The vast majority of libraries in the United States have an e-book collection. The American Library Association claims that 90% of all branches have one, whereas the Library Journal states this figure is closer to 95%. The larger libraries spend millions of dollars every year, developing their collections, but is this money well spent? Maybe not. Pew Research has said that less than 38% are actually aware their library has a digital collection and only 6% have actually borrowed one...[click headline for more]
Working in the creative department at a small non-profit book publisher, we are constantly brainstorming new ideas of how to get our books noticed while not breaking the bank. Perhaps surprisingly, our limitations are sometimes what help elevate our designs to a higher standard. Our department is constantly brainstorming new ways to communicate our message through a combination of digital and physical media. I have had to rely on my abilities to illustrate, draw text, sculpt, paint, photograph, and collage on covers....[click headline for rest of story]
As self-publishing gains momentum around the world and new platforms enable authors to publish their content on a global scale, questions arise about how authors can effectively market and sell their content globally. To address these questions, the Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives have organized a one-day program about international self-publishing. The program was curated by Porter Anderson and will take place at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm...[click headline for rest of story]
Google Books was one of the most ambitious book projects in history. The plan was to scan all of the worlds books and make them publicly available. Due to years in court fighting authors and publishers the project is in limbo.
In 2002 Google begun scanning books and currently has over 30 million titles, putting it in a league with the world’s larger libraries. If you want to see how they compare, the library of Congress has around 37 million books available. The book scanning project was not cleared by the publishers or authors because Google was targeting books that were rare, out of print or whose copyright had expired. They also had high idealism, scanning the worlds books, they thought they would win people over, they were wrong...[click headline for rest of story]
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book.
The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting...[click headline for more]
Punk hacker Lisbeth Salander has made a big comeback, as the fictional heroine from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy appears in a fourth book set for U.S. release Tuesday.
You might think she couldn’t re-emerge for this fourth novel, titled “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” given that her creator, Swedish author Stieg Larsson, is said to have only completed three books before his untimely death in 2004.
But the book-publishing industry isn’t one to let a little thing like an author’s death get in the way of producing a sequel. The publishing industry just finds another way to resurrect characters and books that have been particularly lucrative... [click headline for more]
The nature of that rectangular parcel under the Christmas tree can now be predicted: it could well be a new cook book by Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, just like last year.
Or it might not even be a cook book: it could be a television star’s memoir – Sue Perkins, co-presenter of the Great British Bake Off, say, or soon to be Top Gear’s Chris Evans – or a football autobiography like Big Sam from manager and former player Sam Allardyce, or the thrilling working life of a pop star, like On the Road, marketed with the enticing query, “Want to know what really goes on during an Olly Murs UK tour?”...[click headline for rest of story]
She shows up in front of the camera with her pink dyed hair and starts explaining how she just reorganized her "To Be Reads," - or, better said, her TBRs - by color: pink to purple. She shows the 66 books she just acquired and apparently plans to read, summarizing in a brief sentence what each one is about. Insiders call this a "Book Haul."
She's known as Little Book Owl. Anyone wanting to become a successful BookTuber might be inspired by her style. Her channel already has nearly 132,000 subscribers, so she seems to know a thing or two about what works best...[click headline for rest of story]
The conversation about how social media is changing publishing has been going on since the dawn of social media. Ten years ago, prognosticators were sure social networks would usher in a new era for publishing. Five years later, social media spelled doom for the industry as a whole.
Yet, instead of transforming publishing into a mass of niche blogs and feeds or bringing about the end of the business, social media has become a set sophisticated tools for matching content to reader interests, growing communities and building brands...[click headline for rest of story]
David Pearson never gets to choose what he reads. As one of the most exciting book jacket designers working today, his literary tastes tend to take a back seat to whatever he is working on at the time. Not that his starting point is always immersing himself in the text; he gleefully admits that he doesn’t always have the whole book to read when he starts work – “I’ve done book design where I didn’t even have the title!”
For a creative at the very top of his game, David is both genuinely humble and refreshingly enthusiastic – you can hear the sheer passion for design in every sentence. Watch one of his talks online – they’re punctuated by giggles and ego-less asides – but fundamentally he takes the whole business of book jacket design very seriously...[click headline for rest of story]
Any bibliophile can wax poetic about how a book is more than a book: It’s another world, a place for the imagination to thrive. But what do artists see when faced with pages and pages of words?
A poster-sized quote that kicks off the Ohio Craft Museum exhibit “On the Page” puts it nicely: “Artists’ books are works of art realized in the form or spirit of a book, . . . (and) the possibilities that can be encompassed within it are limitless.”
