Web Development

Simon & Schuster Unveils New Site for YA Fans
February 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Simon and Schuster’s digital marketing team is officially retiring PulseIt, one of the earliest YA fan sites created by a publisher, to unveil Riveted, a website for YA fans with the tagline “YA fiction is our addiction.” The aim of the site is to engage fans with articles, quizzes, free content, and social media campaigns…

HarperCollins Launches '4th Shorts' Series
February 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm

HarperCollins imprint 4th Estate has launched a new short story series, 4th Shorts, which is intended to “introduce curious readers to 4th Estate’s rich back catalogue on an easily digestible scale." The publisher has launched a new short story hub - a mobile-friendly online reading service that offers visitors short stories from "big-name authors and…

Press Release: Elsevier’s New ECC Webcasts Platform Provides Free Access to Webcasts of the European Cancer Congress
January 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm

AMSTERDAM—January 21, 2016—A new online platform gives healthcare professionals free access to a selection of lectures from Europe’s biggest cancer conference, providing them with the latest research on a variety of cancers and treatments. The ECC Webcasts platform (eccwebcasts.ejcancer.com), run by Elsevier and hosted by the European Journal of Cancer (EJC), features webcasts of some…

Press Release: Penguin Random House UK Launches Best-in-Class Consumer and Company Websites
January 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

LONDON—January 20, 2016—Penguin Random House UK is today launching two new websites: a Penguin-branded website for consumers, focusing on its authors, brands and books (penguin.co.uk) and a Penguin Random House UK company website for its business audiences (penguinrandomhouse.co.uk). Coming together for the first time in one website, Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird – the publishing brands…

Press Release: Scholastic Launches 2016 Presidential Election Website
January 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

NEW YORK—January 21, 2016—Today, the editors of Scholastic News® announced the launch of the Scholastic News Election 2016 website, a resource designed to immerse kids in the 2016 Presidential Election and enhance the news stories found in the award-winning Scholastic classroom magazines. Visit the Scholastic News Election 2016 website at: www.scholastic.com/election. The Scholastic News Election…

Codex Hackathon, a Two-Day Marathon of Tech for Books
January 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Luke Van Seters and Vignesh Mohankumar were camped out on a pair of purple couches on the third floor of the MIT Media Lab, attempting to hack written language itself. The code that the two Northeastern students had cobbled together over the previous 48 hours analyzes an excerpt of text, then rewrites it slightly to…

PRH Book Recommendation Hotline Builds Personal Connection with Readers
January 13, 2016 at 12:59 pm

While many publishers are striving to solve the book discovery problem through semantic recommendation algorithms and expansive book metadata, for the past two years Penguin Random House has employed a decidedly old school approach during the critical holiday bookselling season. Instead of generating automated book suggestions based on clicks, PRH staff manually creates completely personalized…

The Convoluted Profits of Academic Publishing
December 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Richard Price always had an entrepreneurial bent. He started a cake business in his mum's kitchen during a summer break from his doctoral program at Oxford, eventually converting it into a sandwich-delivery service after realizing people only ate cake once a week. Then, when one of his philosophy papers took three years to get published,…

PRH to Close My Independent Bookshop
December 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced it will close its consumer book recommendation site My Independent Bookshop ahead of the launch of its new website next year. PRH launched My Independent Bookshop in May 2014 as a social platform that allowed readers to set up ‘virtual bookshops’, where they could share their favourite reads and…