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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Keeping the Faith: Publisher Agnostic Content

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * Be it tweets, blog posts, or marketing materials, content produced by book publishers is traditionally about the books they publish. But that’s not always the case. Some publishers are hosting blogs with “publisher agnostic” content, meaning the site will feature books and authors they don’t publish. In fact, some of these websites all but obscure the fact that they’re hosted by a major publisher, which raises a question: why? Why promote books […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/22-8/26

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. William Morris Endeavor acquired the LA-based boutique agency Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Gillett. A Spanish publisher won the rights to clone the mysterious, centuries-old Voynich Manuscript. Kenya’s 16% VAT on books is not going over well with the country’s publishers. Amazon and Kobo announced their respective ongoing […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Joel W. Coggins, Design & Production Editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press

Joel W. Coggins is the Design & Production Editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press, where he has worked since 2010. He was awarded an AAUP Mellon Residency Grant to visit the Design & Production Department at Columbia University Press in 2016. The only thing he seeks out more eagerly than bookstores while traveling is a good doughnut shop.   What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? Somewhat typically, I worked on my high school’s literary magazine, which, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/15-8/19

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. Barnes & Noble fired their CEO, Ronald Boire. HarperCollins unveiled a new design for their website this week. For the first half of 2016, bookstore sales are up over 6%. Wattpad is rolling out ads that will allow their writers to earn money through their posts. Pamela […]

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

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. Penguin Random House will consolidate its two offices in 2019. Bonnier Publishing announces a new US division. After four years, Target will once again sell Kindles. The National Endowment for the Humanities will endow over $4 million in publishing grants. CliffsNotes is getting new digital features, including […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/1-8/5

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. Post-Cursed Child release, J.K. Rowling says that Harry Potter is “now done.” Sourcebooks is adding customization options to certain titles through its Simple Truths business imprint. No new novel cracked the bestseller list in the first half of 2016. Hachette is partnering with Tapas Media to release several of […]

What Brexit Means for the Publishing Industry

General Response Citizens of the world were shocked when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on Thursday, June 23rd . Many have likened the scenario to one of doomsday fiction. English novelist Robert Harris wrote on Twitter, “Feel as if I’m living in a bad dystopian political thriller.” However, despite people’s shock, British feelings of separatism from the EU are not new. According to the New York Times, Britain was initially reluctant to join with its neighbors in Europe when the European Economic Community was founded in 1957. After only two years of membership, […]