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Tag Archives: Random House

Branding by Video

Editor’s note: This post also appears on our host site, Publishing Trends.  It turns out Simon & Schuster, who has been gaining press attention with the release of its “Behind the Book” video series, isn’t the only publishing company that’s been building its video cache. We’ve decided to gather a few together for viewing. Here’s a little background in case you missed it: S&S uploaded 5 videos of book editors giving details on how certain titles came to be as a start to their series last week. S&S Executive VP and Chief […]

Small Press, Not Small Time: A Look at Young People in Small, Indie Publishers

Both Graywolf Press and Little, Brown published books that received Pulitzer Prizes this year. Little, Brown posted a photo of their staff celebration: a seemingly endless sea of glasses of red wine. While there wasn’t any photographic evidence, I imagine Graywolf celebrated similarly. Though, if there had been a photo, there would have only been 12 glasses of wine. Small presses are just that, small. While the likes of Penguin Random House or HarperCollins can claim thousands of employees and the title of one of the “Big” Five, small presses […]

BEA 2014: A Trendsetter Roundtable

Last week was a busy time for all people in the book business as BEA 2014 kicked off its programming on Wednesday, May 28th and culminated in Saturday’s BookCon.  Professionals from all over the industry were represented, including your Trendsetter Editors, BEA pro Kimberly Lew and first timer Samantha Howard. They sat down to talk about their experiences and observations from this year’s Book Expo America. Kimberly: Last week was a crazy week of BEA goodness. Let’s discuss. Samantha: Yes. My first time! Kimberly: Your first time. How does it feel to no longer […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe

Amanda Bullock is the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in downtown New York City, where she organizes over 200 literary events a year and manages all of the bookstore’s social media. She is the co-creator and co-organizer of the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC (returning in November 2014) and the co-organizer of the Downtown Literary Festival.   ***** What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? I moved to New York City in 2006 with a dream of working in book publishing and landed a job […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/24-2/28

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. Audible announced that it will be lowering its royalty rate on audiobooks, leading many to speculate that Amazon can easily do the same with Kindle Direct Publishing. The man behind @GSElevator may have never worked for Goldman Sachs, but that won’t stop the release of […]

All About the Kids: Launch Kids 2014

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  *** It was a lively gathering at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in NYC on January 13th, as professionals from the children’s book industry gathered for the Launch Kids conference as a part of Digital Book World. Early on in the program, Nielsen Book’s Jonathan Nowell and Jo Henry presented data stating that the main means of discovery for parents buying books for kids ages 7-12 comes directly from the child. While it was just one of many stats presented in a data-packed morning, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 10/28 –11/1

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. Random House acquired Figment this week, a community-building teen writing website, has book recommendations, and publisher promotions of new books. Amazon is launching a weekly, digital, short fiction/poetry-focused, literary magazine called Day One.  HarperCollins is attempting to reach new audiences by selling e-books straight to […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/8 – 7/12

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. ****  The Federal court ruled Apple guilty of ebook price-fixing conspiracy; hearings for damages are to be held soon. Barnes & Noble’s CEO resigned after Nook fails to compete in the e-reader market. Amazon launches comics imprint featuring George R. R. Martin, named Jet City […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/1 – 7/5

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. ****  Penguin and Random House merged, creating new book publishing giant. A blank book becomes a bestseller on Amazon. (And the reviews are even better) Harvard University Press prepares for possible “blockbuster” with a history title about Hollywood’s “pact with Hitler.” Survey from the Bookseller […]

Books Abroad: Australian Publishing and Book Business in Melbourne

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  We inaugurate “Books Abroad”, our international version of “Not New York”, with a post from Kate McKenzie on her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. Just as we want to widen horizons and make connections beyond “NYCentric” book business in the US, we also want to explore other publishing hubs around the world. Shannon will continue her explorations, and we’ll also welcome profiles from other guest contributors. Like any travelers, we’re on the hunt for communities small and large, landmarks and little-known treasures. All aboard for Books Abroad! **** I’ve lived in […]