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Terminal Vacation: A Grizzled Veteran of the Publishing World Returns to the Scene of the Crime

Betsy Rapoport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Betsy Rapoport

His preamble was so complimentary, even loving, that it took a moment for me to realize I was being laid off. My fourteen-year run at this publishing company was over. And I was hardly alone.

Laura Hruska Dead: Founder Of Soho Press Dies At 74 | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Soho Press co-founder and EIC Laura Hruska passed away this weekend at 74-years-old....

Wal-Mart: "If There's Going to be a Wal-Mart of the Web, It Can Be Amazon"

Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Ross

Where will this pricing war end? Is it in anyone's interests besides the consumers? At what price should inexpensive hardcovers reasonably come -- at the expense of the author's income?

Publishers Hold Back eBook Editions Of New Books

Wall Street Journal | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Simon & Schuster is delaying by four months the electronic-book editions of about 35 leading titles coming out early next year, taking a dramatic stan...

Why the Digital Revolution is Missing the Big Picture

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

By marketing the Kindle to me -- i.e. 'adults' who already read regularly -- publishing is merely doubling down on the biggest problem facing the industry: not enough people read books.

Six Things Book Publicists Love to Hear

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

"Do you think we can get Oprah?" Generally asked by an author whose book is wildly inappropriate for Oprah and who has never actually seen Oprah, but who's heard that Oprah sells books.

Children's Book Publishers Are Playing It Safe In 2010 | Caroline Horn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The outlook for the children's market this year will be cautious, low risk and very traditional -- despite publishers saying 2009 performed better tha...

Frankfurt Book Fair: Deals, E-Books, China, Mandela

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Frankfurt Book Fair has been going on this week, and it's brought news, controversy, and excitement galore with it. The choice of China for guest ...

Literary Agent Urges Publishers To Hold Off On eBook Editions

E-Reads | Richard Curtis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary agent Nat Sobel, one of the most respected figures in his field, has issued an appeal to book industry leaders urging them to resist the temp...

Reinventing the Publishing Industry

Stacey Radin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stacey Radin

Innovation is critical to industries that are on the verge of becoming dinosaurs. Intellectually, I would think books would be a cheaper source of entertainment in a time of recession.

10 Things Bookstores Need to Do to Help Themselves

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I unabashedly love bookstores. But they need to evolve, to change some habits that have long since become obsolete.

Andy Rooney, "60 Minutes" Contributer, Has A New Book

The Atlantic | Peter Osnos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Andy Rooney turns 91 on January 14, 2010. For 31 of those years he has delivered the closing essay on CBS's 60 Minutes. These pieces are the main reas...

Transcend and Include: Fictionaut and the Future of the Literary Magazine

Jurgen Fauth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jurgen Fauth

It may be more productive to consider the changes roiling the publishing industry evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Book Publishing 10 Years From Now: Smashwords Founder Mark Coker's Predictions | Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today, we had the opportunity to ask Mark Coker of Smashwords what his predictions are for the year 2020....

The Man Behind the Man Booker Winner

Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amy Hertz

In all of publishing and probably much of the world, there's just nobody else like Jack Macrae, the American publisher of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, which just won the Booker.

No One Warned the Dinosaurs. Will Anyone Warn the Publishers?

William Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Petrocelli

The major publishers are in a difficult position: they are service companies that function like manufacturing companies -- 20th century businesses in a 21st century economy.

Maintaining Your Writing Career

Andrew Zack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Andrew Zack

Your publishing career requires maintenance. And sometimes if you want the job done right, you'd better do it yourself, or at least keep an eye out to make sure it's getting done.

Best Book Video Ever

New Zealand Book Council | New Zealand Book Council | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Promotional book videos haven't been too impressive so far. In fact, the best videos about books that we've seen so far have tended to be made by fans...

Sarah Palin Memoir: The Power Of Political Books

The Big Money | Marion Maneker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dan Gross, my colleague at Newsweek and Slate, pinged me the other morning after he had read the reports that Sarah Palin's new book--suddenly announc...

iTablet Beta Tester Breaks Embargo

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gerald Sindell

Recently I was given just 24 hours to explore a first production build of the Apple iTablet -- and here are my first impressions and discoveries.

How Big Is Yours?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

As the budding author, you are also President of your own marketing team. I mean think about it: if you write a book or invent a new product, who is going to buy it?

Rejecting the Publishing Ghetto

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

Today, there is a publishing ghetto. Mainstream white-owned houses have black imprints. Here, they publish books by, for and about black people.

Going Rouge and the Art of Jujitsu Publishing

Colin Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Colin Robinson

Whenever Going Rogue was discussed, Going Rouge would be brought into the frame too. We had to become the skunk at Palin's garden party.

What Will Your Book Be?

Eileen Gittins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eileen Gittins

Capturing one's best images, thinking, learning and experiences in a book need no longer be something most people aspire to but never accomplish.

The Death of Print Doesn't Have to Mean the Death of Publishing

Steve Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Haber

In a world of social networks, video games and mobile handsets that do everything imaginable, Americans have maintained their interest in reading.