Second Novel Sophomore Slump: Myth or Reality?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story Glenn Taylor writes about the various questions an author is confronted with on publishing a book. One of those questions is whether or not there really is a sophomore slump. It’s an important question, particularly for Taylor, who is facing pressure to deliver a follow-up to a debut that was unexpectedly shortlisted for …

Disruptive Innovation: What Health Care Teaches Us About the Future of Publishing

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Todd Sattersten In the March 4th, 2010 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen wrote an op-ed about his views on the then-active debate over health care. The essay was written from his unique vantage point having studied companies and industries faced with the challenges of innovation. Christensen has authored or co-authored five books and countless …

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In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This year, in addition to producing a special BEA print edition with Kirkus Reviews, Publishing Perspectives will send out 2-3 news updates via email from BookExpo America. We’ll cover events, interview exhibitors and attendees, report on trends, and snap photos of the show. If you would like to receive our BEA updates, subscribe here and check the …

Could Publishers Start Charging for Office Tours?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Perusing the new issue of The Atlantic this morning I ran across a breezy article by Megan McArdle entitled “The Genius of QVC” about the sales techniques of the QVC television shopping network — you know, those folks who hawk jewelry, appliances and electronics 24-7 on several of your basic cable or satellite channels. Amid the discussion …

Is Interest in Translated and Foreign Lit Growing in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead story, the PEN World Voices Festival has done much to help promote foreign and translated literature to Americans. There are other signs that interest is growing: a proliferation of small publishers with a strong focus on translation (Open Letter, Archipelago), new tours of foreign writers, even an increasing tolerance for European “intellectuals” who …

What is Cursor? Richard Nash Explains(ish)

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We love Richard Nash, who has been a generous contributor to Publishing Perspectives and has shared more than a few insights (and beers) with us over the years. But it has to be said that he’s been a big tease about his upcoming Cursor project. Until now (sort of): In the fresh new UK web journal The …

Is There a Digital Talent Emergency in Book Publishing?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In today’s feature story, we talk about tips to improve your online presence. The success of conferences like O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo prove that book publishing is not the only industry that needs to more digitally literate employees. Shortly after the iPad was released, Lynne Seid of Heidrick & Struggles, a leadership advisory firm, said, “there is …

Ten Tips to Be Awesome Online (and Other Lessons from O’Reilly’s Web 2.0)

In English Language, Resources by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, Internet gurus and techies gathered in San Francisco for the Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by TechWeb and O’Reilly Conferences, to show off their social media savvy, present their new startups, and to learn about the latest thinking in Internet culture. Web 2.0 explores the nitty-gritty of owning and running a Web site, managing a social …