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5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 8/27-8/31

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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.     This week’s cause for righteous indignation: the discovery of just how many glowing online book reviews were bought at a price. (One blogger’s infographic on how one might be able to detect shady book reviews on Amazon.) […]

MERCHANTS OF CULTURE: What to Read if You’re Even Vaguely Interested in Book Business

We’ve started monthly book reviews over at, and while all have something to offer to book professionals no matter where they are in their careers, it would verge on criminal not to give this month’s book a special shout-out here. Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century is out in its first US edition from Plume Books (a Penguin nonfiction imprint) this spring. Its author, John B. Thompson, is a sociologist at the University of Cambridge, and has made book business on both sides of the pond […]

Biblioteca Reviews: Making Kids Book Reviews a Family Affair

On this episode of Serendipity in Social Media: When Eight Cousins Biblioteca Reviews (@bibliotecharev) started following Trendsetter on Twitter a few months back, I checked out their website and was simultaneously tickled and impressed. The eight cousins in question range in age from 2 to 12, and with the help of their parents maintain a website on which they record thoughts and recommendations on the books they read (and a few movies they watch). In my opinion, their project’s an energetic and entertaining answer to the questions both of Why book reviews? and […]