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Aptara Announces New Platform for Rapid, Low-Cost E-Book Production
November 19, 2009

This week, Aptara announced the release of eGen − ePub conversion software that can generate large volumes of content that is e-book compatible, less costly than other available conversion solutions and ready for distribution to multiple e-book readers.

Harlequin Introduces New Digital-Only Publishing House
November 13, 2009

Not long after kicking off a commemoration of its 60 years in the publishing industry, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. now has another cause for celebration—the announcement this week of its launch of Carina Press, a digital-only publishing house.

Burke to Lead Strategic Growth of Scholastic.com
November 13, 2009

Former Barnes & Noble executive Thomas P. Burke has joined Scholastic Corp. as senior vice president, e-commerce. In his new role, Burke will be responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Scholastic’s e-commerce operation on Scholastic.com, according to a company press release.

New Settlement Expected Today From Google, Publishers
November 13, 2009

Google Inc. and book publishers are expected to submit to a federal judge in New York today a new settlement in the 2005 copyright lawsuit over Google's book-scanning project, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The deadline had been Monday, but U.S. District Judge Denny Chin extended it to give the involved parties more time to respond to questions related to the creation of a digital books library.

Editor's Note: Upcoming 'Future of the Book' Webinar
November 13, 2009

"The Future of the Book: How to Stay in the Game," a webinar presented by Book Business and sponsored by HP, will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. EST. Moderated by Barb Pellow, group director, InfoTrends, the webinar will discuss the changes sweeping the book publishing industry, and what publishers and printers need to do to participate in this dynamic and evolving media world.

What's Next For Electronic Paper Display Technologies? E Ink's Sriram Peruvemba on how he expects the e-reader market to advance.
November 13, 2009

According to recent studies, big things are on the horizon for e-readers in terms of growth and revenue. A recent mediaIDEAS report forecasted that 6 million e-paper display-based e-readers will be sold in 2010—nearly six times the number (1.1 million) sold in 2008. By 2020, the report predicts global annual e-reader sales will reach 446 million units with a value of more than $25 billion. Another study, by research company DisplaySearch, says that e-paper display revenues will reach $9.6 billion by 2018.

2009-2010 Book Publishing Resource Guide
November 1, 2009

Book Business’ resource guide is your year-round tool for quickly finding the companies, services and products that can help your enterprise succeed in today’s marketplace. The guide offers a comprehensive selection of companies that provide valuable services to the industry in everything from business management and interactive media to manufacturing, production, distribution, marketing and more.

The Promise of Poetry in a Digital Age
November 1, 2009

The problems of poetry are many. It can be difficult to discover. It can be difficult to read and interpret. Are you reading it right? Are you interpreting it right? Are you sure?

Great Places to Work in Not-So-Great Times
November 1, 2009

If you’ve been a Book Business reader for several years, you’ll recognize the feature in this issue highlighting the “Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For.” This is the third year we’ve conducted this study not only to recognize those companies that have gone the extra mile to create places where employees thrive, but also to share the characteristics of positive work environments to help others striving to improve their workplace culture.

Are You Putting the Wrong Product in the Wrong Medium?
November 1, 2009

Every medium possesses a unique set of characteristics. While this statement sounds self-evident at face value, the failure to understand and exploit the attributes of each medium often results in strategic missteps for publishers. The result: product failure from putting the wrong product in the wrong medium, or missed opportunities for product value creation.

The Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For
November 1, 2009

The "Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For" list is Book Business’ annual ranking of companies that embody the philosophy that a company’s employees are the key to its success, and that employee happiness translates to a more motivated, productive workplace. Many companies on the list show that being a great company isn’t just about offering an attractive benefits package (though that certainly helps). The companies that made this year’s list create environments where employees are valued and respected professionally, and they also work to help enhance employees’ personal lives. Whether it’s through profit sharing, ample paid time off, telecommuting options, childcare services, fitness facilities, adoption assistance or pet-friendly policies, these companies go the extra mile to keep their employees happy—and it shows.

What's F.A. Davis Doing Right?
November 1, 2009

It was known as the Green Room, a relic of 1960s-era decorating—felt walls and all—that served for decades as prime meeting space on the first floor of Philadelphia health sciences book publisher F.A. Davis Co. While nobody mourned its passing when it was finally renovated two years ago, it was believed that the demise of the groovy grotto warranted the creation of a commemorative plaque, handed out around the office at the holidays. Amid photos and an actual mounted green wall swatch was engraved a promise to hereby “stop meeting like this.”

Former Random House Publisher Takes Over at Henry Holt
October 30, 2009

Stephen Rubin has been named president and publisher of Macmillan-owned Henry Holt and Co., according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Rubin, who resigned last month from Random House Inc., will begin his new position Nov. 2.