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Will The Lost Symbol Kill Book Publishing?

Bruce Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce Harris

Pundits like to opine that blockbusters are really bad for the book business. I think differently. I don't think that blockbusters kill other books -- I think they nurture them.

Celebrity Books Popularity Fading In UK: What About USA?

The London Times | Tom Baldwin and Tim Glanfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The lustre of celebrity memoirs, possibly the most reviled literary genre in history, is fading as publishers voice their alarm over returns from book...

Paying the Debut Dues Or How I Got a Silver Sharpie

Joy Preble | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joy Preble

If I want to grow an audience, I need to get involved. I need to talk about my book online and in stores and with people. I need to let them know it's out there.

What to Do When Your Friend Writes a Book

Michael Melcher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Melcher

Publishing The Creative Lawyer meant more to me than being on the cover of Men's Health's "Ripped in Their 40's" special issue.

Literary Rx: Can Books Help in a Health Care Crisis?

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joanne Rendell

The health care crisis is also a cultural crisis. It is a crisis of how we think about health, illness and healing in our society.

Le Carré Moves to Viking

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bestselling author John le Carré has switched houses....

The Book Isn't Dead Yet

The Globe and Mail | John Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

For readers, 2009 was a year of miracles that brought massive price cuts on popular titles, and unprecedented choices in how to consume them. It was n...

When Branding Isn't Enough: The Demise of Gourmet

Elissa Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Elissa Altman

To quote my cousin Howard, "You can't eat prestige." If you're an executive looking at the bottom line in black and white, how do you monetize the meaning of a brand?

"The First Tycoon": A Good News Publishing Backstory

Bruce Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce Harris

Alfred A Knopf is probably looking down from book heaven, stroking his luxuriant mustaches and smiling with delight at yet another Knopf prize winner.

Stephen Rubin: New President Of Henry Holt

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Finally, some news from the publishing world's revolving door: Macmillan announced this Tuesday that Stephen Rubin, former publisher at Doubleday, wil...

Mark Gates Dead: Sales Rep For Farrar, Straus & Giroux Was Much Loved By All

Shelf Awareness | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sad news: Mark Gates, longtime rep for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Holt, died on Friday at age 57 of lung cancer. Gates got his start in book publish...

Kindle Confessions

Jane Isay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jane Isay

I read like a madwoman. I would get drowsy, and on those long reading afternoons when the Kindle slipped from my hand, it fell silently on the pillow and I slept.

The Truth About Author Platforms

Jonathan Fields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jonathan Fields

A few years back, proving your platform meant whipping out your big black book of press clipping. You know, the ones that proved you could get into the media at will. Not any more.

Writing As Therapy: How Three Women Transformed Loss Into Longhand

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nancy Doyle Palmer

All three of these women have gone through significant and profound loss and all three are seriously the funniest people I know. Hard to pull off, but they do, in person and in their books.

Are You Part of the 82%?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

Several years ago, in a national survey, it was discovered that 82% of Americans say they plan to write a book someday.

Bulletin from the Rechargable Electronic Reading Council

Bruce McCall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce McCall

With an e-book, you can deface the reading area to your heart's content and then simply wipe the viewing screen clean with a damp cloth.

"I Didn't Like That Book": How Booksellers Earn Your Trust By Un-Selling Books

John Mesjak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Mesjak

A sales rep's credibility (whether they be independent or house) is boosted as much by a sense of when to "un-sell" as it is by the ability to make a strong recommendation for a beloved new book.

Hey Publishers, Screwing Your Best Customers Is A Mistake

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

By denying the value of e-books, S&S, Hatchette and HarperCollins will make it harder for their power-readers to buy from them, to champion their books, to spread literary joy quickly and easily.

Choosing the Right Cover

James Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
James Atlas

I have been obsessed with book covers for as long as I've been obsessed with books -- and that's a really long time, believe me.

Moving the Needle

Nathan Bransford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Bransford

Editors want to take authors to the next level or make a splash with a debut. Publishers want to gain traction with new electronic formats. Sales and marketing teams want to make a splash. Everyone is desperate for a hit.

CES 2010: Why Were There No Publishers at CES?

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Why were there no book publishers at CES? Not a single purveyor of content, other than a handful of authors. But no publishers. Nobody talking about what their company was doing in the realm of e-publishing.

How Many Books Do You Read a Week?

Carole Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carole Baron

My only regret sometimes is that I read so many unpublished works that are submitted to me as an editor, that I don't have time to read all the published books that interest me. But I try, how I try...

Obama's Publisher Steps Down

Huffington Post/AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

UPDATE: The New York Times reports that Jenny Frost was "surprised by the decision" to restructure the Crown Publishing Group: "I think that Markus h...

STRIP & REBIND: Why Publicists Love the Word "No"

Cassie Ammerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cassie Ammerman

There is a word that publicists love almost as much as "yes." And it's "no." Seems counterintuitive, right? But it's true. There is little I love more than a solid "no."

Mobile Book Authoring Transforms Your Publishing Workflow

Michael Ashley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Ashley

Today, writing means more than a pencil and paper -- it means mobile book authoring, editing and publishing. Here are four new technologies that will forever transform your workflow as an author.