The Technology of the Book

New technologies engage the human mind in many ways.  Depending on one’s perspective, the latest gadget is either a miracle or a menace. Michael Greer, who teaches the online course The Technology of the Book: Past, Present, and Future for the University of...

One More Senate Battle Ahead?

This week, President Obama nominated Carla Hayden to become the 14th Librarian of Congress. The selection follows the January retirement of James Billington, a Reagan appointee who came to office in 1987. Hayden will replace David Mao, who currently serves as the...

Creative Edge Publishing

At this month’s PubWest 2016 Conference, Jim Childs, publisher at Rowman & Littlefield’s Globe Pequot, Lyons Press, and Falcon Guides, offered “a tour of ‘non-book’ thinking from all over the place.” As Childs noted in his lunchtime keynote at the LaFonda Hotel...

The Agile Publisher

Publishing in 2016 is a technology business. That’s been true for some time, of course. Yet the technology-driven approach to business is profoundly and fundamentally different from traditional publishing practices.  How can and will scholarly publishers reconcile...

Our Man In Havana

Ernest Hemingway spent many years in Cuba and was living there when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He told a Cuban television reporter at the time that he was proud to be the first cubano sato to be a Nobel laureate. Hemingway of course knew some...

We Are Not Strangers Here

In a keynote address for the recent PubWest Conference 2016, novelist Mira Jacob spoke passionately of the importance of finding and cultivating voices that speak to the myriad of American experiences. For an earlier publishing gathering, those words went unheard,...

The Sharing Game

Data – it’s not just for engineers anymore. We eat, breathe, sleep, and live in a world of data – a myriad points of information recorded constantly on smartphones and laptops and Fitbits. For businesses and individuals, all the captured data helps inform...

A Book Is A Book

When is a book not a book? This week, that riddle has two possible answers. A book is not a book when it’s an e-book, of course. When the Hachette Book Group reported their fourth quarter results this week, e-book sales fell year over year, and now make up 22 percent...

What Does It Mean To Be A Reader?

The relationship between books and readers is changing. This is as true for the publishing industry as it is for liberal arts colleges around the country. What does it mean today to be a reader? How do some of the oldest, most traditional books help us “read” the...

We Bought America’s Most Iconic Bookstore

In 2015, Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos agreed to purchase the Tattered Cover Bookstore from longtime owner Joyce Meskis. The deal was front page news in Denver, but the move left the couple wondering, “What do we now?” For the opening keynote of this...