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Legislative Update: SOPA and PIPA

Legislative Update: SOPA and PIPA – From AAUP

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How To: Marketing Books to Libraries « PWxyz

via How To: Marketing Books to Libraries « PWxyz.

Streaming audio link near the bottom of this article. Takes a little while to get to the meat of the conversation about how to market to librarians, but it’s worth listening to–a review of the recent challenges presented by Agency Pricing, rumor that a suit may be forthcoming from the Dept. of Justice against Apple and the Big 6 Publishers, and the ebook landscape.

There is a strong mention of reviews as a very important factor in influencing a ‘buy’ decision by libraries–that publishers of any size should focus on getting their title into a review source, and make the buying experience “frictionless” if possible. There is also mention that full color book jackets have a big influence when reviewing titles…”eye candy is important”, is the comment.

Wiley to Divest Selected Publishing Assets

Wiley to Divest Selected Publishing Assets

From the story….

“We plan to drive long-term growth, accelerate our digital transformation, and optimize our return on investment by investing in content and services that provide our customers in research, learning and professional practice with knowledge resources that help them to realize their professional and personal goals,” said Stephen M. Smith, Wiley’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Gutenberg the Geek, reviewed « BuzzMachine

Gutenberg the Geek, reviewed « BuzzMachine

via Gutenberg the Geek, reviewed « BuzzMachine.

Is mobile content losing out to social networking, gaming? : Publishing Executive

Is mobile content losing out to social networking, gaming? : Publishing Executive

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With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market — The Digital Shift

With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market — The Digital Shift

via With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market — The Digital Shift.

Book News

Book News, Inc.

(Portland, OR) March 20, 2012 – Book News, Inc., the leader in preparing concise, reliable descriptive reviews of new books in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, announced today the appointment of Jay Henry as Vice President.

Mr. Henry, who had been a consultant, publisher and bookseller will manage and expand Book News’ interaction with the world of scholarly publishers. He will also provide leadership in guiding the development of information dissemination to meet the evolving needs of booksellers, publishers and other suppliers. After four decades of success in creating and distributing independent and impartial descriptions of scholarly print titles, Book News is investigating the addition of ebook reviews. Mr. Henry will drive this study.

“As publishing changes, the need for credible characterizations of new books is greater than ever,” said Fred Gullette, Founder of Book News, Inc. “Current subscribers to our summary reviews have gained access to scholarly imprints in a systematic and reliable program for more than 36 years.  Jay’s thorough grip of information publication, distribution and use promises to grow Book News’ extraordinary utility in the field. His knowledge, ingenuity and vigor cannot but greatly broaden our reach & respect. We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”

“There are tremendous opportunities ahead for Book News to facilitate the discovery and acquisition of scholarly works.” Henry said. “It’s a shared secret among book buyers that a high percentage of reviews found in such references as Books In Print are unique, one-of-a-kind, and provided by Book News.  I am excited about building on the success of Book News and helping scholarly publishers create descriptions of their work that will populate discovery systems across the acquisitions spectrum.”

Mr. Henry served as the Director of Digital Services at Blackwell North America until 2009. Since that time he has worked independently as a consultant and publisher focused on ebook production and distribution. Prior to Blackwell, Jay lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked as a Producer for Ingenta. He continues to reside in the great book city of Portland, Oregon where he can explore the mountains and rivers he loves.

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Founded in 1976, Book News provides the unique service of preparing descriptive reviews of new high-level scholarly books. Its mission is to provide a sales and marketing channel for scholarly publishers. Distributed in print and electronic editions, Reference & Research Book News covers more than 18,000 new titles annually, with reviews appearing in databases used by nearly every college library in North America, as well as electronic sites of prominent book vendors, database producers, and online bookstores.

 

The Amazon Paradox: Coming to Terms With Publishing\\\’s Colossus – Peter Osnos – Business – The Atlantic

The Amazon Paradox: Coming to Terms With Publishing\\’s Colossus – Peter Osnos – Business – The Atlantic

via The Amazon Paradox: Coming to Terms With Publishing\\\’s Colossus – Peter Osnos – Business – The Atlantic.