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The ALA Ebook Standoff
For example, a publishing executive supposedly said, “our executives are confused as to what is a library.” That seems like it would be pretty easy thing to figure out. You just point them toward that building that's handing out the publisher's books ...

Thank self-publishing for many great books
Re: Want quick cachet? Self-publish a book, Sept. 24. Why is it bad news that "everyone and his dentist" is trying to self-publish a book? Why do we discourage people from sharing stories and ideas? The argument, of course, is based on the assumption ...

Poem of the week: Among His Books by Edith Nesbit
This week's choice, Among his Books, was first published in Leaves of Life in 1888. If it reminds you of Thomas Hardy, note that Hardy published no poetry before 1897. That timeline gives us some idea of Nesbit's originality in, for example, her ...

NBT organizes training course for book publishing in Goa
'The Training Course in Book Publishing at Goa' being organized by the National Book Trust, India in collaboration with Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library, Directorate of Art & Culture, Panaji and Konkani Akademi, Panaji. Vishnu Surya Wagh ...

New Digital Publishing Start-up, Bookouture, From Ex-Harlequin UK Marketer
Bespoke publishing means exactly that – we fit our publishing to an author's story – not the other way round. We're not pigeon-holing books or just following the latest trend – we're about discovering talent and taking a long term view. The most ...

It's the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week
This week is the 30th annual Banned Books Week. Few public libraries ever actually ban books. And the American Library Association, when it releases its list of most frequently challenged books, notes that there is a difference between a parent or ...

A third of bestsellers cost more as e-books than as hardbacks
In a survey of bestselling fiction and non-fiction on Amazon, e-books were priced higher than the same title in hardback in more than a third of cases, despite the cost savings of digital distribution. JK Rowling's new novel, The Casual Vacancy, costs ...

National Geographic to Publish Weird Book!
I was fortunate enough to team up with David Braun and his writers to reveal the stranger side of National Geographic in our new book Tales of the Weird, which is publishing on October 23. David came to me last summer to see if there was a book to be ...

Dayton Literary Peace Prize
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (October 1, 2012)—The Sojourn, a stirring novel of brotherhood, survival, and coming-of-age during World War I written by Andrew Krivak, a faculty member in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program at Boston College, has been ...

Book buzz: Arnold's memoir, Banned Books Week
New books: USA TODAY Books Editor Jocelyn McClurg scopes out five hot books on sale this week, plus read a four-star review of Louise Erdrich's The Round House and a review of Mark Helprin's new novel, In Sunlight and In Shadow. 'Fatal Vision': Jeffery ...

When a Woman's Word Is Gold: How Women Are Redefining the Publishing World
Most of all, we learned that the publishing world is now listening to women: We play a major role in such things as which titles get published and read, what a book will look like once it reaches the reader, and whether the media can stop a poorly ...

Family Tech: How to publish that e-book
Publishing companies receive a flood of unsolicited books “over the transom” as they call it. If they have time to look at each one, it is often a brand new employee who reviews it. The only thing standing between you and fame and fortune, if the book ...

Banning Books Is Censorship
Banning books in America. Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron? Yet both classic books and new, mainstream titles such as The Hunger Games, Water for Elephants and Fifty Shades of Grey are banned in communities across our country. In response, the ...

How To Self-Publish Your Novel on the Amazon Kindle
Today, we live in the age of electronic books. The high cost of printing and shipping is no longer a consideration, or barrier to entry. Publishers—once the middlemen in the process—aren't as important as they once were. The major ebook sellers have ...

Why Publishers Don't Like Working With Start-ups
It's not true that all publishers don't like working with start-ups, but as the founder of one such start-up in the publishing world, Jellybooks, I can tell you firsthand that what might seem like a home-run partnership doesn't always come to fruition ...

Kurt Vonnegut, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship
To mark Banned Books Week 2012, I'll be featuring excerpts from once-banned books on Literary Jukebox over the coming days. But, today, dive into an omnibus of meditations on and responses to censorship from a selection of literary heroes from the past ...

