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Benjamin Thomas Joins Media Services Group as VP of Operations
September 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

Scottsdale, Arizona, September 15, 2017 - Media Services Group Ltd. (MSGL) announced the addition of Benjamin Thomas as Vice President of Operations for the Élan Book and Subscription systems.  Said Tom Jensen, MSGL’s President of the Book and Subscriptions division, “Benjamin joins us with twenty years (20) of experience working for and supporting the publishing…

STM Publishers Beware: The Hunt Is on for Plagiarized Images
August 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Plagiarism in the scientific community is not new, but has become a recurring theme in the past few years due to a few scandals both in STM journals and in publications that are more general. Why now? I can offer a few explanations. For one, there is greater pressure in the academic community to publish…

Press Release: Open Road Integrated Media Newsletters Reach One Million Subscribers
June 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

New York, NY (June 22, 2017) – Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a digital media company, announced that its newsletter business has reached the 1,000,000-subscriber mark. Lead by Early Bird Books, for fans of discount deals, The Lineup for fans of true-crime and horror fans and The Portalist for fans of science fiction and fantasy,…

Press Release: Sheridan Acquires PubFactory Hosting Platform from O’Reilly Media
May 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Hunt Valley, MD—Announced today, Sheridan has acquired PubFactory, the industry-lauded online publishing platform for journals, books, and reference works, from O’Reilly Media. PubFactory will continue to be based out of Boston, MA, and will blend seamlessly into the Sheridan stable of publisher technology products and services. The PubFactory team has been developing and delivering scholarly…

Press Release: Ricoh’s Highly Acclaimed 3rd Annual Publishing Executive Symposium Returns to Top Reviews
May 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

MALVERN, PA, May 3, 2017 – Ricoh today announced the resounding success of its 3rd annual Publishing Executive Symposium, a three-day, invitation-only event in Boulder, Colorado. Dozens of attendees including publishers, industry analyst experts, paper mills and technology services providers convened to discuss how changing inkjet technologies are reshaping the book publishing industry, and how…

Alas, Why? - The Problem With Big Publishing Rejection Letters
May 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

One would think well-educated, literate people, such as those who are attracted to and working in book publishing, would be able to write a rejection letter without using the dreaded “alas” word. But it’s always there, in letters written by veterans and rookies alike. I’d like to suggest we break the pattern and either use…

Press Release: First Quarter Results Rise at Open Road Integrated Media
April 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm

New York, NY (April 25, 2017) – Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a digital media company, announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017. Revenue rose 40% while gross profit increased 50%, and operating EBITDA improved 44%. The numbers reflect changes in comparison to the same period in 2016, and were reported by…

How to Kill a New York Times Bestseller
April 24, 2017 at 11:58 am

Hundreds of bestsellers are unnoticed by shoppers on retail websites, which costs publishers a lot of book sales. There’s an easy fix.

Lessons for Publishers from the Loss of Family Christian Stores
March 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Last month brought sad news that another national bookstore chain went out of business. This time, Family Christian Stores, the largest U.S. retailer of Christian books and merchandise, closed all of its locations. Executives throughout the industry, both mainstream and religious, hated to see another big brick-and-mortar chain go under. The sting of Borders closing…

How Book Publishers Can Navigate the Death Squeeze
March 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

The 2016 publishing sales data shared by Author Earnings at Digital Book World reminded me of all the times I have been the sad-sack tasked with managing the “death squeeze.” I went through it in the consumer photo business, the paper atlas business, and then the CD-ROM mapping software business. Each of these industries relied…

Benefits of Mobile Reading on the iPhone 7
February 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 7 for Christmas and have already doubled my reading time. And most of that doubling is because my reading is now truly mobile. Let me offer some personal examples. My wife likes to shop. A lot. I do not. While she was shopping at Goodwill last week, I read…

Press Release: W3C and IDPF Officially Combine
February 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

1 February, 2017 — The vision to align Publishing and Web technologies and create a new roadmap for the future of publishing became official today with the announcement that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations. W3C is the global standards organization that develops foundational Web…

Another Way Digital Could Complement Print Books: Print-to-Digital Highlights
January 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the news digital…

3 Steps to Selling Large Book Deals to Corporate Buyers
December 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Selling books to corporate buyers offers independent publishers an enormous – and somewhat untapped -- opportunity for increased book sales. But many book publishers fail to approach this segment because they are unfamiliar with the steps involved in the sales process. Once you understand how the system works, making a successful transition to large, non-returnable…

Press Release: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Appoints Daniel Allen to Board of Directors
December 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

BOSTON — December 22, 2016 — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced that Daniel Allen, the president and a partner of Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C., has been appointed to HMH's board of directors, bringing the board’s membership to nine directors. “We are pleased to welcome Dan to HMH’s board,” said Larry Fish,…

Press Release: Datalogics Strengthens the Sony DADC URMS Solution with the Launch of the New Bookvia Reading Application
December 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

CHICAGO — December 16, 2016 — Datalogics, the premier source for PDF and ebook technologies, announces the release of Bookvia™, a new mobile reading solution integrated with Sony DADC’s User Rights Management System (URMS). Bookvia, an eReader app designed to support major DRM systems, allows users to consolidate their electronic publications in one application.  Bookvia…