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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/22-6/26

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. W. W. Norton made agreements with Baker & Taylor, Overdrive, and 3M to make all of trade and professional ebooks available in libraries. Scribd acquired ebook subscription service Librify. Penguin’s Berkley and New American Library imprints will be combined to form Berkley Publishing Group. Since the […]

Technology and the Travel Guide

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on our parent site, Publishing Trends. Not so long ago, one of the first steps to planning an upcoming trip was to go to the bookstore. Once the future traveler picked out where they wanted to go, travel guides helped them research and plan their trip. As with many things in publishing, the internet changed that. With the proliferation of websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other free-to-access review-based sites, consumers seemed to feel less and less inclined to buy books to help guide their […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/15-6/19

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 Authors Guild released a statement that its Fair Contract Initiative will take on royalty rates and new contract limits, among other things. Amazon and Penguin Random House reached a long-term agreement. Melville House sent copies of the Torture Report to the presidential candidates, with the […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/8-6/12

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. Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, MO was awarded Library of the Year by Gale and Library Journal. Juan Felipe Herrera was named the United States’ first Latino poet laureate. Starting next year, Simon & Schuster will distribute books published by Gallup Press. Candlewick Press and Zazzle have […]

Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Toronto, Canada

Those of us living in Toronto are a lucky bunch. Torontonians have access to one of the best library systems in the country, are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great selection of independent bookstores we can support, and live in a city home to some of the nation’s most celebrated authors. Toronto also houses the offices of numerous publishers, including HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, House of Anansi, Simon and Schuster Canada, Hachette Canada, Kobo, Harlequin (one of several principal offices), and University of Toronto Press, as […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/1-6/5

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. Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a candid blog post about why she doesn’t want people to buy books from Amazon. Rough Trade’s NYC store will now have a dedicated section for Melville House books due to the companies’ new partnership. BookCon attendance was up from last year, with an 80% […]

Reading Together, Online: A BEA Panel Recap

One of my favorite panels at Book Expo America this year was Word of Mouth Gone Digital: Digital Communities of Readers. The moderator was Literary Agent Ginger Clark from Curtis Brown, Ltd, and the panelists were Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content at Wattpad, Rachel Fershleiser, Literary Outreach Coordinator at Tumblr, Emily Hughes, Editor of Suvudu, and Heather Waters, Editor in Chief and founder of Heroes and Heartbreakers. The success of these sites tells one story that publishers and writers alike should heed: readers just want to find and connect with […]

We Need Diverse Books, One Year Later

One year ago, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) started with a hashtag. The hashtag, which later became the nonprofit’s name, was part of a tweet exchange about the lack of diversity at last year’s BookCon. Last Friday, one year later, I was able to attend the We Need Diverse Books panel at Book Expo America. It celebrated its anniversary by hosting three panels at the very event they originally protested: one panel during the third day of BEA and one on each day of BookCon. The panelists on Friday included WNDB President […]