Archive | December, 2012

Book Discovery: Fitting the Pieces Together

Every second, two books are discovered on Goodreads, the largest site for readers and book recommendations. What must happen to get a book to that magical moment when a reader sees it and says “I want to read this”? In his keynote address to the 2012 PubWest Conference, Otis Chandler, CEO of Goodreads, explains why […]

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Best of BTB: Self-Publishing Gets Respect

As the success of 50 Shades of Grey makes clear, the book business has made piece with the self-published author. Now one of the best-selling authors in history, E.L. James first made her work available to readers via non-traditional, self-publishing routes. James is hardly alone, however, as not a week goes by without word of […]

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Best of BTB: Winning Publishing Strategies

There’s no business like show business to serve as a model for book publishing, according to industry veteran Bruce Harris, who spoke this summer at the Yale Publishing Course. “When you’re doing a show, a group of talented people come together. They focus on a particular task. And they get very involved, and very intense […]

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Best of BTB: “50 Shades” and More of Self-Publishing

Recorded this summer at uPublishU, the day-long self-publishing pre-conference program of BookExpo. Featuring Jenny Pedroza, co-founder of the Writers Coffee Shop; Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords; Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, President, Smith Publicity, Incorporated; and Bob Young, CEO & Founder, Lulu.com. This panel’s industry insiders know how to ensure that a book will stand out in the […]

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Book Business Set to ‘Transform and Roll Out’

Across publishing – once an industry virtually unchanged for centuries – revolutionary transformation is under way. Instead of an industry reliant upon middlemen and suppliers, publishing is becoming a service consumers can purchase. In a newly-published white paper from Bloomington-based Author Solutions, a world leader in indie book publishing, Keith Ogorek enumerates four clear paths […]

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Self Publishing Across Multiple Formats

Recorded earlier this month at the Mediabistro-organized MediaApp Summit, December 2012, and featuring Jason Boog, Editor, Mediabistro Publishing, Amy Martin Product Marketing Manager, Wattpad, and Christopher Kenneally, Copyright Clearance Center. Noting the community focus of Wattpad, which claims 11 million monthly readers, Martin said, “We see a future where readers are discovering, sharing, and recommending […]

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Going, going gone? Whither The News Business

Is the news business going the way of the music business? By special arrangement with the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education, Fordham University, New York City, Copyright Clearance Center presents a discussion on the future of news gathering in the digital age. The program moderator is William F. Baker, Schwartz […]

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Publishing Education in Bits & Bytes

The digital tide is high – and rising – at leading publishing education programs. A Publishers Weekly survey finds more courses than ever on metadata and SEO, with the number of graduates finding digital-driven jobs growing, too. “In 2007, just 6% of NYU [publishing program] grads landed jobs in digital. Now, that number is over […]

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Self-Publishing Gets Respect

As the success of 50 Shades of Grey makes clear, the book business has made piece with the self-published author. Now one of the best-selling authors in history, E.L. James first made her work available to readers via non-traditional, self-publishing routes. James is hardly alone, however, as not a week goes by without word of […]

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Not Everyone Is An E.L. James Fan

If you think 40 million readers can’t be wrong, think again. On Monday, Publishers Weekly named 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James as the magazine’s “Person of the Year.” That award was not an award for the book, though it surely sounded like that to many critics who have lambasted PW for the choice. […]

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