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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/13-10/17

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

French publishers were warned by The Group for the Development of Digital Reading that Scribd may be making titles available on their platform without publisher permission.

It was a big week for book awards: the Man Booker Prize was awarded to Australian Richard Flanagan and the National Book Award short lists were announced.

Afghanistan is making a slow but steady entry into book publishing despite facing many challenges.

Amazon‘s crowdsourced publishing platform, Kindle Scout, officially launched this week.

Previously independent publisher, McSweeney’s announced it became a non-profit publisher this week.

Bonus link: Here’s an essay on being young in the publishing industry, moving to NYC, getting hired, laid off and everything in between.

Libraries and Licensing

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends

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With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and the growing popularity of digital access, we thought it was time to post a comprehensive update on libraries and ebook licensing.

It’s important to recognize that the large majority of libraries license, rather than buy, their ebooks.  This is a critical difference, because in licensing contracts, the first sale doctrine does not apply.

For those who need reminding, the first sale doctrine is the section of copyright law that states “once a product is sold, the original creator/owner gives up all rights to preventing that copy from being resold, lent, rented, or otherwise conveyed to another person,” according to John Palfrey at The Digital Shift.

When the issue of ebook collections came up, publishers opted to license ebooks instead of selling, not only because libraries are a distinct  market, but because they wanted to maintain the one patron, one book per rental paradigm with an expiration date imitating print’s inevitable wear and tear.  This decision came after a fairly long period of time when publishers grappled with the best way to mimic their print deals with libraries, resulting in the initially controversial HarperCollins model.

As currently set up, the Big 5 have a few ways of going about ebook licensing contracts:

Licensing Chart FINAL

Data from The Digital Shift, 8/2014

 

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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/6-10/10

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

French author Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Amazon will open a pop-up shop in midtown Manhattan for the holidays.

Bertelsmann might be planning to increase its ownership of Penguin Random House by buying shares from Pearson.

Adobe’s new ebook software tracks its users’ reading habits.

Bringing two of his business ventures closer together, Jeff Bezos has made the new Washington Post application free on some Kindles.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/29-10/3

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Romance publisher Ellora’s Cave filed a lawsuit against Dear Author for reporting on the publisher’s financial issues.

The Authors Guild met with the Department of Justice in August regarding the Amazon’s business practices.

Danish publisher Egmont is selling their US division.

Fresh off of opening their own direct to consumer sales site, HarperCollins is encouraging their authors to sell direct for a higher royalty rate.

Scribd inked a deal with Harlequin that added of their 15,000 titles to the ebook subscription service.

Edelweiss, Edelweiss, Every Morning You Greet Me

While I titled this post with the Sound of Music song in mind, the purpose of it is to introduce you to a different Edelweiss than the song or the flower that inspired it. The Edelweiss we care about in the publishing world is a magical (read: free) online catalog that I only found out about a week ago, despite interning and working in publishing for the past two plus years. Shame on me.

According to the website, Edelweiss “allows reps, publicists, or other authorized persons in a publishing house to manage contact lists, create catalogs, share catalogs, and take requests.” These reps can also share DRCs and use the database for research or for networking with industry professionals.

Edelweiss was launched in 2008 by Above the Treeline and eight unnamed major publishers. Above the Treeline is a software company founded in 2001 by John Rubin specifically with the purpose of creating tools to provide sales and inventory analysis for independent bookstores and publishers.

Almost seven years later, 37,000 book industry professionals use Edelweiss to help their sales department sell to independent bookstores, according to their website.

Here’s how it works.

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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/22-9/26

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

New Jersey changed its state privacy laws to include browsed, purchased, and read ebooks.

Amazon is starting a new program to publish ebooks through crowdsourcing.

Amtrak announced the winners of its first Amtrak Residency Program, where writers will take a free long-distance round-trip to inspire new work.

Penguin Random House signed an exclusive deal with Universal Studios giving them first-look production of their titles for the next two years.

In London, the police took down their first ebook piracy website, OnRead.

NYC Bookternet IRL: Brooklyn Book Festival

On Sunday, my roommate Katie and I went to the 9th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which was our first book festival ever. We knew there was no way I’d be able to do everything on my to-do list, but also we knew I’d have to give it my best shot.

The numbers weren’t on our side, a fact that I blame largely on the deficiencies of time travel research. We had 8 hours – minus breaks for the bathroom, coffee, and food – to visit approximately 930 booths and attend almost 100 events at the 9 venues offered at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Brooklyn Plaza.

We knew going in that we’d have to pick and choose the events we cared about the most, since there were 10 going on at any given hour. Plus, we had to make time to visit as many booths as we could in addition to seeing authors.

It was hard to choose. The line-up was strong this year.  Some of the big name authors included Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, James McBride, Phil Klay, Lev Grossman, Scott Westerfield, and Anne Brashares –just to name a few.

While in Booklyn (puns!), Katie and I wandered, which is probably the best part of the day.  Looking around, our initial thoughts were, “This is like the Scholastic Book Fairs of our childhood, but for adults!” and “How do we know where to go?”

Some of the day's goodies

Some of the day’s spoils.

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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/15-9/19

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

At last, ebooks are becoming poetry friendly.

Barnes & Noble scrapped the ability to download Nook Books onto computers for ebook security reasons.

The National Book Award longlists were announced this week.

HarperCollins is adding a digital watermark to their ebooks to add yet another layer of security to their digital media.

A loophole was discovered in Audible’s payments system, which gives customers free audiobooks.

A Beginner’s Guide to Literary Events

It’s hard out there for a newcomer to the world of literary events, even when you’re in publishing. As a continuation to our Beginner’s Guides, we’re here to help you figure out how to spend your evenings and weekends at cool, bookish events. Fire up your keyboard for a follow fest on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and/or email lists to stay in the know. (Unfortunately, this is list is pretty exclusive to New York City when it comes to specifics, but if you’ve got favorite literary hot spots that you want to share, we’d love for you to put them in the comments.)

Bookstores:

In the NYC area, we are blessed with many bookstores that put on great events, to name a few Housing Works Bookstore Café, The Strand, and Barnes & Noble Union Square (that’s not even getting to Brooklyn). From card making classes, to parties, to readings and conversation between excellent writers and creatives, bookstores will keep your calendar full. McNally Jackson‘s got a reading going on this Friday, if you don’t have plans:

Follow the houses (and imprints):

Of course, every single publisher has a social media presence, not to mention their respective imprints. By now, you’ve probably figured out which imprints you admire, which small presses publish the crime stories you love, and so on. By following the ones you like, or just all of them, you’ll get all kinds of news. They’ll promote their new titles, tell you about sweet ebook deals,  and also let you know when they’re throwing parties or hosting events. You know, parties like this:

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