Archive | November, 2012

Librarians To Confront E-Book Mess: The Week Ahead

As 2012 draws to its end, magazines and media proclaim the year’s winners and losers. Publishers Weekly gets the party started early next week with its announcement of book publishing’s “Person of the Year” for 2012. In the same issue, PW previews the upcoming Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association. “Overall, 2012 was a […]

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BTB #330: Miami Marks Self-Publishing Year

As the year ends, authors, publishers and readers are recalling 2012 as a watershed moment: Self-publishing has shaken its “vanity press” origins and moved mainstream. For the recently-concluded Miami Book Fair, Copyright Clearance Center presented a special panel to discuss the implications; Miami-based freelance journalist Carlos Harrison likewise covered the story, Self-Publishing Industry Explodes, Brings […]

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BTB #329: What Students Can Teach Textbook Authors

Today’s readers – students especially – have high expectations of e-books and other digital media. Ever-evolving technology for tablets and e-readers makes the race to keep up a daunting one for publishers and authors. The leap from printed page to pixel-ed screen demands new strategies for content development. “We need to learn more about how […]

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The Week Ahead 11.16.12

A newspaper man takes home a book award. At a time when both the news business and the book business face crisis, a celebration provides welcome diversion. This week’s ceremony for the National Book Awards included honoring New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. “Given the fate […]

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BTB #328: Miami Book Fair Preview 2012

As the nation’s largest public book fair opens in downtown Miami, Lissette Mendez, a principal organizer of the Miami Book Fair, produced by The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, gives CCC’s Chris Kenneally an insider’s preview. Authors scheduled to appear throughout the week include Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Toobin, and Isabel & […]

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The Week Ahead 11.09.12

Self-publishing, like politics, makes for unusual bedfellows. Not only authors, but also now publishers are turning to platforms like Smashwords that publish and sell e-books, and taking advantage of digitally-devoted distribution services. Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid takes a look this week at the broader themes of the digital revolution,” Andrew Albanese, the magazine’s features editor, […]

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BTB #327: Charleston Conference Preview

Hundreds of librarians, publishers, consultants, and technologists will soon trek to the American southeast coast. The destination for their pilgrimage is the annual Charleston Conference. Since 1980, the Charleston Conference, in South Carolina, has made it possible for publishing executives to debate critical issues with all types of professional librarians in a friendly and informal […]

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The Week Ahead 11.02.12

Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm of 2012, will go down as one for the record books in numerous categories – for flooding, for amount of rainfall, and for its terrible impact on human lives and livelihoods. In Manhattan, the epicenter of American trade book publishing and so much other media, the long days without power and […]

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