More Things to Read: May 10, 2012


In this extra issue: Wherein we read portents of doom to page-oriented composition and layout due to the rise of reading via display, not paper. And speaking of that, Logos/Vyrso announce adding 1 thousand new titles to it’s reading/ebook platform, plus a new epublisher joins the fray, spun off from well-known agency group, Alive Communications. We read that maybe your next book project will come from the blogosphere, we learn what’s wrong with book reviewers, and what’s up with February’s sales stats. With a very short long tail, WND is appropriately pround of their bestseller titles and open-source textbooks have never really been a threat…until now—a university will be curating a database of peer-reviewed, quality textbooks.

  1. Page-oriented authoring and design is about to become obsolete

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    « Matt McInnis asked our audience, “How many here have used Pagemaker? InDesign? Word?” His question targeted a 30-year evolutionary path in software that is about to become obsolete—page-oriented authoring and design. Publishing’s new default is not a page of paper, but a web page, which has dynamic sizes and shapes.… »

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  2. Vyrso makes grand addition to its offerings from major Christian publishers

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    « Vyrso: Christian Ebooks added more than 1,100 new titles from popular Christian publishers, including Tyndale, Barbour, Thomas Nelson & Harvest House. Graham’s The Heaven Answer Book and Dekker’s four-pack including Black, Showdown, Kiss & Heaven’s Wages are a few of these titles that now offer cloud-synced notes and highlighting. New offerings on the advanced Vyrso ereader app that features pull-up Bible verses by tapping references span a variety of topics for everyone to read on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC or Android-enabled device.… »
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  3. Literary agency Alive Communications launches epublishing company: Bondfire

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    « Leading literary agency for Christian and inspirational books Alive Communications has announced a separate “sister” epublishing enterprise, Bondfire Books.… Bondfire is a standalone epublishing company. Following the model of other epublishing start-ups, founder Rick Christian says in the announcement they are paying “a 50% net royalty” & “five-year renewable terms.”… »

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  4. Bloggers land traditional book deals by test marketing book ideas

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    « Writers must prove to publishers their ideas are highly marketable and readers are waiting at the book store doors eager to purchase them. To sell numerous copies of their books, let alone produce a bestseller, they must have a huge author’s platform. "A successful blog represents a successfully test marketed book idea," says Nina Amir, whose book will be released on April 21 by Writer’s Digest Books. "Publishers are looking for popular blogs because they are as close to a sure bet as they’ve ever had before."… »

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  5. The chief problem of book reviews is the humans who write them

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    « But the problem with book reviews is not that they reek of mediocrity, elitism, or nepotism; aren’t smart enough or are too pretentious; or are too negative or too positive. It’s that they come from a source—a human being—and we sometimes fail to take that into account. • The other issue is that these sources aren’t necessarily “experts” in the field of literature. Fiction and poetry reviews usually aren’t written by literature professors or scholars; instead, they’re written by freelance writers or columnists, some who are qualified and some who are not. • But what makes someone qualified to review contemporary poetry and fiction? Contrary to what many people may think, these qualities aren’t elusive or innate.… »

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  6. AAP StatShot report: Total adult sales up 6.9%

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    « Print sales for February continue to hold up with AAP’s Monthly StatShot reporting total adult sales up 6.9% over the same period February 2011 on sales of $437 million. Total Children/YA sales, however, were especially strong showing sales up 73% on sales of $170.9 million. … »

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  7. Controversial Christian publisher, WND Books, has top percentage of bestsellers

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    « Now with nearly 100 titles in print, the company boasts the highest percentage of New York Times bestsellers of any publisher in America. In all that time, Farah says WND Books has maintained a tight focus: To produce the best in current events titles, classic book reprints and edgy Christian works. The secret was “giving it time,” Joseph Farah says.… »

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  8. University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks

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    « Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted open-source texts will also receive $500, with all of the money coming from donor funds.… • Hildebrand said open-source materials can be acceptable if they rise to the standards of the publishing industry. But “If you don’t get results,” he said, “then you’ve lost your major investment and your goal of getting a quality education.”… »

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Note: This resource has been curated for your enjoyment and education. It is intended to reflect what publishers and leaders in the Christian publishing industry are thinking and talking about — it does not reflect the positions or opinions of Zondervan, its authors, agents, employees, or leadership.

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