Our Publishing Business Conference & Expo kicks off in just under four weeks, and we thought you'd like to start to get to know some of our speakers. We'll be running some short Q&As with speakers touching on some of the points on which they'll be speaking, starting today with Ian Singer, VP, Group Publisher, Library Journals, Media Source, Inc. He will be participating in a panel entitled "Overcoming Showrooming: Discoverability in Libraries and Bookstores." One thing this panel will cover is the way that libraries affect book sales.
Media Source, the company behind review publications like Library Journal, School Library Journal and Horn Book, is launching a subscription-based site, BookVerdict.com, that aggregates over 300,000 reviews from its publications. The site is aimed at book-buying librarians, though anyone can subscribe. It includes over 20 years of reviews, including starred reviews, “best” lists and Junior Library Guild selections. “This website extends the value of our reviews beyond print, offering librarians one highly functional yet agile tool to support collection development efforts, while bringing online access to professional reviews of books and media to avid readers everywhere,” says Ian Singer, group