Tag Archives: Industry News

Browsing Book Expo

As Book Expo America got underway in New York, it seemed that the fastest takeaways were the tote bags. Who doesn’t need another tote bag for all the advanced readers’ copies of coming books? Stuffing a canvas bag full of book galleys is a nice old-fashioned ritual that continues at a changing Book Expo (which […]

Book Expo and a Changing Industry

I know publishers and editors who dread attending Book Expo – the long days standing on cement floors under harsh fluorescent lights. On the other hand, I know booksellers who love being there: the chance to find something new to excite their customers with and perhaps even snag an author autograph. The show is really […]

The China Connection

This year’s BookExpo America, which begins May 27, hosts China for the first time, as part of the BEA’s Global Market Forum initiative. Beyond the e-book advances and self-publishing growth that will undoubtedly make up a lot of the conversation at BEA, the business of how to do business sin and with China is important. […]

Book Expo in a Shifting Publishing Era

Book Expo America, the biggest publishing-industry convention in the United States, runs this week in New York from Wednesday, May 27, through Friday, May 29. It’s changing to reflect a rapidly changing industry. The biggest change, of course, is self-publishing, which is making tremendous headway against the winds of traditionally published e-books. Since the long […]

Feynman’s Pendulum

Well, I did it. I actually did it. I put the lime in the coconut and drank’em both together. I put the lime in the coconut; it made me feel better. Seriously, my Nigerian pal Akintunde Omitowoju came over for lunch on Sunday and we did it together. I had heard the Harry Nilsson song […]

The Decline and Demise of the Newspaper Book Review

I finally got around to reading Steve Wasserman’s article (“Goodbye to All That”) in the Columbia Journalism Review on the decline of book coverage. The piece got some attention when it ran, but not nearly enough. If you read just one thing on the state of book reviews, this should be it. For ten years, […]

The Exact Science of Creativity

It was during the Business Topology module of the Magical Worlds curriculum that John Quarto-vonTivadar raised his shy hand and quietly asked, “Have you ever studied TRIZ?” Seeing the blank look on my face, John knew instantly that he might as well have asked, “How much should a hamster weigh?” “No, John, I’ve never even […]

Numbers Game

Back on June 6th, 2007 Google announced that the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC), a library consortium representing the Big Ten and the University of Chicago, agreed to participate in their Book Search Library Project. This partnership agreement brought the number of participating research libraries to twenty-five. According to the Google announcement, the CIC libraries […]

Jenkins Group Launches AXIOM Business Book Awards

1st annual Axiom Business Book Awards contest is designed to bring great business books and great business people together. On August 15th, 2007, Jenkins Group launched the first annual, 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards, designed to honor the year’s best business books and their authors and publishers. With the motto, “Recognizing and promoting the world’s […]

Finding the Way to Your Well-Read Life

A Conversation with Steve Leveen So many books, so little time… Most everyone agrees that the commodity they’d most like to have more of is TIME. For book lovers, any extra time gained would likely be spent reading. But imagine you did receive a gift of extra reading time. How would you compile your “dream […]