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Author Archives: Sam Howard

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/5-6/9

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. Overdrive unveils a new cost-per-circulation model for digital library assets.   Penguin Random House acquired popular literary clothing store Out of Print. The Kickstarter for The Well-Read Black Girl literary festival was successfully funded. Bob Dylan gave his Nobel Peace Prize speech in the nick of time.  […]

Spotlight on Middle Grade

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * *  Young adult literature has been a huge catalyst and money-maker for publishing over the past few years. Beyond the books, the category’s given birth to several multimillion dollar franchises and new Hollywood stars. With all of the glamour and glitz that can come out of the YA world, it’s easy to forget about the rest of children’s literature. No, not board books or picture books: I’m talking about middle grade. According to […]

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

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. After the proposed Trump budget cuts, the National Endowment for the Humanities chair has resigned. Author of Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson, died yesterday. Scribd now offers newspaper articles to their subscribers.  Pottermore partnered with Libro.fm to sell the Harry Potter audiobooks, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/24-4/28

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 named a new CEO at last. Author of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan started his own imprint at Hyperion and announced its first titles. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt underwent a round of layoffs this week.  Amazon launched a new feature, Subscribe with Amazon, for […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/10-4/14

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. Microsoft’s ebookstore launched this week.  Audio content giant, RB Media purchased Audiobooks.com.  Amazon released a new parental control dashboard for their kids app, FreeTime.  The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday.  Simon & Schuster announced big changes for Howard Books and Tyrus Books. 

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/13-3/17

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 Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts include eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts  and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Wattpad and Hachette are teaming up to create audiobooks together.  Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit regarding disappearing audiobook credits.  The One Book, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/27-3/3

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 bought both Barack and Michelle Obamas’ memoirs for a rumored $60 million. On her last trip to the US, Australian children’s book author Mem Fox was detained by border control.  HarperCollins rolled out two book recommendation bots on Facebook. B&N Education purchased MBS Textbook […]

Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * When we first got Google’s virtual reality headset at my house, called the Google Daydream, I can’t say I was too excited. But then I tried it. I downloaded BBC’s The Turning Forest, grabbed the controller, and put on the headset. A man who sounded vaguely like Martin Freeman narrated a fairytale-like story that took place in a beautiful digital forest. The short tale is complete with a fantastical beast, an interactive […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/13-2/17

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. Author of the His Dark Materials series Philip Pullman announced his next series this week. Sarah Jessica Parker will chair ALA’s new book club. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is getting a new CEO.  Kindle’s new distribution platform is now available for use in beta form. Goodreads […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/6-2/10

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 German Book Office New York announced several changes this week including a new name.  The American Library Association is in an uproar over FCC changes to internet policy. Composer Stephen Sondheim will be honored with a PEN literary award. Audio Editions has been purchased by […]