*+-Brightly is a new online resource from Penguin Random House to help parents find books that will encourage their children to become lifelong readers.
*+-The New York Times reports that educational publisher Pearson has been ‘monitoring student media’ to find possible leaks of the company’s tests.
*+-Japan’s Rakuten, parent company of ebookseller Kobo, has purchased US ebook distributor OverDrive, likely blocking Kindle’s further expansion into libraries.
*+-Testing first, remaining flexible, and hanging out on Twitter are all best practices for to online book marketing today, says Derrick Schultz of Atavist.
*+-Emily Morrow discusses how Scholastic’s This is Teen online community has helped the company connect with a passionate community of YA readers online.
*+-Self-published gay erotica writer M.P. Rey reveals his joy at moving from the dusty shelves of hidden rainbow-flag bookstores to better status on Amazon.
*+-Millennials are the largest generation in history and are entering their prime spending years. But, do we know how to appeal to them? Erin L. Cox previews the upcoming conference “Designing Books for Tomorrow’s Readers.”
*+-The AAP reports book sales for 2014 rose 4.9% to $15.72 billion compared to 2013, driven by children’s and YA books, up 20.8% to $1.9 billion for the year.
*+-The Guardian reviews the results of a survey that suggests ‘self-publishing helps women break through the book industry’s glass ceiling.’
*+-On March 26th, Publishing Perspectives will host a half-day conference with original research from Publishing Technology on how Millennials consume content.