The Publishing Business Group Announces Winners of 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year
Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Publishing Innovator of the Year Awards. This award recognizes publishing companies who have demonstrated significant innovation in the past year. A winner is chosen from each of the following three categories: book, magazine, and STM (scientific, technical, & medical) publishers. Previous winners include HarperCollins, Scholastic, Time Inc., Esquire, and Hachette Book Group.
This year's winners are: Active Interest Media, Sourcebooks and the American Physical Society. The awards were presented to the winners during a ceremony on September 23rd at the 2013 Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York. Please see below for details about the winning companies.
Active Interest Media (AIM) AIM publishes some of the leading consumer enthusiast magazines, including Yoga Journal, Backpacker, and Yachts International, magazines which endeavor to help people unite their passions with their careers. The Boulder-based company has rapidly grown to become a 50-magazine multimedia business in only a decade's time. The outdoorsy brand has made quite a few acquisitions in 2013 alone: In June it acquired Ski and Skiing magazines and in early September it announced the acquisition of Oxygen, Clean Eating, and MuscleMag International. A recent acquisition, Warren Miller Entertainment, is an entirely new platform for the company, and plans are in the works to create branded television and video through Warren Miller Entertainment that will have applications for groups such as the Marine Group, Active Living Group, Equine Group, and Outdoor Group. AIM also produces books, conferences, and trade shows. The company has even moved into insurance, offering yoga teachers liability insurance through BenefitsPlus with a subscription to Yoga Journal and a special newsletter. USRyder also provides a number of benefits and discounts to people with horses, including towing insurance. Active Interest Media is constantly looking for new ways to expand its business.
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.
Scientific, Technical, and Medical:
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.
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