Product Launches

STM Publishers Embrace E-media’s Phase II
October 1, 2007

When your stock-in-trade is information that drives innovation, people expect you to be on the leading edge. And so it is with the scientific, medical and technical (STM) publishing sector. While the STM market faces similar challenges to the rest of the publishing industry, its willingness to embrace electronic platforms and develop innovative revenue streams has positioned it well in the face of new competition brought about by the expansion of digital media. “The biggest challenge has been mastered, and that is the transition from paper to electronic for STM content,” notes Derk Haank, CEO of Springer Science + Business Media, the world’s

The 20 Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For
October 1, 2007

1. Random House Inc. 2. Business 21 Publishing LLC 3. Rodale Inc. 4. Meredith Corp. 5. State University of New York Press 6. Consumers Union 7. Oxford University Press USA 8. BowTie Inc./BowTie Press 9. Pearson/Pearson Education 10. Columbia University Press 11. Lerner Publishing Group 12. Prestwick House Inc. 13. The University of Chicago Press 14. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 15. The Jewish Publication Society 16. Reed Business Information 17. Scholastic

Three in Four Adults Read At Least One Book Last Year
September 7, 2007

An Associated Press-Ipsos poll recently revealed that three in four adults (73 percent) read at least one book last year. The study consisted of phone interviews with more than 1,000 adults across the United States over a three-day period in August. Of those who did engage with the written word in 2006, 41 percent read about one to five books, while 27 percent reported reading 15 or more. Religious texts and popular fiction were the most popular choices among the readers. The poll results also noted other prevailing characteristics of those who had read last year, such as age, gender, location and political affiliation. For instance,

Borders Group Hosts Employee Fiction-Writing Contest
August 17, 2007

Borders Group Inc. announced a writing contest offering all of its 30,000 employees a chance to become a published author under the company’s proprietary publishing program. Employees from Borders and Waldenbooks stores, distribution centers and the corporate office can submit manuscripts under any fiction categorys. A panel of judges will award the winning author a book deal and a listing in Borders’ “Shortlist,” an e-mail promotion that now reaches more than 19.5 million e-mail addresses. “Our employees are talented and creative individuals who have tremendous passion for books, and we believe that there are many who also have undiscovered writing talent,” says Rob Gruen,

August 1, 2007

ou may be sitting at your desk wondering if the stressful job that is giving you gray hair and ulcers is worth it. Or, you may be perfectly content in your current position, but just a little bit curious as to whether your salary is competitive. You also may be wondering whether you are paying your staff enough to keep them from exploring other opportunities. Now, using Book Business’ first “Book Industry Salary Guide,” you can see how your salary and your staff’s salaries compare to others in similar positions at other book publishing companies. The guide is based on data compiled from

‘Harry Potter’ Serious Business When It Comes to Early Shipping
July 20, 2007

The New York Times is reporting that Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the “Harry Potter” series, has sued an online bookseller and its distributor earlier this week for “flagrant violations of their strict contractual obligations” by shipping copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” before the time and date set by the publisher. A breach of contract suit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, in which Scholastic accused Infinity Resources, which owns the online retailer, of shipping books to some customers up to a week before the on-sale date, according to The Times. Levy Home Entertainment, a

Book Business Announces a Major Study: the ‘Best Publishing Companies to Work For’
July 20, 2007

Publishing executives will soon have a new resource at their fingertips for finding the best places to work in the book publishing industry. Book Business magazine has announced that it is launching the first-ever major study to determine the “Best Publishing Companies to Work For.” The study, being conducted by independent research organization Accelara Publishing Research, will rate publishing companies annually based on their scores in six to 10 major categories. The research also will examine what makes a high-performance working environment, what contributes to a great publishing workplace, and how publishers generate high loyalty and staff support. An invitation to participate in the

Borders Group Inc. Enters the Publishing Ring
June 15, 2007

The first novel published by Borders Group Inc. under the company’s new exclusive book publishing program, “Slip & Fall,” by Nick Santora, hit shelves this week. The novel is Santora’s first and was selected by Borders’ merchandising team to be the first of many titles published and sold exclusively in its more than 1,000 Borders and Waldenbooks stores nationwide. “By publishing ‘Slip & Fall,’ Borders marks the launch of a new concept for our company that will differentiate us from other retailers and build customer loyalty,” said George Jones, Borders chief executive officer. “We are now working directly with the major talent and literary

Baby Boomers Driving Online Used-Book Selling
June 15, 2007—one of the world’s largest online marketplaces for new, used, rare and out-of-print books—has released survey results pointing to evidence that the majority of online used-book sellers in the United States are Baby Boomers. Between October 2006 and January 2007, AbeBooks polled 1,949 U.S. booksellers that sold through its network of Web sites. “Hard work is the key to successfully selling secondhand books on the Web,” said Hannes Blum, CEO of “Although this profession is relatively new, it requires dedication to build up an online inventory of books and considerable effort to find books ideal for the Internet. We’re seeing a commitment to

Barnes & Noble Reports Increased First Quarter Sales Results
June 1, 2007

Barnes & Noble Inc. recently reported that sales for the first quarter of 2007 increased by 3 percent to $1.1 billion compared to the prior year’s first quarter. Store sales reportedly increased 3.3 percent to $1 billion and sales were up 8 percent to $93.8 million, also compared to Q1 of 2006. The increase in sales was attributed to some successful titles including: Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret,” Chris Bohjalian’s “The Double Bind,” Mohsin Hamids “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and others. For the second quarter, the company anticipates comparable store sales at Barnes & Noble stores to increase in the low to mid single digits,