Showing posts with label Publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Publishing. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Download the 2013 Buzz Books Sampler: 28 New Titles

It's that wonderful time of the year, when the Book Expo America BEA, is almost upon us. In accordance this little sampler offers readers a teaser of this year's hottest releases.

Start reading exclusive pre-publication excerpts right now from 28 top spring and summer titles, including many featured at the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Enjoy new work from Michael Pollan, Chip and Dan Heath, Meg Wolitzer, Kate Atkinson, Joe Hill, Sarah Dessen and more in this free ebook. Sample hot debuts, nonfiction from bestselling authors, breakout books from seasoned novelists, and some great young adult literature.

Also available in the iBooks store, or get the epub here.






Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Video: Random House Makes A Book

A view at the Random House shop:




Many people work behind the scenes at Random House to bring each book to the widest possible audience. Here, you'll meet some of them and learn more about what's involved, from editorial and design through production, marketing, sales, and distribution.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lit Links & Things:

Português: Memorial Árabe, na Praça Gibran Kha...
Português: Memorial Árabe, na Praça Gibran Khalil Gibran, em Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Finally saw Hesher - loved it! Joseph Gordon Levitt can do no wrong in my book.
  • An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution. Los Tocayos Carlos, a book-length monograph and comprehensive website published by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lit Links & Scoops

How to talk to your mixed race friend, family member, or stranger.

At a time when many magazines and newspapers are struggling to stay in print, Cosmo has decided to give Latina Magazine a run for its money by launching an English Latina version.

I have a girl/foodie crush on professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid, host of the new Food Network show Mexican Made Easy.

@NPR Talks To @GoyaFoods on its 75th anniversary catering to the Hispanic community and bodegas nationwide. Did you know the company started out as a single store in Manhattan?

The ethnic palate finally gets it due - goes mainstream (but of course will be advertised and labeled as "exotic" and "spicy."

Global food for thought: only 10 companies are responsible for more than 40% of the global retail market, four companies control 75-90% of global grain trade, seven companies control virtually all fertiliser supply, five companies have more than two-thirds of the world's agro-chemical market, and only three companies control nearly half of the proprietary seeds market.

Back to basics: With the freezing weather and New Year's Resolutions abounding, these recipes to make your own (bbq sauce, jam & jellies, peanut butter, pasta, pesto and more) foods from scratch not only allow you more control over the calories, sugar content and chemicals you put in your body but tackle one of these on a leisurely Sunday and you'll be feeling like a true ama de casa in no time.

Why you should care about SOPA - This is how it begins: The Spanish government recently launched a set of anti-piracy laws opposed to by “bloggers, journalists and tech professionals” while Internet users in Belarus will soon face stiff fines if they access foreign-based websites not using the country’s .by domain name.

Is the publishing world focusing on too much on right-leaning stories? Big Hollywood seems to think so. There is a certain delicious sort of irony to this if true. Combine the dumbing down of America with the zeal and power of the big six houses (headquartered in left-leaning New York City & helm by intellectuals and creatives) catering to the mass cult of Fox News to produce watered-down mainstream bestsellers while we all cry foul about the craziness of the state of the nation and broken educational system.

*Apologies for all the food-related links. Yes, I'm on a diet.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Future Forecast: The Book as an Fetishized Object & Obsolete eReaders

Books as a Thing

According to Ann Mack's, director of trendspotting for JWT, New Normal forecast, which includes the top trends from JWT's annual report gathered from "interviews with experts and influencers across sectors including technology, luxury, social responsibility and academia," we will see the Objectifying of Objects become a Thing in 2012. "

As objects get replaced by digital/virtual counterparts, people are fetishizing the physical and the tactile," she observes, just like we have seen with the re-emergence of vinyl especially at shops like Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters that generally serve a younger generation demographic, who view records as both novel, cool and meriting homage. For book lovers and collectors, this sort of veneration has always been normal but for doomsayers who have heralded the extinction of physical books this might be a counterweight to their argument.

For the publishing industry, this trend holds a sweet upside: Lavish treatments usually reserved for cookbooks, art and coffee table books can now be extended to other genres to entice younger consumers to own their favorite book(s) in a new kitschy way.

That Kindle/Nook You got for the Holidays Will be Obsolete Pretty Soon

Ebooks, transmedia and other forms of consumable digital media aren't going anywhere but gadgets that don't follow the convergent trajectory of technology will. Matt Alexander shares and validates my perspective here in his post: The E-Reader, as we know it, is doomed.

Technology is moving so swiftly that singular function devices such as cameras, watches, organizers, walkmans, even pens, were left in the dust years ago (Hello, Palm PDA) and 2012, also foretells a huge shift in the payments sector that sees the death knell of credit cards, cash and well, even wallets. It seems that the trend is only intensifying toward a portable device that does everything and fits every need because technology is converging and improving all sectors of life as we know it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2012 International Latino Book Awards: Open for Submission

Ring the alarm, fellow bookworms! The Latino Literacy Now project is preparing for the 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards to be held in NYC on June 5, 2012, and is looking for noteworthy submissions to review. In recognition of the outstanding contributions being made to Latino literature by publishers and writers around the world, the Latino Book Awards was created in 1999. Submissions are now open for entries for books with a 2010 or 2011 publication date. Anyone may submit a book: authors, publishers, publishing industry professionals and friends of literacy. See the Entry Form for categories and qualifications. There are over 50 categories to submit your favorite book’s name and have it officially recognized and help promote literacy in the Latino community and beyond. The entry fee for the submission includes passes for 2 guests to the awards ceremony. *Latino Literacy Now is a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of literacy in the Latino community and to promoting reading as a life long pursuit for personal and professional fulfillment. Download your entry form here. Entries must be in by March 15, 2012. For more information on becoming a sponsor for the 14th annual International Latino Book Awards (ceremony & reception) contact us at jim@LBFF.us. Source: www.lbff.us

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Join Me Tomorrow for a Live BlogTalkRadio Show on The Latina Mosaic: Strength in Diversity

I'll be hosting a conversation between Selina McLemore, Senior Editor at Grand Central Publishing, Leila Cobo, journalist and author of TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE, and Belinda M. Gonzalez-Leon from the National Hispana Leadership Institute, on how Latinas are strengthening the social fabric of this country, the upcoming Leadership Conference, and the Mujer Awards, tomorrow on Blogtalkradio.com at 1:30pm ET.

Don't miss your chance to call in and chat with us or listen in!

Show Information:
Hispanic Heritage Month - The Latina Mosaic: Strength in Diversity
10/15/2010 1:30 PM ET
Call-in Number: (646) 378-0039 or listen online
 
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