egypt and Qatar. The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) can assist you in maximizing opportunities in the Middle East through matchmaking with qualified partners and exposure at upcoming events abroad.

Russia Publishing Market

Took place May 2012

In order to educate U.S. publishers on this year’s BookExpo market of focus, the U.S. Commerce Department has brought together experts to discuss opportunities in the Russia publishing sector. This webinar is a must for any companies interested in learning more about the Russia publishing market and serves as an excellent primer to BookExpo.

Why Russia? With 6,000 publishing houses in Russia, the publishing market is enjoying a quicker turnaround than many other sectors of the economy.  Despite a nearly 8% decrease in GDP, the Russian publishing sector continues to grow.  This is an excellent time to explore this dynamic market.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Ken Walsh, Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Moscow
  • Mr. Arkady Vitrouk, General Director, Atticus Group, Hachette Russia
  • Mr. Lev Elin, Vice-president, Egmont Russia
  • Ms. Andrey Gelmiza, Knigabyte Digital Publishing and Book Innovations in Russia

Protecting International Intellectual Property Rights

Took place 2012

To help publishers and copyright holders understand their rights internationally, the Commercial Service’s Global Publishing Team organized a team of IPR and Copyright speakers to address key issues.

Speakers:

  • Kris Kliemann: John Wiley & Sons, VP and Director of Global Rights
  • Christopher Kenneally: Copyright Clearance Center. Director, Business Development & Author Relations
  • Molly Stech: International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Office of Intellectual Property Rights