Publishing Grief: The Five Stages
I've been thinking about what you said and, of course, you're the publisher, you understand these things, and you're absolutely right: a story about genetics is fine but we do indeed need a better hook for the paperback. And I think I've got one! What ...

An Interview with Nieman Fellow Jen B. McDonald
I'm interested in how culture tries to define people and how women and other historical minorities have sought to shift the balance of power. Tagged: Books, Arts, Nieman Foundation, Arts Blog · View the discussion thread. blog comments powered by ...

Novel idea? Emphasis on nonfiction over fiction shaking up Illinois classrooms
His students still read fiction, he said, but he notices more of them pick nonfiction books. Confusion and debate. The new focus can offer some innovative blending of course material, teachers say. At Wood Dale Junior High, for example, an eighth-grade ...

Readmill Looks to Connect Authors, Publishers and Readers
“They are used to printing books and selling them. That is changing fast. The importance of the relationship between author, publisher and reader is going to be the main thing that publishers and authors are going to work with in future. It will be a ...

Minecraft strikes book and magazine publishing deal
Indie PC hit Minecraft is hitting the High Street – but you'll have to head to the book aisle to find it. UK outfit Egmont Publishing has acquired the book and magazine publishing rights from Mojang, TechCrunch reports. The deal covers all territories ...

Lena Dunham to publish her first book
Multi-talented LENA DUNHAM will soon be able to add author to her resume after making plans to publish her first book. The actress/writer/director, who is the creator and star of hit TV show Girls, has written a modern version of Helen Gurley Brown's ...

Books, News and Stationery Retailing in Global: Market Guide to 2016
This report is the result of Canadean's extensive market research covering the Books, News and Stationery Retailing market in the Global. The report provides a top-level overview and detailed category insight into the operating environment for the ...

Books, Not Kindling
Being an avid book lover, I am always interested in finding other people with the same appreciation for books like I have. More often than not, I come across people who go as far as saying they hate to read, leaving me to feel like I'm one of the last ...

Minecraft branching out to books with publishing deal
Now it has set its eyes on the book world with a publishing deal revealed on Tuesday. The Minecraft creator signed a deal with UK children's publishing house, Egmont Publishing, for book and magazine rights. The deal overs all territories except the ...

Easypress Technologies Signs HarperCollins UK to Its Cloud Platform
Easypress Technologies, a book production software developer, is launching Book Publishing in the Cloud, a new technology platform it claims can cut the costs and time required to produce print and digital titles by as much as 50%. The new service is ...

Penguin, 3M E-Book Pilot 3M Goes Live
In a release, library vendor 3M announced that its library e-book pilot with Penguin has gone live. Under the deal, patrons at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library will now be able to check out a selection of Penguin titles via ...

A War of Words
But Whitman's comment has led to three false assumptions: one, that nobody wrote literature during the Civil War; two, that Civil War literature was invented 30 years later, by Stephen Crane's 1895 novel “The Red Badge of Courage”; and three, that ...

Books can help build peace: Gogoi
GUWAHATI, Oct 2 – The first Guwahati Literary Festival-cum-Book Fair organised by the Publication Board, Assam opened here today with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi emphasizing the role of books as a catalyst to effect social transformation, while speaking ...

Publishers urge cultural exchange through books
Pubat will push for the campaign at next month's meeting of the Asean Book Publishers Association, where it will suggest a special rate for publication of literature under the programme. In addition, there can be business matching between publishers ...

Zest Books Launches a Line of Memoirs for Teens
San Francisco-based Zest Books, which Hallie Warshaw founded in 2006 to publish nonfiction for teens, has added a line of memoirs and first-person accounts called True Stories. The first three titles, which will be released this fall, include Dear Teen ...

Publishers, Booksellers, Librarians Gear Up for Star Wars Reads Day
An initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, the event marks the first time that the franchise's publishers have banded together for such a broad-reaching venture. Participating publishers include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics ...

Eight Smart Business Lessons From a Savvy Business Publisher
For the first eight months of 2012, adult non-fiction book sales in the U.S. are down 17 percent from the same period last year (according to BookScan, which tracks approximately 75 percent of retail book sales, including Amazon). But one publishing ...

