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Wither Portable Peer Review
March 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Does the closing of Axios Review portend the end of independent peer review? The post Wither Portable Peer Review appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Russian Librarians Warn of Crisis in Library Consolidation Plans
March 20, 2017 at 2:30 am

Called an an effort to 'optimize the work of all major libraries,' Russia's plan to merge digital collections of several libraries is seeing resistance. The post Russian Librarians Warn of Crisis in Library Consolidation Plans appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Swedish Translator Sarah Death on the Translation Business Today
March 20, 2017 at 2:30 am

In a look at translators' careers, Sarah Death tells the Swedish Book Review that as freelancers, they're dependent on what work is offered to them. The post Swedish Translator Sarah Death on the Translation Business Today appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

HMH Restructuring Begins
March 20, 2017

Suffering from a downturn in the educational market, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has confirmed that it began a series of organizational changes last week that have resulted in, among other things, layoffs in its educational division as well as its trade division.

The fall and rise of physical book sales worldwide – in data
March 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

The effect of ebooks on sales of paper books has not been as drastic as expected – it seems that other, more unpredictable factors have a greater influence on how and what we readNielsen, which tracks book sales in several countries, released 2016 figures to coincide with this week’s London Book Fair. They show a…

The Guardian view on Brexit and publishing: a hardcore problem | Editorial
March 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

London book fair has shown how upbeat the literary world can be – and how worried our cultural businesses have become at the thought of losing old certaintiesThe mood at this week’s London book fair appeared upbeat, with hotly contested auctions leading to the return of the six-figure publishing deal. Musicians did particularly well, with…

Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles
March 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

It can be cheaper to buy the physical copy of a book than a digital download thanks to changes in Amazon’s deal with publishersAt the start of this decade publishers feared the death of the paperback. Britons abandoned bookshops at an alarming rate, seduced by e-readers and cheap digital books.Even Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder,…

London book fair: UK publishers cheerfully splash cash as sales rise
March 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

Decline of reality TV and soap star memoirs greeted with glee, but publishers say it is time to turn the page on Gone Girl-style ‘grip-lit’On the eve of the London book fair, publishers were excited by news that sales of physical books were up for the second year in a row – 7% more than…

The Velvet Underground & Nico: A Cultural Landmark Turns 50
March 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

Editor's prerogative: the occasional piece of nostalgia to mark an important cultural anniversary, and so we celebrate 50 years of The Velvet Underground & Nico. The post The Velvet Underground & Nico: A Cultural Landmark Turns 50 appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

At London Book Fair: Hay Festival Names ‘Aarhus 39’ Writers
March 17, 2017 at 2:55 am

Working with UNESCO's European Capital of Culture program for Denmark this autumn, Hay Festival plans a new children's literature festival for October. The post At London Book Fair: Hay Festival Names ‘Aarhus 39’ Writers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the Outlook for Arabic Sci-Fi
March 17, 2017 at 2:40 am

Better times are ahead, says writer Ahmed Khaled Towfik, who recently appeared at a Dubai literary festival: the Arab world is ready for science fiction, he says. The post Author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the Outlook for Arabic Sci-Fi appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Rights Watch: Brazilian Publishers Head to Bologna Book Fair
March 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

'I think we're starting to recover,' says one of 15 Brazilian publishers who are preparing to travel to next month’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The post Rights Watch: Brazilian Publishers Head to Bologna Book Fair appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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…

Doing the Time Warp: The Lag Between Publication and Discovery
March 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

Content usage is a commercial priority for publishers -- so too should be overcoming temporal stumbling blocks and refining metadata syndication to optimize the researcher experience of engaging with our online content. The post Doing the Time Warp: The Lag Between Publication and Discovery appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.