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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/24-2/28

Every 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. Audible announced that it will be lowering its royalty rate on audiobooks, leading many to speculate that Amazon can easily do the same with Kindle Direct Publishing. The man behind @GSElevator may have never worked for Goldman Sachs, but that won’t stop the release of […]

PW Panel: Are Publishing Seasons Relevant?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** By Amy Rhodes On Feb. 26, Publishers Weekly hosted its first discussion series of 2014 with a panel featuring Andy Laties, Store Manager at Bank Street Bookstore, Kim Wylie, VP Deputy Director of Sales at PGW, and Mary Beth Thomas, VP of Sales at HarperCollins. PW’s Jim Milliott moderated. Bringing together a representative from retail, distribution, and publishing, the panel addressed questions related to the pros and cons of traditional seasonal lists from 3 different angles. In the end, though, the differences between the publisher viewpoint and the distributor’s […]

The Ties that Bind: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Pamela Slim’s Body of Work

When you’re starting out on your career path, especially in a difficult job market, it can feel impossible to figure out how exactly to sell yourself. After all, you’re pulling job experience from a lot of places: your school work, volunteer jobs, freelance gigs, internships, etc. — chances are your complete resume doesn’t tell just one story, it tells many stories. But together, what do all of those things say about you as a job candidate? And better yet, what do you want them to say? Pamela Slim‘s new book, Body of Work […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/17-2/21

Every 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. Barnes and Noble quietly discontinued the Nook Simple Touch, leaving only the GlowLight and tablet models available for purchase. James Patterson announced he will give $1 million over the next 12 months to independent bookstores across the country and got started this week by sending out over […]

Second Screens and Customization: Digital Kids Conference at Toy Fair 2014

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** Books and toys often present licensing opportunities for the author or brand, but this year’s Toy Fair further proved how closely these industries are linked when it comes to selling to parents and children. This was also the first year that Toy Fair partnered with BEA to cross-promote the conferences to their respective trade attendees, and with more toys popping up in bookshops and special sales opportunities for publishers, this symbiotic relationship is only strengthening. Digital Kids Conference at […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/10-2/14

Every 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. In response to faltering sales, Barnes & Noble overhauls its hardware division and looks to move the Nook Study platform in a new direction. Looking to expand into digital and print books, DreamWorks launches an in-house imprint, DreamWorks Press. Hugh Howey uses data from Amazon […]

Brand New You: An Interview with Jane Friedman

Having worked as Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest, Consultant for authors, and Co-founder and Editor of Scratch Magazine, Jane Friedman (this Jane Friedman, not that Jane Friedman) is viewed as an advocate and go-to source for writers looking to build a platform. Much of her work is dedicated to giving writers the tools they need to thrive, be it through best writing practices, personal branding, or bringing transparency to what writers are being paid for their work. Being as skilled as she is at helping writers cash in on their skills, we wanted […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/3-2/7

Every 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. Two new digital book platforms: German company, Readfy, launched an ebook subscription service this week, offering 15,000 free titles with advertising throughout the book, and NoiseTrade also expanded its free music program to include books as well. Sony relinquished its place in the ebook market […]