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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/21-12/24

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. According to the Association of American Publishers, trade book sales are down from last year, although audio and paperback sales continue to grow. A publisher and book retailer in Germany have created a vending machine to exchange an unwanted present for a book. After complaints last […]

Third Annual The Best of the End of the Year “Best of” Lists of 2015

Don’t worry, lists remained popular in 2015, and I’m willing to bet they’re not going anywhere in 2016 either. This was my third time compiling the best of the bookish best of lists. And each year I’ve done this, I’ve loudly commented to my coworker that there are too many lists this year, and I’m never going to be able to choose between them all. But the reality is, most of you reading this site, you’re book people, and you already know what a lot of the picks will be […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/14-12/18

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 Book Industry Study Group is adding more than 500 new BISAC codes in 2016, allowing publishers to assign more specific subcategories to YA and juvenile nonfiction. According to a Nielsen study in the UK, more people are giving books as presents this year. Last weekend, […]

The Sound and the Story: Audiobooks and Podcasts

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on our parent site, Publishing Trends. Hey, did you hear season two of Serial has started? Serial’s return was hard to miss on social media last Thursday. People were hungry to hear more of Sarah Koenig’s addictive storytelling and reporting. The keyword is “hear” — Serial, of course, is a podcast, and podcasts are growing in popularity, as are audiobooks. In publishing, trends come and go, but this love of all things audio may be indicative of a sea change. This year was […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/7-12/11

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. Playster, a new digital media subscription service offering books, music, tv/movies, and video games, debuted this week. Scribd has added sheet music to their digital offerings. The Obamas announced their favorite 2015 books, movies, and more. Google Play Books will soon allow “family sharing” of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/30-12/4

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. The city that spends the most money on books, Washington DC, will soon only have independent bookstores. In the ebook price fixing case, Barnes & Noble, Authors Guild, Authors United, and the American Booksellers Association filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of Apple. […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5: Children’s Publishers You Might Not Know

Often in publishing, those who are new to the industry are only familiar with the Big 5 publishing houses. It’s important to get to know the medium- and smaller-sized houses as well, especially if you’re looking for your first job in the industry. This edition of the Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5 is a list of a few children’s publishers in the US that might be less familiar to you. You can also see our previous guide to adult fiction publishers here. The publisher/owner is either the parent company or […]