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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Not New York: Book Business and Publishers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan has known many monikers in its time – Furniture City, River City, Beer City USA – but what about Book City? While you may not expect it, this Midwest hotspot has a rich history of publishing, with several locally grown houses that continue to impact the market today. Each of the major publishers in Grand Rapids has a unique story that blends in much of the Dutch culture that shaped the area, as well as the family values that continue to influence the city. Known for its […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/21-4/25

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. The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is slated for publication in 2034, and due to its mammoth size, it will likely be online only. This week, World Book Night kicked off with its programming centered on spreading the love of reading. The League of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/14-4/18

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 & Noble Founder and Chairman of the Board, Len Riggio sells off 3.7 million shares of stock. Amazon announces it will retire Kindle Cloud Storage, moving users’ files to Amazon Cloud Drive. Verso uses innovative discounting strategies to drive a successful launch of their […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/7-4/11

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. With the growing popularity of long-form content, WordPress acquires Longreads. Following a significant expansion of its user base, Wattpad raised an additional $46 million in venture funding. Penguin Random House launches My Independent Bookshop, a book recommendation website that shares profits with independent bookstores. A German […]

Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** By Lorraine Shanley Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain them.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter touting his YouTube successes. A marketing panel brought together several publishers, including Penguin‘s Charlotte Richards and Open Road‘s Rachel Chou, who shared useful insights into strategies and analytics. Chou talked about analyzing […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/31-4/4

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. Liberty Media, a key investor in Barnes & Noble, sells off a majority of its stock in the company.  Amazon Web Services has secured what is likely its most lucrative client, the Department of Defense. Meanwhile, Amazon announces Fire TV, a competitor to Roku. Audiobook sales […]