National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

libraries, schools, book, readingOn May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries.

Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the National Book Foundation and its efforts to deliver books to underserved communities.

This year’s iteration is part of the ALA’s “Libraries Transform” campaign, and all funds raised will go to benefit the ALA’s “Every Child Ready to Read” initiative, a program that supports early literacy development—from birth to age five—through libraries.

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Company Snapshots: Nord Compo (DBW)
In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Nord Compo.

Red Empress Publishing Offers Authors a New Alternative (DBW)
Red Empress Publishing announced yesterday that it is calling for book submissions ahead of its May 17 launch. According to a press release, the American-owned but China-headquartered publisher “aims to offer writers an alternative to both traditional publishing and Print-On-Demand services by using cost-effective printing and shipping methods and passing these savings on to authors themselves.”

Indie Author Fringe 2016: Reaching More Readers (IngramSpark)
Welcome to part two of our ongoing series outlining Indie Author Fringe—a free, online conference presented by the Alliance of Independent Authors, offering non-stop advice and inspiration on key self-publishing topics. The first day of Indie Author Fringe has come and gone, but the next is right around the corner, taking place May 14, directly after BookExpo America.

It Has Never Been Easier (Hugh Howey)
There’s a dangerous meme in the publishing world that says self-publishing was easier in 2009 and is much harder today. But nothing could be further from the truth. The exact opposite is the case. Self-publishing was nearly impossible then, and it’s incredibly simple now. In fact, it’s never been easier.

Leveraging YouTube: Bloomsbury Pairs Authors and Booktubers (Pub Perspectives)
“Villains just want to rule the world.” So do several YouTube stars, but who’s counting? Bloomsbury is pairing YA authors and “booktubers” in a collection for next summer’s list.

Men Have Book Clubs, Too (NY Times)
None of the men in the Man Book Club had a problem with the bull-castration scene in “The Power of the Dog,” a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage. But more than one member of this all-male reading group in Marin County, Calif., got squeamish when the host announced that the taco appetizers he had prepared that night were filled with ground-up Rocky Mountain oysters — that is, animal testicles.

Why Publishing Needs to Pay Interns (Bookseller)
It’s been a year since Spread The Word’s “Writing the Future” report found that unpaid internships were hampering diversity in publishing, and six years since Suzanne Collier called for publishing internships to be structured and monitored. A panel on diversity at this year’s London Book Fair heard that unpaid internships were a “very real barrier” to entry, and only recently Sam Missingham pointed out on Twitter that “the literary world is almost entirely inaccessible to the working class.” Yet despite the widespread recognition of the problems with unpaid internships, we still see them everywhere we look.

T&F Launches Online Hub for Chinese Scholars (Bookseller)
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has launched an online hub for its scholarly customers and partners in China in recognition of the “important role” Chinese scholarship is playing internationally.

Hachette Opens New Warehouse to Accommodate Acquisitions (DBW)
Hachette announced today that it has opened a new warehouse in Lebanon Business Park—25 miles from Indianapolis—a space that the publisher has occupied for 20 years. Since that time, Hachette has continued expanding its footprint and will now occupy more than 2 million square feet spread over three facilities.

S&S Sees Earnings Gain, But Flat Sales, in Q1 (PW)
Simon & Schuster reported revenue of $145 million in the first quarter of 2016, even though its sales were flat for the period, matching those of 2015. Operating income rose to $13 million from $12 million in the 2015 first quarter, according to S&S parent company CBS. The 8 percent gain in earnings was due to lower production and selling costs.

Slow Start for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade (PW)
Sales in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade division fell 7.3 percent in the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to the first period of 2015. Revenue dropped to $31.5 million from $33.8 million in last year’s first quarter. The division posted an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) loss of $3.7 million in the quarter, up from a loss of $1.4 million a year earlier.


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