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The Bravery of E. L. Doctorow - The New Yorker

The Bravery of E. L. Doctorow - The New Yorker | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of E. L. Doctorow, a truly great American artist whose work and career have long inspired in me a tremendous sense of gratitude. Three years ago, Don DeLillo, Jennifer Egan, and I worked together to choose a recipient for the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, which is meant to honor a lifetime of intense, sustained, and escalating achievement. With a real sense of awe, we selected E. L. Doctorow...[click headline for complete story]

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New app could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers

New app could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

While the UK quibbles over library ebook lending, American publishers are teaming up with charities and libraries to give away thousands of ebooks to low-income students. This spring, the Obama administration announced an ambitious project to create a free digital book collection for four- to 18-year-olds from poor families.

Publishers have donated $250m worth of popular and award-winning titles, which will be made available for a three-year period on a specially designed app, produced with the New York Public Library...[click headline for rest of story]

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Emma Barnes: Menial publishing jobs are destroying our future | The Bookseller

Emma Barnes: Menial publishing jobs are destroying our future | The Bookseller | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I haven’t applied for a job for years, gods be thanked, but I recently stumbled upon a job advert for an entry-level trade publishing job. And it made my blood boil. So I Googled other entry-level trade publishing job specs to see if it was a one-off. It wasn’t.

To my eye, these job ads read like something from the 1950s. They require the lucky applicant to engage in “order processing”, to “maintain grids” (read: spreadsheets), to take minutes of meetings. They call for “strong IT skills”, but suffix that with “including Word and Excel”...[click headline for rest of story]

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Digital dominates the conversation, but for the publishing industry in 2020, print will still dominate revenues

Digital dominates the conversation, but for the publishing industry in 2020, print will still dominate revenues | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

It is rare for an executive in the publishing industry, when contemplating the next five years, to talk positively about print. Digital dominates industry conversations as publishers seek to transform their businesses and engage an audience of connected, if fickle, readers.

Yet according to Ovum‘s new Digital Consumer Publishing Forecast, which quantifies the prospects for the global consumer publishing industry in the next five years, the resilience of print, despite the growth of mobile and digital consumption, may still be underestimated...[click headline for rest of story]

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Books hold intimate appeal in digital age - Longview News-Journal

Books hold intimate appeal in digital age - Longview News-Journal | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Most people bring in Bibles — old family Bibles rescued from the attic or ones tattered by years of study, with highlighted passages and penciled-in notes. Once, a homeless man handed over crumpled one- and five-dollar bills and some torn-out pages of Scripture. Could it be made into a book? It was how his grandmother had taught him to read.

Deborah Karchmer is a bookbinder. Her job is to mend, restore and create: using bone folders, spatulas and scalpels to peel off broken spines, reinforcing the binding with new leather and gluing original covers back on with archival adhesive. Sometimes, the book's guts have fallen out completely or pages have come loose, so she fits them in order and straightens them all up again. And every step is done with a ruler — measure twice; cut once...[click headline for more]

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When Is a Bestseller Not a Bestseller? When The NYT Says So

When Is a Bestseller Not a Bestseller? When The NYT Says So | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Talking Points Memo (TPM) reports that Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, along with his publisher HarperCollins, “lashed out…against The New York Times for leaving Cruz’s book off its bestsellers list.”

According to Nielsen Bookscan, Cruz’s book A Time For Truth sold 11,854 copies in its first week. Even so, it was left off the Times’ bestseller list because, as a spokesperson told Politico, “the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases...[click headline for rest of story]

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Joe's Place hopes to bring more than books to downtown's cultural scene - Greenville, SC

Joe's Place hopes to bring more than books to downtown's cultural scene - Greenville, SC | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The books are placed like puzzle pieces into the diamond-shaped shelves of the bookstore's wall-sized wine rack — spines tilted to either side, air space left between, the puzzle never meant to be complete.There is an elegance to the inefficiency.A sense of place.It's what Alix and Mary Bernard set out to do two years ago when the couple began to furnish their unique vision for a used bookstore and wine bar downtown.. [click headline for complete story]

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Dune, 50 Years On: How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World - The Passive Voice

Dune, 50 Years On: How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World - The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, you might have encountered a burly, bearded extrovert, striding about in Ray-Ban Aviators and practical army surplus clothing. Frank Herbert, a freelance writer with a feeling for ecology, was researching a magazine story about a US Department of Agriculture programme to stabilise the shifting sands by introducing European beach grass. Pushed by strong winds off the Pacific, the dunes moved eastwards, burying everything in their path. Herbert hired a Cessna light aircraft to survey the scene from the air.. [click headline for rest of story]

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Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

In his article last week, Sam Leith deplored the state of mainstream trade publishing, saying it was “getting dumber by the day”, in contrast to the university presses which are apparently enjoying a “golden age”.

