Susan Danziger

Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

Denis Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Executive, Printing Impressions' sister publication that covers the magazine publishing business.

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Over the past year or so, I have been attending timely and informative book publishing lunch hour Meetup meetings—first come, first serve by advance sign-up —sponsored by Susan Danziger's Publishing Point. They are held in donated upper- floor meeting rooms in the high-rise midtown Manhattan headquarters of major houses such as Random House, Hachette, News Corporation, McGraw Hill—and this past March 23, by CBS, parent of Simon & Schuster, in Studio 19.

DailyLit, the online service that sends readers book excerpts daily via email and RSS feed, announced this week that the service is now 100-percent free. "Starting now, any book, story or series featured on DailyLit is being made available for free," CEO Susan Danziger blogged on the DailyLit Web site.

For better or worse, Twitter has become part of our culture. While some people still may not see the value in engaging on the online social networking tool, many do. According to ComScore Media Metrix’s October figures, Twitter had more than 20 million unique visitors in the United States in September. Many businesses find Twitter useful for connecting with customers, and publishers are no exception.

If anyone has doubts about the Book Industry Study Group’s (BISG) influence and impact on the book-publishing industry, sitting in on the organization’s annual meeting Sept. 12, at the Yale Club of New York in New York City, would have likely changed their mind. In the past year alone, the organization published five publications (including three new publications) and launched two new certification programs, among other efforts to fulfill its mission of “creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry.” “This fiscal year was another very successful and productive year for the BISG,” said Dominique Raccah, BISG co-chair and publisher/CEO

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