What are You Thankful for in Publishing 2010?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial my colleague Erin Cox — literary agent and Publishing Perspectives’ director of business development — has offered her Lucky Seven List of Things Erin Cox is Thankful for in Publishing 2010. It’s an upbeat and positive look at the year past, which she calls “a year of hope.” Me, I’m grateful for you our committed readers, …

What is Your Greatest Fear for the Future of Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Eric Frank, co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, describes the bizarre evolution of the contemporary textbook into “Frankentext,” — what he calls a “overstuffed, overpriced, and unloved” monster. To Frank, the current academic publishing scene is a horror story. Of course, Frank is not alone in looking across the book publishing landscape and seeing monsters. For some, it’s …

In the Digital World, What is the Future of the Institutional Library?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at life at a prison library. Numerous institutions — prisons, hospitals, law firms, magazines, intelligence agencies — have their own libraries and archives. Increasingly, these are eliminated to save office space and a eliminate what are seen as unnecessary expenses, particularly in an era when seemingly everything can be found via a simple …

How Young is Too Young to Publish?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the controversy surrounding a bogus 23-book-deal struck with a six-year-old boy. On the face of it, it is simply absurd to think that a publisher would make such a deal, let alone with someone so very young. When I was five, I wrote a “book” called The Cat That Could Fly — …