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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Ariadne van de Ven obituary
April 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Our friend Ariadne van de Ven, who has died aged 56 of cancer, was a book publicist and photographer of street life in Kolkata, which she wrote about in original ways.Ariadne was born in Heerlen, in the Netherlands, the daughter of Jep, a solicitor, and Rose Marie (nee Van Grunsven). At the University of Utrecht,…

Updating Your Email Alerts from The Scholarly Kitchen
April 23, 2017 at 5:30 am

Make sure you're getting the latest email alerts about posts from The Scholarly Kitchen. The post Updating Your Email Alerts from The Scholarly Kitchen appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

20 Pro Tips to Prepare Your Ebook for Conversion
April 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

If you’ve read many books by DIY authors—and chances are you have—you might have stumbled across the occasional one full of formatting errors. It doesn’t give the best impression, does it? These mistakes detract from the flow of the book and are a certain route to one-star reviews. So how can you make sure your…

Envisioning Chemistry
April 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

Short films show the beauty of chemical reactions. The post Envisioning Chemistry appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Not just William: Richmal Crompton's adult fiction republished
April 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

Reissues aim to restore her darker stories of village intrigue for grownups to the popularity they once enjoyedRichmal Crompton has long been overshadowed by her creation Just William, but the darker side of her imagination is set to be rediscovered, with several of her lesser-known adult novels coming back into print.Although best known for her…

Bill O'Reilly's publisher stands by him after Fox sacking
April 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

TV host and bestselling author who was fired on Wednesday after multiple sexual harassment claims came to light, retains support of Henry HoltFox News may have abandoned Bill O’Reilly, but the beleaguered TV host, who was sacked on Wednesday following sexual harassment claims, has found support from his publisher Henry Holt, which has promised to…

It Takes a Village: One Year of Journals Requiring ORCID iDs
April 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Getting researcher buy-in to new tools and systems can be challenging - even when those tools are intended to help free them of administrative burden. A community approach, such as the publisher-led initiative to require ORCID iDs for authors, can be very effective. The post It Takes a Village: One Year of Journals Requiring ORCID…

Empty satire: the regrettable rise of blank-paged books in the Trump era
April 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

Donald Trump loves Reasons to Vote Democrat, a volume of white space that follows a number of liberal spoofs with the same content. I prefer less vacant jokesIt’s a product worthy of Reggie Perrin’s Grot shop – the store opened to sell tat in David Nobbs’s magnificent satire of modern life: a book called Reasons…

Give Us Your Feedback—and Enter to Win!
April 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

The world of digital publishing is constantly growing and changing. New technologies, new markets, and new techniques for maximizing sales appear every week. Digital Book World keeps you up to date on all you need to know. At DBW, we are growing and changing, too. We want to make DBW even more relevant to you,…

The Stars Are Aligning for Preprints
April 18, 2017 at 5:30 am

An overview of recent events and the current state of preprints in the scholarly communications landscape. The post The Stars Are Aligning for Preprints appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Generate More Book Sales With a Keyword-Powered Blurb
April 17, 2017 at 10:06 am

The description of your book in an online store is a vital element of your digital book’s sales strategy. The description (commonly called a blurb) acts like a shop clerk in a digital bookstore. You want that clerk’s pitch to be as convincing as possible. The blurb, however, plays a second and perhaps even more…

Tom Raworth obituary
April 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

Poet who introduced the radicalism of postwar US poetry into British writingA leading figure in the British poetry revival of the 1960s, Tom Raworth, who has died aged 78, brought the radicalism of the Beat, New York and Black Mountain schools in postwar American poetry to bear on British writing. Ditching closed form and metre,…

Seattle is the testing ground as Amazon eyes its next big idea
April 16, 2017 at 2:00 am

The retail giant is expanding into the physical world with a series of trials in its home town. First came a book shop, but the real prize is in groceryThe buzz of a text message heralds the latest offer on Amazon’s Treasure Truck – a funky lorry bedecked with funfair lights and retro signs that…

Is URMS a New Model of Flexibility in Digital Books User Rights?
April 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Written by Nancy Panos, Director of Product Management, Datalogics At Digital Book World in January, I attended several very interesting sessions on industry data analytics including what people are reading, how they are reading, ideal demographics for library lenders, interesting facts about the rise in audiobooks, and eBook pricing and its impact on growth. It’s…