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Eugene G. Schwartz is editor at large for ForeWord Reviews, an industry observer and an occasional columnist for Book Business magazine. In an earlier career, he was in the printing business and held production management positions at Random House, Prentice-Hall/Goodyear and CRM Books/Psychology Today. A former PMA (IBPA) board member, he has headed his own publishing consultancy, Consortium House. He is also Co-Founder of Worthy Shorts Inc., a development stage online private press and publication service for professionals as well as an online back office publication service for publishers and associations. He is on the Publishing Business Conference and Expo Advisory Board.

April 30, 2015-Today, at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library, President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is supporting several library and non-profit partners to develop the Open eBooks initiative and the ConnectED Library Challenge. These efforts leverage the extensive resources of the nation's 16,500 public libraries to help kids develop a love of reading and discovery by making e-books and library services broadly available, particularly to students from low-income families.

This past week at its Annual Conference in Washington DC, the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) released their 2015 Tech Trends, the result of an exercise held during STM Week in London last December. Gathering together representatives of 26 organizations, the STM organizers asked these individuals to identify the top 3 technological trends they saw impacting their organization's publishing activities over the next three to five years. The mix of organizations was relatively even, consisting of non-profits, scholarly societies, well-established university presses and commercial entities

Goodreads Best Books of 2014 (GoodReads) Announcing the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! *** The Obamas Go Book Shopping on Small Business Saturday (GalleyCat) President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book […]

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While open access (OA) is by far the most well-known form of public access, it is not the only one. Having spent two days last week at Research4Life meetings in Washington, DC and with today's announcement that more than 80% of UK local authorities have now signed up for the Access to Research initiative, now seems like a good time to take a look at what else is on offer.

R4L - and especially the HINARI program - is, of course, the Big Kahuna of public access programs. Access is free to

The Association of Educational Publishers and the Association of American Publishers are pleased to announce an agreement to merge, combining AEP’s quality programming and professional development with AAP’s public policy advocacy to provide the strongest services for the preK-12 education publishing industry in a rapidly changing environment.

“We are especially proud of the programs we’ve developed at AEP and are glad that they will be continued and enhanced,” said Lee Wilson, President of the Board of AEP. “Through this partnership, we will be able to support professionals across the industry in deeper, richer ways.”

US Trade publishers’ net revenue grew by 6.2%  compared to calendar year 2011, according to the Association of American Publishers “StatShot” monthly report for December 2012, released today.
The report also showed increases year over year for net revenue in the Trade categories of Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction and Children’s/Young Adults.
In formats, Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction saw growth in eBooks, downloaded audiobooks and paperbacks while Children’s/YA eBooks, hardcover and board books saw increases.  The eBook format in the Religious Presses category also grew as compared to 2011.

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