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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, […]

Reading Together, Online: A BEA Panel Recap

One of my favorite panels at Book Expo America this year was Word of Mouth Gone Digital: Digital Communities of Readers. The moderator was Literary Agent Ginger Clark from Curtis Brown, Ltd, and the panelists were Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content at Wattpad, Rachel Fershleiser, Literary Outreach Coordinator at Tumblr, Emily Hughes, Editor of Suvudu, and Heather Waters, Editor in Chief and founder of Heroes and Heartbreakers. The success of these sites tells one story that publishers and writers alike should heed: readers just want to find and connect with […]

A DRM Primer for a VAT World

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The ongoing and increasingly heated debate over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in digital publishing has recently received more press attention because of the EU ruling to charge VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks. For those in need of a reminder, Digital Rights Management refers to the protections  that are in place on many copyrighted digital products like video games, smartphone apps and ebooks that make illegal downloading more difficult. In […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/12-1/16

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. Macmillan reached an agreement with Scribd and Oyster, becoming the third of the Big 5 to do so. Simon & Schuster is now selling online courses by popular self-help, health, and finance authors. Macmillan Science and Education will merge with Springer Science + Business Media with […]

Digital, Digital, Get Down: Insights from Attending the YPG Digital: Innovative Imprints Panel

“Who here works specifically in a digital area of publishing?” panel moderator Carly Hoogendyk’s question was met with a smattering of raised hands in the crowded Random House conference room. “Who doesn’t deal with digital properties?” About the same number of people raised their hands, a number nowhere close to the majority of young publishing employees gathered on Wednesday, October 23rd for the YPG Digital: Innovative Imprints panel hosted by Young to Publishing Group . The answers were indicative of how many young publishing employees work in a sector of traditional publishing […]

Libraries and Licensing

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and the growing popularity of digital access, we thought it was time to post a comprehensive update on libraries and ebook licensing. It’s important to recognize that the large majority of libraries license, rather than buy, their ebooks.  This is a critical difference, because in licensing contracts, the first sale doctrine does not apply. For those […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/28-8/1

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. Apple quietly purchased BookLamp last week, a book recommendation engine known for its Book Genome Project. Alloy Entertainment teamed up with Amazon to create a digital publishing imprint. Hachette’s first quarter sales were up 5.6% despite the ongoing dispute with Amazon. Macmillan increased its ebook lending selection to include […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 10/14–10/18

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. Congratulations to Eleanor Catton, this year’s winner of The Man Booker Prize! Another big congratulations to all appearing on the National Book Awards Shortlist. Macmillan ups the number of backlist eBooks available for lending to ~11,000. Kobo’s removal of all self-published titles from one of its […]

In Orbit: The Joys of Working in a Satellite Office

Common wisdom generally states that, short of becoming a Rockette or a ticket-taker at the Empire State Building, there are few careers likely to place you in New York faster than publishing. While it’s true that almost everyone with weight to throw around the global book industry has a foothold in the City That Never Sleeps, it’s also important to note that, even in the past, a sizable portion of the publishing houses housed in New York were and are satellite offices of publishing corporations headquartered elsewhere: Hachette is headquartered […]

Profiles in Publishing: Henry Holt

EX-Henry-Holt

Name: Henry Holt Birthdate/Place: January 3rd, 1840, Baltimore, Maryland Publisher Associated With: Henry Holt and Company Claim to Fame: Holt graduated from Yale before entering Columbia Law School. He entered the publishing business with the late G. P. Putnam in 1863, another important figure in publishing and later a major figure behind the Penguin Group.  In 1866, Holt joined Frederick Leypoldt’s publishing company, the founder of publications like Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. It later became Henry Holt and Company in 1873 when Leypoldt decided to devote himself to bibliographical work. Henry Holt and Company is […]