Do Publishers Inadvertently Dictate the Demographics of Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at statistics from BookSwim.com which identify high-income suburban women — the proverbial soccer moms — and library users as key demographics of readers. This falls roughly in line with the results from earlier National Endowment for the Arts earlier studies that cited the same two groups as the most avid readers of …

BookSwim.com Aims for Sweet Spot of American Readers

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

• BookSwim’s proprietary data shows that 80% of its users are library users and high income suburban women who read between 40 and 50 books per year — and buy as many as 30. • An analysis of reading habits reveals that BookSwim’s subscribers don’t tend to read in isolated silos. Instead, readers are just as likely to sample numerous …

Ugly Duckling Presse Transforms Into a Digital Swan

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

Brooklyn indie poetry publisher Ugly Duckling Presse has turned to e-books as a means of re-issuing out-of-print poetry chapbooks, which has doubled readership for the books. By Amanda DeMarco BROOKLYN: At first glance, Ugly Duckling Presse seems like an unlikely candidate to offer e-books. The tiny non-profit publishes mainly poetry, often chapbooks in small hand-made letterpress-printed editions. But Ugly Duckling …

Hoaxes, Cons and Lies: A Literary Quiz

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Adam Langer If I could blame any particular place or event for giving me the idea to write a novel about con artists scamming the publishing industry, it would have to be BookExpo America. It was at the Javits Center in New York City that I was first introduced to young, soon-to-be-infamous author James Frey. At the Staples Center …

Test Your Literary Knowledge and Win a Prize!

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka Do you think you are literary guru? Do you read more than all your friends put together? Can you tell truth from fiction? Test your literary knowledge with Adam Langer’s quiz, featured today on Publishing Perspectives. Langer’s novel, The Thieves of Manhattan, was published this week by Spiegel & Grau. Publishers Weekly praised it as “an über-hip …

Getting NOOKy: B&N Encourages Students to Study with E-textbooks

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Just in time for back-to-college, Barnes & Noble announced today the August 2010 release of NOOKstudy, a free software application designed to help students use and manage all of their electronic resources and study aids. Despite the name, the application is for computers -– no Nook required. The new NOOKstudy will allow students to organize their class …

My Novel: There’s An App for That!

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By David Carnoy • David Carnoy, executive editor at CNET.com, originally released his mystery/thriller Knife Music as an iPhone app, which was first rejected on grounds of obscenity. It eventually went on to sell 30,000 copies as e-books for the Kindle and Sony Reader, and paperbacks from Amazon’s BookSurge. • The book’s success attracted the attention of Peter Mayer at …

Steve Ross, Ex-HarperCollins and RH Exec, Joins Abrams Artists Agency

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Steve Ross, most recently President and Group Publisher of the Collins Division of HarperCollins and former Publisher of Random House’s Crown Division, is joining Abrams Artists Agency as the director of their newly formed Book Division. He starts Monday. Ross left HarperCollins in February 2009 when the Collins division was folded into Harper after a major restructuring …

The Dawn of Digital Book Philanthropy

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Dusty Sang • Stay Thirsty Press, a digital first publisher, is donating 50 cents from the sale of two of its most recent titles to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and ProLiteracy. • Charity, argues Sang — whose own publishing house was inspired by a personal tragedy — should be part of every business strategy. CHICAGO: In the darkest …

Ripple E-Reader Enables Recordable, Read-Along Children’s E-Books

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Jaye Kephart, owner of Ripple Reader, www.ripplereader.com • Ripple provides a free e-reader for children’s picture books and allows parents to record themselves reading the text • Instead of just following along, children increasingly want to read and record the stories for themselves My sister died of cancer when her grandkids were only one and two years old. She …