The Virtual Museum Visitor: The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar

The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar took place June 12-14 in Boston.  A biannual conference, it attracted a broad group of about 200 museum publishers, from the smallest college museum or UK art book publisher, to the Met, Getty, and Yale University Press.  Yale’s John Donatich was the keynote speaker on Saturday and gave a rousing talk on “Why Books Still Matter.”

With two years to prepare, the program was well-conceived, and the participants well prepped.  Most of the museums are grappling with integrating digital into their organization charts, so time was spent discussing what that might look like.  Museums like SFMoMA have one “Chief Content Officer” (Chad Coerver) overseeing both books and online, while the Met, for instance, has 70 people in its digital group alone.  Many museums like the Menil Collection, have one or two people who do it all.

At the last meeting in Chicago in 2012, there was much talk and a presentation of the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI).  Now the project has proven itself, and museums like Art Institute of Chicago, LACMA and Washington Museum are moving to create online publishing for collection catalogues. There is also a lot of work being done around archival material – from books to monographs, museum publications, etc.  The behemoth Met created a MetPublications section on its site, where books can be browsed, bought and some even printed on demand. (Associate Publisher Gwen Roginsky says that even the curators are happy with the quality.)  Print books were scanned, and are housed on the Google Books platform.  The Guggenheim, which has much of its collection available online, has an ambitious program that allows users to buy and download many monographs, but the download numbers have been disappointing. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/9-6/13

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. 

What are the next steps in working to create diversity in publishing?

Does the young adult genre need a savior?

What do literary critics contribute toward creating a canon of “classics?” 

How do Common Core State Standards stand to affect trade publishing?

What are the challenges of writing books that can transcend language barriers?

Note: Last week’s link about publishers and Wattpad may not have worked for everyone last week. Our apologies, and here’s the story again.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 6/2-6/6

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. 

Why aren’t publishers afraid of Wattpad?

How does John Green connect with teen readers so well?

Jane Friedman investigates book advances between genders.

Data reveals that ebooks will likely outsell print books by 2018 in the UK.

Who could benefit from the Amazon and Hachette battle?

Bonus video: Stephen Colbert puts Amazon on notice.

Partners’ Corner: BEA 2014 Edition

Reporting by Lorraine Shanley, Amy Rhodes, and Constance Sayre.

While BookCon brought teens out to the Javits Center in droves on Saturday, there’s general agreement that overall Book Expo America seemed to have a little more pizzazz this year.

The convention, which ran May 28-31, featured a lot of stars, from Thursday’s Author Breakfast (where Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Tavis Smiley and Lisa Scottoline moved the audience to tears) to Walter Isaacson and Jacob Weisberg taking the stage in conversation.  On the exhibition floor, everyone from Billy Idol to Kate DiCamillo and Jason Segel were signing copies of their forthcoming books.

For the past few years, Book Expo has had shifting demographics as it’s tweaked its programming to accommodate readers more directly with the last two years’ Power Reader Days and this year’s BookCon (which will expand to two days next year, presumably to allow for a larger attendance than the 10,000 cap this year). Author attendance also increased by 25% this year.  But as the show gravitates toward readers and authors, the question for publishers is how to evaluate the business to business opportunity.  As more and more publishers conduct business in curtained off meeting rooms, is the investment in light boxes and booths paying off?

In general, industry-related programming seemed to be retooled to fit the reader-centric focus. There were no Publishers Launch educational sessions this year, though IDPF did partner with BISG to provide some interesting panels on Wednesday, including a rousing talk from David Rushkoff. Meeting rooms this year were located on the exhibition hall floor, a welcome departure to being allocated downstairs in years past, though tables were often as crowded as the lines for the autographing stations located behind them. The exhibition floor was also laid out differently this year, with the Big Six (yes, still 6 for a final year as Penguin’s booth was separate from Random House) scattered throughout, a move that also might be attributed to closing off space for BookCon on Saturday. As for Saturday, while some parts of the floor were still reserved for exhibitors to do business, many said it was dead in comparison to the 10,000+ attendees making their way through BookCon’s section.

Indeed it seems like there are still kinks to work out to accommodate both the industry and “lay” book fans. This was evident in the way booksellers, exhibitors, and librarians were identified on their badges, which was less clear than the color-coding of years’ past. Some exhibitors could even be seen asking attendees if they were in fact booksellers before giving them some of the promotional items they were handing out. Clearer color-coding will make it easier to identify which attendees could translate more directly to sales, and Book Expo’s Steve Rosato says it will be done.

With the success of BookCon, there is certainly much excitement for both BEA and the book industry in general, though accommodating BookCon and the businesses represented as a part of the trade show may need some refinement. Integrating these two audiences will only strengthen the impact of the expo as it continues to grow and show that publishing can have its glitz and glam, but, hopefully, also serve as a viable business opportunity.

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/26-5/30

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. 

Why is diversity still a large issue throughout the many facets of publishing?

Are the steadily growing number of book clubs are making an impact on the business?

Should publishers be warming up to the idea of open source technology?

The Amazon and Hachette contract negotiations could shape the future of books.

