Publishing

2008 Lakeside Classic: Jailed for Freedom

Since 1903 RR Donnelley, the world's largest commercial printer, has created a book to be given to customers and employees during the holidays.

The 2008 book is "Jailed for Freedom" by Doris Stevens.

Because the books are not sold but are given away as gifts the way to find out about what the new book is each year is by watching eBay. The RR Donnelley website does not seem to update the list of Lakeside Classics until well into the next year. Currently they show a list of all the Lakeside Classics from 1903-2007.

Here is a copy of "Jailed for Freedom" on eBay.

Video on YouTube about the Lakeside Classics.

Is iTunes the New Kindle?

Douglas: "What happens when people start putting books up on bit torrent and publishers go from making $50,000 to $100,000 on a mid-list author to making less than $10,000—my guess is they cut back the number of authors they sign, which is already low.

My longstanding idea for putting advertisements in an eBook might start looking like a better idea to them."

FREE Books From Bleak House, If you Can Get a Check/CC for S/H to Them THURSDAY

I know this story is going to get some readership once people notice the word FREE. Publishers Weekly reports:

Ben LeRoy, publisher of Bleak House Books, a division of Big Earth Publishing, thinks nobody, no matter how dire their economic circumstances, should be deprived of gifts this holiday season so during the month of December, Bleak House Books, and its sister company, Intrigue Press, will give away more than 100 frontlist and backlist titles (mysteries) to readers, who, hopefully, will pass them on to others.

“As I listened to a piece on NPR about shopping being down, and people stressing about not being able to give presents, it struck me: we’re ahead of projections, and this is one way we can help out. I can’t stuff [readers] with cash, but I can help them get books,” LeRoy said.

Anybody who’d like to take Bleak House up on their offer can do so by ordering books from the company's website. Wish list books will be shipped from either Big Earth Publishing’s fulfillment center in Colorado or from Bleak House’s Madison, Wisc. offices, either directly to the shopper or to a designated recipient. Postage and handling ($6-$8) are the responsibility of the shopper, and checks/credit card orders must be received by December 11.

Clueless book publishers miss huge opportunity

Facing a downturn in book buying, and competition from online e-books, publishers are increasingly turning to cell phones. No, they're not publishing new books on phones, as they obviously should. They're trying to market paper books via cell phones.

Full article here.

Book Industry Enters Shaky Chapter

The publishing world is still trying to absorb this week's bad news: Several publishing houses announced layoffs or salary freezes, and a major reorganization at Random House left two major players in the business without jobs. All this comes as booksellers head into the holiday season — when 25 percent of all book sales occur.

No one thought that publishing would be spared from the current economic turmoil. But when the fallout from the Random House reorganization was announced on the same day that Simon & Schuster and the Christian publishing company Thomas Nelson announced layoffs, it stunned the book world, says Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly.

Full story on NPR

University of Minnesota Press in Backlist Initiative

The University of Minnesota Press has announced a new initiative to reissue virtually every book published by the press since its founding in 1925. The project, Minnesota Archive Editions, was unofficially launched six months ago in partnership with Amazon.com, Google, and BookMobile, a short-run printing company specializing in POD and bound galleys.

Full story at Publisher's Weekly

PC Magazine, a Flagship for Ziff Davis, Will Cease Printing a Paper Version

Ziff Davis Media announced Wednesday that it was ending print publication of its 27-year-old flagship, PC Magazine, and would take the title online only.

It is the latest of several magazine publishers to drop a print edition, as advertising plummets and the cost of printing a paper version rises.

“The viability for us to continue to publish in print just isn’t there anymore,” Jason Young, chief executive of Ziff Davis, said in an interview.

While most magazines make their money mainly from print advertising, PC Magazine derives most of its profit from its Web site. More than 80 percent of the profit and about 70 percent of the revenue come from the digital business, Mr. Young said, and all of the writers and editors have been counted as part of the digital budget for two years.

Full story here.

Would You Believe..."Savior of the American Publishing Industry"?

Guess we're not through with her yet...Sarah Palin that is.

According to Tony Allen-Mills in London's Times Online, but she “may yet emerge as the savior of the American publishing industry.” Literary agents are lining up to sign the former Republican vice-presidential candidate to a book deal that could earn her $7 million, and sales should justify the price.

Not bad for a “small-town Alaska girl turned beauty queen,” said the blog OhMyGov!. It’s too soon to know whether Palin is paving the way for a run for national office in 2012, or simply “defending herself from being labeled an intellectually weak, shop-a-holic, ticket-spoiling, loose cannon.” But one thing’s for sure—she’ll soon have enough money “to keep her living large in ‘real’ America for life.”

High-quality reproductions of Tenniel's colored Alice illustrations

Boingboing has the following:

"White Rabbit Press is taking orders for a luscious set of prints reproducing the Tenniel illustrations from "The Nursery Alice," signed by one of Lewis Carroll's descendants and one of Alice's, too (as well as a noted Alice scholar)."

Visit White Rabbit Press to see more prints.

Hot Off the Press

"On the Media" on NPR had this story:

In 1951, Grove Press was a tiny, almost-defunct publisher with just three titles in its catalogue. But then Barney Rosset took over and, with a few choice books, helped push America past its Puritanical roots and into the sexual revolution. Rosset, who will be honored by the National Book Foundation on November 19th, spoke with us at his home in Greenwich Village.

Listen to full story here.

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