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After receiving her assignment, Judy Lilly put together her "Mission: Impossible" team.
It was just before Christmas 2007 when Lilly, the Kansas librarian at the Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm, was called by Arcadia Publishing, a national publisher of regional history books. A company representative proposed a book idea, should Lilly choose to accept it: a pictorial history book of Salina's first 150 years. "Since it was Salina's sesquicentennial this year, I thought now was the right time to do it," she said.
The end result was "Salina: 1858-2008," being released today by Arcadia Publishing. The 128-page softcover book, which retails for $21.99, will be available at the library, the Smoky Hill Museum store, 211 W. Iron, Waldenbooks at the Central Mall or directly through the publisher.
The Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services has published Libraries and Publishing 3.0, featuring research papers written by graduate students from the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Based on the theme of the 2008 Canadian Library Association Conference - "Libraries and Publishing 3.0: Connecting Authors to Readers in the Digital Age" - the papers were delivered at a session sponsored by CASLIS.
The publication includes:
- Historical Collections 2.0: From Information to Understanding by Tania Alekson
- Digital Copyright and Indigenous Cultural Ownership by Erin M. Abler
- The Impact of the Open Access Movement for Scholars in India by Natalie Porter
- The Past, Present and Future of Scholarly Communication in Ornithology by Christina Struik
- Google Scholar: An Outcast in the Library World by Mê-Linh Lê
The occasional paper can be downloaded from the CASLIS website: http://www.cla.ca/caslis/CASLIS-Paper-01.pdf
Bill Clinton got a $15-million advance to write his memoir, "My Life." And he was a president who'd been impeached for an embarrassing dalliance in the Oval Office.
But publishers told the Associated Press' Hillel Italie that George W. Bush was unlikely to get anything near that kind of advance if he decided to write his own version of his tumultuous eight years in office.
For one thing, he's not known as an introspective guy given to self-criticism, seen as key to sales.
"I think any success will depend to a very large extent on [the content of] the book," said Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs, which published former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan's tough take on the White House.
For another, foreign rights would be unlikely.
Marketplace on American Public Media:
As readers hunger for information about the financial crisis, publishers are hurrying to get new business books on the table. And old ones, too. Sally Herships learns that's not so easy to do.
Listen to story.
While David Godine, University of Nebraska Press and Curbstone Press all upped or rushed copies of their single backlist Le Clezio titles, Anne-Solange Noble, foreign rights director at Le Clezio's French publisher Gallimard, has been working feverishly to get more of the author's titles on American bookshelves. And, although there were seven Le Clezio titles which were published by Atheneum in the 1970's, bringing those books back into print has proven complicated.
At Simon & Schuster, where Atheneum (no longer an active adult imprint) is housed, a deal has just been finalized to bring Le Clezio's first book published in the US the 1965-released The Interrogation, back into print.
The title is not yet on the S&S site.
The print media do not have an audience problem, but a consumer problem. The Christian Science Monitor will end its daily print paper and publish a magazine.
From article: The auto industry and the print industry have essentially the same problem,” said Clay Shirky, the author of “Here Comes Everybody.” “The older customers like the older products and the new customers like the new ones.”
Full article in the NYT.
Let's set aside the economic sound and fury and focus on the writing rather than the noise. Since the late 1990s, when computers began to enable publishers to track book sales to the copy, the industry has been numbers-dominated, less about the aesthetics of the language than of the spreadsheet. This is problematic, say, if you're a first novelist who gets a good-sized advance and a decent publicity push but only goes on to sell 1,000 copies of your book.
Flat World Knowledge, a year-old company that plans to publish free open source college textbooks, has received $700,000 in new financing, bringing total investment in the startup to $1.4 million. The company has also announced a number of new appointments, including that of former Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Newcomb to its board of advisors.
Flat World co-founder Jeff Shelstad said that given the current economic climate, he was “pleased” to complete the new financing deal. A larger round of investment is expected to be completed within the next six months.
Under the Flat World model, the company will publish open source textbooks that students can download for free; it hopes to make its money by selling various options to the online text, ranging from print-on-demand print versions to audio downloads. No advertising is accepted. The texts, which are written by authors signed by Flat World, can be customized by instructors.
Harper Collins answers your questions with their new title...Terminatrix, the Sarah Palin Chronicles.
From relative obscurity, Textbook Torrents, the world’s largest BitTorrent index of textbooks, found itself in the world spotlight during July 2008 and was forced to close down by its host. The site returned weeks later, growing massively in the process, but now, just a couple of months on, the site has closed for good.