I hate to criticise Leith, because he chooses to publish his serious, lively and illuminating non-fiction with Profile Books, of which I am the managing director. I am also his editor, and like any good editor, when one of my authors is wrong, I must correct his facts... [click headline for rest of story]

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Danielle Steel: ‘My books are more than a beach read’

Danielle Steel: ‘My books are more than a beach read’ | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Since the publication of her first novel, “Going Home” in 1972, Danielle Steel has become a staple of the beach bag, as indispensable and reliable as a bottle of Coppertone. Her glamorous tales of love and heartbreak have captivated legions of book buyers — an estimated 800 million worldwide.

Some of this, of course, has to do with how many books she has written — 142 and counting — and how quickly she produces them. Her latest book, “Country,” is one of four she plans to publish this year. Over the course of her long, bountiful career, Steel also has written poetry, children’s books and lyrics — all while mothering nine children...[click for rest of story]

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Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes by Dane Low — The Book Designer

Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes by Dane Low — The Book Designer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Ever wondered how book cover designers do what they do? How do they take a concept and turn it into a book cover? In today’s post, we’re pleased to have Dane Low of Ebook Launch explain to you how he does it. Be sure to watch the video, too. I think you’ll find this interesting.
 
The video below shows behind the scenes of a book cover design for The Floating Gourmet (available now on Smashwords). It works its way through the entire process from photo selection, photo manipulation, font choice to the completed concept. My hope is that it gives you some insight into what it it’s like behind the scenes of the book cover design process.. [click headline for complete story]

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Curious and unexpected, adult coloring books burst into mainstream - The Boston Globe

Curious and unexpected, adult coloring books burst into mainstream - The Boston Globe | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

As merchandise manager at Barnes & Noble’s Burlington location, Tracy Moniak has a particularly good vantage point from which to track the ebb and flow of literary trends.She knows, for instance, that history books do well around Father’s Day. That cookbook sales pick up around the holidays. And that graphic novels are once again gaining steam.

 

But the recent explosion — and it really is an explosion — in popularity of coloring books for adults? “I did not see this coming,” said Moniak.In a sudden, unexpected, and generally curious development, grown-up versions of the doodle-books used by countless kindergartners have not only become a thing — but the thing, as far as millions of rapt Americans are concerned... [click headline for complete story]

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Apple's mistake was getting into bed with the book-publishing cartel

Apple's mistake was getting into bed with the book-publishing cartel | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Apple may be trying to keep the spotlight on its latest foray into the streaming-music business, but it is also still trying to clean up the mess caused by its ham-handed entry into an earlier market: book publishing. A federal court on Tuesday rejected the company’s appeal of an earlier ruling that found it guilty of orchestrating a conspiracy with the major book publishers, in what the court said was a successful attempt to artificially inflate the price of e-books.


As Fortune‘s Jeff Roberts reports, the court found Apple engaged in collusion with what amounted to an oligopoly—namely, Harper Collins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan—and that its actions were a clear breach of antitrust law.... [click headline for complete story]

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'Floating Library' Connects Books To Boaters

'Floating Library' Connects Books To Boaters | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

On this sunny Saturday, we take you to a library checkout line that was very backed up.

But the available books were in a rather unique location — the middle of Silver Lake in St. Anthony.

Silverwood Park is hosting a unique to way for storytelling this weekend, called “The Floating Library.”

By way of canoe, kayak or paddle is really the only way to get to this library anchored on Silver Lake. This Floating Library was started by Sarah Peters three years ago...[click headline for rest of story]

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Throwing the book at sexism in publishing

Throwing the book at sexism in publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I have experienced sexism at the loveliest parties. At a reading or a launch, during a perfectly nice chat with very respectable people, I’ll suddenly find that my blood is boiling. It’s always a shock to witness actual, articulated sexism, so it takes me a while to process the fact that I have just been told by the guy I’m talking to that he doesn’t read female writers. He doesn’t see why he should. Likewise, it took me a while to regroup after my business partner Lisa Coen and I were told that publishing a literary novel written by a woman, with three female protagonists, would be very difficult...[click headline for rest of story]

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Mia Charro's Source of Inspiration for Book Design

Mia Charro's Source of Inspiration for Book Design | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Mia Charro, whose book design is as charming as her nature-inspired illustrations. Read on to discover what source of inspiration led to her best work.

Name: Mia Charro   Location: Lurreta, an adorable town in Vizcaya, Spain, surrounded by mountains and woods

Education:
I did not go to a design school; I have a BA in advertising and public relations. There, we were taught a little about graphic design, but it was at my first job, as an online courses designer, where I developed all my illustration and design skills.

How would you describe your work?
I describe my work as a mixture of positive mind, colors, nature and magic...[click headline for rest of story]

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Ingram creates business accelerator for publishing

Ingram creates business accelerator for publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Ingram Content Group, a La Vergne-based book distribution company, is launching an accelerator program, 1440, targeting startups in the publishing sector.

The program, named for the year Johannes Gutenberg is credited with building a printing press, will include as many as 10 startups, each receiving $30,000 in investment capital. Health care business accelerator Jumpstart Foundry and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will be working with Ingram on 1440.