Celebrate Banned Books Week with a great read
This week is the 30th anniversary of the first Banned Books Week. The library association keeps track of books that have been banned as well as those that are challenged, which is defined as "an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library ...

The year of discord among the literary experts
Dissension flowered in the fall literary sweepstakes with Tuesday's announcement of the short list of five books competing for the 2012 Governor-General's Literary Award in fiction, none of which appeared on the just-announced short list of nominees ...

Vancouver's Wade Davis among authors on $25000 Governor General's non ...
Vancouver's Wade Davis among authors on $25000 Governor General's non ...

Publishing Talk: Women's Writing Today
Talking late into the night with Carole, reviewing our professional and personal lives while discussing the future of books, publishing, writing, and narrative itself, inspired me to start an ongoing discussion about the relationships between authors ...

The Future of the Novel
With the tsunami of e-books where traditional and self-published writers are beefing up reading choices to astounding levels, the book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced ...

Fiction tells truths that go beyond mere information
Travel · Health · Food & Dining · Books · Religion · Life Lessons · Ask Amy · TribU Events · Horoscopes · Lottery · Shopping · Columns · Cancer Central · Opinion · Editorials · Guest Commentary · Letters · Stantis Cartoons · Today's Columns · All ...

S. E. Perkins, 87, publishing executive
Mr. Perkins had been vice president and director of the sales department at W. B. Saunders Co., a medical book publisher in Philadelphia that was founded by his grandfather. He gave up the office life in the 1970s and bought a ranch in Montana and ...

The iTunes of Maps: A New Business Model for Map Publishers
And recognizing that catalysts like Apple, with iTunes and iBooks, and Amazon, with Kindle, have made themselves available to music and book publishers, one could argue that were it not for those catalysts, music and books may not have made the ...

Mojang Inks Publishing Deal for 'Minecraft' Books and Magazines
The deal is with company Egmont Publishing and is reportedly for territories outside of the U.S. Along with book publishing, the Egmont deal also includes magazines, but as the deal is fairly fresh there's no word on how exactly Egmont plans to ...

Libboo raises $1.1m for its book publishing and social discovery platform
Boston-based startup Libboo has raised more than $1 million in equity funding, according to a regulatory filing submitted to the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday. If you haven't stumbled across them already, Libboo is an ...

Page And Screen Make Peace In 'Mr. Penumbra'
The proponents of e-books rave about the unexplored avenues, the hypertext, the entire world of literature accessible with just one click. The rest of us — well, we like the way books feel and smell, OK? It might seem sentimental, but that's falling ...

Libboo Lands $1.1M From HubSpot, Avid Founders To Find The Next Digital ...
Libboo Lands $1.1M From HubSpot, Avid Founders To Find The Next Digital ...

Book publisher Hillcrest Media launches CoffeeandBooks.com
Hillcrest CEO Mark Levine actually bought the domain name four years ago, but let it idle while he built the company into a leading local publisher, growing the company through other business divisions like Mill City Press, BPR Book Group, and Publish ...

FastPencil, Auto-Graphics Team for Library Publishing Platform
Technology company Auto-Graphics has partnered with publishing platform FastPencil to bring FastPencil's book publishing engine Library Management Platform to libraries around the country. Library members will have the ability to use FastPencil's ...

Library displays banned books
A display at the library, erected Friday in observance of Banned Books Week, includes stacks of books that have been banned or challenged in American libraries. To draw attention to the perceived dangers of stifling Americans' right to read, the books ...

JK Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' Sells 375000 Copies in Six Days
J. K. Rowling's new adult novel “The Casual Vacancy” sold 375,000 copies in the U.S. in all formats in its first six days on sale, said the book's publishing house. In a statement, Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown & Co., said sales had ...

Banned Books Week at Library
This week celebrates Banned Books Week, but maybe more fittingly, it should be considered Challenged Books Week, or even better, Freedom to Read Week. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, though. Banned Books Week highlights the value and ...


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