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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Profiles in Publishing: The Harper Brothers

James and John Harper, the two eldest Harper brothers, founded J & J Harper in 1817. They were joined by their two younger brothers, Joseph Wesley and Fletcher, in the mid-1820s. The house’s name was subsequently changed to Harper & Brothers. Their breakthrough title was Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures, which detailed the sexual exploitation of a Catholic nun. After the success of this (admittedly, pretty dark) book, the oldest and the youngest Harper finished out their careers extremely differently. Name: Fletcher Harper  Birthdate/place: January 31, 1806, Newton, NY Publisher Associated With: […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 1/21-1/25

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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.   Kindle tackles Kobo on its home turf, launching in Canada this week. On its publishing side, Amazon has unleashed two new children’s imprints, Two Lions and Skyscape. Books and coffee: a beautiful combination. The American Library Association’s […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 1/14-1/18

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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 just got real[ity]: who should host this week’s Bachelor challenge but Harlequin‘s design team, looking for their next cover girl. The National Book Critics Circle named its finalists for the 2012 Awards, which will be given on February […]

Book-Jobs Not by the Book: Tom Chalmers, Literary Rights & Tech Startups

Tom Chalmers

Tom Chalmers is the founder and Managing Director of the recently launched online platform, IPR License, which allows people around the world to post and discover literary rights. Tom has been shortlisted for a number of publishing and entrepreneurial awards in the UK, and has a range of publishing ventures on his resume already. He took the time to talk to Trendsetter about being a tech startup within publishing, exciting opportunities within the field of Rights Licensing, and about the importance of business know-how for the bookish set.  **** What was […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 1/7-1/11

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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. Amazing what a little Wal-Mart can do: Bookscan started reporting book sales from Wal-Mart, and watched the mass-market category grow by big-box proportions, which is to say, around 65%. Turkish citizens have a lot of reading to catch […]

Profiles in Publishing: Bennett Cerf

Name: Bennett Cerf Birthdate/Place: May 25, 1898, New York, NY Publisher Associated With: Random House Claim to Fame: Cerf began his literary career by being named the vice president of publishing firm Boni & Liveright. He and his business partner, Donald Klopfer, purchased a Boni & Liveright imprint called the Modern Library in 1925. They increased the imprint’s popularity, and then began publishing their own books, selected at ‘random’, in 1927–hence the name, “Random House“. Random House eventually became a parent company of the Modern Library. Cerf and Random House worked with […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 12/31/12-1/4/13

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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. Happy New Year! A three-day workweek & still we have news for you. How impressive is that? Pearson (Penguin’s parent company) scooped up 5% of Nook Media, squeezing in between B&N‘s 78.2% and Microsoft‘s 16.8%. “The view from […]

Not New York: Book Business & Publishers in Denver, CO

In my last article I gushed about my time at the Denver Publishing Institute, the insight I gained, and the people I met there. It was a wonderful experience for me, and I hope that those of you looking for a way into the business will consider spending your summer there this year. However, I acknowledge that Denver may seem like a remote and esoteric place to host a publishing institute, especially since the University of Denver doesn’t even offer a degree in publishing. And I’m sure my article left […]