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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…

AAP Writes Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump
December 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

Editor's Note: Yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump. The letter details the association's biggest concerns for the future, including protecting copyright and promoting global publishing partnerships. Read the complete letter from AAP general counsel and VP of government affairs Allan Adler below. Dear Mr. President-Elect: On behalf…

Press Release: Scholastic Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results
December 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

NEW YORK — December 15, 2016 — Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, today reported financial results for the Company's fiscal 2017 second quarter ended November 30, 2016. Revenue in the second quarter was $623.1 million, compared to $601.8 million a year ago, an increase of $21.3 million, or…

Press Release: New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership
December 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

NEW YORK — December 13, 2016 — The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and ebooks for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk…

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…

“The Content Trap” Is a Must-Read Book for Publishers
December 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

A recent trip to a local brick-and-mortar bookstore helped me realize that even the best algorithms and email campaigns can’t replace in-person product discovery. I noticed a book called The Content Trap sitting face-out on the shelf and couldn’t resist picking it up. Great title. Intriguing outline. Normally I’d make a note to grab the…

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…

Making Sense of the Turmoil at HMH
December 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm

The headlines announcing Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s disappointing third-quarter results were the kind that readers of the business press are used to seeing: “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sales Declined 7% in Q3 2016,” read one. “Houghton Slashes Expectations Again After Poor Quarter; Stock Falls Sharply,” read another. Was HMH’s stumble just another sign of how hard it…

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…

The Future of Bookstores May Rest on “Guerilla Retailing”
December 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

When you look into the rearview mirror of book retailing what do you see? A path littered with failed national chains, including Borders, Hastings, and B. Dalton, along with the rising dominance of Amazon. When you look into the future, what do you see? A path where Barnes & Noble believes smaller concept stores with…

How to Pitch a Book From the Corporate Buyer’s Perspective
December 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Making a large-quantity book sale (5,000 copies or more) to corporate buyers typically entails a formal presentation describing how your content can help the company in some way. You can improve your chances of making the sale with an analogy to the game of baseball. In any one game there may be several different pitchers…

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…