The Publishing Business Group Announces Winners of 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year
Sourcebooks An independent publisher with a slew of New York Times bestsellers, Sourcebooks has made its mark on the publishing industry. Along with embracing digital publishing through its wide selection of ebooks, the company has created a number of apps such as "Put Me in the Story," which allows parents to personalize bestselling children's books by placing their own child in the story, and "Fiske Interactive College," which provides an interactive guide to colleges and universities with features like built-in school maps and critical application deadlines. Sourcebooks also created an online readers club, Discover a New Love, that gives members early access to new authors as well as discounts on new and bestselling romance ebooks. This readers club gives members access to monthly ebook selections from specific romance subgenres, helping members to discover and enjoy new books. In July of this year, Sourcebooks partnered with Xcite Books, the UK's largest publisher of erotic romance, bringing Xcite's award-winning erotic romance to the U.S. market. In August 2013, Sourcebooks acquired Simple Truths, a publisher of motivational books. The acquisition, the 15th and largest in Sourcebook's 26-year history, will expand the titles offered in the "Put Me in the Story" platform.
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American Physical Society (APS) is a non-profit membership organization that works to improve the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. Recently, APS announced that it would launch a new journal of applied physics, which will allow APS to reach out to a broader community and expand its scope of research. APS has also announced that it will be collaborating with the federal government and journal publishers to create an online platform, The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), that gives scientists access to publications from federally funded research. In addition to these ventures, APS has a program called The APS Bridge Program (APS-BP) that works to help increase the number of minority students who receive PhDs in physics, and in late June, APS-BP hosted a conference which included multiple programs and organizations that share a similar goal. Though this program is in its beginning stages, it has already succeeded in placing at least 14 students into physics bridge programs or directly into graduate programs. The American Physical Society is committed to furthering the knowledge of physics, and it continues to work to achieve this goal.