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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/22-2/26

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. The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week will be diversity. Simon & Schuster announced they’re starting an imprint for children’s books with a Muslim theme. Hachette is suing former Sony Music executive, Tony Mattola, for not returning the advance for a book he ultimately […]

Trendsetter Roundtable: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

Reading to yourself has often been described as having a movie in your head, but as Peter Mendelsund, author of What We See When We Read (Vintage, 2014) would say it’s so much more than that. Mendelsund is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and art director of Pantheon Books, so he’s definitely the right person to write this book. He’s created some of what I would argue to be some of the most famous and visually striking covers in recent years. Samantha and Jennifer sat down to […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/15-2/19

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. In 2015, US bookstores reported an increase in sales for the first time since 2007, and it’s thanks to female authors. Scribd is dropping its unlimited ebook subscription model, and will announce a new hybrid model next month. Sixty independent bookstores opened in 2015, continuing […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/8-2/12

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. The former publisher of Guernica magazine, Lisa Lucas, will become the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Elena Ferrante’s bestselling Neapolitan novels will become a TV series. Simon & Schuster announced a new YA dedicated website, Riveted. A group of authors are taking […]

License to Succeed?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * Licensing deals have always been popular with publishers. As Publishing Technology COO Randy Petway astutely pointed out in his recent Publishing Perspectives article, “When sales are not something that can be planned for or predicted, publishers rely heavily on brand awareness through licensing deals, both to sell books and open new markets for intellectual property.”  Since the digital revolution, start-ups have taken to buying up licensed properties to give them a jump-start […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/1-2/5

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. Quarto Publishing Group acquired the Harvard Common Press, which primarily publishes books about cooking and childcare. The National Book Foundation announced plans to launch a book club for LGBTQ teens, which will include field trips to literary sites around NYC. Barnes & Noble partnered with the […]