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Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** By Lorraine Shanley Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain them.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter touting his YouTube successes. A marketing panel brought together several publishers, including Penguin‘s Charlotte Richards and Open Road‘s Rachel Chou, who shared useful insights into strategies and analytics. Chou talked about analyzing […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/31-4/4

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. Liberty Media, a key investor in Barnes & Noble, sells off a majority of its stock in the company.  Amazon Web Services has secured what is likely its most lucrative client, the Department of Defense. Meanwhile, Amazon announces Fire TV, a competitor to Roku. Audiobook sales […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/24-3/28

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. Amazon remains the number one seller of ebooks, but Apple and Barnes and Noble are in a tight race for second place. New York Public Library is working with Zola Books to offer a new system for book recommendations. Hachette’s UK counterpart, Hodder & Stoughton is […]

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 3/3-3/7

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. After four years of coverage, The New York Times‘ Julie Bosman is leaving the publishing beat. Ingram announced that it acquired CourseSmart, a digital course materials provider and previous competitor. No need to feel left out from all of the AWP coverage, The New Yorker shares one […]

PW Panel: Are Publishing Seasons Relevant?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** By Amy Rhodes On Feb. 26, Publishers Weekly hosted its first discussion series of 2014 with a panel featuring Andy Laties, Store Manager at Bank Street Bookstore, Kim Wylie, VP Deputy Director of Sales at PGW, and Mary Beth Thomas, VP of Sales at HarperCollins. PW’s Jim Milliott moderated. Bringing together a representative from retail, distribution, and publishing, the panel addressed questions related to the pros and cons of traditional seasonal lists from 3 different angles. In the end, though, the differences between the publisher viewpoint and the distributor’s […]

The Ties that Bind: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Pamela Slim’s Body of Work

When you’re starting out on your career path, especially in a difficult job market, it can feel impossible to figure out how exactly to sell yourself. After all, you’re pulling job experience from a lot of places: your school work, volunteer jobs, freelance gigs, internships, etc. – chances are your complete resume doesn’t tell just one story, it tells many stories. But together, what do all of those things say about you as a job candidate? And better yet, what do you want them to say? Pamela Slim‘s new book, Body of Work […]

Second Screens and Customization: Digital Kids Conference at Toy Fair 2014

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** Books and toys often present licensing opportunities for the author or brand, but this year’s Toy Fair further proved how closely these industries are linked when it comes to selling to parents and children. This was also the first year that Toy Fair partnered with BEA to cross-promote the conferences to their respective trade attendees, and with more toys popping up in bookshops and special sales opportunities for publishers, this symbiotic relationship is only strengthening. Digital Kids Conference at […]

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 […]

Brand New You: An Interview with Jane Friedman

Having worked as Managing Editor of Writer’s Digest, Consultant for authors, and Co-founder and Editor of Scratch Magazine, Jane Friedman (this Jane Friedman, not that Jane Friedman) is viewed as an advocate and go-to source for writers looking to build a platform. Much of her work is dedicated to giving writers the tools they need to thrive, be it through best writing practices, personal branding, or bringing transparency to what writers are being paid for their work. Being as skilled as she is at helping writers cash in on their skills, we wanted […]