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UAE Begins Formation of First Arab Reproduction Rights Organization
March 2, 2017 at 2:30 am

The United Arab Emirates launches project to establish a Reproduction Rights Organization at a special forum in Sharjah led by Bodour Al Qasimi. The post UAE Begins Formation of First Arab Reproduction Rights Organization appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Changes In 'New York Times' Books Coverage, Explained
March 2, 2017

At a luncheon in Manhattan yesterday, 'New York Times Book Review' editor Pamela Paul, who oversees all books coverage at the 'New York Times,' laid out the newspaper's vision for the future of its newly-unified books desk.

Catalyst Press Debuts with Four Titles from Africa
March 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm

The indie venture, backed by Cinco Puntos editor and publicist Jessica Powers, will focus on contemporary African literature, as well as graphic novels based on African historical events and figures.

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…

Printing money: 10 of the richest book deals of all time
March 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

The Obamas’ $60m book deal has broken all records. From James Patterson to JK Rowling and Pope John Paul II, here are some of their closest rivals1. Seventeen books by James Patterson ($100-150m)When? 2009 Related: The audacity of hype: could Obama's presidential memoir be the greatest ever? Continue reading...

Book Review: “The Death of Expertise” by Tom Nichols
March 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

The new book by Tom Nichols, "The Death of Expertise," is not perfect, but it is an important exploration of existential threats to science, education, and representative democracy. The post Book Review: “The Death of Expertise” by Tom Nichols appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Japan’s ‘Harukists’ Cheer Release of New Murakami Title
March 1, 2017 at 2:30 am

Like a Potter release in the UK, the arrival of a Murakami title in Japan means countdown retail events and early bookshop openings. The post Japan’s ‘Harukists’ Cheer Release of New Murakami Title appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

WNBA Celebrates Its Centennial
February 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm

The Women’s National Book Association is celebrating its centennial this year with a raft of programs and events to mark the occasion.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign record book deals with Penguin Random House
February 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Books by former president and first lady said to have been sold for more than $60m and will focus on White House yearsBarack and Michelle Obama have signed book deals with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced on Tuesday.Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, for which several publishers had competed, although the Financial…

Predatory Publishing as a Rational Response to Poorly Governed Academic Incentives
February 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

Are we thinking about predatory publishing the wrong way? Are researchers deliberately choosing these journals, and if so, what are the incentives driving this decision? The post Predatory Publishing as a Rational Response to Poorly Governed Academic Incentives appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Festival Neue Literatur This Week Explores Writings ‘Queer as Volk’
February 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

Festival Neue Literatur explores 'how gay and queer identity changes as we move further towards equal rights' and more, says curator Peter Blackstock. The post Festival Neue Literatur This Week Explores Writings ‘Queer as Volk’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

In Germany, Copyright Repayments Loom: Hardship Fund Formed for Publishers
February 28, 2017 at 2:30 am

Amid concern for the impact on publishers, Germany's collective management organizations must recoup copyright revenues distributed between 2012 and 2015. The post In Germany, Copyright Repayments Loom: Hardship Fund Formed for Publishers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Penguin Random House Acquires Obama Books
February 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Penguin Random House has won world rights, at auction, to books by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama in a sum rumored to be as high as $60 million.