As 2016 Ends, Librarians Look Ahead

In the weeks before the curtain falls on 2016, editors and reporters are madly making lists – not of gifts they wish for, but of stories from the last twelve months they can’t forget or stop talking about. 2016 has made an indelible mark, of course – in politics, in...

Politics Trumps Publishing

“The election of Donald Trump was not only a shock to the nation, but also to publishers, and many are now pivoting to put some books on Trump, and America in the Age of Trump, onto their Spring 2017 lists,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly...

Post-Election, Book Sales Rebound

Throughout the long and contentious US presidential election campaign, a nation’s attention was fixed on reading tweets and emails. Three weeks after the surprise result that will take Donald Trump to the White House for the next four years, publishers and booksellers...

Publishing’s Big Night Out

At the National Book Awards on Wednesday night, the program ran a close second to the winning authors for its diversity and its high entertainment quotient. The evening’s master of ceremonies, Larry Wilmore, brought to the gala the same sharp wit he had shown as host...

Books In Browsers Returns

Born in a world before smartphones and tablets, the Books in Browsers conference was once aptly named, as it concentrated on reading online. In 2016, of course, digital reading is about much more than books and browsers. After a one-year hiatus that allowed organizers...

BookExpo Evolves

Organizations and organism share more than a Latin root word. Both are never static, but destined forever for change. Over time, evolution takes its course. Organisms and organizations once dominant in their environments must find ways to adapt to change or give way...

Pallante Leaves Copyright Office

As the business day closed last Friday, published reports announced the removal of Maria Pallante from her duties as the US Register of Copyrights, a role she had held since 2011. Subsequent reporting offers insights on what prompted the surprise move, and what it...

Frankfurt Becomes A Refuge For Books

The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is a global jamboree of self-expression. The world’s authors and publishers arrive with poetry, fiction, science and business texts that map to the remarkable range of human talent. In 2016, Book Fair organizers recognize that the...

Nobel For Dylan

Well, Shakespeare, he’s in the alley with his pointed shoes and his bells, and Bob Dylan’s heading to Stockholm to claim the Nobel Prize. From Hemingway to Hesse, Camus to Kawabata, Singer to Soyinka, Nobel winners in literature have authored books of poetry,...

From Studies to Standards, BISG Evolves

Consider the evolutionary track taken by the Book Industry Study Group. Founded in 1975 by the Book Manufacturers Institute, BISG has endured a tsunami of change in publishing over three decades. In 2016, a much different place from the days before e-commerce and...