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Monthly Archives: September 2015

A Beginner’s Guide to Literary Podcasts

There are so many ways to love books that have nothing to do with reading. And even when you can’t be reading, you can still celebrate your love of books by listening to people talk about books. I asked the bookternet what their favorite literary podcasts are, and boy did they deliver. There are a lot of them out there, so here’s a simple list to get you started on the best bookish programming that isn’t a book. We’ll start with some well-loved literary podcasts. These are well-known, and give […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/21-9/25

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. Ebook subscription service, Oyster, will be shutting down, and much of the team will go to Google. G Asset Management, the company that bid on a majority share in Barnes & Noble stock last year, was revealed as fraud this week. National Book Award nominee, Ta-Nehisi […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/14-9/18

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. The second case against Author Solutions was dismissed, ending their two-year long lawsuits. Apple wants to take its price-fixing case to the Supreme Court. The EU announced plans to propose an amendment of the new VAT regulations to create exemptions for small businesses, including some that sell ebooks. The Man […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/7-9/11

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. Perseus is up for sale again. National Geographic made a sizable deal with 21st Century Fox to become National Geographic Partners. Barnes & Noble’s revenues are down. Tarcher Books and Perigree Books will join together to become one imprint. McGraw-Hill Education announced plans to go public.

Vertical Horizons: Online Courses

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * In 2013, Magnolia Media Network (formerly Future of Ink) listed online courses among its top ten digital publishing trends. That same year, the Independent Book Publishers Association mentioned Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in its Independent magazine as a rapidly growing industry. The article went on to suggest that publishers embracing online education were likely to see less disruption in their textbook sales. And then again in 2014, Digital Book World’s Ten Bold Predictions […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/31-9/4

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. Penguin Random House’s revenues were up 16.2% in the first half of 2015. Ellora’s Cave and Dear Author blogger both filed claims in their libel and defamation suit, which has been ongoing since September 2014. Goodreads will soon be available on Fire tablets and Kindle ereaders in the UK and Ireland. Ebook sales […]

A Beginner’s Guide to ISBN, Part 1: An Overview

ISBNs are important to a book’s identity for many reasons, but most importantly because they give ownership to the book’s author. Additionally, ISBN contributes to a book’s identity is by giving it a unique number for distributors and bookstores to keep inventory, to differentiate between similar editions, and to provide data for market analysis. Still not quite sure what an ISBN is? Here’s some background. As some of you might remember from your grade school’s library classes, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is composed of the thirteen […]