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NEW YORK, N.Y. - It could all change quickly, but independent booksellers again have good news to report as the publishing industry prepares for its annual national convention, BookExpo America. Core membership of the American Booksellers Association rose by 55 over the past year, from 1,512 to 1,567. It's the third straight increase for the independents' trade organization after years of double digit and triple digit declines brought on by superstore chains and online sellers such as The independents have stabilized even as the economy suffers and the market shifts dramatically from physical stores to digital purchases.

For the past eight years, BISG’s Making Information Pay — a concise, half-day conference — has provided useful direction to thousands of book publishing professionals looking to build more profitable businesses through data-first thinking.

The quantity and variety of data available to companies for driving business decisions is exploding. To remain relevant, organizations need to develop strategies for gathering, analyzing, and acting on this flood of information about who, what, when, where, why, and how. But how do companies properly plug into, make sense of, and act on these vast, sometimes disparate, data sets?

Peter Workman, founder of Workman Publishing, announced today that Robert Miller will join the company as Group Publisher, effective May 3, 2010. In this new role, Miller will work with the current teams at the Workman, Algonquin, and Artisan imprints to make those successful programs even stronger in the ever-changing publishing landscape.

Peter Workman will continue as President and CEO of the company, collaborating
closely with Miller.

 Miller was most recently at HarperCollins, where he started HarperStudio, an imprint
that experiments with new models of author compensation, marketing, and distribution,
as well as new digital formats.

The "Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For" list is Book Business’ annual ranking of companies that embody the philosophy that a company’s employees are the key to its success, and that employee happiness translates to a more motivated, productive workplace. Many companies on the list show that being a great company isn’t just about offering an attractive benefits package (though that certainly helps). The companies that made this year’s list create environments where employees are valued and respected professionally, and they also work to help enhance employees’ personal lives. Whether it’s through profit sharing, ample paid time off, telecommuting options, childcare services, fitness facilities, adoption assistance or pet-friendly policies, these companies go the extra mile to keep their employees happy—and it shows.

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