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The Publishing Business Group Announces Winners of the 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year Award

September 20, 2013
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Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines have announced the winners of the 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year Awards. Active Interest Media, Sourcebooks, and the American Physical Society have been selected as this year's winners. This award recognizes publishing companies who have demonstrated significant innovation in the past year. A winner is chosen from each of the following three categories: book, magazine, and scientific, technical & medical (STM) publishers.

Previous winners include HarperCollins, Scholastic, Time Inc., Esquire, and Hachette Book Group.

The awards will be presented to the winners during a ceremony at the 2013 Publishing Business Conference & Expo, which is September 23-­‐25, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

2013 Winners: Magazine:

Active Interest Media (AIM) AIM publishes some of the leading consumer enthusiast magazines, including Yoga Journal, Backpacker, and Yachts International. The Boulder-­‐based company has rapidly grown to become a 50-­‐magazine multimedia business in only a decade's time. The outdoorsy brand has made quite a few acquisitions in 2013 alone: In June it acquired Ski and Skiing magazines and in early September, announced it had acquired Oxygen, Clean Eating, and MuscleMag International. In conjunction with its magazines, AIM also produces videos, books, conferences and trade shows.


Sourcebooks An independent publisher with a slew of New York Times bestsellers, Sourcebooks has made its mark on the publishing industry. Along with embracing digital publishing through its wide selection of ebooks, the company has created a number of apps such as "Put Me in the Story," which allows parents to personalize bestselling children's books by placing their own child in the story, and "Fiske

Interactive College," which provides an interactive guide to colleges and universities with features like built-­‐in school maps and critical application deadlines. In August 2013, Sourcebooks acquired Simple Truths, a publisher of motivational books. The acquisition, the 15th and largest in Sourcebook's 26-­‐year history, will expand the titles offered in the "Put Me in the Story" platform.

Scientific, Technical & Medical:

American Physical Society (APS) is a non-­‐profit membership organization that works to improve the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. Recently, APS announced that it would launch a new journal of applied physics, which will allow APS to reach out to a broader community and expand its scope of research. APS has also announced that it will be collaborating with the federal government and journal publishers to create an online platform, The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), that gives scientists access to publications from federally funded research. In addition to these ventures, APS has a program called The APS Bridge Program (APS-­‐BP) that works to help increase the number of minority students who receive PhDs in physics, and in late June, APS-­‐BP hosted a conference which included multiple programs and organizations that share a similar goal. Though this program is in its beginning stages, it has already succeeded in placing at least 14 students into physics bridge programs or directly into graduate programs. The American Physical Society is committed to furthering the knowledge of physics, and it continues to work to achieve this goal.

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