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In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: Written in the Dark, ed. by Polina Barskova

PT Picks: Written in the Dark, edited by Polina Barskova (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016) From Nina: In the best of times, translating poetry is difficult; Russian poetry, doubly so. By that logic, it’s frankly miraculous that Written in the Dark made it into English at all. The five men collected in this volume were writing…Continue Reading

Forty Years in the Book Industry

The annual Book Industry Study Group (BISG) meeting took place on September 30th – coincidentally on the eve of its new Executive Director Brian O’Leary’s first day in his new job, October 3rd.  Almost one hundred members and industry participants came for the program and to celebrate BISG’s 40th anniversary.  Awards were also given out, the…Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester

PT Picks: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester (Melville House, 2015) From Samantha: I really enjoy reading mysteries, and I really enjoy reading books with a supernatural or mystical element. The twain do not often meet, but they did in The Visitors by Simon Sylvester. This book combines the two effortlessly, making for a great beginning-of-fall…Continue Reading

Columbia Publishing Course Super-Grad 2016

As ever, this year’s Columbia Publishing Course (formerly the Radcliffe Publishing Course) Graduates are a remarkable group. Per our tradition here at Publishing Trends, we’ve put together one preternaturally talented graduate profile from the most interesting parts of the biographies of this year’s graduates. With the exception of some connecting phrases, the words are the students’ own. *** Typical…Continue Reading

With Great Power, Comes Meh Comic Sales

Superhero movies – and to an extent TV shows – are one of the biggest trends in entertainment of recent years.  But success on the screen doesn’t guarantee comic book sales. To better analyze the correlation, I took a look at the trade paperback sales of two comic books for two of the most popular…Continue Reading

Amazon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year Abroad

A recent article in The Telegraph calls 2015 “the year Amazon delivered on its founder’s vision.” The reporter James Titcomb explains that in 2015 Amazon grew to double its share price, finally became profitable, and is now “almost untouchable as an online retailer” due to its streamlined delivery  service. While it’s been a good year…Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen

PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen (PublicAffairs, 2015) From Lorraine: Sam (Gridlock Sam) Schwartz was NYC’s longtime traffic commissioner and now runs an eponymous consulting firm with offices around the country.  So he’s got the purview and experience to tell us how car came to dominate our…Continue Reading

Vertical Horizons: Online Courses

In 2013, Magnolia Media Network (formerly Future of Ink) listed online courses among its top ten digital publishing trends. That same year, the Independent Book Publishers Association mentioned Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in its Independent magazine as a rapidly growing industry. The article went on to suggest that publishers embracing online education were likely to see…Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It…Publishing Trends Picks: Rise by Karen Campbell

We’re all big readers here in the Publishing Trends office; so today we’re happy to announce a new feature on Publishing Trends, In Case You Missed It. Whenever we read a great book that we think might be flying too low under the radar, we’ll share it with you here. Our interests are wide so…Continue Reading

Columbia Publishing Course 2015 Super-Grad

It’s that time again! This year’s Columbia Publishing Course (formerly the Radcliffe Publishing Course) Graduates are an impressive bunch. As is our yearly tradition, we’ve culled the most remarkable and curious tidbits from the students’ biography to create one supernaturally talented candidate. With the exception of some connecting phrases, the words are the students’ own. *** This…Continue Reading