Tor BooksTom Doherty explains why he choose to make his books DRM free.

International Bestsellers, May 2014

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Greece and Turkey.  Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original. Where applicable, the US publisher is listed after the local publisher, separated by a “/”. The lists are taken from major newspapers or national retailers, which are noted at the bottom of each list. 









Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/19-5/23

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. 

What is the greatest obstacle keeping us from being able to resell ebooks?

Will YouTube stardom translate to a top spot on the bestseller list?

In spite of technological shifts, Jane Friedman reiterates that content is king.

What role is Hachette playing in its dispute with Amazon?

How can we best make use of publishing data?

People Roundup, Mid-May 2014


As the industry readies for the annual BookExpo, there are lots of changes in publishers’ lineups:

Tim Duggan, who has been VP, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, will join Crown on June 9 as VP, Publisher of Tim Duggan Books. Under his new imprint, he will publish eight to ten books per year, evenly split between non-fiction and fiction titles.  He will report to SVP, Publisher Molly Stern.

Megan Lynch has joined Ecco as Editorial Director, reporting to Daniel Halpern.  Ryan Willard will report to Lynch, and Hillary Redmon will continue to report to Halpern. Lynch was  Senior Editor at Riverhead, where she has spent 11 years.

As reported in Publishers Lunch, Amy Einhorn is leaving her eponymous imprint at Putnam at the end of June for another publisher. Her departure, rumored for weeks, and has been confirmed by both Einhorn and Putnam President Ivan Held.

Paul Kozlowski is no longer employed at Other Press.  He may be reached at: [email protected].

Dan Lubart has joined Hachette Book Group in the role of SVP, Strategy and Publishing Operations.  Lubart comes from HarperCollins, where he previously served as SVP of Sales Analytics and Pricing.  He reports to Joe Mangan.

Victoria Craven will be moving to Monacelli as Executive Editor starting on June 2.  She was most recently Editorial Director at the Crown division of Random House for Potter Craft, Watson Guptill, and Amphoto books.

Anne Somlyo has joined W.W. Norton as Director, Special Markets; she was at Random House.  Meanwhile, Jessica Purcell has joined Knopf as Associate Director of Publicity. Previously, she was a Publicity Manager at Norton.

Ellen Archer has left ABC Disney Group.  She was Head of East Coast Development there in New York, following Hyperion’s sale to Hachette.

After 10 years with the company, Ben Bruton, Senior Director of Publicity for William Morrow, has resigned to “explore new employment opportunities.”

Tracey Guest has been named Director of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press.  She had been at Penguin as Advising Director of Corporate Communications since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as VP, Director of Publicity at Simon & Schuster.  She succeeds John Murphy, who has been promoted to the newly created role of VP, Publishing Strategy.

Associate Publisher Tracy Locke has left the Penguin Press and can be reached at [email protected].

Ryan Chapman announced that he has left Atavist Books “to take some time off and re-evaluate my next move.”

Karen Dziekonski has joined Penguin Random House Audio as an Executive Producer.  She was previously Executive Producer at HarperAudio.

Also at Penguin Random House Audio, Louise Quayle returns to the company as Senior Acquisitions Editor. She was previously Director of Domestic Rights in the Doubleday group, and then at The Robbins Office. Catherine Bucaria was promoted to Assistant Acquisitions Editor, and Emily Parliman has joined as Assistant Acquisitions Editor, reporting to Rebecca Waugh.

Former Publishing Director at Walker Children’s, Emily Easton joined Crown Children’s as Executive Editor, reporting to Phoebe Yeh.

Sari Feldman, Executive Director for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, has been named ALA President.

Ian Dreiblatt has joined Seven Stories Press as Publicist. Previously, he was New York Manager for Dalkey Archive Press.

Sandy McCormick Hill has left her position as eBook Rights, Contract Manager, at HarperCollins. She can be reached at [email protected]. Read More »

Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 5/12-5/16

number_5_redEvery week, we recommend 5 publishing articles/blog posts that supplement the major news for the week. Whether data or industry commentary, we hope these 5 links will be a simple way to keep you in the know. 

How can booksellers make the most of their brick-and-mortar retail stores?

What can ebook subscription services learn from the cable model?

Following heavy recruitment of managers from technology companies, the gender dynamics at the top of publishing is shifting.

Long-standing digital-first publishers have struggled in the past months.

Why are teens reading less?

Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Two and a half years ago, our sister website, PublishingTrendsetter, launched an infographic called Lifecycle of a Book,which showed the process of publishing a book, from inception to final product. The infographic also came with accompanying videos of young professionals from each department talking about what they do and how they do it.

Now, Trendsetter has rebooted the Lifecycle of a Book series and has posted its newest incarnation: Lifecycle of a Book in Translation, showing how a book published in one country is then published in another. To celebrate, they’ll be highlighting videos from publishing professionals at each step of the infographic, every day this week. (If you can’t wait to watch all of the videos, you can visit their dedicated page to watch them all.)

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation

Click here to download a PDF of the Lifecycle of a Book in Translation.

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