Are the publishers at Bloomsbury Racists?

Last July I wrote a post about the book “Liar” by Justine Larbalestier.  Her young adult novel was the story of a young African American teenager named Micah, yet the book cover featured a white girl.  If you read my previous post you’ll understand more fully why the marketing ‘geniuses’ at Bloomsbury felt it was ...

Are Facebook and Twitter reliable sources for professional journalists?

If you’re registered on any social networking site you can and will be found by someone who wants to find you.  In this case that someone could be a ‘journalist’ trying  to corroborate or enhance their story. For example, when Tiger Woods’ infidelity scandal was front page news, everyone weighed in on it including The Huffington ...

21st Century Classrooms

California's Governor is leading the way in the digital textbook evolution. Whether you’re in college and have to purchase your textbooks, or you’re in middle and high school and the state pays for them - textbooks aren't cheap. According to the California Governor’s website, "The average textbook costs about $75 to $100 per student.  For ...

BEA Digital Evolution or Revolution?

The Book Expo of America’s CEO roundtable discussion hosted by Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Beast Tina Brown was held to a standing room only crowd wanting some answers from a panel consisting of who’s who in publishing. The panel included Brian Murray of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Carolyn Reidy of Simon & Schuster, John ...

HarperStudio Announces New E-Book Pricing Policy

Straight from HaperStudio press release: "HarperStudio announced its experiment in e-book pricing and “bundling” of formats. In response to such proponents of “free” as Chris Anderson and Seth Godin, HarperStudio’s e-books will be free to anyone who agrees to review the book on Twitter. These short reviews, which must be 140 characters or less (known as ...