Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s Cyberwarning

At the Annenberg, Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s ‘Library of Alexandria moment’ is a warning to publishers that their essential content could go up in cyber-flames.
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Self-Publishing and the 'Curatorial Mark': Jon Fine

The high view of self-publishing, in Jon Fine’s words, is peopled with ‘increasingly sophisticated authors’ supported by ‘increasingly sophisticated consultants’—a movement growing into its own alongside the ‘curatorial mark’ of trade publishing. Read More

Books' Prices and Writing's Value

As painful as pricing issues may be in the marketplace and in authors’ efforts to put together a living, the real question is what happens in the public mind when pricing goes through the floor? Read More

Lee & Low: Diversity Is Not Created Equal

  By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson Editor-in-Chief Lee and Low is a children’s book publisher that specializes in cultural diversity. And in its survey of diversity issues in U.S. publishing, the company has handed us a much-needed chance to discuss something healthily difficult: the issue of gender in the publishing workforce. Lee and Low created and executed a large… Read More

In 2016, Adult Coloring Books: Only Half-Good For Publishing

Color Us Skeptical One of the things the book publishing industry produces best is confusion. Its gray areas (not unlike its Grey areas) are fogs of speculation, partial truths, gossip, and misty-eyed hindsight. Among the most beloved notions this year has been the idea that print books entered a renaissance in 2015. In bookseller’s dreams, consumers… Read More

A message to #FutureBook15 from #AuthorDay

To work together, not as antagonists The Bookseller’s Author Day conference opened this year’s FutureBook Week on Monday (30th November). It was the inaugural staging of a conference expressly meant to bring together publishing professionals, traditionally publishing authors, and self-publishing authors. Our term for the conference’s intent is “issues-driven,” by which we meat that it was not… Read More

Publishers And Authors: Inviting Them To The Same Party

Every Job In Publishing Depends On Authors How is book publishing divided today? Let’s not count the ways. Outsiders looking into this beleaguered industry, however, might be surprised at the reticence many authors and publishers can have about each other. Maybe about being around each other. Meeting each other. Talking more than friendly chitchat or… Read More

Rebecca Smart joins Author Day speakers

Conference note: While anticipation is building for #AuthorDay on Monday (30th November), we’re closing bookings Friday (27th) for #FutureBook15, hurry to get your seat.   PRH-Ebury’s chief on ‘What Publishers Tell Us’ I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Rebecca Smart will join our rich speakers’ lineup for Author Day on 30th November at 30 Euston… Read More

Two New Efforts In Publishing Diversity: ‘Learning From Each Other’s Narratives’

‘There Are So Many Reasons To Write’  We’ve joined the global conversation on the intersection of race and writing. But is it enough?   These viewpoints echo that of Zed Books’ Crystal Mahey-Morgan, who told me in an interview for The Bookseller less than a year ago: “We need to move beyond rhetoric and good… Read More