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Lessons for Publishers from the Loss of Family Christian Stores

Last month brought sad news that another national bookstore chain went out of business. This time, Family Christian Stores, the largest U.S. retailer of Christian books and merchandise, closed all of its locations. Executives throughout the industry, both mainstream and religious, hated to see another big brick-and-mortar chain go under. The sting of Borders closing…

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The Tincture of Time — Should Journals Return to Slower Publishing Practices?
March 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

Most journals have adopted rapid publication processes, but with the rise of preprint servers and new trends among readers, maybe they can return to a slower, more considered pace. The post The Tincture of Time — Should Journals Return to Slower Publishing Practices? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Dylan Thomas Shortlist of Authors 39 or Younger: UK, US, Australia, Sri Lanka
March 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

The Dylan Thomas Prize is unusual for its flexibility. The shortlist includes a book of poetry, two books of short stories, plus novels—two of them debuts. The post Dylan Thomas Shortlist of Authors 39 or Younger: UK, US, Australia, Sri Lanka appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Lithuanians and Their Books: Highly Literate Readers, Fond of Translations
March 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

In Lithuania, writes Inga Janiulytė for DW, 'reading remains a popular activity—whether in spite of, or because of, social media.' And many read English. The post Lithuanians and Their Books: Highly Literate Readers, Fond of Translations appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Who Are You Calling Wimpy? Signor Kinney and una Schiappa in Italy
March 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid has sold more than 3 million copies in Italy. This week, the author visits his publisher in Milan—and a lot of young fans The post Who Are You Calling Wimpy? Signor Kinney and una Schiappa in Italy appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

All That’s Nordic Isn’t Noir, in Scandinavian Rights Action
March 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

Brisk springtime rights trading is reported from Scandinavia, with nonfiction hits as well as fiction highlighted in Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. The post All That’s Nordic Isn’t Noir, in Scandinavian Rights Action appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

International Rights Trade Grows at Brazil’s Bienal do Livro Rio
March 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

As Brazil's publishers look to boost their rights business, the Bienal do Livro in Rio prepares to host its Agents & Business Center for a second time. The post International Rights Trade Grows at Brazil’s Bienal do Livro Rio appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Rights’ Impact: ‘Explore and Maximize Additional Revenue Streams’
March 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

International rights directors at two UK book publishers survey the continued importance of rights to an industry in search of new revenue channels. The post Rights’ Impact: ‘Explore and Maximize Additional Revenue Streams’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Sales, Earnings Fell at PRH in 2016
March 28, 2017

The lack of a mega-bestseller was one factor in the 9.6% drop in revenue at Penguin Random House in 2016; earnings in the year fell 3.6% compared to 2015. Operating margins, however, improved to 16.0% in 2016, up from 15.0% in 2015.

How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks
March 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

Of the many proposals to lower the cost of college textbooks, the model called "inclusive access" may have the best chance, as it creates incentives for publishers and students alike. The post How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Polish Publishers Call for Book VAT Reductions and Make Another Bid for Fixed Prices
March 27, 2017 at 2:30 am

Having seen a bid for fixed book prices stall out before, the Polish publishers' association is making its case again to legislators in hopes of improving the industry's prospects. The post Polish Publishers Call for Book VAT Reductions and Make Another Bid for Fixed Prices appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

France Offers Pre-Frankfurt Fellowship to Canadian Publishers
March 27, 2017 at 2:30 am

Building 'relationships between English-speaking Canadian publishers and French counterparts,' the 'Books in Translation' fellows will travel to Paris. The post France Offers Pre-Frankfurt Fellowship to Canadian Publishers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Micro to Macro: Sometimes Scaling Up Helps Provide Clarity
March 24, 2017 at 5:30 am

How does a microprocessor work? To understand it, the Centre for Computing History decided to think big. The post Micro to Macro: Sometimes Scaling Up Helps Provide Clarity appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

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