Fresh Look At College Years

Freshman year at college is a time for excitement and anxiety. From coursework to chilling out, not to mention texts from helicopter parents, students quickly discover what high school never prepared them for. On campus, the rigid hierarchy of class year reigns. A freshman student must wait his or her turn to make the team […]

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Frankfurt Not Just For Books Anymore

As fall begins, the Frankfurt Book Fair looms, coming to the German financial capital October 19 through 23. Traditional expectations for industry trade shows face unprecedented challenges in 2016, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. The Frankfurt Book Fair organizers, he says, have managed to keep the show fresh and attractive by moving outside […]

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Peer Review Week Champions Recognition

Peer review – the rigorous examination of research prior to its publication – boasts a particularly long and noble tradition. For centuries, reviewers labored anonymously. Now, a new generation of scholars, spurred by the digital transformation of publishing, are developing new forms of peer review that are more open, transparent, and equitable. As the global […]

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Book Business Sees Wide Gender Pay Gap

This presidential election year, stagnant wages and growing income inequality are issues that concern voters and candidates on the left and on the right. In publishing, based on the mixed results of a Publishers Weekly survey released this week, those concerns could surface at the next editorial meeting. “In 2015, men earned an average of […]

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Best of BTB: Publishers Find Doing Good Also Pays

“Making Information Pay” is an annual occasion for the Book Industry Study Group to explore the latest issues in publishing, and for attendees to learn how the latest technologies can drive success. For 2016, the program looked beyond “Making a Profit” to address the challenge of “Making a Difference.” The publishing and book selling industry […]

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Why Readers Stick To Print

Old habits are hard to break. Just ask the Big 5 trade book publishers who just can’t seem to walk away from a business dependence on print books. Sales reports and reader surveys agree that readers continue to enjoy print book over e-books. The reasons for that preference, though, aren’t as obvious as some accounts […]

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A Pioneer Among Publishers

To be a pioneer takes guts. The work is hard and long and often lonely. Pioneers are fast learners and experts in endurance. It’s a life of trial and error. The Hard Fifty Farm lies in rural Lansing, Kansas, on the Missouri River northwest of Kansas City. The homesteaders and self-identified “farm punks” who call […]

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Music Marketplaces

In July at the inaugural RightsTech Summit in New York City, leaders from startups to tech/media powerhouses gathered for an exploration on the “state of the art” when it comes to innovation in rights management. As use cases for content continually evolve, and the need for licenses and permissions grows exponentially, automated rights markets can […]

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Reference Librarians Solving Problems

No one likes to see you bringing problems to the workplace – unless he or she is a reference librarian. Once upon a time, reference librarians assisted patrons to find something – usually in a book. In 2016, the job is to work out what the problem is, then find the proper resources to solve […]

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Scholarly Sharing Explained

On these websites, millions of registered users around the world share published materials, argue and collaborate, or just form communities of common interests.  The domain names, though, are ones you may not be familiar with.  Don’t think Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  Think ResearchGate, Mendeley, and Academia.edu. Scholarly collaboration networks, known as SCNs, have received much […]

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