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Librarians And Copyright

The annual conference of the American Library Association opened this week in San Francisco, and many attendees may have their eyes on the job board. Earlier this month, James Billington, the 86-year-old librarian of Congress, announced he would retire after 28 years. The ALA has called for his replacement to come from the ranks of […]

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Altmetrics Under The Microscope

Scientific research seeks answers to questions large and small – from the composition of atoms to the age of the universe. While scientists, funders and institutions may value research for its own sake, they are practical, too. The answers that research yields can lead to professional advancement, and sometimes, to commercial success. In addition, scholarly […]

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Royalties For Pages Not Books

Change is a constant in life, and with Amazon and e-books, especially so. The e-retailer’s business terms for publishers and authors lurch from point to point like pinballs. Last summer, Amazon launched its Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, featuring all-you-can-eat access to hundreds of thousands of books and audiobooks. This week, word came from Seattle […]

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Tale of A Library Rescue

When the American Library Association convenes its annual conference  later this month in San Francisco, book authors are the honored guests – and not only famous names like Ms. Magazine founder Gloria Steinem and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson of The Band. One particularly appropriate speaker will be Scott Sherman, author of […]

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“Grey” Returns To Number One

The E.L. James penned trilogy that began with 50 Shades of Grey has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Throughout a remarkable 2011-2013 run, booksellers were ecstatic but sales have since suffered while waiting for more from Christian Grey. Mercifully, that wait will soon end. “This […]

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BookExpo Has A Word for 2015: Subscriptions

For a business with a global, contemporary outlook like book publishing, BookExpo America is full of small ironies. Print has regained some of its lost luster quite recently, while educational programming remains focused on the digital. And though China has  prominent presence as this year’s Global Market Forum “guest of honor,” BEA is very bit […]

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Author Solutions Case May Go Class Action

A class action lawsuit … Or a series of gripes? That’s the question before a familiar name in a Manhattan federal court. In the same courtroom that once heard arguments about the Apple e-book price-fixing case, Judge Denise Cote is now hearing charges that Author Solutions – a Penguin Random House company – deceived authors […]

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E-Books Back To Earth

Be careful what you wish for, book people. In recent years, Big Five publishers have fought to keep e-book prices out of the bargain basement, just where Amazon wanted them. With the return of so-called “agency” pricing, though, the battle may be won, but the war is not going so well. Once high-climbing e-book sales […]

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Amazon A Book Publisher Too

Amazon and publishing are stuck together like peanut butter and jelly. The e-commerce giant built its customer base as a virtual bookshop, and for a number of years, it has even played the role of publisher. Established in 2009, Amazon Publishing is the umbrella brand for several dozen imprints, from Montlake Romance to Jet City Comics. […]

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A BookExpo For Trade and Consumers

On May Day 2015, the workers of the book publishing business in this country face an uncertain future. Of one thing only can they sure: That just like so many May flowers, BookExpo America will soon open its colorful show in New York. Running from May 27 through May 29, the trade book show elements […]

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