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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Trendsetters’ Book-Biz Essential Reading, Week of 5/21-5/25

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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.   It’s been a hard-knock life for textbook publishers these past few years: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Kindle: coming to a store near you (if you are in the UK and the store is Waterstone’s). Fifty Shades times 200,000…equals 10 million [copies sold […]

One WHOLE Year of Publishing Trendsetter!

Hey guys! Guess what? Publishing Trendsetter launched a year ago yesterday — and what a fantastic year it’s been. We’ve learned so much, met so many great people, and made friends around the world. We’ve had our hits–be that Lifecycle of a Book, the Publisher’s Menagerie, or most recently, our breakdown of What is the Agency Model?–but it’s been the day-in-and-day-out learning right alongside all of you that’s been the best. BEA is fast approaching, and we plan to bring back some fun stuff from last year (8-word memoirs, anyone?) and try […]

Trendsetters’ Book-Biz Essential Reading, Week of 5/14-5/18

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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. (Yes, this week’s news came in twos. What can we say?)     This week in Agency: Simon Settles. This week in Agency (is there an echo in here?) 17 states decide they want in on the [class] action. Harry Potter, PhD: The University of St. Andrews […]

Internviews: Sarah Boyle, Spring 2012 Intern, Tells All

It was with some wistfulness that we bid our Spring 2012 intern, Sarah Boyle, a fond farewell last week. Now that she’s completed her time with us, she’s Canada-bound and ready to find her first job in publishing. Sarah’s insightfulness, social media savvy, and perennial good cheer were all sorts of wonderful to have around here, and we can only wish the best for her and the future corner of book-business lucky enough to snag her!   What specific tasks or projects completed across the summer do you feel were […]

MERCHANTS OF CULTURE: What to Read if You’re Even Vaguely Interested in Book Business

We’ve started monthly book reviews over at PublishingTrends.com, and while all have something to offer to book professionals no matter where they are in their careers, it would verge on criminal not to give this month’s book a special shout-out here. Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century is out in its first US edition from Plume Books (a Penguin nonfiction imprint) this spring. Its author, John B. Thompson, is a sociologist at the University of Cambridge, and has made book business on both sides of the pond […]

Trendsetter’s Book-Biz Essential Reading, 5/5-5/11, 2012

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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.       Maurice Sendak, beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are, passed away this week: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html Pocket Star will produce only digital books: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/51842-pocket-star-to-be-e-book-only.html Kindle snags Harry Potter…for a Limited-Time Only: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57431938-501465/harry-potter-series-coming-to-kindle-owners-lending-library/ Time to write a strongly worded letter…if you think the DoJ should give Agency a chance: http://news.bookweb.org/news/aba-members-urged-make-their-voices-heard-re-agency-model […]

Digital Latium: A Teenager’s Self-Publishing Experience

Ever since an article on the subject in the New York Times several weeks ago, there’s been a lot of buzz about what it can mean for a young writer to self-publish. One such author, Max Leone, was kind enough to share his experiences with us, but also his thoughts about why self-publishing could be a smart move for his potential future career in book business. by Max Leone  I understand that the publishing industry is a rather unforgiving place at the moment, and steadily becoming more so, but I […]

Trendsetter’s Book-Biz Essential Reading, 4/28-5/4, 2012

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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.       Microsoft is investing in Barnes & Noble’s Nook ereader: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1729#m15967 And, in other Nook-news, Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to produce preloaded schoolbook Nooks: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/nook-and-hmh-partner-school-deal.html Target will no longer carry Amazon’s Kindle: http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/2/2993142/target-stop-carrying-amazon-kindle-conflict-of-interest Remember how you forgot about Google’s […]

What Is the Agency Model for Ebooks? Your Burning Questions Answered

You may have noticed the term “agency model” cropping up in industry news and blogs lately. But just what is the agency model and what does it have to do with the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit, filed April 11th, against Apple and five of the Big Six publishing houses? The case has the book industry buzzing, but why does everyone seem to care so much about the seemingly uninteresting question of how to price an ebook? The Cast of Characters Amazon: Mustache twirling menace to book publishers everywhere… […]

What is the Agency Model for Ebooks? An Infographic

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