Good News, Bad News For Self-Publishing

The book world this week is full of news from the ranks of “indie” or self-published authors: Good news for one children’s author, and bad news for several who feel cheated. And for another, the news is definitely in shades of grey. “A potential class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent business practices against Author Solutions has […]

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Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists

On Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, author Steven Johnson pointedly asked, “How is today’s creative class faring?” His own analysis of available data drew Johnson to conclude that the much-threatened “creative apocalypse” hadn’t materialized. That contrarian conclusion might be expected from a writer who has also argued that pop culture fosters complex thinking […]

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Open Access: Which Direction? (II)

This spring, the Research Councils UK, on behalf of the Global Research Council (GRC) and working together with the British Library, hosted a London workshop that brought together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on Open Access (OA) communication in a global research environment. A report, specially commissioned […]

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Best of BTB: Altmetrics Under The Microscope

Scientific research seeks answers to questions large and small – from the composition of atoms to the age of the universe. While scientists, funders and institutions may value research for its own sake, they are practical, too. The answers that research yields can lead to professional advancement, and sometimes, to commercial success. In addition, scholarly […]

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“Secretive” Amazon Brings Out The Worst

What do the capitalist titan Jeff Bezos and communist kingpin Kim Jong-Un have in common? Very likely, they have absolutely nothing in common, but we will never know because both Amazon and North Korea are kingdoms of secrecy. This week, owing to a lengthy New York Times article that documented “Dickensian” workplace practices at the […]

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Open Access: Which Direction?

Fast and furious: That describes the change underway in scholarly publishing. Keeping up with the pace – and preparing for what lies around the corner – are critical challenges. Across a wide range of journals and houses, Open Access business models have grown common in recent years. Heated debate on the merits of OA has […]

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A Prescription for Self-Published Textbooks

A field of study like medical informatics is in constant flux.  Indeed, technology and healthcare have become so intimate and entwined, they are almost inseparable.  Conveying that dynamic relationship to students demands textbooks and other instructional materials that are current and comprehensive.  For a growing number of textbook authors, self-publishing is just what the doctor […]

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A Textbook Case of Copyright Infringement?

Three leading education publishers have brought a copyright and trademark infringement suit against a U.S.-based textbook reseller for allegedly importing and selling “pirated” foreign editions of popular textbooks in the U.S. market. Filed in Massachusetts federal court by Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson Education, the suit accuses a trio of textbook “arbitragers” – individually and […]

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Business Readers In Search of Rigor And Relevance

What do readers hire us to do?  The editors of one of the world’s most recognized and respected business publications asked themselves just that over five years ago.  Answering the question inspired a transformation of the organization and a reinvention of the brand. At this summer’s Yale Publishing Course, David Wan, Chief Executive Officer of […]

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Mystery Author Flees Publisher

Authors discontented with their publishing deals are nothing new. Mark Twain enjoyed jabbing at publishers like a kid tossing stones. He said once that robbery of a publisher wasn’t a crime and was even rewarded in heaven with two halos. This week, a particularly discontented author just didn’t like the way the game was being […]

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