*+-A memorial service for Random House UK’s Simon Master, who died in January, provided a fitting PS to the London Book Fair which wrapped up last week.
*+-The Smithsonian Institution and Penguin Young Readers are collaborating on a new series of narrative non-fiction books riffing on the Smithsonian experience
*+-At a Publishers Weekly event in NYC, rights directors and agents discussed how automation and standards would improve the book rights business.
*+-Brightly is a new online resource from Penguin Random House to help parents find books that will encourage their children to become lifelong readers.
*+-Marcello Vena discusses the offer Mondadori has made for RCS Libri, which would merge two of Italy’s strongest education and trade publishing groups.
*+-A publishing podcast is about creating intimacy with the reader. It’s not a bullet point or marketing strategy, says Anshuman Idaamsetty of PRH Canada.
*+-National Readathon Day encourages readers to sit with a book on Saturday, January 24th to help raise money for literacy efforts in the United States.
*+-The Bookseller’s Futurebook conference found the UK publishing industry focused on issues of marketing, ebook subscriptions and direct sales, among others.
*+-Who would you have on a book business World Cup dream team? Who would you place up front? On the bench? As manager We humbly submit our own selections.
*+-Roger Tagholm bids a poetic adieu to Random House’s iconic colophon, which has been replaced by a new text-based ‘global identity.’