Press Release

Press Release
IPA Endorses Thema

International Publishers Association has officially announced its support of Thema, the new international subject code standard for books and ebooks.

Book Manufacturing And Hardcover Binding Associations Merge to Better Serve Members And Their Customers

On December 6, 2013, the Board of Directors for both the Book Manufacturers' Institute (BMI), and Hardcover Binders International/Library Binding Institute (HBI/LBI) approved a "Memorandum Of Understanding", the final agreement confirming the merger of the two associations. Effective January 1, 2014, HBI/LBI will be merged into BMI. HBI/LBI will continue to exist as the Library Binding Council within BMI.

Cenveo Publisher Services Welcomes Gregg Sullivan as VP of Sales and Marketing

Columbia, MD-December 11, 2013-Cenveo Publisher Services, a leading content and print solutions company, welcomes Gregg Sullivan as vice president of sales and marketing for content solutions.  Gregg is responsible for developing new customer relationships and for the refinement of processes and solutions that support customer projects. He will oversee a team of sales executives in North America as well as Europe. Prior to joining Cenveo Publisher Services, Gregg spent more than 3.5 years with SPi Global as SVP of content solutions.

Clays Ltd. Joins Sheridan and OPUS Group in the Content Delivery Alliance

Hunt Valley, MD - The Sheridan Group (Sheridan) and The OPUS Group announce the addition of Clays Ltd. as the newest member of the Content Delivery Alliance (CDA).  The CDA was created in 2011 to support the growing distribute and print need among international journal and book publishers. 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! Named a Parents' Choice Fun Stuff Award Winner

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 11, 2013) - Ripley Publishing is proud to announce that its latest annual, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! has been named a Parents' Choice Fun Stuff Award Winner.

The Parents' Choice Awards honor the best material for children - books, toys, music, videogames, etc. - in order to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which products are right for their kids.  

Wiley’s Inaugural Alexis Walker Award Honors Family Studies Research

Hoboken, NJ, November 06, 2013 - John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is pleased to announce that the 2013 Alexis Walker Award will be presented to Professor Linda M. Burton and Professor Ingrid Arnet Connidis. The biannual award, which honors original scholarship in family studies, will be presented by the National Council on Family Relations on 6 November in San Antonio.

Copia Redefines Ebook Distribution For Australian Booksellers and Publishers

Copia, the socially-driven digital content platform that provides customized learning solutions for students, educators and publishers, today announced two major partnerships in Australia, where it is the leading partner in the region for eBook aggregation and distribution. A strategic partner of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), Copia is powering the eBook component of TitlePage Plus, a new subscription-based supply chain solution for the book industry. The service allows stores to scale their offering while helping them to efficiently access and sell a wide variety of printed and eBook titles. By offering a white-labeled (WL) version of Copia to bookshops, TitlePage Plus empowers retailers to reach consumers in the most interactive and relevant ways possible. The reading app, powered by Copia, is available for free for consumers across an assortment of platforms – including iOS, Android and Blackberry devices as well as directly from Windows and Mac desktops.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Only All-In-One Reentry Curriculum Designed for Correctional Facilities

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced its new Reentry Prerelease Program designed specifically for correctional facility education centers. According to 2011 research from the Pew Center for the States, four in ten released prisoners will violate terms of probation or commit new crimes and be reincarcerated within three years. The Reentry Prerelease Program provides resources that cover not only academics but an array of social skills, from career guidance to problem solving to relationship management, to disrupt this cycle, with the ultimate goal of success upon reentry and reduced recidivism.

Nine 'Best Awards' for HarperCollins Christian Publishing

HarperCollins Christian Publishing won a total of nine 2013 Christian Retailing's Best Awards at this year's annual International Christian Retailing Sales conference in St. Louis, Mo. 

In the Bible category, the Company was honored with three of the four awards: "Story for Children Bible" in the NIrV translation (Zondervan) in Children's; "NIV Women's Devotional Bible" (Zondervan) in Devotional/Study; and "Extreme Teen Study Bible" (Thomas Nelson) in Teen.

"It is an honor to have three Bibles published by Zondervan and Thomas Nelson receive Christian Retailing's Best Awards," said Chip Brown, senior vice president and publisher for the Bible team. "We strive to provide resources that inspire Christians everywhere and assist them in their daily study of God's Word. It is truly humbling to have so many resources recognized by our industry."

U.S. Publishers See Ongoing Sales Growth in Print and E-format Books Worldwide, According to 2013 Industry Export Sales Report

English-language books from US Trade sector publishers continue to flourish worldwide, especially in Europe and Asia and in expanding online international retail sales channels, according to the second annual Association of American Publishers (AAP) Export Sales Report being released today. The report also shows particular worldwide growth in US-published, English-language fiction for Adults and Young Adults.

The report examines US Trade sector (publishers of fiction and non-fiction) 2012 net sales revenue from international markets and includes data from all major consumer publishing houses.

Random House, Inc. Relaunches TasteBook; Publisher Redesigns Online Food Community and Lowers Price of Custom Cookbooks

Random House, Inc., announces the relaunch of TasteBook, the online food community and custom cookbook creation site. As the newest member of the publisher’s consumer websites, TasteBook was acquired by Random House late last year. Since then, TasteBook has undergone a major redesign and change in price structure. The new website features a personalized homepage, which allows members to instantly follow and connect with friends while sharing recipes. The homepage also includes a “Recipe of the Day” feature and “TasteBook Recommendations” that share even more recipe ideas with members. TasteBook also introduces a new price model for custom cookbooks, lowering the price of a 25-page recipe book by 30 percent to $24.95. Additional recipes can be purchased for $.20 each and added to the book at any time.

The University of North Carolina Press Receives Grant from Mellon Foundation

The University of North Carolina Press has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York to explore the obstacles and opportunities facing university presses as they seek to incorporate various forms of digital publishing. The funding will be used to study expanded publication models that can successfully and sustainably connect the emerging forms of scholarship that rely on digital and computer-based methods with the book and journal formats long associated with university press publishing.

PubWest Announces 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press

PubWest, the leading trade association of small- and medium-sized book publishers, has awarded its 2013 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award to Jack Shoemaker, Co-founder, Editorial Director and Vice President of Counterpoint Press. The PubWest Board of Directors selected Shoemaker in recognition of his extraordinary career and how his lifetime of work has shaped and inspired the book publishing community. PubWest Board President Dave Trendler said, “The Jack D. Rittenhouse Award was established in 1990 as a way to thank and honor those who have made a real contribution to the Western community of the book. Today, the Rittenhouse Award is truly a lifetime achievement award for those who have made long-lasting contributions to how books are made and sold. I'm truly pleased to welcome him into the company of Rittenhouse Award recipients.”

The Jim Henson Company Partners With Penguin Young Readers Group To Launch "The Dark Crystal" Author Quest

The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are reaching out to fans and fantasy writers to enter The Dark Crystal Author Quest, an online contest that will award one winner with a $10,000 contract to write the first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film. Beginning today, entrants can visit to read contest rules and guidelines and review all the background materials, descriptions, and history needed to create a submission. Entries will be accepted beginning October 1, 2013, and must be received no later than January 1, 2014. The site is a preview of the upcoming official Dark Crystal website,, that will be the online destination for all things Dark Crystal.