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Author Archives: Thomas Collins

A Publishing Career by the Books: Reading My Mistake, Hothouse, and Lord of Publishing

All too often I read articles proclaiming “the death of the novel,” “the death of the book,” or other such dread-inducing pronouncements. But everything that dies was once alive, and given the tremendous (and unsuccessful) effort to declare books dead, they must currently be wide-eyed, scratching out holes in their coffins, wriggling up through the still-loose dirt. I’ve seen that the undertakers and gravediggers are often those who remain rooted in the pre-digital past. I recently read three books by or about established publishing veterans, at the summits of their […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/17-3/21

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. Penguin Random House acquires Santillana and extends its reach into Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. A New York Court ruled in HarperCollins’ favor in a copyright infringement case regarding the digital rights of Julie of the Wolves against Open Road Digital Media. Will Nook’s self-publishing platform for UK […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/24-2/28

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. Audible announced that it will be lowering its royalty rate on audiobooks, leading many to speculate that Amazon can easily do the same with Kindle Direct Publishing. The man behind @GSElevator may have never worked for Goldman Sachs, but that won’t stop the release of […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/10-2/14

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. In response to faltering sales, Barnes & Noble overhauls its hardware division and looks to move the Nook Study platform in a new direction. Looking to expand into digital and print books, DreamWorks launches an in-house imprint, DreamWorks Press. Hugh Howey uses data from Amazon […]