Find out what's hot in the world of publishing, with this selection of recent industry news.
- If you don’t have anything nice to say, you should be blogging: “St. Martin's Press to Publish Book Based on Blog Mocking Hipsters.”—from the New York Observer
- Then again, maybe you should be writing about your favorite hobby. “In lean times, consumers turn to beloved pastimes.”—from Publishers Weekly
- Amazon.com’s latest e-book reader, the Kindle DX, sold out within just three days.—from Digital Trends
- “Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos says the Kindle eventually will read more than just Amazon's electronic book formats.”—from Information Week
- “Independent publishers that specialize in e-books enjoying surge.”—from Publishers Weekly
- Too busy for required reading? Turn to “Twitterature.”—from MediaBistro
- Get tips on marketing online.—from Forbes
- Random House is tweeting mini-puzzles related to its upcoming book, The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (the author of The Da Vinci Code).—from the Baltimore Sun
- Stanford Publishing Courses is holding its first Writers Workshop on July 31 and August 1. Red Room CEO Ivory Madison will be a keynote speaker on book marketing. (Red Room Members and Authors receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.)—from Stanford Publishing Courses.
- “City officials and some local publishers have a plan—let’s turn Chicago into a hub for independent presses.”—from WBEZ Chicago
- The unauthorized reimagining of J.D. Salinger’s iconic character Holden Caulfield in the recently published Swedish novel 60 Years Later has generated a lot of discussion about copyright infringement.—from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times
- “McGraw-Hill Education today announced the creation of its Center for Digital Innovation, a research and development center that will focus on bringing technology to elementary and secondary classrooms.”—from Publishers Weekly
- “Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed replacing school textbooks with e-books in order to help plug a state budget gap. Now, textbook giant Pearson has responded with digital content to supplement California’s programs in biology, chemistry, algebra 2, and geometry.”—from Publishers Weekly
- A textbook “factory” has closed its doors.—from the New York Times
- Maybe more libraries should hold amnesty periods: “S.F. Library Amnesty Period Reclaims More Than 29,000 Overdue Items, Including Book Due Back During Johnson Administration.”—from the San Francisco Weekly
- Always wanted a comic book version of Fraggle Rock? You may be in luck: “Henson & Archaia form Publishing Partnership.”—from Comic Book Resources
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