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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/28-12/2

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. Julian Barnes, and some of his peers, have objected to American inclusion in the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Penguin Random House announced that it will cover half the price of a PEN America membership for interested employees. Johanna Basford, adult coloring book doyenne, was appointed to the Order of […]

The Beginner’s Guide to the Backlist

Historically, American publishing houses had three seasons a year: fall, winter, and spring. This had a lot to do with the physical limitations of selling and shipping books across the country, especially in the eras before air-conditioning and Skype. Most modern publishers still operate on two to three seasons a year, in part because it’s often easier to break a year’s business goals down into sub-goals. After six months, a once-new title is replaced by something even newer, and the focus of the industry moves on – and that’s where […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/14-11/18

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. Wednesday night’s National Book Awards offered stirring speeches. Bob Dylan won’t be attending the Nobel ceremony after all. Penguin Random House‘s employees will start 2017 with a new chairman and a student loan repayment program.  Barnes & Noble announced a new $49.99 Nook ahead of Black […]

The 11th Annual 5 Under 35 National Book Award Ceremony

The Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall was filled to capacity last night for the National Book Foundation’s eleventh annual 5 Under 35 ceremony. The closing of powerHouse Arena over the summer prompted the event’s move to Midtown Manhattan. Though the space was smaller than last year’s, the crowd was no less lively. The cocktail hour preceding the official ceremony was well lubricated, thanks to the able bar staff, and attendees mingled with plates of hummus and charcuterie until the very seconds before the event officially began. After affectionately instructing the audience […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/31-11/4

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. Amazon rolled out a reading app for kids. Next year’s BookExpo America will be retooled and renamed. Bookstore and library records retain protection from search under the PATRIOT Act. Ron Boire is leaving Barnes & Noble with $4.8 million in severance.  Non-Prime members pay more at Amazon‘s physical bookstores. Bonus: Electric […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/17-10/21

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. Pearson shares fell 10% following a lackluster sales report. Spanish police arrested their first-ever ebook pirate. The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. has left many books stranded at sea. Baker & Taylor Global Publishers Services announced their first four clients. Following InterVarsity Christian Fellowship‘s announcement that […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/10-10/14

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. Bob Dylan adds a new honor to his mantelpiece: the Nobel Prize for Literature. NetGalley bought Bookish.com for an undisclosed price. The Authors Guild is opening up membership to new and unpublished writers. Wattpad and Gallery Books are teaming up on a contemporary fairy tale anthology, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/3-10/7

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 possible unmasking of Elena Ferrante has drawn swift condemnation from her fans. National Book Awards finalists were revealed yesterday morning. Amazon launched a new benefit for Prime subscribers: increased ebook access. Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group are getting into the serialized fiction game on October […]

Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Pittsburgh, PA

The reports are true: the “Paris of Appalachia” is having its belle époque. To outsiders, Pittsburgh might be better known for its smokestacked past and Steelers championships, but these are only a few of the city’s many faces. Thanks to a patchwork of neighborhoods, colleges, and cultures, the future is alive and well in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it’s looking pretty wordy. The area is home to a number of presses, both independent and university-affiliated. The University of Pittsburgh Press and Carnegie Mellon University Press each publish a wide variety of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/19-9/23

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 eighteen Kirkus Prize finalists have been announced. Eleven-year-old Marley Dias of #1000BlackGirlBooks has teamed up with Elle to create a zine. Google Books is launching a “Discover” feature to better help you find things to read. Barnes & Noble Education considers switching its focus away from […]