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Lava Lamps and Internet Security
November 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

How one company uses a decidedly analog technology to generate random numbers for encryption. The post Lava Lamps and Internet Security appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett by Helen Smith review – a cultural battleground
November 17, 2017 at 4:00 am

The writer and editor promoted Joseph Conrad and DH Lawrence and deserves recognition as a great literary tastemakerThe first question worth asking of Helen Smith’s A-grade biography of Edward Garnett (1868‑1937) is just how many manuscripts passed across the desk of this publishers’ reader in his lifetime. Very little hard data is vouchsafed, but Smith…

B&N Dismisses Takeover Proposal
November 17, 2017

Barnes & Noble issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying it does not consider a proposal by Sandell Asset Management, to take the retailer private, a "bona fide" offer.

Kickstarter Adds Subscription Fundraising Function
November 16, 2017

Looking to add a new fundraising facet to its crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter is launching Drip, a subscription service that will allow fans to provide recurring financial support directly to their favorite creators.

Nicola Barker wins Goldsmiths prize for her novel H(a)ppy
November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Barker beats novels by Will Self and Jon McGregor to take home the £10,000 literary prize for her narrative-bending vision of a dystopian futureNicola Barker’s H(a)ppy has won this year’s Goldsmiths prize for “fiction at its most novel”, praised by judges as a work of “vaulting ambition”. Related: H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker review – visionary…

Is There a Business Case for Open Data?
November 15, 2017 at 5:31 am

Open data is gaining ground, but is there a revenue stream that would help journals recover the costs of gathering, reviewing and publishing data? The post Is There a Business Case for Open Data? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Welcoming Back Tim Vines
November 15, 2017 at 5:30 am

Welcoming Tim Vines back to The Scholarly Kitchen. The post Welcoming Back Tim Vines appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Book Review: “The New Analog” by Damon Krukowski
November 14, 2017 at 5:30 am

Is "signal" meaningful in the absence of "noise"? Damon Krukowski asks what important things have been lost in our transition from analog to digital media in his book, "The New Analog". The post Book Review: “The New Analog” by Damon Krukowski appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Quality Books Files for Bankruptcy
November 14, 2017

The Illinois book distributor to schools and libraries has sent a letter to creditors saying it can no longer meet its financial obligations and is in the process of liquidating its assets.

With Selleck Set to Retire, S&S Revamps Sales
November 14, 2017

Simon & Schuster announced that its executive v-p for sales and marketing, Michael Selleck, will retire at the end of the year. With his departure, a number of changes are being made to the publisher's sales and distribution structure.

Puppetmasters — Who Is Pulling the Strings in the New Information Economy?
November 13, 2017 at 5:30 am

Information manipulation is not new, yet everything is different. How do governments, preprints, algorithms, and our own responsibilities intersect? Where does peer review come in now? The post Puppetmasters — Who Is Pulling the Strings in the New Information Economy? appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Author vows book exposing Chinese influence will go ahead after publisher pulls out
November 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Allen & Unwin had cancelled plans to print Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion over fear of legal action by the Chinese governmentProminent Charles Sturt University author and ethicist Professor Clive Hamilton says his book exposing the Chinese Communist party’s activities in Australia will still be published, despite Allen & Unwin cancelling plans to print it at…

Survey finds more than half of people in book trade have experienced sexual harassment
November 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

Poll by the Bookseller finds 54% of female respondents reporting sexual ‘harassment, assault or predatory behaviour’A survey suggests that more than half of people working in the books industry have experienced sexual harassment, with 54% of women and 34% of men reporting “harassment, assault or predatory behaviour”.The anonymous online poll was conducted by the industry…

University Press Week 2017
November 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

Testimonials to the importance of university presses. The post University Press Week 2017 appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

What on Earth Brings Wallbooks To the U.S.
November 10, 2017

Founded in the U.K. in 2010 by a former educational publisher, the nonfiction children’s publishing house specializes in a hybrid format: an accordion-fold, heavily illustrated reference work that can be converted into a poster.

John Conley on How Amazon Same-Day Delivery SLAs Will Disrupt Book Printing
November 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

Borderland Advisors CEO John Conley, a 42-year book printing industry veteran with RR Donnelley and then Xerox, describes how Amazon's same-day delivery requirements will totally disrupt today's book publishing, manufacturing, and distribution markets. The supply chain requirement will create new profit models and opportunities for innovative publishers and printers, while displacing those companies that are…