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Doors Open at Digital Book World 2015

Kicking off three days of insights, debate and conversation at the most jam-packed Digital Book World ever, Simon & Schuster launches online video series, why going direct is such tough going, the return of agency ebook pricing and much more.

Next Big Book Wins First Book Expo Startup Challenge, Qlovi Second

Startup Next Big Book has won the first-ever Book Expo Startup Challenge at Book Expo America, besting 17 other start-ups to achieve the honor. The New York-based company earned $10,000 in cash, provided by event sponsor Ingram Content Group. Next Big Book, which provides predictive marketing analysis to publishers using social media data collection, was among 18...

Sourcebooks Adds Peanuts Brand to Put Me in the Story Personalization Platform

Related: Personalization in Publishing — Books Written Just for You Report Bundle: Tracking Children and Their E-Reading Habits Over the Course of a Year [Press Release] Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Sourcebooks Partner to Develop Personalized Books for ‘Put Me In The Story’ ™ Peanuts Worldwide, joint venture of Iconix Brand Group and members of...

Sourcebooks Revenue Increases 22% in 2013

Sourcebooks had a good 2013, with overall revenue up 22% from last year. The Naperville, Ill.-based publisher experienced growth in all its verticals. General fiction and self-help grew 22% and 25%, respectively. Romance, children’s and calendars made even greater strides, with year-over-year growth about 60% in each of those categories. Perhaps most surprising is...

Digital Engagement Is Key, Say Children’s and Young Adult Publishers

It wasn’t long ago that publishers thought of digital media primarily as a marketing tool for the books they were already publishing. No longer. Digital is at the center of several new initiatives in young adult and children’s publishing. “Ebooks are definitely different,” said Cindy Loh, publishing director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, speaking at...

Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014

It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business. Seeing as though 2013 is just about over, we’ve gathered more publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2014. In the interest of being truly bold, we’re...

Simon & Schuster Releases New Interactive Shakespeare App

Related: Sourcebooks Wants to Reinvent Shakespeare With The Shakesperience  [Press Email] Simon & Schuster is thrilled to share that Folger Shakespeare Library and Luminary Digital Media have recently launched an interactive app that will forever change the way people—particularly students and teachers—read, learn, and study Shakespeare in the 21st Century. In the last few...

Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah Named FutureBook’s Most Inspiring in Digital Publishing

Related: Raccah on Book Personalization Come see Raccah speak at Digital Book World 2014 on learning from experimentation and failure. Register today! [Press Release] Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah Named FutureBook’s Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person of 2013 CHICAGO (November 21, 2013) – Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah is being honored with...

Sourcebooks Partners With Hello Kitty on Personalized Children’s Storybook Platform

[Press Release] Sanrio® and Sourcebooks Partner to Develop ‘Hello Kitty® and Me’ Series for the ‘Put Me In The Story’ ™ Personalized Children’s Book Platform Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, and Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher and developer, are pleased to announce a brand new children’s book...

Sourcebooks and Wattpad Team up for Agile Publishing Partnership for Young Adult Books

A new partnership between Naperville, Ill.-based published Sourcebooks and Toronto-based writing community Wattpad will result in published print and ebooks and will bring Sourcebooks and its authors closer to the growing workshopping platform. First, Sourcebooks will edit and and distribute several select Wattpad manuscripts under its young adult imprint, Sourcebooks Fire. The titles will...

Sourcebooks Acquires Publisher, Retailer Simple Truths

[Press Release] Sourcebooks Acquires Simple Truths, Leading Publisher & eRetailer of Inspirational and Motivational Books Sourcebooks has acquired Naperville-based Simple Truths, best known for designing and marketing inspirational and motivational books.  This marks Sourcebooks’ 15th acquisition since its founding in 1987, and the largest in the company’s history. Simple Truths was founded in 2005...

Sourcebooks Brings Personalized Storytelling to Berenstain Bears

[Press Release] Personalize Your Very Own Berenstain Bears Book With Put Me In The Story Personalized Books, Make Your Child the Star of Treasured Children’s Stories! A personalized edition of The Berenstain Bears® beloved classic, Home Sweet Tree , is now available exclusively at Put Me In The Story, which takes bestselling children’s books...

Simon & Schuster Partners to Create Shakespeare Apps

Related: Sourcebooks Wants to Reinvent How We Read Shakespeare With the Shakespearience [Press Release] Simon & Schuster and Folger Shakespeare Library team with Luminary Digital Media to create Interactive Shakespeare Apps Simon & Schuster and Folger Shakespeare Library announced today that they are working with Luminary Digital Media to create an interactive app using...

Sourcebooks Reports Successful Year and Announces Initiatives

Sourcebooks’s Vice President and Editorial Director Todd Stocke issued a bulletin to colleagues in the publishing industry reporting record-breaking sales and exciting initiatives in the traditional and digital space. Coming just before Book Expo America convenes, it will certainly burnish the company’s reputation as an industry leader. The text is below, but not hotlinked....

Digital Reading: Getting Agile About Books

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a webcast titled “Agile Content Development for Book Publishers.” We had less than an hour to explain, demonstrate and sometimes defend the agile methodology in its use for books. We certainly didn’t have time to question, even redefine, our end product; the book. But if agile...

Publishers Were Ready for Pew E-Book Study

The latest study from the Pew Internet and American Life project about e-reading and e-books found that those who read e-books are more avid readers, buy more books and read more often. These results made a splash in the book world, resulting in an explosion of media coverage and blog posts and nearly a...