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Press Release: HighWire Press Acquires Semantico
December 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm

LOS GATOS, Calif. — December 12, 2016 ­—  Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press today announced its acquisition of Semantico, a privately held provider of technology and services for the scholarly publishing market. This acquisition will bring HighWire an increased capacity for technological innovation; a strong team that further expands its already broad publishing expertise; and…

Press Release: BookBaby Expands Printing, Bindery Production to Meet Increased 2016 Holiday Demand
December 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — December 7, 2016 — BookBaby today completed installation of new book printing and bindery equipment in its Philadelphia-area printing plant. The company added a Hewlett-Packard Indigo 10000 press for color book work, alongside a new Xerox Nuvera single color press for black-only projects. The major printing plant expansion also included upgrades in…

Press Release: Chronicle Books Announces Leadership Changes
December 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — December 8, 2016 — Chronicle Books announced today that Jack Jensen, the company’s president, will assume a new, more comprehensive role as President of McEvoy Group LLC. Tyrrell Mahoney is named President of Chronicle Books. Chronicle Books announced today that Jack Jensen is being promoted to assume more comprehensive responsibilities as President…

Press Release: Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016
December 8, 2016 at 1:23 pm

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2016 – Amazon today announced its best-selling books of 2016, best-selling Kids & Teens books of 2016, as well as the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books of the year—just in time for holiday gifting. The best-selling book of the year is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 &…

Press Release: Blizzard Entertainment Establishes Book-Publishing Label
December 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

IRVINE, Calif. — December 8, 2016 — Blizzard Entertainment today announced the creation of a book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, dedicated to developing and releasing new Blizzard publications and reissuing out-of-print titles in the company’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® settings, directly and through ongoing global partnerships. Each of Blizzard’s game universes has been inhabited by millions…

Press Release: AAP Supports The Freedom of Speech for Bad Little Children's Books
December 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

WASHINGTON — December 5, 2016 — Earlier this fall, Abrams published a book of adult humor satirizing the rather saccharine covers of the Little Golden Books that many of us grew up with. Edgy and politically incorrect, the book, Bad Little Children’s Books, is definitely not intended for children. It is described by the publisher…

Press Release: First Book & PRH Partner to Bring New Books & Red Mittens to Kids in Need
December 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

WASHINGTON — December 5, 2016 — First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books to kids in need, and Penguin Random House, a global leader in children's publishing, are partnering to bring 5,000 brand-new books and pairs of warm red mittens to children in low-income communities this winter. The…

Press Release: Semantico Partners with TrendMD to Improve Discoverability of Academic & Professional Content
December 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Brighton, U.K. -- December 1, 2016 -- Semantico have announced a partnership to provide the native integration of TrendMD within their Scolaris digital publishing solution. The partnership will deliver to publishers an enhanced research experience for their end-users and increased content discoverability, but above all, the potential for increased usage. The market-leading content discoverability tool…

HMH Launches New, Interactive Social Studies Program for Grades 6-12
December 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

BOSTON -- November 30, 2016 -- Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the release of HMH Social Studies ©2018, its new, next generation social studies curricula for grades 6 through 12. The comprehensive program covers history, civics, psychology, government, geography and economics. Program highlights include document-based investigations and new, analytic skills activities…

Press Release: Book Industry Study Group Expands 2017 Programming
November 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm

NEW YORK — November 28, 2016 — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will significantly expand its programming in 2017. A plan approved by the organization’s Board of Directors last week features two dozen webinars, six topic-driven programs and four events that will take place in 2017. “The new schedule will help us showcase the…

Press Release: Forbes and Advantage Media Group Partner to Launch ForbesBooks
November 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

NEW YORK — November 28, 2016 — Advantage Media Group (Advantage) and Forbes announced today the launch of ForbesBooks, the first book-publishing imprint for the global media company. “We see adding a book imprint to our business as a unique growth opportunity in the marketplace, and it’s in line with our strategy to diversify revenue…

Press Release: Rakuten Kobo and Fnac Partner to Lead the Digital Book Industry in Spain
November 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

MADRID — November 24, 2016 – Rakuten Kobo, leading innovator in ebooksand digital reading, today announced it has partnered with Fnac, beloved retailer of cultural, entertainment and technology products, to bring Kobo’s world-class ereading platform and devices to Spanish readers. Customers now have access to the Kobo by Fnac service at and in-store at…

Press Release: Universal Cable Productions Partners with Wattpad for Original TV Content
November 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm

TORONTO — November 22, 2016 — Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, have partnered to develop original content across multiple categories that will influence future television programming. UCP will produce a number of television projects derived from Wattpad content across multiple categories including: mystery/thriller,…

Press Release: Barnes & Noble Appoints Demos Parneros as Chief Operating Officer
November 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

NEW YORK — November 21, 2016 — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Demos Parneros has been named Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Parneros, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report to…

Webinar: How to Drive the Customer Journey to Increase Revenue and Retention
November 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

As book publishers continue to dip their toes in direct-to-consumer sales, they need to learn new skills to fuel new marketing activities like content marketing, lead nurturing, and customer retention. In today's digital and distractable world, publishers cannot take a passive role with their book sales; they must actively pursue new customers and reengage old…

4 Takeaways From the Digital Book Printing Conference 2016
November 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Volumes of printed pages will decrease significantly over the next four years, according to an IT Strategies study. VP of IT Strategies Marco Boer told attendees at yesterday’s Digital Book Printing Conference that the volume of printed pages will decline 7.4% from 2007 to 2020, totaling over 5 billion pages lost. As demand for print…

Press Release: BookBaby Announces 2017 Self-Publishing Survey — The Largest Study Of Indie Book Marketing And Promotion
November 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — November 16, 2016 — BookBaby today announced the launch of the 2017 Self-Publishing Survey—a comprehensive study focused on revealing the most successful book marketing and promotion strategies. The company has partnered with 15 leading self-publishing providers to ask published and aspiring authors to share their marketplace experiences and opinions. “The self-publishing community…