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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/23-3/27

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 American Library Association announced its partnership with 20 education businesses to ask Congress for federal funding for school libraries to continue. Barnes and Noble’s shopping bags were redesigned. Amazon added a new rating system to its website, in which users can vote on the quality of […]

Not There Yet: The New “New Adult” Genre

Genres shape our reading habits, but their exact boundaries have always eluded us. Genres are “inherently confusing and complex,” as one New Yorker article put it, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of a new and in-the-making genre called New Adult. New Adult is a genre of fiction. It features protagonists between ages 18 and 25 (some say 26), usually in college or at their first job. New Adult picks up where Young Adult leaves off. In the words of bestselling author Cora Carmack, “Young Adult […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/16-3/20

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. Ratuken, the Japanese parent company of Kobo, bought Overdrive for $140 million this week. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will publish LEGO branded books and graphic novels. Several EU countries have asked the European Commission to reverse their decision regarding higher value-added tax on […]

A DRM Primer for a VAT World

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The ongoing and increasingly heated debate over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in digital publishing has recently received more press attention because of the EU ruling to charge VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks. For those in need of a reminder, Digital Rights Management refers to the protections  that are in place on many copyrighted digital products like video games, smartphone apps and ebooks that make illegal downloading more difficult. In […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/9-3/13

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 tech blog Gigaom shut down after nine years. The state of Alabama decided to open an elder abuse investigation for Harper Lee after concerns were raised that the author might not be coherent enough to agree to the publication of Go Set a Watchman. Universal and Scholastic reached an agreement for […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/2-3/6

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. Ebook sales are slowing down, which in turn, means publisher revenues are also going down. A European court ruled that ebooks will not get the same tax cuts as paper books do. Coffee House announced their first imprint, Emily Books. A Supreme Court judge ruled […]