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January 8, 2013

5 Ways to Organize Your Reading Piles

Book-Journal-300x207By Lindsey Reeder

When it comes to my reading, I’m annoyingly organized. Luckily, when I confessed this fact in a meeting with our team, Ainsley and Katerina confessed that, they too, have a system in terms of figuring out what they’ll be reading next. This led us to believe that there are many of you out there, or there are those out there that are looking for a little direction when it comes to cataloging your never ending book piles.

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September 21, 2011

Publishing Words: The Future of Books

By SOFIE C. BROOKS

The art community has not always welcomed change. It venerates tradition, and art-enthusiasts of every era are reluctant to deem worthy works that do not conform to time-tested notions of beauty. Despite increasing acceptance of modern and contemporary art, the same resistance to change may exist today. The opera and ballet stubbornly adhere to their traditional performance methods, and that’s how their patrons like it. Sometimes, though—as publishing houses around the country have discovered this year—change cannot be ignored.

What the publishing industry faces right now is a customer base that demands a digital product even as the technology that makes these products possible is still in its early stages of development. Random House has experienced a 200 percent growth in eBook sales this year, and every other company’s sales tell similar tales. The various devices on the market—the Kindle, the Nook, and the Kobo eReader, among others—all do different things. Thanks to each business’s attempt to dominate the market, they are mostly incompatible with each other. For example, the Nook and Apple’s iPad feature color displays for picture books, but for the time being the Kindle does not. How can a publishing house market a book only for those consumers who have one of those two eReader models? How can it spend millions converting the complex layout of a textbook into an electronic format when many of their customers don’t own an eReader at all? In the face of such bleak uncertainty, it is not surprising that the industry has been slow to transition.

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