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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 […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 12/3-12/7

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.   Amazon announced a new Amazon Marketing feature, Amazon Pages, which allows companies to integrate their presence on Amazon into social media & measure Amazon analytics. As per their settlement with the DOJ, Hachette has began to implement […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 8/13-8/17

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.     Google has acquired the Frommer’s travel guide brand from Wiley, all part of their expansion from information delivery into information creation. Back to everyone’s favorite Soap Opera–er, Court Case: We’re not taking this lying down, says […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 8/6-8/10

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.     Last week, Fifty Shades had sold more copies than any other in the history of Amazon.co.uk. As of this week, it’s sold more than any other book sold in the UK ever. Period. Speaking of Amazon (and when […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 7/30-8/2

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 Book-Biz Bad Boy (and not many weeks have those) is undisputably Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine. First, he admits to fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, then he resigns from The New Yorker, and THEN Houghton Mifflin Harcourt […]

Trendsetters’ Book-Biz Essential Reading, Week of 5/21-5/25

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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.   It’s been a hard-knock life for textbook publishers these past few years: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Kindle: coming to a store near you (if you are in the UK and the store is Waterstone’s). Fifty Shades times 200,000…equals 10 million [copies sold […]