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Pulp Fiction (and Non-Fiction): What Happens to Unwanted Books

Ah, publishing arcana. We’d probably be OK without knowing lots of it, but the massive Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “recall” of Imagine a few weeks ago highlights the moving parts and practical concerns behind “hidden” corners of the industry. New York magazine did a fascinating little history of book pulping the other day. And why would they bother? Because apparently Every year, millions of books are sent to the “cruel machines,” as one young editor calls them, simply because their sales didn’t meet projections. Aha. Well, even though the article was […]

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 […]