"At Ingram Content Group, we pride ourselves on constantly looking for innovative technologies and ideas to help our customers improve their business," John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group and chairman of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, said in a prepared statement. "We're excited to collaborate with the EC and Jumpstart Foundry to advance the publishing industry."...[click headline for rest of story]

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Libraries check out the future - The Boston Globe

Libraries check out the future - The Boston Globe | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The hallmark of public libraries — the printed book, bound by covers and centuries of page-turning — is being shoved aside by digital doppelgangers.

Around the country, libraries are slashing their print collections in favor of e-books, prompting battles between library systems and print purists, including not only the prepixel generation but digital natives who represent a sizable portion of the 1.5 billion library visits a year and prefer print for serious reading.

Some of the clashes have been heated. In New York, protesters outside the city’s main branch have shouted: ‘‘Save the stacks! Save the stacks!’’...[click headline for rest of story]

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Late writer Dave Godfrey created three publishing houses

Late writer Dave Godfrey created three publishing houses | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Dave Godfrey may have been physically short and wiry, but the 76 years of his very full life bring to mind Walt Whitman’s famous self-description: “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

 

As Ellen Godfrey, his wife of 52 years, said recently: “He had more energy than any two or three people put together.” That energy coalesced in many forms, many careers – scholar; Governor-General’s Award-winning author; publisher of writers as varied as Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood and Northrop Frye; mentor, teacher and administrator; Canadian nationalist; cultural-industries advocate; Internet pioneer; new-media expert; owner of an organic vineyard; and vintner...[click headline for complete story]

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Writing, Publishing Tips from the Author of 'War of the Roses'

Writing, Publishing Tips from the Author of 'War of the Roses' | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Novelist, essayist, short-story writer, poet and playwright Warren Adler has optioned and sold film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks–including his novel The War of the Roses, adapted into the dark comedy starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. Adler regularly lectures on creative writing, motion picture adaptation, and the future of eBooks. Adler has taught novel writing honors seminars at NYU, and is the sponsor of the Warren Adler Visiting Writer series at NYU’s Creative Writing Program..[click headline for rest of story]

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 - Review

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 - Review | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Amazon has just released a new e-reader and it goes by many names. Some people are referring to it as the 7th generation Kindle, while Amazon has dubbed it the all new Kindle Paperwhite, while still others are calling it the Paperwhite 3. It can be a tad confusing for people wanting to buy one, but the only model available on the main Amazon site for Canadian and US residents is the latest edition.

The main selling point of the Kindle Paperwhite 3 is that it has the same e-ink screen and high resolution display as the Kindle Voyage. It also features the brand new font Amazon designed for e-readers, Bookerly.... [click headline for rest of story]

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Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing

Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

For anyone in the publishing industry looking to get rich quick—or, at the very least, turn a profit—the secret to success is in academic publishing. Or, to be more exact, the five for-profit academic publishers that now control more than half of the science research produced worldwide.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, 53% of all published research papers in 2013 in the natural and medical sciences were produced by just five publishing companies. That’s up from the 20% that the top five publishers controlled 40 years earlier, in 1973... [click headline for comoplete story]

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This Boundary-Pushing Italian Designer Reminds Us That Books Should Be Tactile, Sensory Experiences

This Boundary-Pushing Italian Designer Reminds Us That Books Should Be Tactile, Sensory Experiences | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Pablo Picasso called the great 20th-century Italian graphic designer Bruno Munari “the Leonardo of our time.” A creative polymath of the first order, Munari painted, sculpted, photographed, taught, and designed his way through life until his death in 1998 at the age of 90.

Published last month, Munari’s Books by art historian Giorgio Maffei is a tantalizing primer of this spirited bookmaking genius who never stopped reinventing his preferred medium. The first English-language monograph to focus on Munari’s book designs over seven decades, the collection features 60 of the innovative, light-hearted, expressive, and compelling books he designed and sometimes wrote, some of which are still in circulation... [click headline for complete story]

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The Wisdom & Book Covers of Peter Mendelsund

The Wisdom & Book Covers of Peter Mendelsund | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Brilliant book-jacket design autodidact Peter Mendelsund recently released two new titles of his own: Cover, a hefty monograph and look inside his Knopf work (from powerHouse Books), and What We See When We Read (Vintage), “a gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading.” (Chris Ware summed it up as “amazing.”)


In this exclusive excerpt from Cover, Mendelsund gives readers a look into his design process and philosophy—and how, exactly, one can get their “crackpot” designs greenlit and out the door... [click headline for rest of article]

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How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing

How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

To self-publish or not to self-publish… That is the question more and more aspiring authors are asking themselves these days. And with good reason—self-publishing has come a long way in the decade since it really hit the market and many of the blatant scams of the past have been outed by an increasingly well-informed author community. With the popularity of ebooks and the rise of print-on-demand (POD), self-publishing has become a viable route to success as an author. It certainly hasn’t replaced traditional publishing, but the two paths are starting to coexist in the same mass market.


As an author I have successfully pursued both the traditional and self-publishing routes – funny enough with the same books. My first two military sci-fi novels were originally self-published and they did well enough to attract the eye of the traditional world... [click headline for more]

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