The quote is from Tracy Rieger, assistant art director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the organization that oversees the museum. Other interesting theories on what books mean to visual artists — some from artists with works on view — dot the show...[click headline for rest of the story]
For publishers, fresh from winning a landmark ruling forcing internet service providers to block illegal ebook download sites in Russia and the US, pirates are the enemy. Author Paulo Coelho believes that “the more people ‘pirate’ a book, the better”. But research commissioned by the government shows that that the literary world has the lowest level of illegal downloads in the entertainment industry...[click headline for complete story]
Will e-books and e-readers eradicate the existence of print books? For now, it seems like the answer is “no.” The New York Times reports that some surveys have shown that younger readers favor reading from a print book versus an e-reading device. In recent years, the sales of digital books and e-readers have been slowly declining. This trend has also affected e-book subscription services; just this week the executives at Oyster have announced the company’s impending shut down..[click headline for rest pof story]
So, you’ve done it. You’ve finished your book. You’ve peaked that literary summit of authorship and are sucking in the sweet, sweet oxygen that is success. And now that you’re at the top, you’re looking down on the whole publishing world and have decided that the plot of land that is indie publishing—that beautiful, little (but growing!) plot right over there; yep, over there; a little to the left; see it?—is your perfect destination....click headline for rest of story]
Robyn Carr is a best-selling romance novelist, but don't think of her books as romances. Think of them as stories about people who just happen to, after a few unexpected and often nasty twists and turns, live happily ever after. Mostly.
Carr brings to her work stylish writing, interesting characters facing real-life problems and plotting that meets the dynamic readers love while still being twisty enough to hold their attention book after book after book.
Carr and her husband, Jim, are Henderson residents with, she says, no plans to leave. Carr is an advocate of libraries — for several years, she hosted a series of author chats on behalf of Henderson Libraries — and is one of the wittiest and least-tortured writers you'll ever meet...[click headline for rest of story]
Labor day has come and gone: Now is the season of pumpkin spice everything and “fall books to look forward to” roundups, which have been compiled in recent days by outlets from BuzzFeed to Vulture to the Huffington Post. The same architectural silhouettes define the horizons of these previews: Jonathan Franzen, Collum McCann, Claire Vaye Watkins, Margaret Atwood, Patrick DeWitt, Mary Gaitskill, Gregory Maguire, Sloane Crosley, Anthony Marra, Salman Rushdie, Paul Kingsnorth, Rick Moody.* Their shapes make for an attractive skyline...[click headline for rest of story]
HarperCollins occupies floors 1 through 22 of a giant steel-and-glass box on 53rd Street. But up on 26, the receptionist for a tiny offshoot of the company sits alone, gatekeeper to a few drab rows of empty cubicles. A glass container on a table holds a mysterious pile of bright-yellow lightbulbs.
“Welcome to our temporary home,” says 51-year-old publisher Bob Miller, ushering me into a colleague’s more inviting office. Inside, he and his staffers prepare to impart a cheery message: They’re going to fix publishing!
But first, a horror story. Debbie Stier, Miller’s No. 2 at HarperStudio (as this little imprint is called), has been collecting videos for their blog. “You want to see what happens to books after they go to book heaven?” she asks...[click headline for rest of story]
David Pearson does not have a smartphone. The designer who "made the humble paperback covetable again" did not have one when quizzed in 2010 and on a wet Melbourne afternoon he confesses that is still the case.
"I've never had one," he says in a self-deprecatingly British way. "I'm the least spontaneous person in the world." As he sits down over mulled wine in The Moat, a cosy cellar tucked away under the regal State Library of Victoria, the 36-year-old Pearson also confesses that he does not have a business card, either...[click headline for more]
As far as I'm concerned, 2015 could have closed up shop months ago and it still would have been a landmark year for picture books. Back in February, I said that this year may well prove to be a high water mark for picture books. However, there was no guarantee that the year would continue its torrid pace...[click headline for rest of story]
In 1882, the writer Anton Chekhov, just 22 and beginning his literary career, submitted a dozen short stories to Czar Alexander III’s censors, who discerned a subversive intent and promptly forbade publication of the collection, called “The Prank.” The satirical tales then languished in official archives for more than 130 years — until last week, when they were finally published, in English, by New York Review Books...[click headline for more]
Scattered among the Tattered Cover's tightly packed bookshelves are signs advertising the store's partnership with e-book company Kobo. But those signs generate few inquiries and even fewer sales. Eight years after Amazon released the first Kindle, surviving independent bookstores are now selling e-books — and finding that no one really wants the ones they're offering."It's not even a drop in the bucket really," said Arsen Kashkashian, inventory manager at Boulder Bookstore. "Our sales are up for the year and they're coming from physical books." ... [click headline for rest of stoy]
At Penguin Random House UK our publishing strategies are shaped by a happy marriage of publisher instinct, insight and the conversations we have every day with readers, and underpinned by a wealth of data, analytics, and the collective expertise of our analysts, digital and marketing teams.
Consumer Insight means understanding the characteristics, behaviours and motivations of your consumers, in our case, people who buy books. If we understand who’s buying which type of book where and why, we can better shape our products and communications to reach the right readers in the right places... [click headline for rest of the story]
Volunteers have set up a makeshift library at the migrant camp in Calais which the French authorities estimate now shelters at least 3,000 refugees. The library is just one of the essential services being provided on a voluntary basis at the camp, known as the Jungle, as the refugee crisis in Europe escalates.
Opened by British teacher Mary Jones, who baptised it Jungle Books (or Livres de la jungle in French), the library is stocked with giveaways...[click headline for rest of story]
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