Product Launches

LearnLaunch, McGraw-Hill Education Team Up To School EdTech Startups
January 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Executives from McGraw-Hill Education will mentor local entrepreneurs as part of a partnership with Boston’s LearnLaunch edtech startup accelerator. “Startups play an important role in the digital ecosystem, and as a ‘125-year-old startup’ ourselves, we feel a kinship with them,” Stephen Laster, chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill Education, said in a news release. McGraw-Hill Education…

Amazon’s Echo Will Now Read Your Books to You
January 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

While Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo may have caught consumers off-guard when it was first released last year, the retailer has been hard at work adding features to the device to make it more appealing to the least tech-savvy Prime members out there. According to ZDNet, Amazon just took a big leap forward with bibliophiles interested in…

Harlequin Introduces Binge Reading with the Launch of the Tough Justice Series
January 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm

TORONTO—January 12, 2016—Harlequin launched a creative serialization publication today with the debut of their Tough Justice mystery-suspense series. The eight-part digital-first serial is a multi-author endeavor that sees all the episodes in the series published simultaneously. "The rules are changing for what a story is and how it can be read," said Loriana Sacilotto, executive…

Press Release: Gale Brings Interactive Science Products to Libraries
January 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—January 7, 2016—Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Two products, geared primarily…

You Shouldn’t Be Surprised that Reddit Is Publishing a Book
January 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm

It turns out that we are all, at our core, Luddites. The latest proof: The front page of the Internet is publishing a book, on paper. Reddit is collecting some of its best Ask Me Anything interviews — with Bill Gates, Waffle House workers, Spike Lee, nuclear missile operators — in a “beautiful coffee table…

Press Release: Julian Fellowes's Belgravia — A Groundbreaking New Publishing Project — To Be Launched by Grand Central Publishing in April 2016
January 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

NEW YORK—January 4, 2016—Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce a groundbreaking new publishing project by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. GCP acquired the North American rights to the project – Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA -- from Orion Publishing, a division of Hachette UK. Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA is a story told in a prologue and…

HarperCollins, Insurrection Media Strike Deal to Turn Books into Series
December 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

HarperCollins Publishers has struck a deal with Insurrection Media to option and develop books for adaptation as TV or digital series, the companies announced Monday. The first HarperCollins book under consideration by the alliance is the trilogy “Mila 2.0,” written by Debra Driza and published by Katherine Tegen Books.

Whatever Happened to Innovation in the Publishing Industry?
December 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Remember the excitement surrounding the launch of Amazon’s Kindle eight years ago? It was a clunky device, even by 2007 standards, but it was revolutionary. One of the original Kindle’s breakthrough features was the ability to download books via cellular network. The e-Ink display and extremely long battery life also led to its popularity despite…

Rodale Books Launches Week-Long Online 'Greatness Summit'
November 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Bestselling author Lewis Howes was once a professional football player, until a broken wrist ended his career early. But since then, Howes has launched a multi-million-dollar business and hosts a leadership and personal development podcast called The School of Greatness. Last month, Rodale Books published his book by the same name, and this week the…