Comics Sales Go Pop!

Comic books – and graphic novels, their book trade cousins – are no laughing matter. The characters between these covers are usually troubled souls, and the situations they confront range from disturbing to dire. The scenario for the comic book business is anything but dire, however. According to a recently published report on the North […]

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Book Titles Top the Ticket

In an unconventional political year, no one should expect conventional party conventions. As the Republican gathering in Cleveland this week gives way to the Democratic meeting coming to Philadelphia next week, that is the only reliable prediction. Politics and publishing are long-time bedfellows, of course. Biographies, manifestos, exposes and histories reliably ride the campaign coattails. […]

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Where Publishers Find New Staff Isn’t Far

The fundamental quarrel for publishing and technology is the struggle between culture and commerce. This left brain/right brain dichotomy, says analyst Thad McIlroy, explains why the book business continues to fight an uphill battle in the Digital Revolutionary War. In June, the US federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics counted up the slaughter on that […]

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Hayden Confirmation And Why It Almost Wasn’t

In a highly-charged political year like 2016, every issue is viewed through glasses with one red lens and one blue. About the only thing non-partisan on Capitol Hill is the menu in the cafeteria (at least, now that Freedom Fries are history). This week, politics surprisingly even found their way into the Library of Congress, […]

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What To Watch For in Textbook Publishing Contracts

Whereas Steve Gillen has seen his share – and more – of book contracts, therefore, he is highly qualified to share his views on the ways authors should approach negotiations and what they should look out for in the fine print there. Over his career advising clients in a wide variety of publishing and entertainment […]

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Audible Makes Some Noise

Sometimes, all it takes to get everyone’s attention is to raise your voice. When it comes to audiobooks, Amazon has announced it’s taking just that approach, and pumping the volume on Audible, which it owns. On Wednesday, the Amazon subsidiary unveiled Channels, an on-demand and unlimited listening service. The ad-free programming, which is free to […]

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Meet The Informationist

On a recent Copyright Clearance Center webinar, an audience of researchers, data scientists and statisticians from the health care professions, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology across North America and Europe as well as in Israel, Korea, Russia and India, learned about a novel use-case of applying text mining tools – during and after patient rounds in a […]

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American Immigrant Stories

This fall, Beyond the Book marks its tenth year as podcast series. On the occasion of the Independence Day holiday in the United States, we reach into the BTB archives for a 2006 Miami Book Fair panel discussion, “Family Secrets, Family Truths: American Immigrant Stories.” Speaking with CCC’s Chris Kenneally ten years ago were Michael Patrick […]

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What Brexit Means for Books

When voters across the United Kingdom choose to Leave the European Union rather than Remain, questions were raised that may go without answers for weeks, months, and even years. The catch-all term for what lies ahead of the Brexit referendum is “uncertainty.” From stock markets to real estate, party politics to food and drug regulation, […]

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The Condition Of Copyright

In his globe-trotting role as Executive Director, International Relations, for Copyright Clearance Center, Michael Healy sees close up the contribution copyright makes to the global creative economy. He also sees much that concerns him about copyright’s prospects today, and in the years ahead. In a series of recent remarks to audiences of authors, publishers and […]

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