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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/21-12/24

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. According to the Association of American Publishers, trade book sales are down from last year, although audio and paperback sales continue to grow. A publisher and book retailer in Germany have created a vending machine to exchange an unwanted present for a book. After complaints last […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/6-7/10

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. Amazon is now removing customer reviews if its data mining shows that the customer has a personal relationship with the author. Apple is now being investigated in Canada for possibly conspiring to fix ebook prices. Nook stores outside of the US and UK will close on August 7th, […]

For What It’s Worth: Fixed Book Price in Foreign Book Markets

Earlier this year, France made publishing news headlines when its court ruled ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited illegal. The law cited was the Lang Law, which gives publishers the exclusive right to set the price of a book. Retailers are not allowed to discount more than 5 percent from this set price. You may be thinking, A measly 5 percent? Here in the United States, we’re used to seeing 50 percent or more slashed off our books. Price fixing in general is regarded as suspect and is, in fact, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/9-2/13

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. Scribd added comics and graphic novels to its subscription service and says new issues will be available about a month after their print release. After securing a number of titles from local publishers, Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in Canada and Mexico. Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair […]

Unpaid Publishing Internships: A Possible Solution

During The Great Canadian Publishing Tour, Erinne Sevigny traveled from Canada’s west coast to east coast and visited publishers of varying sizes and mandates–and blogged all about it. Self-publishing presses, small literary houses, houses experimenting with new models, and corporate multinationals all invited Erinne into their offices (and sometimes homes). While investigating the Canadian publishing landscape to prove that publishing was not dying, she also explored how the people (their histories and passions) and the spaces (their physical surroundings in both structure and geography) affected their books and business. This […]

Books Abroad: Book Business and Publishers in Toronto

One of the world’s biggest English-language publishing hubs can be found in Toronto. Canada’s largest city boasts an extensive book culture, housing the Canadian offices of the Big Six Five, as well as impressive local independent presses. The Canadians are proud of their literary heritage and its contributions to the global arts scene, and the government actively works to promote Canadian literature throughout the country and around the world. In Toronto, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is a government agency that “promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation” […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 5/27 – 5/31

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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. **** Simon and Schuster to to launch premier marketing plan and customer portal, creating a one-stop destination for invoices, order tracking, and promotional information. Publishing industry might start responding to ebook piracy by infecting the thief with Malware. Amazon is opening a new office […]

Book-jobs, Not by the Book: Susan Toy, Author Consultant at Alberta Books Canada

Susan Toy is a veteran book professional who is carving out a niche for herself in a nascent-but-booming section of the business: author-focused expertise. Or, as she much more glamorously likes to put it, she’s an “Author Impresario.”  ****  I’ve had a life-long love affair with books. As a child, I read voraciously then studied English literature in university, knowing full well that the only job I’d be qualified for was as a bookstore clerk. I managed to land that position in the late 70s and never looked back. Since […]