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Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * When we first got Google’s virtual reality headset at my house, called the Google Daydream, I can’t say I was too excited. But then I tried it. I downloaded BBC’s The Turning Forest, grabbed the controller, and put on the headset. A man who sounded vaguely like Martin Freeman narrated a fairytale-like story that took place in a beautiful digital forest. The short tale is complete with a fantastical beast, an interactive […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/23-1/27

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. Roxane Gay pulled her forthcoming book in protest of Milo Yiannopoulos‘s deal with Simon & Schuster. The New York Times will no longer give comics their own bestseller list, and explained why. Sales of 1984 are up after Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” on television. Amazon expanded […]

Translation in the English-Speaking World

Translations are an integral part of the publishing industry. They are potentially invaluable to shaping young minds, breaking down cultural barriers, and furthering the development of modern languages; literature in translation accounted for 13 percent of The New York Times’ list of the 100 most notable books for 2015. And yet, the English-speaking world produces translated titles at a very small rate. Salman Rushdie called the low number of translated books into English in America “shocking,” and Literature Across Frontiers Director Alexandra Büchler said that the percentage of books published in translation […]

What Brexit Means for the Publishing Industry

General Response Citizens of the world were shocked when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on Thursday, June 23rd . Many have likened the scenario to one of doomsday fiction. English novelist Robert Harris wrote on Twitter, “Feel as if I’m living in a bad dystopian political thriller.” However, despite people’s shock, British feelings of separatism from the EU are not new. According to the New York Times, Britain was initially reluctant to join with its neighbors in Europe when the European Economic Community was founded in 1957. After only two years of membership, […]

Amazon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year Abroad

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * A recent article in The Telegraph calls 2015 “the year Amazon delivered on its founder’s vision.” The reporter James Titcomb explains that in 2015 Amazon grew to double its share price, finally became profitable, and is now “almost untouchable as an online retailer” due to its streamlined delivery  service. While it’s been a good year in many respects, the company has also had its share of troubles – facing government investigations, employee […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/28-1/1

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. Editor’s note: It’s an unsurprisingly slow week for publishing news, so we’ve mixed in some opinion pieces to round out the five links. Enjoy, and Happy New Year. The New York Times is launching a science fiction column by N.K. Jemisin. Despite earlier rumors to […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/13-7/17

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. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee shattered first day sales records in the United States after going on sale this Tuesday. The New York Times eased their previous ban on Ted Cruz’s book from appearing on the bestseller list. Facebook wants a share of […]

We Need Diverse Books, One Year Later

One year ago, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) started with a hashtag. The hashtag, which later became the nonprofit’s name, was part of a tweet exchange about the lack of diversity at last year’s BookCon. Last Friday, one year later, I was able to attend the We Need Diverse Books panel at Book Expo America. It celebrated its anniversary by hosting three panels at the very event they originally protested: one panel during the third day of BEA and one on each day of BookCon. The panelists on Friday included WNDB President […]

Listen Up! The Audiobook Revolution

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on our parent site, Publishing Trends. With audiobook sales numbers on the rise over the past two years, retailers have been searching for new ways to appeal to wider audiences. So far, the most common trends have been straight-to-audio publications, library digital downloads, abridged audiobooks, and an increase in subscription services.  However, speculation has begun to spread as to whether publishers should repackage audiobooks to be more similar to podcasts, given the format’s latest successes. At the end of November, Audible published The Starling […]

Adventures in Grown Up Reads for Young Adults

Editor’s note: This post was also featured on our parent site, Publishing Trends. When someone says “YA” the assumption is he or she is referring to YA fiction. It might be time to retire that assumption. There’s a new(ish) YA in town: young adult nonfiction adaptations. This is a genre of young adult books adapted from books written for an adult audience. We’re certainly not the first to notice this phenomenon, The New York Times, The Awl, and Stacked Books have all covered it. But the question remains, why is […]