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Behind the Scenes At WaPo’s Book World

In a keynote interview with author Kevin Smokler at last weekend’s PubWest 2017 Conference, critic Ron Charles offers an insider’s tour of one of the last remaining newspaper book sections in the U.S. As editor of the Washington Post Book World, Ron Charles is responsible for an entire ecosystem of book reviewing, which now spans […]

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Dictionaries on the Cutting Edge

What can the history and present state of reference publishing tell us about the future of publishing? As keynote speaker opening the PubWest 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon, Erin McKean notes that dictionaries have stood in the vanguard of publishing ever since the first English dictionary appeared in 1604, more than a hundred years before […]

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From Page to Screen

At such an event as the recent Miami Book Fair, everyone may be forgiven for thinking of reading and writing as natural. Certainly, these activities seem natural to us all, but reading and writing are not natural at all. Speech is natural to humans, as natural as songs are for birds. Writing and reading make […]

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The Power of Content

In May, Copyright Clearance Center acquired UK-based Ixxus to help harness the power of content and licensing. Together, CCC and Ixxus are now working with publishers to develop a “content-fi­rst” strategy that combines advanced semantic enrichment, a “single source of truth” content repository, and other exciting tools, says CCC CEO Tracey Armstrong, who spoke about […]

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The Future of Copyright

As was evident everywhere at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, publishing today depends on technology, and technology is pressing copyright in ways never imagined in the days of printing presses. Copyright holders in the digital age are under challenge across the globe, not only from wide-ranging infringement, but also from so-called “reform.” In a panel […]

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Open Access and the Entrepreneurial Publisher

Fundamental to scholarly publishing – as the originator, the creator of valued content – is the researcher.  Once upon a time, researchers lay in the shadows, but are forgotten no more. A good deal of the credit goes to the rise of open access business models, particularly the management of article processing charges, which add […]

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Get Smart About Content

For publishers, content is at the heart of every conversation with business partners – and with their authors and readers, too. Since its acquisition by Copyright Clearance Center earlier this year, Ixxus now goes far beyond traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM), a market expected to grow to more than $9.4 billion by 2018. “Publishers today […]

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At Frankfurt, Vitek Tracz Predicts Next Moves for Open Access

A “Picasso” says Richard Smith, and a “seer of science publishing,” declares Science. “One of the most important publishers of the last decade,” according to Michael Eisen, Public Library of Science (PLOS) co-founder. A serial entrepreneur, an art collector, a mathematician and a filmmaker. Vitez Tracz is all these things, and much, much more. Earlier […]

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Frankfurt Book Fair Arrives With More Than Books

We may live in a global village, but authentically global events that unite us across borders are as rare as diamonds. For athletes and their fans, there is the quadrennial spectacle of the Olympics. For authors, publishers and lovers of literature, the book world has the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. Amble around the sprawling fair […]

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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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